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Dr Alireza Mousavi Dr Alireza Mousavi
Professor
Graduated as BEng with equivalent of first class from Tehran Azad University in Industrial Engineering, Planning and Analysis of Systems in 1994. I worked first as placement and then full time in Automotive Industry Management Consultancy from 1992-1996. In 1996 I joined the Postgraduate Research programme (PhD) of the well-known Department of Manufacturing and Engineering Systems of Brunel University with a scholarship from the University. I obtained my PhD in May 2000. In year October 1999, I was appointed as an RA on an EPSRC/MAFF project MEATRAC – where I developed a fully novel monitoring and control system using Sensors & Actuation, SCADA, PLC, RFID Technology, and Enterprise Data Management System for 100% Tracking and Traceability of Meat products. It was successfully delivered in mid-2002. From May 2002, I was appointed as a lecturer in the same department and to date have covered a wide range of teaching and supervising UG and PG projects in subject areas ranging from mathematics, software engineering, software development, systems modelling & probability theory, control, and embedded systems. The modules covered all undergraduate and postgraduate years, and taught in a highly international and diverse cohort of students. I contribute to a wide range of classical (e.g. mathematics, probability theory, queuing theory, discrete systems, software development) and modern subjects (e.g. Machine Learning, AI, Applied Control, and Cyberphyisical systems) at the Departments of Computer Science, Electronic and Copter Engineering as well as Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering with the College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences. My current research activities are concentrated on digital transformation and smartification of Industrial Systems, especially within the Industry 4.0 context covering sensors-actuation, signal processing and feature extraction, machine learning, modelling, control and optimisation. For complete list of publications and other information please visit my website: Systems Engineering REsearch Group (SERG) Website: University site about SERG ( Special Announcement: SERG is Recruiting Research Assistants, Fellows and PhD students in the areas of Automation, Control, Sensors and Actuation, Mathematical Modelling and Optimisation, Machine Learning & AI, and Software Engineering (contact me for details) · Real-Time Systems encompassing Data Acquisition, Sensitivity Analysis, and Systems Modelling. We are engaged with Machine Tools Manufacturer, Continuous Systems Process, Micro-Electronics, Laser and Opto-Electronics Fabrication and Manufacturing, Penetrating and Surface Technology detection and Quality Inspection, Aerospace and Aviation (Flight Data Analysis, Scenario Analysis, Fault Diagnostics, and Predictive Maintenance), Automotive (Control and Optimisation of Safety Systems). Further applications in real-time performance monitoring and optimisation of Power Plants and Factory Performance Optimisation. (see Publications and Activities) · Systems Modelling and Simulation: Application of discrete event modelling and simulation for measuring and optimisation of plant/shopfloor performance optimisation. Measurement of key performance indicators in industrial systems including manufacturing, health care, retail, logistics, and service industry. Linking internal resource performance with external and environmental factors (secondary models) such as customer satisfaction, environmental impact and complex socio-economics factors. . Data-Driven Learning Predictive Systems Failure, Risk and Threat modelling including physical and digital systems i.e. machines, networked machines (process), and systems of systems. · Mathematical Modelling and Computing: Application of Physical (in forms of Transfer Functions), analytical, stochastic and heuristic modelling in describing and controlling complex systems and presenting them in the form of software tools. For more information: Systems Engineering REsearch Group (SERG) Website: UG Teaching My Teaching responsibilities started in the Department of Manufacturing and Engineering Systems and at present I teach in three Departments of Electronic and Computer Engineering (ECE), Mechanical and Aerospase Engineering (MAE), and Computer Science (CS). Previously I was module leader (ML) of Manufacturing Systems (2003-2008) [average cohort size 80, contact hours: 72], Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Systems (2003-2014) [average cohort size 50, contact hours: 128], Mobile Computing (2005-2012) [average cohort size 50, contact hours: 72], Electronic Business Systems (2008-2018) [average cohort size 50, contact hours: 72], and shared the Programming and Web Development for Digital Media (2008-2018) [average cohort size 70, contact hours: 48]. PG Teaching Module Leader for Systems Modelling and Simulation (also a full online interactive and video module, separate from the classical teaching mode) [average cohort size 200, contact hours: 120, for Engineering Management, Advanced Manufacturing Systems courses, FT, PT, DL and Interactive Pro], Module Leader for Project Control and Management (2015- to date) [average cohort size 90 in UK and Germany, contact hours: 96], contributing to (30%) to Embedded Systems and Control (2016-to date) [average cohort size 30, contact hours: 36]. Previous module leader of Advanced Manufacturing Systems (2003-2008) [average cohort size 200, contact hours: 72, Engineering Management, Advanced Manufacturing systems courses FT, PT and DL modes] and Advanced Mobile Computing and Web Applications (2005-2013) [average cohort size 30, contact hours: 48].
Dr Eujin Pei Dr Eujin Pei
Associate Dean (Quality Assurance) / Reader
Academic Background Eujin is Associate Dean of the College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences (ADQA-CEDPS), working closely with colleagues to actively monitor and implement quality and standards in relation to academic programmes across the college and providing strategic leadership and management to the faculty. He is the Director for the BSc Product Design Engineering Programme, a Chartered Engineer (CEng), Chartered Environmentalist (CENv) and Chartered Technological Product Designer (CTPD). As a Product Design Engineer during the early days of his career, he has developed solutions for companies including Motorola, Inc., LM Ericsson, Sennheiser GmbH & Co. KG, and Rentokil Initial. Eujin is a Reader in Additive Manufacturing. His research focuses on Additive Manufacturing and 4D Printing. He is the Chairperson for the UK National Standards Committee for Additive Manufacturing - British Standards Institute AMT/8; and UK Head of Delegate for ISO/TC261. He is the Convenor of the International Organisation for Standardisation ISO/TC261/WG4 that develops global Standards for Additive Manufacturing Data and Design; and Convenor of ISO/TC261/JG67 for Functionally Graded Additive Manufacturing. Eujin is a Full Member of the EPSRC Peer Review College as the national agency that assesses proposals for funding Research in Engineering and Physical Sciences. He is a Member of the EPSRC Engineering Prioritisation Panel, and Member of the EPSRC Engineering Fellowship Panel. In 2018, he became a Member of the EPSRC Early Career Forum in Manufacturing Research that involves participating in EPSRC strategic advisory activities. Eujin is the Editor-in-Chief for the Progress in Additive Manufacturing Journal (SpringerNature), Associate Editor for Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing (Springer) and Associate Editor for Assembly Automation Journal (Emerald). He is an Editorial Board Member for Rapid Prototyping Journal (Emerald), and Member of the Editorial Board for International Journal of Rapid Manufacturing (Inderscience). He is a reviewer for Cogent Engineering (Taylor & Francis); Journal of Manufacturing Processes (Elsevier); Manufacturing Letters Journal (Elsevier); Optics and Lasers in Engineering (Elsevier); Materials & Design (Elsevier); Nature Communications (Nature Publishing Group); International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management (Inderscience); Advances in Mechanical Engineering Journal (Sage Publishers); Journal of Engineering Manufacture (Sage Publishers); Journal of Mechanical Design (American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME); Recent Patents on Engineering (Bentham Publishers) and the International Journal of Design (Open Access). He is also reviews for Palgrave Books (Macmillan Publishers Ltd.), Laurence King Publishing Ltd. and SpringerNature AG. Research Eujin leads the Additive Manufacturing & 4D Printing Research Group with his interest focusing on Additive Manufacturing and Smart Materials. He is also the Co-Director for the Brunel Centre for Digital Manufacturing. He gained hands-on experience as a Research Fellow at Loughborough University, Brunel University London and at the University of Southampton. He was a Visiting Scientist at Vaal University of Technology and at the Central University of Technology in South Africa. His active involvement in professional Memberships enable him to be a step ahead in policies and emerging technologies. He is an active Member of the British Standards Institution TDW4/8 that develops Standards such as BS 8887 for Design for MADE; and BS 8888 for Technical Product Specification. He is a Member of ISO/JTC1/WG12 which develops standardization work for 3D Scanning and 3D Printing within the scope of Information Communication Technology. Eujin also regularly participates in ISO/TC 261/AHG 05; ISO/TC 261/AHG 06; ISO/TC 261/JG 74; and is a Member of ISO/TC 261/CAG Chairman's Advisory Group, and ISO/TC 261/JAG ISO/TC 261 - ASTM F42 Steering group on JG activities. As Convenor for ISO/TC 261/WG4, he oversees the work of ISO/TC 261 - ASTM F42 joint groups including ISO/TC 261/JG 54 Joint ISO/TC 261-ASTM F42 Group for Fundamentals of Design; ISO/TC 261/JG 57 Joint ISO/TC 261-ASTM F42 Group for Specific Design Guidelines on Powder Bed Fusion; ISO/TC 261/JG 64 Joint ISO/TC 261-ASTM F42 Group for Solid Modelling Support; ISO/TC 261/JG 70 Joint ISO/TC 261-ASTM F42 Group for Optimized Medical Image Data; and ISO/TC 261/JG 73 for Joint ISO/TC 261-ASTM F42 Group for Digital Product Definition and Data Management. Eujin is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering Designers (FIED). He is a member of the Engineering Council Registration Standards Committee (RSC) that publishes procedures, routes and requirements for the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC) for registration as Engineering Technician (EngTech), Incorporated Engineer (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng) and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). He is a Member of the Design Research Society (DRS) and Co-Founder of the Inclusive Design Special Interest Group. At Brunel University London, Eujin is a Committee Member for the Innovation Hub which spearheads new initiatives for student entrepreneurs. He has a track record of generating new knowledge and finding solutions for significant impact in the industry. He is active in Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) and worked with BAE Systems Applied Intelligence Ltd. on several industry projects. In 2016, he was nominated for the BAE Systems Chairman’s Award that acknowledged the efforts and achievements of company partners who delivered performance and furthered the company’s values. Through Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, he has collaborated with SMEs, such as L'Earth Ltd. to conceptualise, develop and retail new 3D Printing bio-materials, in which the product and packaging were recognised with an International WorldStar Award in 2014 for Design excellence. He continues to advise SMEs including Quinteassential Ltd. and Watson EP Ltd. for New Product Development projects. Between 2013-2014, he collaborated and delivered projects for the Leicester Arts and Museum Service where important historical artefacts from the Anglo-Saxon and Roman period were completely digitised and faithfully reproduced using 3D Printing. He worked with the Leicester Transport Heritage Trust to undertake projects such as to completely reverse engineer a historically important Tramcar that was accurately scaled down and 3D Printed. In 2015, he was invited to lead a Masterclass at the Royal College of Art (RCA) for the Include2015 conference on the use of 3D Printing that could support Design practice. Professional Design Career As a Product Design Engineer, Eujin holds numerous Design awards, including the Wearable Master and Field Trial Winner for the Manchester Numbers That Matter Hackathon (2014), International WorldStar Packaging Award (2014), IDSA IDEA Award (2011), Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design 24 hour Inclusive Design Challenge (2011), Motorola Motofwrd (2006), Opus Eyewear (2006), UK Lighting Competition (2006), RSA Design Directions (2005), Popular Science / Core 77 Security Design Competition (2004) and the President's Furniture award (2003). His work has been published in leading international magazines such as Dwell, Icon, FX International and in national newspapers. He has also been interviewed on BBC Radio Leicester and on Power 98FM. Eujin was invited as a judge for the British Promotional Merchandise Association Design competition in 2010. He has exhibited at an international level, including MagicChef at the Panasonic Centre in Tokyo, Japan (2003); and the Clamplight at the NEC Lighting Show in Birmingham, UK (2007). In 2018, his Soundsphere project was exhibited at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum which is the only museum in the USA devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary Product Design. Eujin’s area of Research centres on Additive Manufacturing, 4D Printing and Functionally Graded Materials. He is the Additive Manufacturing & 4D Printing Research Group Leader. Upon completion of his PhD, he worked with Professor RI Campbell as a Postdoctoral Researcher to investigate aspects of Material Extrusion for Additive Manufacturing. Subsequently, he worked in South Africa under the supervision of Professor Deon de Beer to develop novel Test Artefacts for Additive Manufacturing. He also collaborated with Professor Mario Monzon to further develop his expertise in 4D Printing. He is also interested in aspects of Reverse Engineering, Topology Optimisation and Augmented Reality. Within the Department, Eujin is an active Member of the Design for Sustainable Manufacturing (DSM) theme and co-organises Research seminars. He is Chair of the British Standards Institute AMT/8 Committee for Additive Manufacturing; and UK Head of Delegate for ISO/TC261. He is Convenor of the International Organisation for Standardisation ISO/TC261/WG4 that develops global Standards for Additive Manufacturing Data and Design; and Convenor of ISO/TC261/JG67 for Functionally Graded Additive Manufacturing. As a means to disseminate new knowledge, Eujin publishes in international peer-reviewed journals, conference papers, periodicals and books. In 2019, he published a book titled "Additive Manufacturing - Developments in Training and Education - Best Practices, Challenges and Opportunities” (ISBN: 978-3-319-76083-4) by Springer Nature; and contributed to a book chapter for "Additive Manufacturing: Applications and Innovations" by Taylor & Francis in 2018. In 2022, he was awarded by the American Society for Testing and Materials for the 2021 ASTM Additive Manufacturing Award of Excellence in Education. External sources of funding for Eujin's academic research have been received from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC); the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC); the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC); the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE); Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE); the British Council; and from the European Commission. He was a Co-Investigator for the European Commission's H2020 Erasmus+ Capacity-building in the Field of Higher Education programme for “LeNSin - International Learning Network on Sustainability” which was completed in 2019. In 2018, he received funding as Work Package Leader for the European Commission's H2020 WIDESPREAD-05-2017 programme for "Increasing Excellence on Advanced Additive Manufacturing” (INEX-ADAM). In 2019, he also received funding as Work Package Leader for the European Commission's H2020 Erasmus+ Sector Skills Alliances programme for “Strategy in Additive Manufacturing” (SAM). In the same year, he received a grant from the EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) Engagement award. In 2020, he received a grant from the British Council Newton Institutional Links fund for “Direct Writing of Cementitious Inks to Scaffolds with Complex Microarchitectures (DIWoCIS)” as a Co-Investigator, as well as two additional grants from the Global Challenges Research Fund, Demonstrate Impact Programme. In 2021, he was funded by the European Commission's H2020 Erasmus+ Key Action 2: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices programme for Develop Engaging Massive Open Online Resources for Designers Innovative Education (DEMO). Eujin is also involved in the department's Co-Innovate programme which is an innovation support scheme for London-based SMEs and start-ups to help entrepreneurs achieve business growth through collaboration with the university's academics, supported by the European Regional Development Fund. Recently Funded Research Projects (2022) Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) SSH Connections Grant - Design 4.0 (until 2023) European Union Erasmus+ Sector Skills Alliances Programme - SAM (until 2023) European Union Erasmus+ Key Action 2 Programme - DEMO (until 2022) European Union Horizon 2020 H2020-WIDESPREAD-05-2017-Twinning Programme - INEX-ADAM (until 2022) Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and KTN Design Exchange Partnership (DEP) (until 2022) British Council Newton Institutional Links Programme - DiWoCiS (until 2022) InnovateUK, Designing Sustainable Plastic Solutions Fund - AgriFlex (until 2021) InnovateUK, Sustainable Innovation Fund Round 3 - MediFlex (until 2021) UKRI Global Challenges Research Fund, Demonstrate Impact Programme - AquaSense (until 2021) UKRI Global Challenges Research Fund, Demonstrate Impact Programme - BioSan (until 2021) Harrow Council Innovation Grant (until 2021) EPSRC Impact Acceleration Grant (until 2020) Opportunities for PhD Study Enquiries are very welcome from those who are keen to pursue PhD and MSc degrees regarding Additive Manufacturing and Design. Joint supervision, industry partnerships and collaborative research opportunities are all very welcomed. PhD Research Supervision as First Supervisor Christopher Biggadike: Leading Engineers in the 21st Century Using Complexity Leadership Theory Aymane Sahli: AI assisted Project Management: Predicting Patterns and Behaviours in Complex Projects Faten Ezrin Azhar: Improving Communication between Product Designers and Manufacturing Engineers when Designing 4D Printed Parts Seok Woo Nam: Programming 4D Printed Parts using Shape-Memory Polymers and Computer-Aided-Design Giselle Loh: Achieving Smart Textiles through Functionally Graded Additive Manufacturing Peter Booth: 4D printing of Intelligent Bio-Materials with Self-sustaining Structure Harry Sutcliffe: Developing a Design for 4D Printing (Df4DP) Framework Alex Marler: Exploring the use of Fused Deposition Modelling for 4D Printing James Burchill: Improving Dissemination of Radical Innovations in Material Science (completed 2020) Lulu Yin: Understanding the relationship between the environment and walking behaviour (completed 2019) Thomas Stead: Understanding the Product Development Process for Self-Use Medical Devices (completed 2017) Jerry Tagang: Designing a framwork for footware solutions for diabetic patients (completed 2014) PhD Research Supervision as Second Supervisor Montida Lertnimanoradee: Upcycling of Materials in Thailand Zakaria Monteiro Najmi: Applications for Artificial Intelligence Edvard Schroeder: Developing Passive Flow Control Techniques for Quiet Wind Turbine Blades using Additive Manufacturing Aine Petrulaityte: Investigating Product-Service Systems and Distributed Manufacturing (completed 2019) Milad Areir: A Study of 3D Printed Active Carbon Electrode for the Manufacture of Electric Double-Layer Capacitors (completed 2018) Mazin Al-Wswasi: Algorithmn-based Computer Aided Design for Digital Manufacturing (Research Development Advisor) Postdoctoral Research Associates & Visiting Academics Dr Benjamin Watson (Visiting Professor, 2021) Dr James Self (Visiting Reader, 2021) Dr Shahriar Bakrani Balani: British Council (Postdoctoral Researcher, 2021) Dr Adeayo Sotayo: European Commission funded programme (Postdoctoral Researcher, 2020) Dr Israt Kabir: European Commission funded programme (Postdoctoral Researcher, 2021) Ms Daniela Ribeiro: FAPESP funded programme (Visiting Researcher, 2019) Dr Malte Ressin: EPSRC funded programme (Postdoctoral Researcher, 2017) Overseas Postgraduate Supervision Muhammad Kazimi bin Muhamad: Universiti Teknikal Melaka, Malaysia Nsengimana Joseph: Central University of Technology, South Africa Eujin plays a central role in Brunel Design as the Programme Director for BSc Product Design Engineering. He teaches second year undergraduates as Module Leader for Design Process Two and supports other subjects across the curriculum. Eujin believes in "Learning by Doing" that is achieved through practice and learning from experience. To establish this, industry projects are embedded in the curriculum to create a real-world learning experience for his students. Eujin worked as a Senior Lecturer in Product and Furniture Design at De Montfort University from 2010-2014 and played a key role in the re-accreditation of the BSc Product Design programme for the Institution of Engineering Designers, and was also the Subject Champion for the MA Design Programme. As a testament of his teaching excellence, he was nominated for the Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2014, and nominated for the Lecturer of the Year Award in 2019. In 2019, Eujin was recognised as the PhD Research Supervisor of the Year in Brunel University London. Eujin was the Director of Postgraduate Research at Brunel Design (2018-2021), where he worked to ensure that the quality and standards of the educational provision offered by the Department for PhD students are met. He was appointed as External Examiner for the University of East London's BSc Product Design Programme in 2017; as External Examiner for Cranfield University's MSc in Metal Additive Manufacturing Programme in 2019; and as External Examiner for Buckinghamshire New University 2021. He has examined postgraduate and doctoral work for Cranfield University's Centre for Competitive Creative Design (C4D) (UK), Cardiff Metropolitan University (UK), Aalto University (Finland), Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers (ENSAM) (France), Vaal University of Technology (South Africa), Universiti Teknikal Melaka (Malaysia); as well as an internal PhD Examiner at Brunel University London. In 2018, Eujin was appointed as a Visiting Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, working with Professor Conan Fee to establish Design subjects within the newly formed School of Product Design. Opportunities for Industry Projects Eujin’s industry collaborations include local and international companies such as Dyson, Bosch, Mothercare, Canon, BAE Systems, A-Studio, Deliveroo, Flair, Xicato, Heatrae Sadia, Plumen, Frog Bikes, pladis Global, Lightly Technologies, Bubblegum Stuff, Salter, Kebony, Glen Dimplex, STG Aerospace and TP24. Other partnerships include the British Standards Institution (BSI), the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and the Lighting Education Trust (LET). Enquiries are very welcome from companies and organisations who are keen to pursue collaborative partnerships for Level Two or Final Year projects. These projects support a richer learning environment for students and enable companies to develop new solutions for their products and services. As Module Leader for Design Process Two, Eujin has developed a range of exciting and original industry briefs, working closely with clients and mentoring students to deliver innovative and commercially-viable design solutions. Recent examples of students' work that have been mass produced and commercialised include: Sophie Skinner's (Level 2) concept from the Industry Project with Flair Leisure Products Ltd. that was put into full production in 2017; Oliver Lambert's (Level 2) concept from Project Zero with Bubblegum Stuff Ltd. was put into full production in 2018. Katie Price and Valentina Demarchi (Level 2) in collaboration with Xicato Ltd. have had their Lighting projects exhibited at "Light + Building" which is the world’s leading trade fair for lighting and building services technology in Frankfurt (2018). Jennifer Wong's (Level 3) final year project was recognised with the top prize in the Heatrae Sadia Design Award (2017). More recently, Anil Puri's final year project, Pet Calm received funding to be developed as a commercial product. Selection of Final Year Major Projects Supervised by Eujin Pei (As First Supervisor) Above: Kripa Gurung developed a pocket device that could aid patients to measure, carry and dispense liquid oral medication. Features include a transparent lid, a child-safety lock and a modularised and removable measurement container. Kripa graduated in 2022. First supervisor: Eujin Pei Above: Samantha Supan developed several final aesthetic models and proof of principle (PPP) working prototypes to describe the use of “ChatterLearn” as a voice-enabled smart speaker that uses conversational AI and gamification quizzes to help students share their knowledge and collaborate in secondary school classrooms. Sam graduated in 2022. First supervisor: Eujin Pei Above: Max Hill developed a bicycle frame jig for the hobbyist framebuilder where different geometry choices or tubing profiles can be accommodated. The fully working mechanical prototype was built from scratch. Max graduated in 2021. First supervisor: Eujin Pei Above: William Hardy developed a toolchanging 3D printer that utilised electromagnets, developing the hardware and software. The toolchanger is able to accommodate up to five different heads with an integrated wipe-tower to ensure clean prints. Effort was made towards the toolhead and extruder interface with an electromagnetic mating plate. In the final presentation, he was able to demonstrate the printing of two different materials in a single process. The fully working mechanical prototype was built from scratch. Olivier graduated in 2021. First supervisor: Eujin Pei Above: Pak Shing Lin developed a compact benchtop injection moulding machine that was designed to utilise 3D printed plastic waste material. Feasibility testing was carried out through accurately scaled down 3D Printed models produced using Vat Photopolymerization (SLA) where mechanical studies with use of Finite Element Analysis could be performed to better understand the structural behaviour, stress, displacement and strain. Ergonomic studies through rapid upper limb assessments were also carried out. Pak Shing graduated in 2021. First supervisor: Eujin Pei Above: Jesslin Ho developed a deployable wastewater treatment unit, in collaboration with a localcompany based in the UK, utilising Electro-Methanogenic (EM) technology to process and convert wastewater into energy and nutrients. The use of wires and sprockets with pulleys would allow full scalability of the set up. Design for Assembly and Manufacture was utilised to reduce the overall number of components. Jesslin graduated in 2020. First supervisor: Eujin Pei Above: Ajharul Choudhury developed a portable air quality monitoring device that utilises two arduino based sensors that continuously monitors three airborne pollutants - volatile chemicals (VOC), carbon monoxide (CO) and particulate matter (PM). The system creates an overall rating out of 100 for the quality of air which is displayed in the LED colour rating from turquoise to red, as well as the specific air quality on the digital display. The system can also monitor specific pollutants and has been programmed to update every 20 seconds. The fully working electronic prototype was built from scratch. Ajharul graduated in 2019. First supervisor: Eujin Pei Above: Thomas Mortimer developed a gesture input device using a system of Time of Flight (TOF) sensors that could create a gesture area of 1.2 by 0.5m. This input device was designed to be compatible with existing electronics in the home such as lighting systems. The fully working electronic prototype including a custom designed circuit board and optimizing the plastic enclosure using CAD and FEA was conducted. Tom graduated in 2019. First supervisor: Eujin Pei Above: Olivier Verbiest designed and built a fully working heart rate sensor connected to a novel 'sand-scape pattern' former that was controlled using magnets. The idea was to represent a user's bio-date and if the vitals are at a normal level, the circular path 'drawn' on sand would be smooth. The fully working mechanical prototype was built from scratch. Olivier graduated in 2019. First supervisor: Eujin Pei Above: Jinghua Li experimented with the use of the shape memory effect of 4D printed parts to design a self-locking wing system in which a single printed part can perform transformations without the need for actuators and linkages. This allows weight and space to be saved, thereby simplifying the overall structure of the drone. The fully working mechanical prototype was built from scratch. This project was undertaken in collaboration with BAE Systems Applied Intelligence. Jinghua graduated in 2018. First supervisor: Eujin Pei Above: Alex Francis developed a novel security key system as a tamper-proof seal. The fully working mechanical prototype was built from scratch. Central to this project was the use of specially treated 4D Printed material in which a specific temperature would be required to disengage the lock. The use of 3D Printing could allow for an infinite number of shapes to be randomly generated so that no single key would be exact. This project was undertaken in collaboration with BAE Systems Applied Intelligence. Alex graduated in 2017. First supervisor: Eujin Pei Above: Suzanne Robinson collaborated with Plum Products to redesign an outdoor swing seat that could be adapted to the physical growth of children as well as to add value with an engaging toy. The emphasis for this project was human factors and child safety. A well designed fastening system allowed accessories such as the T-bar and a back-rest to be added or removed on demand. Suzanne graduated in 2017. First supervisor: Eujin Pei Above: Emilios Farrington-Arnas developed a navigation tool for the visually impaired to assist users through the use of a tactile/haptic response rather than sound. The fully working electronic prototype was built from scratch. The discretion of the product was achieved by miniaturising the electronics into wearable products to improve styling and avoid social stigmatisation. Plenty of empathy testing and the use of simulation glasses, as well as several iterations of electronics testing using ultrasonic sensors was developed for this project. Emilios' work is on display at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York, USA. He graduated in 2017. First supervisor: Eujin Pei Above: Jack Biltcliffe's Major Project was to build a 3D Printer fully capable of forming objects using Portland Stone material. The fully working electro-mechanical prototype was built from scratch. Time was spent to understand the material rheology and to develop the mechatronics of the system. This was a collaborative project with the Portland Stone Quarry and A-Studio. Jack graduated in 2016. First supervisor: Eujin Pei Above: Rebecca Churn's major project was a collaboration with Wow! Stuff to design and build a toy hydrogen rocket. The fully working electronic prototype was built from scratch. Rebecca spent time with the chemistry lab to understand the electrolysis of water and to separate the gas mixture safely to propel the rocket. An understanding of electronics was critical for the design of a tipover switch and the use of dual Monostable Multivibrators as a timer for the electrolysis process and to activate the launch countdown. Rebecca graduated in 2016. First supervisor: Eujin Pei All work and photos displayed on this page are copyright of respective students © 2023.
Dr Morad Danishvar Dr Morad Danishvar
Research Fellow
Morad is a senior research fellow in the System Engineering Research Group at Brunel University London, UK. He received his BSc degree in Electronic Engineering, the MSc. degree in Engineering Management and the PhD degree from Brunel University London in 2015. His research interest is in Data Science, Data analytics and machine learning, AI, real-time systems modelling and optimization. Morad has worked from 2017-2020 on the EU Horizon 2020 Z-Factor project, which focuses on zero defects in manufacturing systems. And currently is a senior research fellow on the EU Horizon 2020 DEEP PURPLE Digital Manufacturing; Industry 4.0; Data Analytics, Machine Learning and AI; SCADA, Decision Support Systems; Optimisation techniques and Predictive algorithm; Simulation and Applications.

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Dr Evina Katsou Dr Evina Katsou
Professor
Academic / Research Career Dr Evina Katsou is Professor in Water & Environmental Engineering and Course Director of the Water Engineering MSc at Brunel University. Evina leads the Water & Environmental Engineering group with 20 researchers. Her research is focused on: (1) Sustainable resource recovery from wastewater and safe reuse; (2) Data analytics, knowledge discovery and process modelling; and (3) Circularity & sustainability measurement and assessment. Authored 98 journal publications (h-index: 27), 12 book chapters with over 100 presentations, invited talks and patent on biopolymers recovery. Evina leads the Transformation Tools group of the Cost Action on Circular Cities, co-leads the Circular Water VLT of Water Europe and co-leads the SMART-WATER group of the ICT4Water Cluster-EC. She is a member of the drafting team of the new ISO standards on Circular Economy (Measuring and Assessing Circularity – ISO5902). She leads 11 national and international projects including activities on carbon footprint accounting and carbon neutrality Within projects RESILEX Horizon Europe, SYMBIOREM Horizon Europe (WP leader), BORECER HORIZON Europe (WP leader), HYDROUSA H2020, SmartPlant H2020, DEEP-Purple (DSS development and circularity assessment), WATER-MINING (H2020; WP leader), BL2F (H2020; WP Leader), INTCATCH (H2020), iWAYS (SPIRE H2020), Triple Carbon Reduction – OFWAT, she is responsible of the WPs related with the development and application of tools/solutions for the sustainability assessment including carbon footprint quantification and minimization. Evina has also conducts wide range of consulting activities with contracts awarded from leading UK water industry partners, including Affinity Water, Arup, Sever Trent, BuroHappold Engineering, Anglian Water. Industrial Activities UKWIR Tender - Quantifying and reducing direct greenhouse gas emissions from wastewater treatment processes; Jacobs, Brunel, Cobalt Water; 2021-22 OFWAT WATER INNOVATION Competitions; Triple Carbon Reduction; Anglian Water; 2022-24 UKWIR Tender - What does a circular economy water industry look like? Jacobs, Brunel, Allied Waters; 2020-21 UKWIR Tender - Where is the greatest sustainable economic benefit for resource recovery in the water cycle? Jacobs, Brunel, Allied Waters; 2020-21 Determination of the most effective & low-cost solution for tackling the problem of galvanized iron corrosion in specific parts of the Affinity Water piping network, which is caused by the surface water imported from Grafham reservoir; October 2018 for a duration of 16 months, Value: £90,000 Feasibility study Aqualogic AI inspired Leak Detection and Analysis, 2019-2020 Value: £100,000 Towards Carbon neutral and Cost-efficient Sewage Treatment (CO2ST); Severn Trent, 2019-2021, Value: £150,000 Circular Shop Window, Anglian Water, March 2019 for a duration of 14 months, Value: £100,000 MBR design and start-up, Astana, Nazarbayev University, June 2019 for a duration of 6 months, Value: £20,000 Technical support for the chemical-physical-respirometric control & preliminary evaluation of an EGSB reactor for the treatment of wastewater from textile industry, 40,000 Euros, SIMEM SpA, 2014 Technical support for the evaluation & optimization of the wastewater treatment plant (technical & economic data) of the pharmaceutical company Fidia Farmaceutici SpA, Abano Terme (PD), 25,000 Euros 2013-2014. Monitoring of the current treatment processes & capacity of the municipal wastewater treatment plant of Maser Municipality (TV, Italy); examination & evaluation of the potential co-treatment of wastewater from the Municipality of Asolo (TV, Italy); feasibility study & technical aspects, Alto Trevigiano Servizi Srl, InnovEn srl, 15,000 Euros 2013-2014. The focus of my research is on the treatment of industrial and municipal effluents through the application of state-of-the-art biological and physicochemical processes. I have successfully applied innovative techniques for the treatment of industrial wastewater including combined adsorption-filtration processes, membrane bioreactor – reverse osmosis (MBR-RO) systems, anaerobic MBRs, as well as fixed bed column packed with physical and regenerated minerals. Currently, my work is concentrated on advanced biological nutrients removal from wastewater including the partial nitrification/denitrification and the complete autotrophic nitrogen removal (i.e. nitritation/anammox) processes. My research has developed a new dimension in deployment of advanced data analytics methods such as multivariate statistics, clustering techniques for dimensionality reduction, linear and non-linear supervised learning techniques, artificial neural networks, support vector machines, and simplified mechanistic equations to identify and reconstruct complex relationships between observed and latent process variables. The models being developed in my research are leading to accurate measurement of GHGs emissions of treatment processes, and being adopted as indicator of measuring environmental impact in a number of industrial applications (e.g. water systems, process industry and manufacturing). Module Leader at Brunel University London: Water & Wastewater Engineering, Module Leader, BEng, Level 3 Water Process Engineering, Module Leader, MEng, MSc Water & Wastewater Treatment Engineering, MSc Teaching grants Providing insights to engineering students to tackle industrial challenges (VP1819\4\47), The Royal Academy of Engineering; 01/11/2018 – 30/08/2021 (Principal Investigator; Budget: £30,000; VP: Vincent Glancy; Global Process Engineering Leader; Arup) Preparing engineering students to tackle the current water industry's challenges. Visiting Professors (VP1617/29) The Royal Academy of Engineering; 01/10/2016-30/09/2019 (Principal Investigator; Budget for Brunel: £30,000; VP: Steve Kaye; Anglian Water) Equipping engineering students with practical industry skills and professional competence. Visiting Professors (VP1718\4\75) The Royal Academy of Engineering; 01/01/2018-31/12/2020 (Principal Investigator; Budget: £30,000; VP: Gordon Findlay; BuroHappold)
Mr Hang Geng Mr Hang Geng
Visiting PhD Student
Dr Futra Fadzil Dr Futra Fadzil
Research Fellow
Dr Futra Fadzil is a Research Fellow at Computer Science Department. He currently works on Horizon 2020 DIG_IT project which focuses on many objective optimization and smart scheduling for the sustainable digital mine of the future. He received his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering and Electronic from Brunel University London in 2020. Over the years he has gained experience in the power industry and participated in numerous research projects in the following areas: electrical & instrumentation; operation and maintenance; project management; industrial data acquisition; real-time data analytics; system modelling, system optimization, machine learning and industrial internet of thing (IIoT).
Professor Zidong Wang Professor Zidong Wang
Professor - Dynamic Systems and Computing
Zidong Wang is a member of Academia Europaea, a Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, an IEEE Fellow and Professor of Computing at Brunel University London, UK. He has research interests in intelligent data analysis, statistical signal processing and dynamic systems & control. He has been named as the Hottest Scientific Researcher in 2012 in the area of Big Data and listed as highly cited researchers in categories of both computer science and engineering in 2015-2020 with an h-index of 139. He is currently serving as the Editor-in-Chief for International Journal of Systems Science, the Editor-in-Chief for Neurocomputing, the Editor-in-Chief for Systems Science and Control Engineering, and Associate Editor for other 12 prestigious journals including 5 IEEE Transactions. His research has been funded by the EU, the Royal Society and the EPSRC. Introduction to Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Data and Information, Construction of Programs, Software Engineering Methods
Dr Susan Grant Dr Susan Grant
Senior Lecturer
Susan‘s research interests lie in the area of lean and agile supply chains across manufacturing and service sectors. Her recent research has focused on the tension between opportunism and forbearance in buyer –supplier ‘partnerships’; the impact of market culture on attitudes and behaviours across supply chain players; and on the generation of values such as trust in global supply chain relationships. She is currently involved in a number of collaborative projects with researchers across management and engineering disciplines in the area of global supply chain management, and has published widely in the area. Susan holds a PhD from Henley Management College and has been involved in the Lean Aerospace Initiative at Cranfield School of Management specialising in lean supply chain management within the domestic and international aerospace markets. Susan is a lecturer and Course director on the MSc Engineering Management within the School of Engineering and Design and a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS). Lecturer and Course Director for the MSc in Engineering Management Brunel University London: School of Engineering and Design Global supply chain management and Logistics Manufacturing Strategy and Economics
Professor Maozhen Li Professor Maozhen Li
Vice-Dean of the NCUT TNE programme/Professor
Education PhD in Software Engineering, Institute of Software, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1997. MSc in Image Processing, Department of Computer Science, North University of China, 1994. BSc in Computer Science, Department of Computer Science, North University of China, 1991. Employment Oct 2013 - present, Professor, Dept. of Electronic and Computer Engineering, Brunel University London Oct 2009 - Sept 2013, Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Electronic and Computer Engineering, Brunel University London Feb 2002 - Sept 2009, Lecturer, Dept. of Electronic and Computer Engineering, Brunel University London Jan 1999 - Jan 2002, Post-Doctoral Research Associate, School of Computer Science, Cardiff University Computer Networks Network Computing High Performance Computing
Dr Fang Wang Dr Fang Wang
Senior Lecturer
Dr Fang Wang is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at Brunel University London. She received a PhD in artificial intelligence from the University of Edinburgh and worked as a senior researcher in the research centre of British Telecom (BT) Group, before she joined Brunel University London in 2010. Dr. Wang has published a number of papers in books, journals and conferences and filed a series of patents. Dr. Wang is an established teacher and researcher in computer science and artificial intelligence. Her research interests include nature-inspired computing, agents, intelligent information processing, intelligent distributed computing, cognitive radio networks, e-learning and cloud education, cognitive science and computer vision. She actively participated in a number of EU, EPSRC, BT long term research projects and received several technical awards, including the Gordon Radley Technical Premium Highly Commended award of BT and ACM Best Student Paper Award at the Third International Conference on Autonomous Agents. She is on the editorial boards of several international journals and serves on many program committees. Lectured, administered, tutored and examined courses at undergraduate and MSc levels on topics including Introduction to programming, Algorithms and their applications, Systems in Context, Digital Innovation, level 1 and level 2 group projects and final year projects. Class sizes varied from 8 to 350. Supervised a number of undergraduate and MSc projects.
Dr Rebecca De Coster Dr Rebecca De Coster
Lecturer in Innovation
Rebecca De Coster is a Lecturer in Innovation in the AMEE group and is Course Director for the new MSc Enterprise Engineering. Her background is twelve years in the telecoms industry in a variety of roles including new product development, sales engineering and consultancy. She holds a BEng (Hons) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Birmingham University and an MBA from Kingston University. Whilst at Brunel she has completed her Higher Education teaching qualification and a PhD on “Innovation Strategies in Mobile Networking Firms – A Study of Enterprise Realignment.” She previously worked for Ovum (a telecoms research and consultancy firm) where she co-authored two reports into the European telecoms market. Since joining Brunel she has co-authored an article on new technology ventures and presented at three international conferences in this area. Her research interests are Technology and Innovation Management. This involves identifying the role and content of innovation strategies in enterprise engineering organisations. Emerging technologies for high technology firms are examined from two perspectives: the vendor and the user (the application provider). Innovation strategies for the vendor concern the technological and product innovation needed to address the positioning of the firm in the sector (the industry position), what it is providing to the market (the application provision) and the direction of the firm’s products (the technology development). Innovation strategies for the user concern the utilisation of e&m-business technologies in key business operations. Current research includes: The ways in which the use of mobile devices has transformed the practices of enterprise engineering organisations The extent to which mobile devices have helped improve the efficiency of enterprise engineering organisations Rebecca is a Lecturer in Innovation with research interests based on her PhD research into Innovation Strategies for Mobile Networking Firms which comprised a study of Enterprise Realignment. Rebecca joined Brunel University London in October 2002 after twelve years in the high technology telecoms sector including product development and business planning roles followed by technical consultancy. At Brunel University London she is actively involved leading and teaching business and management modules in the School of Engineering and Design primarily to postgraduate students studying on the programme MSc Engineering Management.
Professor Tatiana Kalganova Professor Tatiana Kalganova
Professor
DEGREES AWARDED PhD Napier University Research-engineer degree Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radio-electronics, Minsk, Belarus MSc (distinction) Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radio-electronics, Minsk, Belarus ACADEMIC POSTS 2000-present Lecturer Brunel University London 2003-2011 Business Fellow London Technology Network, LTN Link between research activities at Brunel University London and industry 1997-2000 PhD student Napier University 1994-1997 Research Assistant Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radio-electronics Teaching experience in a range of subjects including core undergraduate units in introduction to programming, object-oriented programming, UML, C++; post-graduate level teaching in research methods, network management and design and mid-term review and assessment in PhD, supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate final year projects, MSc projects. Administration including module leader of core undergraduate and postgraduate modules, Level 2 Co-ordinator at the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, Brunel University London (2001 - 2004); final year project coordinator for MMTD and BMTD (2007 - 2012); ERASMUS coordinator (2009 - ); Director of ECE International Partnerships (2011 - ); Web Coordinator (2012 - ). International relations: establishment and maintenance of collaboration in teaching (double degree program for MSc programs across the School of Engineering and Design) and research with top level Grand Ecoles in France namely ISEP, ESIEE-Paris, ESIGELEC.
Professor Hamid Assadi Professor Hamid Assadi
Professor - Solidification Research
Prof Hamid Assadi is the Head of Virtual Engineering Centre and Professor of Solidification at Brunel University London. He studied Materials Engineering at Shiraz University, and received his PhD in Materials Science and Metallurgy from University of Cambridge in 1996. His work experience includes a professorship at Tarbiat Modares University, as well as several visiting appointments at Helmut Schmidt University, Max Planck Institute for Iron Research, and German Aerospace Centre (DLR). I am interested in modelling and simulation of materials and manufacturing processes, ranging from solidification and diffusion bonding to metal forming and cold spraying, with a focus on microstructure development under dynamic or non-equilibrium conditions. I have been using the finite element method to simulate thermomechanical processes, as well as a combination of phase-field, cellular automata and lattice Boltzmann models to simulate microstructure development in thermal and electrochemical processes.
Professor Kai Cheng Professor Kai Cheng
Professor
EDUCATION AND DEGREES BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering, 1st Class, Harbin Institute of Technology, July 1983. MSc in Manufacturing Engineering, 1st Class (Distinction), Harbin Institute of Technology, July 1988. PhD in Precision Manufacturing, Liverpool John Moores University, January 1994. WORKING EXPERIENCES 01/1994 – 09/1995, Post-doctoral Fellow, School of Engineering at Liverpool John Moores University. 10/1995 – 11/1999, Lecturer, Department of Engineering at Glasgow Caledonian University. 12/1999 – 04/2001, Reader, School of Engineering at Leeds Metropolitan University. 05/2001 – 04/2006, Professor, School of Engineering at Leeds Metropolitan University. 05/2006 – present, Chair Professor, Head of Advanced Manufacturing & Enterprise Engineering (AMEE) Department, School of Engineering and Design, Brunel University London. TEACHING INTERESTS Advanced manufacturing technology Global/sustainable manufacturing and systems Fundamentals of manufacturing systems
Professor Simon Taylor Professor Simon Taylor
Vice Dean Research/Professor
imon J E Taylor is a Professor of Computer Science specialising in Modelling & Simulation and Digital Infrastructures. He has made many contributions to manufacturing, health care and international development. He has worked with international consortia (in particular UNICT, WACREN and the UBUNTUNET ALLIANCE) to contribute to the development of National Research and Education Networks in Africa that has impacted over 3 million students and 300 universities. He has also worked with international consortia (in particular Saker Solutions, the University of Westminster, SZTAKI and CloudSME UG) to develop high performance simulation systems that are being used by over 30 European SMEs and large-scale enterprises such as the Ford Motor Company and Sellafield PLC. He continues to work closely with industry - his work has led to over £30M of savings and new products in industry. He also contributes to the development of Open Science principles and practice for Africa and for Modelling & Simulation as a field. He has led modules in distributed computing in the Department of Computer Science for many years with high module evaluations scores and is an enthusiastic teacher. He has also led the development of several postgraduate degrees. He has supervised over 20 doctoral students, has examined more than 25 doctoral students from across the world and has managed over 15 research fellows. Professor Taylor co-founded and is a former Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Simulation and the UK Operational Research Society Simulation Workshop Series. He chaired ACM SIGSIM between 2005-2008 and since then has been an active member of the ACM SIGSIM Steering Committee. He is also the General Chair for the 2025 Winter Simulation Conference. He has chaired international standardisation groups under the Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization and has conducted several organisational review panels (e.g., DSTL) and simulation audits. He is currently the executive chair for the annual Simulation Exploration Experience ( and a member of the Computer Simulation Archive steering committee ( He has also chaired several conferences and is the General Chair for the IEEE/ACM 2025 Winter Simulation Conference. Interested in the history of computer simulation? Visit the Computer Simulation Archive hosted by NCSU and hear talks from some of the pioneers in computer simulation. I am strongly interested in Modelling & Simulation and Digital Infrastructures, particularly in the development of high performance simulation infrastructures and services in industry and health care. These are extremely important as it allows users to perform more simulation experimentation and to get deeper insight into their problems. This has openned up a new area of study that is allowing us to develop novel AI-based optimisation techniques for Modelling & Simulation that leverage our high performance simulation infrastructures that we have already deployed in industry (e.g., Ford, Saker Solutions and Sellafield). In parallel with these interests I have been able to work towards the development of digital infrastructures and services in Africa. This has contributed to the rapid development of African National Research and Education Networks and the foundation for African Open Science. This work continues and we are working with African stakeholders to further develop African Open Science and Data Science approaches across the continent. In turn these experiences have enabled me to contribute to Open Science techniques for Modelling & Simulation, as well as Open Science at Brunel. I teach a variety of subjects from Modelling & Simulation to Distributed Computing at Undergraduate, Postgraduate and National levels (e.g. NATCOR). I also support student projects and (unpaid) internships in these areas.
Dr Yohan Noh Dr Yohan Noh
Lecturer in Manufacturing Engineering
He received his first B.Sc. degreefrom the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Seoul National University of Scienceand Technology, Korea (2002) and his second B.Sc. degree from the Department ofElectrical Engineering from Yonsei University, Korea (2004). He did his M.Sc. and Ph.D. atthe Department of Science and Engineering (robotics), Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan in2007 and 2011, respectively. After this, he worked as a research associate in Roboticswithin the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Informatics, King's College London.During his PhD and Postdoctoral studies in the UK and Japan, he studied and proposed agreat number of the robotic systems for use in medicine and healthcare in Japan, Korea,and the UK. His work has resulted in more than seventy peer-reviewed papers includingsixteen journal papers and more than seventy papers in top journals and conferences ofrobotics. He has eleven published patents so far.He has been fortunate to have the opportunity of involvement in commercialisationprocess of a number of joint projects between academia and industry. Being ambitious tolay out a research direction which considers commercialisation of the developed system inthe beginning of a project, led to successful commercialisation of the projects and therespective products are now being sold in international market.He has facilitated many collaborative activities between robotics groups in the UK, EU, andJapan through domestic and international joint projects (EU-project STIFF-FLOP, Grant No.287728), (Wellcome Trust IEH project iFIND, Grant No.102431), and (Robotics AdvancedMedical Cluster, Japan), and have been an active member of the robotics community (IEEERAS, EMBS, ASME, RSJ, JSCAS), and helped in the organisation of RSJ, ROMANSY, ICCAS,ROBIO, ICRA, and EMBC conferences since 2008. 1) Design and fabrication for STIFF-FLOP arm (soft manipulators) (Since 2013) and Multi-axial Force/Torque sensors, bending sensors, and palpation instrument (since May 2013) 2) Robot arms, master/slave system, and image compensation algorithm for ultrasound scanning (since June 2014) 3) Medical training robots for airway management and neurologic examination (Since 2006) 4) A new miniaturised Force/Torque and tactile sensing arrays based on optoelectronic technology for medical devices and haptic globes 5) development of a new flexible manipulator integrating contact force sensors and shape sensors for MIS (minimally invasive surgery) (since 2016) 6) Development of a non-contact device for detecting small animal breathing in dedicated whole-body imaging instruments based on fibre optic technology (since 2017) 7) Prototyping a low-cost robot-assisted ultrasound diagnostic robot system (since 2018) 8) Developing a low-cost tactile sensing array for soft prosthetic hands using the light intensity modulation sensing approach (since 2018)
Professor Hamid Bahai Professor Hamid Bahai
Institute Director Materials & Manufacturing
Hamid Bahai received his PhD degree in 1993 in Computational Mechanics from Queen Mary College, University of London. Between 1993 and 1995 he worked as a Senior Research Engineer at T&N Technology where he was involved in research and development work on a number of projects for the automotive and aerospace industries. This was followed by a period at Halliburton Inc during which time he carried out design and analysis of a number of major offshore structures. In 1996 he moved to the aerospace industry by joining Astrium, an aerospace subsidiary of European Aeronautics Defence and Space company, where as a senior scientist, he played a leading role in conducting design, mathematical modelling and computational analysis of Euro3000 space craft structures and Ariane launcher / spacecraft adapter. It was during this period that he was made a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers for his technical contributions and services to the scientific and engineering communities. In 1998 he returned to academia and joined Brunel University as a lecturer. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2004, Reader in 2005 and Professor in Computational Mechanics in 2009. He has led a number of research projects covering a wide range of topics in the area of Computational Mechanics and has published over 140 papers on various themes in the field. In 2014 Hamid Bahai was appointed as the Head of the newly formed Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering at Brunel University London and in 2019 was appointed as the Director of Brunel’s Institute of Materials & Manufacturing. Hamid Bahai’s many theoretical and applied contributions include the development of a new type of non-linear shallow shell strain based finite element and a novel inverse eigenvalue formulation for optimising the vibratory behaviour of structures. His current research interests include development of non-linear finite element formulations and algorithms for fluid-solid interaction and multi-scale continuum-particle numerical simulations. He acted as principal investigator and the chair of government and industrial jointly funded consortiums to work on a high performance computational fluid-solid coupled structural analysis projects. The output of a number of analytical models developed by Hamid Bahai and his co-workers have now become international benchmarks in the scientific community and industry. He has conducted consulting work in the field of structural integrity for many UK and International companies and has given invited talks and courses the world over on various topics in structural computational mechanics. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Computational Mechanics. Hamid's current research interests include computational mechanics, fatigue and fracture mechanics, structural dynamics and development of non-linear finite element formulations and algorithms for fluid-solid interaction and multi-scale continuum-particle numerical simulations. Fundamentals of Solid Body Mechanics Finite Element Analysis Advanced Vibration Theory Numerical Methods Geometric Modelling Control Theory
Professor Savvas Tassou Professor Savvas Tassou
Institute Director - Energy Futures
Academic and Professional Qualifications BSc (1st Class Honours) Mechanical Engineering PhD Department of Mechanical Engineering. Thesis titled `An Investigation of the Criteria to Give Optimum Performance from a Variable Capacity Heat Pump\'. MBA Master of Business Administration. CEng Chartered Engineer. MIMechE Corporate member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. MASHRAE Member of the American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers.. MIIR – Member of International Institute of Refrigeration FInstR - Fellow of the Institute of Refrigeration Academic Career 1978 - 1981 Research Assistant - University of Westminster 1981 - 1986 Lecturer in thermofluids and energy - University of Westminster 1986 to date - Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader/Professor in Thermodynamics and Building Services Engineering - Brunel University London 2001 - 2004 - Head of Department of Mechanical Engineering 2004 - 2014 - Head of School of Engineering and Design 2014 to date - Director of Institute of Energy Futures Thermodynamics and heat transfer Air conditioning and refrigeration Building services design Energy Systems
Professor Tassos Karayiannis Professor Tassos Karayiannis
Professor
EDUCATION PhD 1986, Engineering Science, Natural Convection in rectangular Cavities, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada. BSc (hons) 1981, Mechanical Engineering , City University, London, UK. EMPLOYMENT 2004-2005 Head of Department of Engineering Systems, London South Bank University 2001-2003 Head of Division of Environmental and Energy Engineering, London South Bank University 1993-2001 Head of Research, School of Engineering Systems and Design, London South Bank University 1998 Professor of Engineering; 1996 Reader in Mechanical Engineering; 1993 Principal Lecturer (Thermofluids); 1989 Senior Lecturer; 1988 Lecturer, London South Bank University 1994-1996 Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow; 1988-1994 Honorary Visiting Fellow, City University. 1986-1988 British Technology Group Research Fellow, Electrohydrodynamic Enhancement of Boiling and Condensation in Heat Exchangers, City University. 1986 Research Fellow, Cavitation Erosion, University of Southampton. 1981-1986 Teaching Assistant, The University of Western Ontario. Thermofluids, Heat and Mass Transfer Research Methods Fundamentals of Refrigeration/Cooling systems Renewable Energy Systems
Dr Anastasia Anagnostou Dr Anastasia Anagnostou
Senior Lecturer in Computer Science
Dr Anastasia Anagnostou is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at Brunel University London and the co-lead of the Modelling & Simulation Group (MSG). She is also member of the Intelligent Data Analytics (IDA) Group. She holds a PhD in Distributed Modelling & Simulation, an MSc in Telemedicine and e-Health Systems and a BSc(Hons) in Electronic Engineering. Her research interests lie in the areas of Advanced Computing Infrastructures for Modelling and Simulation, Open Science for Simulation, Hybrid Distributed Simulation and Modelling and Simulation for Healthcare and Industrial Applications. Since 2011, she has been involved in several interdisciplinary research projects with stakeholders from industry and academia across manufacturing, healthcare, defence and food supply chains. She has also worked in Africa helping to develop digital infrastructures and collaborative services enabling open science. She is co-chair for the OR Society’s Simulation Workshop (SW21) and member of organising committees for international conferences sponsored by the IEEE and ACM/SIGSIM. She has been awarded Horizon 2020 funding for a 9.5 million Euro project (Brunel contribution €370K) entitled “Demonstration of intelligent decision support for pandemic crisis prediction and management within and across European borders” (STAMINA). CS2005 Networks and Operating Systems (Module Leader) CS2001 Level 2 Group Project CS2555 Work Placement CS3004 Network Computing CS3072-3605 Computer Science/Business Computing Final-Year Projects CS5601 Enterprise Modelling (Module reviewer) I also taught: Introduction to Programming, Business Analysis and Process Modelling, Systems Project Management, ERP Systems Theory and Practise, ERP Systems Deployment and Configuration and SAP ERP Integration of Business Processes Certification Course (TERP-10).
Dr Mihalis Kazilas Dr Mihalis Kazilas
Reader & Director of BCC
Dr Mihalis Kazilas is the Director of the Brunel Composites Centre. He has more than 20 years of experience in the composites processing area. He received his PhD in Advanced Materials from Cranfield University back in 2003. His main field of expertise are polymers characterisation and polymer composites manufacturing and joining processes. He is author of several refereed scientific publications in the area of advanced composites manufacturing and process optimisation. Mihalis is a creative thinker who enjoys problem solving and able to work with different stakeholders to achieve the optimum results in both technical and managerial environments. Work experience: Sep 2019 – present: Business Group Manager, Polymer and Composite Technologies, TWI, UK June 2019 – present: Director of the Non-Metallics Innovation Centre, a joint initiative between TWI, Saudi Aramco and ADNOC Oct 2016 – present: Centre Director, Brunel Composites Innovation Centre, Brunel University London, UK Feb 2012 – 2019: Section Manager, Adhesives, Composites and Sealants (ACS) section within the Joining Process Group at TWI, UK May 2006 – Jan 2012: R&D Consultant, Project Engineer, Collaborative Projects Operations Manager at INASCO, Greece
Dr Mingfeng Wang Dr Mingfeng Wang
Lecturer in Robotics and Autonomous Systems
Academic Career Lecturer, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Brunel University London, 2021 - present. Research Fellow, Rolls-Royce UTC in Manufacturing and On-Wing Technology, Department ofMechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Nottingham, 2017-2021. Senior Research Associate, National Centre for Precision Farming, Harper Adams University, 2016-2017. Academic and Professional Qualifications B.Eng. (Hons), Central South University, China, 2008. M.Sc. (Distinction), Central South University, China, 2012. P.hD., University of Cassino and South Lazio, Italy, 2016. AFHEA, Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK, 2021. CEng, Chartered Engineer, Engineering Council UK, 2022. Research Expertise and Interests Continuum robotic systems for in-situ maintenance (inspection and repair) in confined environments(e.g. aeroengine and nuclear). Legged robotic systems with parallel mechanisms (e.g. humanoid and hexapod robots). Precision farming robotic systems (e.g. laser weeding robot). Miniaturised robotic systems (e.g. capsule robot) Research Grants PI, "Optimal design of a walking machine for in-situ maintenance and repair in hazardous environments", Impact Acceleration Account - Brunel University (EPSRC EP/R511493/1), £25,000, 03/2022-03/2023. Co-I, "Coordinated whole-body control and overall performance optimisation for a mobile snake-like robotic arm", International Exchanges 2020 Cost Share (NSFC) (IEC/NSFC/201279), £12,000, 03/2021-03/2022. Co-I, "In-situ sampling for inspection of pressurised water reactor using RAIN-Hex robot", Robotics and Artificial Intelligence in Nuclear (EPSRC EP/R026084/1), £25,000, 06/2020-12/2020. Co-I, "Self-calibration system to enhance machining capability of the RAIN-Hex", Robotics and Artificial Intelligence in Nuclear (EPSRC EP/R026084/1), £25,000, 06/2019-02/2020. PI, "Comprehensive modelling of slender continuum robots using twin-pivot compliant joints", Through-life performance: From science to instrumentation (EPSRC EP/P027121/1), £83,000, 06/2019-05/2019. Award BRIEF award, Brunel Research Initiative and Enterprise Fund, 2022 Best paper of Year 2021, Surface Topography: Metrology and Properties, 2022 Best paper award, IFToMM Asian Mechanisms and Machine Science Conference (Asian-MMS), 2014. IFToMM Young Delegates Programm, 2014, 2015. Excellent Student Scholarship in Lazio, Italy, 2013/14, 2014/15. Dr Wang is engaged in teaching and project supervision at the undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) levels with the following modules: UG Modules: ME3624 - Introduction to Robotics and AI Applications in Engineering (module contributor, 50% of full module) ME3620 - BEng Major Individual Project (supervision) ME3623 - Group Design Project (supervision) PG Modules: MN5674 - Robotics and Automation (module leader) ME5500 - MSc Dissertation Project (supervision) ME5308/EE5098 - MEng Group Project (supervision)
Professor Shouxun Ji Professor Shouxun Ji
Professor
Prof. Shouxun Ji is currently a Professor at Brunel University London. He has been focusing on the development of lightweight materials and structures for the automotive industry, aerospace, powered tools, and other sectors. The main activities include purpose-developed aluminium alloys and magnesium alloys with improved ductility, strength (at ambience and elevated temperatures), modulus and thermal conductivity, and the hybrid structures using different materials and different joining techniques. He is also working on new materials and structures for special applications, such as materials for explosive cords and high strength casting materials for aircraft. His works have helped industrial partners to deliver several products in massive manufacturing. Recently, he worked with world leading company to develop magnesium alloys for small engine applications, which requires improved strength and thermal conductivity at room temperature and at elevated temperatures. Prof. Ji have plenty experiences in high pressure die casting including die structure design, gating system design and optimisation, casting process and casting materials. He also worked extensively on other shaped-casting processes such as sand casting, gravity casting, low pressure die casting, semi-solid metal processing of rheo-die casting, rheo-extrusion, and rheo-twin roll casting. His previous works also included cast irons (spheroidal graphite cast iron and austempered ductile iron) and copper alloys. Prof. Ji has published more than 130 papers in the peer-reviewed scientific Journals and more than 20 international patents. He is the member of three ISO technical committee and one BSI technical committee and the editorial member of three scientific journals. He received the innovation award from CMF UK in 2017. His research is on lightweight alloy materials and structures with the overarching goal to advance the state-of-the-art in innovative materials and manufacturing methods in association with the understanding of the mechanical behaviours and strengthening mechanisms of metallic materials from solidification, casting, deformation, and heat treatment. Currently, his research projects include (1) light weight materials for automotive industry, especially super ductile aluminium alloys and magnesium alloys, (2) high pressure die casting of thin-wall casting, (3) semi-solid processing of aluminium alloys and magnesium alloys. (1) Modulus leader. Lecturing on '' MN5508: Project management'' (2) Lecturing on '' MN5566: Design experience'' (3) Supervision of M. Sc. students (4) Supervision of Ph. D. students
Professor Tat-Hean Gan Professor Tat-Hean Gan
Director of Brunel Innovation Centre
Professional Qualifications CEng. IntPE (UK), Eur Ing BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronics Engg (Uni of Nottingham) MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering (University of Warwick) MBA in International Business (University of Birmingham) PhD in Engineering (University of Warwick) Languages English, Malaysian, Mandarin, Cantonese Professional Bodies Fellow of the British Institute of NDT Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology Tat-Hean Gan has 10 years of experience in Non-Destructive Testing (NDT), Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) and Condition Monitoring of rotating machineries in various industries namely nuclear, renewable energy (eg Wind, Wave ad Tidal), Oil and Gas, Petrochemical, Construction and Infrastructure, Aerospace and Automotive. He is the Director of BIC, leading activities varying from Research and development to commercialisation in the areas of novel technique development, sensor applications, signal and image processing, numerical modelling and electronics hardware. His experience is also in Collaborative funding (EC FP7 and UK TSB), project management and technology commercialisation.
Dr Ximena Schmidt Dr Ximena Schmidt
Senior Lecturer
Ximena joined Brunel University London in 2019 as Global Challenges Research Fellow working at the Institute of Energy Futures. Since then she has been develop international research collaborations in the fields of sustainable food systems. Ximena is a life cycle sustainability expert and currently developing data science and system modelling skills. Her broader research interests relate to sustainable food supply chains and technologies, circular economy and waste valorization, and sustainable food consumption, including diets and cooking. In 2021, Ximena moved to the Chemical Engineering department where is currently integrating her research on sustainability and life cycle thinking in the undergraduate and post-gradute curricula while continuing her research. She is module leader of Process Design (CL3602), Design project (CL3605) and Sustainability and Environmental Engineering (CL5656). Outreach is key in Ximena's activities. Behavioral change and awareness are critical for taking Ximena's research out of the academia and generate real impact. Hence, she has been involved in several research led - outreach activities and initaitves; currently, the main projects are TakeaBiteCC- Take a Bite out of Climate Chage and GGDOT - Greenhouse Gas and Dietary choices Open Toolkit, transdisciplinary collaborations that aim to develop tools and engagement materials (e.g. games) to raise awareness about the relationship (impacts) between our food choices and climate change. TakeaBiteCC AT HOME, is the latest project, a response to COVID-19. Ximena's research interests relate to sustainable food systems includes agriculture, farming and food processing, healthy and sustainable diets and food consumption, circular economy and waste valorization. In the field of energy systems, Ximena's interests and experience relates to sustainable cooking fuels and novel technologies, waste-to-energy and high-value added agrifood valorisation routes. In interdisciplinary research and engagement, I usually provide sustainability assessment expertise, circular economy expertise, data analysis and visualization (R) skills, citizen science knowledge and experience, public engagement and outreach networks, and experience on tested activities.
Dr Yongmin Li Dr Yongmin Li
Reader - Computer Science
Dr. Yongmin Li received his PhD from Queen Mary, University of London, MEng and BEng from Tsinghua University, China. Before joining Brunel University London, he worked as a research scientist in the British Telecom Laboratories. His research interest covers the areas of data science, machine learning, artificial intelligence, image processing, computer vision, video analysis, medical imaging, bio-imaging, biomedical engineering, healthcare technologies, automatic control and nonlinear filtering. Together with his colleagues, he has won the Most Influential Paper over the Decade Award at MVA 2019 and Best Paper Awards at Bioimaging 2018, HIS 2012, BMVC 2007, BMVC 2001 and RATFG 2001. He was ranked in the world's top 2% scientists in the Updated Science-Wide Author Databases of Standardized Citation Indicators in 2020, 2021, and 2022. Professional Affiliations: Senior Member, the IEEE Senior Fellow, the Higher Education Academy Prospective PhD Students: We invite talented and hard-working students to join us for their PhD study. From time to time, we may have studentships available, which include an annual bursary (about £18,000 this year) plus payment of tuition fees for three years. Currently we have several projects on-going, for example, Deep Learning for Medical Imaging, Natural Language Processing for Business Intelligence, Natural Language Processing for Tax Assessment, and Image/Video Content Generation for Personalised Remarketing. But any other topics within the area of artificial intelligence and data science would also be welcome. Contact me for details if interested. Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence 2022/23: Built on our strong international research profile (consistently ranked in the top 100 in the world, 1st in UK for H-index and Highly Cited Papers for 3 years in a row from 2018-2020, and 3rd in UK for overall performance in "the NTU Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities", Subject: Computer Science, 2020), we offer the MSc Artificial Intelligence course with great flexibility (1 year full-time, 2 year part-time or 3 year staged study). If you are interested, apply here. 15 Scholarships available for applicants from under-represented groups, £10,000 of each. CS0002 Introduction to Programming CS2001 Level-2 ProjectsCS2002 Software Development and Management
Professor Isaac Chang Professor Isaac Chang
Head of LiME Training
Prof. Isaac Chang is the appointed Professor of Metallurgy & Materials and Head of LiME Training Centre. Prior to this, he was a Reader and Head of Education at School of Metallurgy and Materials, University of Birmingham. He received his DPhil in Materials Science from University of Oxford (1991) and BSc(Eng) in Materials & Metallurgy from Imperial College, London University. He specializes in the field of physical and powder metallurgy, as well as nanotechnology and ceramic science. His research is focussed on the understanding of the relationship between processing, microstructure and properties of materials for industrial applications in transport, energy, healthcare, defence and electronic sectors. He was the first to discover the solid solution with a face centred cubic (FCC) crystal structure in an equiatomic FeCrCoNiMn alloy (the so-called Cantor alloy) in 2004 together with Prof. Brian Cantor, which has contributed to a brand-new field of materials science known as ‘High Entropy Alloys’ or ‘Multiple Principle Element Alloys’. He holds 7 patents and has published over 121 research papers in scientific journals, book chapters and conference proceedings. He is a Fellow of Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) and a member of the editorial board for Journal of Materials, Chemistry and Physics. His current research interest includes muticomponent lightweight alloys, high entropy alloys, metallic glasses, nanocomposites, graphene, high throughput material processing for rapid alloy discovery and synthetic biology for advanced materials development.