Dr Simon A Pope

MEng, PhD

Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering


+44 114 222 5186

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Dr Simon A Pope
Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
Amy Johnson Building
Portobello Street
S1 3JD

Dr Simon Pope has now been with the department since 2000, first as an undergraduate student on the MEng in Mechanical Systems Engineering. He then undertook a PhD in the Space Systems Group studying methods for the detection and correction of magnetic noise in measurements made by magnetic field experiments onboard spacecraft. The results of his work were featured in an article in Nature and led to Dr Pope being made a full co-investigator on the Venus Express mission.

Since his PhD, Dr Pope has been a researcher in the BAE Systems Centre for Research in Active Control (CRAC) that was based in the department. During this work he uncovered some previously unknown dynamic properties of large machinery rafts that are commonly used in Naval applications.

In his role as a lecturer, he continues to support various BAE Systems programmes. In particular next generation machinery vibration isolation control systems. Although this work targets problems within the marine systems sector, the research will also be applicable in automotive, rail and aerospace applications. Another area of interest is the development of novel control methods and smart materials (such as active metamaterials) to freely control the propagation of sound.

Research interests
  • Active and passive acoustic/elastic metamaterials (negative valued and tuneable density and/or modulus materials)
  • Active control of sound and vibration (algorithms, control of vibration in remote structures, energy redistribution in actively controlled structures)
  • Integration of next and future generation active materials into sound, vibration and fluid flow control
  • Active and passive control of electromagnetic signals (includes metamaterials)
  • Detection and removal of magnetic noise in space based scientific measurements
  • Nonlinear structures in space and planetary plasmas
  • STFC ‘Sheffield Cluster postlaunch extension’ £210,003 (App No. 131318) 01/01/2011 - 31/12/2012
  • Vestas Wind Systems ‘Wind Turbine Monitoring and Control’ £120,000 (App No. 131542) 03/01/2012 – 30/04/2013
  • British Council ‘Integrated Sensing, Monitoring and Healing for Complex Autonomous Systems’ £20,400 (App No. 133148) 01/03/2012 – 28/02/2014
Teaching activities
  • ACS335: Embedded Control Systems
  • ACS330: Group Project
  • ACS6110: Embedded Systems and Rapid Control Prototyping
  • ACS6109: Advanced Industrial Control