Systems Engineering Research Group (SERG)
Roger Lewis (left) and Dr Howard Cawte (right)
showing off a new dehumidifier and heat exchanger
Research led by Dr David Sanders TD is investigating energy efficiency based on Ambient Intelligence and research in collaboration with Brunel University (Professor David Harrison) is investigating distributed user interfaces for ambient intelligent environments. That will be the subject of an application to the EPSRC for funding.
Research led by Dr Howard Cawte has investigated new methods for the design of heat recovery ventilators. Research into methods of automating the design and operation of complex processes has continued but is reducing and concentrating on complex water treatment plants. Research led by Professor Carl Ross has concentrated on the strength and vibration of submarine structures using both theoretical finite element techniques and experimental techniques. The theories being developed are computer dependent and new in-house computer software has been created for the work. With Dr Andrew Little, they have investigated the vibration and buckling of novel carbon fibre pressure vessels.
Dr Alex Gegov has been investigating the application of computational intelligence methods to the modelling of buildings and soft computing models for Building Zones. Other new work in this area is being hampered by staff commitments to administration but further new work is planned to investigate the application of AI to water treatment processes.