PhD Showcase 2017 Winners

 Presentation: Winner

Omar Faqir, Imperial College London
Optimal energy-efficient control in UAV based communication networks

Presentation: Runner-Up

John Martin, University of Oxford
Modelling of overhead power lines for trains

Poster: Winner

Thomas Burrell, University of Lancaster
Cooperative Robotics: Nuclear decommissioning with drone and manipulator

Poster: Runner-up

Yunpeng Zhu, University of Sheffield
Nonlinear damping based semi-active building isolation system – an experimental study

UKACC Day, 12 June 2017

The Vox Conference Centre, Birmingham

This year, UKACC Day will take place on the first day of the Advances in Process Automation and Control 2017 Conference, 12-14 June 2017.

  • 13.00: Lunch, exhibition and PhD Showcase poster session.
  • 14.00: UKACC/IChemE Lecture, given by Professor Tony Pipe, University of West England and the Bristol Robotics Laboratory. He will cover new developments, related to control and autonomous systems and their application to self-driving cars.
  • 15.00: Session on “Latest developments in process control and automation”.
  • 16.45: PhD Showcase presentations.
  • 18.00: Drinks reception and PhD Showcase poster session.

Register for UKACC Day. Deadline: 26 May, 2017.

Details for Entering PhD Showcase. Deadline: 26 May, 2017.


Best Presentation Prize Awarded at 2016 PhD Showcase

Group 2016

There was a total of 18 entries from 9 universities for the 2016 PhD Showcase, which was held on 17 May 2016.

Ross Drummond

The winner of the overall prize went to Ross Drummond, University of Oxford, for his presentation entitled ‘Supercapacitor design using systems theory’.

Two runner-up prizes were also awarded:

Thomas Levermore
Thomas Levermore, Kingston University, for ‘Vehicle Speed Optimisation with Dynamic Programming’.

Nabilah Farhat
Nabilah Farhat, Loughborough University, for ‘Vehicle-based switching’.

UKACC Day, 17 May 2016

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers, One Birdcage Walk, London SW1 9JJ

  • 10.30: UKACC Executive Committee Meeting.
  • 13.00: Lunch.
  • 14.00: PhD Presentation Showcase.
  • 17.30: Lecture Registration and Refreshments
  • 18.00: UKACC/IMechE Lecture, given by Professor Henk Nijmeier, Eindhoven University of Technology. This lecture will cover new developments in control systems and robotics, in particular cooperative robotic systems and the synchronisation of these robots to complete tasks. You must register for this free lecture using this registration form.
  • 19:30: Q&A Session, Networking Opportunities & Lecture Close

Please let know if you are coming to the lunch or PhD Presentation Showcase if you are not a committee member or presenting on the day.

Further details: UKACC Day 2016 flyer

PhD Presentation Showcase:  Please see the presenter instructions. Deadline for submission of your presentation is Friday, 13 May. Click here to see the previous set of presentations.

Best Presentation Prize Awarded at 2015 PhD Showcase

There was a total of 25 entries from 15 universities for the PhD Showcase, which was held on 24 November 2015. Click here to see the programme and presentations.

Rucha Sawlekar
The winner of the prize, awarded for quality of presentation, content and delivery, went to Rucha Sawlekar, University of Warwick, for her presentation entitled ‘Implementing Nonlinear Systems Using Nucleic Acids’.

Two runner-up prizes were also awarded:
Cyrus Mostajeran
Theory: Cyrus Mostajeran, University of Cambridge, ‘Invariant Differential Analysis’.

Bulat Khusainov
Application: Bulat Khusainov, Imperial College London, ‘Optimal Co-design of FPGA Implementations for MPC’.

UKACC Day, 24 November 2015

etc.venues, Liverpool St – Norton Folgate, London, E1 6DQ

  • 10.00pm: UKACC Executive Committee Meeting.
  • 12.00pm: UKACC AGM. Committee plus any additional representatives of member bodies are welcome.
  • 13.00pm: Lunch.
  • 14.00pm PhD Presentation Showcase.
  • 18.00 for 18.30: UKACC/IET Tustin Lecture will be given by Professor David Limebeer, University of Oxford, and will be on reducing lap times and fuel consumption in F1 via optimal control of hybrid power trains. Followed by evening reception.  You must register for the lecture/reception using this registration form.

Please let know if you are coming to the lunch or PhD Presentation Showcase if you are not a committee member or presenting on the day.

Further details: UKACC Day 2015 flyer

PhD students:  please see the presenter instructions and download the template. Deadline for submission of your presentation is Monday, 16 November.

IEEE/InstMC Automotive Mechatronics Workshop

Cranfield, Fri 28 November 2014

Presentations on topics of interest to automotive engineers: mechatronic components, advanced control techniques, automotive control applications and software implementations. This will be followed in the evening by a guest lecture.  You can find out more at

If you wish to attend, please email Daniel Auger

Best Presentation Prize Awarded at PhD Showcase

The winner of the prize, awarded for quality of presentation, content, and delivery, went to Sandira Gayadeen, University of Oxford, for her presentation entitled ‘Synchrotron Electron Beam Control’.  The judges felt that this was a great piece of research clearly explained in the 4 minutes allowed. She beat off stiff competition from 26 other presenters representing 11 Universities.

Three runners-up, highly commended for their presentations were

Kaoru Yamamoto,University of Cambridge: Bounded Disturbance Amplification in Mass Chains

Can Du, University of Bath: Variable Supply Pressure Electro-hydraulic System for Efficient Multi-axis Motion Control

James Trollope, Coventry University: Ethical pre-emptive decision making algorithm inspired by altruism for controlled energy absorption

Programme and presentations can be found under the ‘Events’ menu.