Dr Jennifer Rowson

Department of Mechanical Engineering


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Dr Jennifer Rowson
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street
S1 3JD

Jennifer Rowson is a Lecturer in Design and Simulation in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. She has a first class degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Sheffield and a PhD in packaging and simulation. Upon completion of her PhD, she held posts as a Research Associate and University Teaching Fellow in the Department.

In 2004 she was awarded the Faraday Packaging Partnership Associate of the Year award for her work during her PhD. Jennifer currently lectures on simulation techniques and design principles using inventive teaching techniques to aid the students' learning of new software packages.

Research interests

Jennifer's research interests are split into two areas, human to environment interaction and computer simulation of a variety of subjects. Her current work investigates the development and use of uncertainty analysis within the simulation environment. The research themes are wide ranging and include:

  • Consumer packaging
  • Inclusive design methodologies
  • Ageing and its influence on design
  • Measuring consumer opening strengths
  • Design for sustainability
  • Inclusive design
  • Bayesian uncertainty analysis
  • Optimisation under uncertainty

Journal articles


  • Rowson J, Yoxall A, Langley J, Janson R, Luxmoore J & Taylor JC (2008) Designing Inclusive Futures In Langdon P, Clarkson J & Robinson P (Ed.), Designing Inclusive Futures (pp. 65-74). Springer Verlag RIS download Bibtex download

Conference proceedings papers

  • Baldacchino T, Jacobs W, Anderson SR, Worden K & Rowson J (2015) Estimation of Fingertip Force from Surface EMG - A Multivariate Bayesian Mixture of Experts Approach. Proceedings of the International Conference on Bio-inspired Systems and Signal Processing, 12 January 2015 - 15 January 2015. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Baldacchino T, Worden K & Rowson J (2014) Sensitivity analysis using a Bayesian mixture of experts model for a bifurcating Duffing oscillator. Proceedings of ISMA 2014 - International Conference on Noise and Vibration Engineering and USD 2014 - International Conference on Uncertainty in Structural Dynamics (pp 4437-4452) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Baldacchino T, Rowson J & Worden K (2014) Nonlinear Time Series Analysis Using Bayesian Mixture of Experts (pp 111-121) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Yoxall A, Langley J, Musselwhite C, Rodriguez-Falcon EM & Rowson J (2010) Husband, Daughter, Son and Postman, Hot-water, Knife and Towel: Assistive Strategies for Jar Opening. DESIGNING INCLUSIVE INTERACTIONS (pp 187-196) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Cheng J, Batterbee D, Yoxall A, Sims ND, Rowson J & Howard IC (2008) Shaken baby syndrome: a structural dynamics perspective. PROCEEDINGS OF ISMA 2008: INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON NOISE AND VIBRATION ENGINEERING, VOLS. 1-8 (pp 2003-2014) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Becker W, Rowson J, Oakley J, Yoxall A, Manson G & Worden K (2008) Bayesian Sensitivity Analysis of a Large Nonlinear Model. PROCEEDINGS OF ISMA 2008: INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON NOISE AND VIBRATION ENGINEERING, VOLS. 1-8 (pp 3723-3736) View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Yoxall A, Langley J, Luxrnoore J, Janson R, Taylor JC & Rowson J (2008) Help or hindrance: The use of tools for opening packaging. DESIGNING INCLUSIVE FUTURES (pp 65-74) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rowson J & Sareh P () Aesthetic-Aerodynamic Design Optimization of a Car Grille Profile While Preserving Brand Identity. Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED'09), Vol. 4 (pp 13-24). Stanford, CA, USA, 24 August 2009 - 27 August 2009. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rowson J, Kamat SR, Carre MJ & Yoxall A () A Preliminary Study into the Human Perception of Hand Pain for Activities Common in Daily Life. Nordic Ergonomics Society 41st Annual Conference Globalized Ergonomics. Elsinore Denmark, 22 June 2009 - 24 June 2009. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rowson J, Sims ND & Batterbee DC () Finite element modelling of shaken baby syndrome: A frequency response approach. IMAC-XXVII: Conference & Exposition on Structural Dynamics. Orlando, Florida, USA, 9 February 2009 - 12 February 2009. RIS download Bibtex download
Teaching activities
  • MEC114 Mechanical Engineering Techniques
  • MEC209 Design of Structures, Machines and Systems course
  • MEC313 Finite Element Techniques course
  • MEC416 Computer Simulation and Validation course
  • Part of team organising MEC307 Group Design Project