Wednesday 2 October 2019, 17:30 - 18:30
Venue: Gisbert Kapp, Lecture Theatre 1 (G8 on campus map - PDF)
Railway Mechatronics – don’t worry, we have it under control!
Professor Roger Dixon will discuss how control systems engineering has been used successfully in his research projects over the past 25 years. He will then delve into the future of his research in Mechatronics and Control Systems and how this research might benefit railways and beyond.
Mechatronics involves taking a synergistic approach to the design of engineering systems. It makes use of methods which span engineering domains and is underpinned by concepts of advanced control, sensing, actuation and model-based design; developed in the field of control systems science and engineering. In the future, new mechatronic systems for railways have the potential to radically improve the performance (including dependability) of our rail systems.
Roger is a Professor of Control Systems Engineering, a Fellow of the IMechE and Higher Education Academy and a Chartered Engineer. He has over 25 years of application focussed research experience gained in industry (ALSTOM) and academia (at University of Birmingham, Loughborough and Lancaster) and is a specialist in Control Systems, Mechatronics, Condition Monitoring and Fault Tolerant Systems. The application areas for his research have been broad, including rail, aerospace, and energy domains. In 2018, Roger joined BCRRE at the University of Birmingham to establish a research group in the control and mechatronics area.
The lecture will summarise some of the highlights of Roger’s research to date. It will then focus on the evolution of the “REPOINT” project, which Roger led from 2010 to 2018. REPOINT – which stands for Redundantly Engineered POINTs – began life as an EPSRC sponsored blue-sky project in 2010. Some of the concepts that were developed have been patented, developed and demonstrated on a test track in late 2018. The final part of the lecture will discuss Roger’s plans for the future of his research in Mechatronics and Control Systems and how this research might benefit railways and beyond.
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