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Dr Jonathan M. Aitken
Research Fellow

Dr. Jonathan AitkenDepartment of Automatic Control & Systems Engineering
Rm B05, Sheffield Robotics, Pam Liversidge Building
University of Sheffield
Sheffield
S1 3JD
Tel: (+44) (0)114 222 5660
Email: jonathan.aitken @ sheffield.ac.uk

Biography

Dr Aitken is a Research Fellow working in the Autonomous Control Laboratory within the Autonomous Systems and Robotics Group of ACSE. His work focuses on autonomous reconfiguration of robotic systems, especially on quadcopter platforms. He also has interests in computer vision, spatial awareness of robotic systems and operation of multi-robot teams in the field.

Jonathan holds a Master's degree (2005) and PhD (2009) in Electronic Engineering, both awarded by the University of York. Working with Tim Clarke in the Department of Electronics, Jonathan researched distributed and fault-tolerant multi-agent systems built using techniques including wavelet-based system-identification and Artificial Immune Systems.

Dr Aitken has previously worked in the Computer Science Department at the University of York, where he was a member of the High Integrity Systems Engineering Group, working on safety in Systems-of-Systems, especially dynamic risk assessment, and developed interests in evolving justifiably safe systems. During this time he also acted as an independent assessor for the Industrial Avionics Working Group (IAWG) developing a process for documenting modular software safety cases.

Research interests

Dr Aitken's research interests include:

  • Autonomous reconfiguration of systems, including robotics;
  • Novel implementations of control solutions;
  • Multi-Agent Systems;
  • Genetic Algorithms;
  • Wavelets;
  • Artificial Immune Systems.

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My papers are listed on Google Scholar, ResearchGate and Academia.edu; please feel free to contact me if there is an article that interests you which you are unable to find.

Grants

  • Assessing Graphical Robot Aids for Interactive Co-working (A-GRAfIC), EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Intelligent Automation Feasibility Study - Principle Investigator: Dr James Law, Co-Investigators: Dr Jonathan M. Aitken and Dr David Cameron, 2016, £19998.
  • Engineering Researchers Society Development Opportunities (DO) Fund, University of Sheffield. To attend ISEE 2016, £200.
  • Royal Academy of Engineering International Travel Grant, Grant Reference: ITG 08-670. To attend ICARIS 2008, £500.

Journal articles

  • Michalis Smyrnakis, Georgios P. Kladis, Jonathan M. Aitken and Sandor M. Veres. Distributed selection of flight formation in UAV missions. Journal of Applied Mathematics and Bioinformatics, 2016 (in press).
  • Louise A. Dennis, Michael Fisher, Jonathan M. Aitken, Sandor M. Veres, Yang Gao, Affan Shaukat and Guy Burroughs. Reconfigurable Autonomy. Künstliche Intelligenz, P1--9, August 2014.
  • Jonathan M. Aitken, Rob Alexander, Tim Kelly and Simon Poulding. Evolving Robust Networks for Systems-of-Systems: is it Viable for Large Networks? Empirical Software Engineering, P1--29, February 2014.
  • Jonathan M. Aitken and Tim Clarke. Observer/Kalman Filter Identification with Wavelets. IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, Volume 60, Issue 7, 2012.

Conference papers (peer reviewed)

  • Owen McAree, Jonathan M. Aitken, Sandor Veres. A model based design framework for safety verification of a semi-autonomous inspection drone. Proceedings of UKACC International Conference on Control (CONTROL), 2016 (in press).
  • Jonathan M. Aitken, Owen McAree, Sandor Veres. Symbiotic relationship between robots - a ROS ardrone/youbot library. Proceedings of UKACC International Conference on Control (CONTROL), 2016 (in press).
  • David Cameron, Emily Collins, Hugo Cheung, Adriel Chua,  Jonathan M. Aitken and James Law. Don't worry, we'll get there: Developing robot personalities to maintain user interaction after robot error. Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems, Living Machines, Edinburgh, UK, 2016 (in press).
  • Louise Dennis, Jonathan M. Aitken, Joe Collenette, Elisa Cucco, Maryam Kamali, Owen McAree, Affan Shaukat, Katie Atkinson, Yang Gao, Sandor Veres and Michael Fisher. Agent-based Autonomous Systems and Abstraction Engines: Theory meets Practice. Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems (TAROS), Sheffield, UK, 2016 (in press).
  • Sandor Veres, Owen McAree and Jonathan M. Aitken. On the complexity of formal verification of small and micro UAS. Proceedings of the European Control Conference 2016, Aarhus, Denmark (in press).
  • David Cameron, Ee Jing Loh, Adriel Chua, Emily Collins, Jonathan M. Aitken and James Law. Robot-Stated Limitations but not Intentions Promote User Assistance. Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium on New Frontiers in Human-Robot Interaction (NF-HRI), AISB Convention, Sheffield, UK, 2016 (in press).
  • Iveta Eimontaite, Ian Gwilt, David Cameron, Jonathan M. Aitken, Joe Rolph, Saeid Mokaram, James Law. Assessing Graphical Robot Aids for Interactive Co-working (A-GRAfIC). Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE 2016), Florida, USA, 2016 (in press).
  • Jonathan M. Aitken, James Law, Luke Boorman, David Cameron, Adriel Chua, Emily C. Collins, Samuel Fernando, Uriel Martinez-Hernandez and Owen McAree. ROBO-GUIDE - Lessons from an Interdisciplinary Project. Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium of Engineering Education, Sheffield, UK, 2016 (in press).
  • Jonathan M. Aitken, Owen McAree and Michael Szollosy. Demonstrating Autonomy. Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium of Engineering Education, Sheffield, UK, 2016 (in press).
  • David Cameron, Jonathan M. Aitken, Luke Boorman, Adriel Chua, Emily C. Collins, Samuel Fernando, Uriel Martinez-Hernandez, Owen McAree, and James Law. ROBO-GUIDE: Autonomous navigation of dynamic spatial and social environments. Proceedings of iCog 3 Cognitive Science Conference, London, UK, 2016 (in press).
  • David Cameron, Jonathan M. Aitken, Emily C. Collins, Luke Boorman, Adriel Chua, Samuel Fernando, Owen McAree, Uriel Martinez-Hernandez and James Law. Framing Factors: The Importance of Context and the Individual in Understanding Trust in Human-Robot Interaction. Proceedings of the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Workshop on Designing and Evaluating Social Robots for Public Settings, 2015.
  • Owen McAree, Jonathan M. Aitken, Luke Boorman, David Cameron, Adriel Chua, Emily C. Collins, Samuel Fernando, James Law and Uriel Martinez-Hernandez. Floor Determination in the Operation of a Lift by a Mobile Guide Robot. Proceedings of the European Conference on Mobile Robotics, Lincoln, UK, 2015.
  • James Law, Jonathan M. Aitken, Luke Boorman, David Cameron, Emily C. Collins, Adriel Chua, Samuel Fernando, Uriel Martinez-Hernandez and Owen McAree. ROBO-GUIDE: Towards Safe, Reliable, Trustworthy, and Natural Behaviours in Robotic Assistants. Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems (TAROS), Liverpool, UK, 2015.
  • David Cameron, Emily C. Collins, Adriel Chua, Samuel Fernando, Owen McAree, Uriel Martinez-Hernandez, Jonathan M. Aitken, Luke Boorman, and James Law. Help! I Can’t Reach the Buttons: Facilitating Helping Behaviors Towards Robots. Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems, Living Machines, Barcelona, Spain, 2015.
  • Jonathan M. Aitken, Owen McAree, Luke Boorman, David Cameron, Adriel Chua, Emily C. Collins, Samuel Fernando, James Law, Uriel Martinez-Hernandez. Safety and Verification for a Mobile Guide Robot. Proceedings of the Second University of Sheffield Engineering Symposium, Sheffield, UK, 2015 (in press).
  • James Law, Jonathan M. Aitken, Luke Boorman, David Cameron, Adriel Chua, Emily C. Collins, Samuel Fernando, Uriel Martinez-Hernandez, Owen McAree. “Please press floor B”: engendering trust in a guide robot. Proceedings of the Second University of Sheffield Engineering Symposium, Sheffield, UK, 2015 (in press).
  • Jonathan M. Aitken, Sandor M. Veres and Mark Judge. Adaptation of System Configuration under the Robot Operating System. Proceedings of the 19th World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC), Cape Town, South Africa, 2014.
  • David R. White, Jeremy Singer, Jonathan M. Aitken and Richard E. Jones. Control Theory for Principled Heap Sizing. Proceedings of the 2013 International Symposium on Memory Management, P27--38, Seattle, Washington, USA, 2013.
  • Jonathan M. Aitken, Rob Alexander, Tim Kelly and Simon Poulding. Evolving Robust Networks for Systems-of-Systems. Proceedings of the 4th International Symposium on Search-Based Software Engineering (SSBSE), p30--44 Riva del Garda, Italy, 2012.
  • David R. White, Jeremy Singer, Jonathan M. Aitken and David Matthews. Automated Heap Sizing in the Poly/ML Runtime. Trends in Functional Programming, St Andrews, UK, 2012.
  • Jonathan M. Aitken, Rob Alexander and Tim Kelly. A Risk Modelling Approach for a Communicating System of Systems. Proceedings of the 2011 IEEE International Systems Conference, p442--447, Montreal, Canada, 2011.
  • Jonathan M. Aitken, Rob Alexander and Tim Kelly. A Case for Dynamic Risk Assessment in NEC Systems of Systems. Proceedings of 5th International Conference on Systems of Systems Engineering, p1--6, Loughborough, UK, 2010.
  • Jonathan M. Aitken, Tim Clarke and Jonathan Timmis. The Pathways of Complement. Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Artificial Immune Systems, p364--375, Phuket, Thailand, 2008.
  • Jonathan M. Aitken and Tim Clarke. Using Data Confluences in a Distributed Network with Social Monitoring to Identify Fault Conditions. Proceedings of the 2006 IEEE Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation, p703--710, Prague, Czech Republic, 2006.

Technical reports

  • Jonathan M. Aitken. On Immune Inspired Social Monitoring. PhD Thesis, University of York, UK, 2009.

Media

Invited Talks

  • Field Robotics, Pint of Science: Tech Me Out, Sheffield, May 2016.
  • Taking Robotics into Fields, 24 Hour Inspire, Sheffield, May 2016.
  • Smart Robotics - Cafe Scientifique - Pendle, UK, 11th May 2015
  • Smart Robotics or Where We are Now and Where We Hope to Go - Sheffield Rotary Club - Sheffield, UK, 20th October 2015

Online Resources

Online resources are available on github for the work on Reconfigurable Networks (Aitken, Alexander, Kelly and Poulding 2012 and 2014) including the NDL Generator and Tool for Evolving Networks.

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