Systems Autonomy is viewed as a great challenge to technological progress which unifies the Centre’s activities.
The complexity of emerging applications in this area necessitates holistic and innovative solutions founded on a multi-disciplinary systems approach and on a diverse range of technologies.
Our shared vision is to produce basic and applied research for advancing the Engineering Design of Autonomous Systems, based on the disciplines of Systems Theory, Control, Measurement and Estimation, Information Theory and Machine Learning, supported by developing Intelligent Process Software and Real-Time embedded hardware.
The main objectives of SAC are to:
- Undertake Theoretical and Applied Research in Systems Autonomy.
- Develop methodologies, concepts and tools which will enable the effective engineering design of Autonomous Systems for current and emerging applications, and
- Promote collaborative activities in Systems Autonomy with partner Universities and private Industry.
Activities in Systems Autonomy fall under the following categories which align well with research interests and activities of the members of the Systems, Autonomy and Control Research Centre:
- Machine Intelligence/AI: Autonomous vehicles, Mobile robotics and path planning, autonomous navigation, Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM)
- Control: Cooperative Control over networks with applications to: Vehicle platoons and UAV swarms, satellite constellation control, multi-area load-frequency control, Inventory Control in multi-echelon Supply Chains. Fault detection and isolation, reconfigurable control. Decentralised and Distributed Control. Consensus algorithms and Synchronisation.
- Communication/Networks: Real-time communications of autonomous agents, power control of mobile robots, localisation algorithms.
- Power: Autonomous microgrid operation and control, control of islanded microgrids, distributed economic dispatch, AI methods for load forecasting,
Click on the name of a member below to find out about their background, research interests and more.
Professor Nabil Aouf, Professor of Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Centre Director
Professor G. Halikias, Professor of Control Engineering
Professor D. W. Stupples, Professor of Systems and Cryptography
Dr V. Rakocevic, Reader in Networks and Communications
Dr E. Milonidis, Senior Lecturer in Control
Dr M. Tomas-Rodriguez, Senior Lecturer, Control and Aeronautics
Dr D. Apostolopoulou , Lecturer.
Professor Keith Robert Pullen , Professor of Energy Systems.
VISITING STAFF, and Research Fellows
- K. Kechagias-Stamatis, Visiting Fellow (Nabil Aouf).
- D. Rondao, Research Fellow (Nabil Aouf).
- L. He, Research Fellow (Nabil Aouf).
- A. Zenati, Research Fellow (Nabil Aouf).
- M. Bahraini-Sotoodeh, Research Fellow (Nabil Aouf).
- Dr. Cristina CASTEJON,Academic Visitor (Maria Tomas-Rodriguez).
- Dr Paul Riley, Senior Research Fellow (Keith Pullen, part time).