An experimental powered wheelchair with collision avoidance sensors on a bench in an engineering lab at the University of Portsmouth

Research into energy and energy management

Research that has created mobility systems that allow children and young people with complex physical disabilities and health needs to use powered wheelchairs for the first time.

 

Overview

Our systems engineering research uses systemic thinking and intelligent systems engineering to assist organisations (mainly industry and business partners) to become more globally competitive.

The application of our research and expertise has provided improvements and solutions to industrial and business problems in design, manufacture, engineering, management, computing, electronics and software.

Our members research activities include:

  • Modular electro-mechanical systems and electronics
  • Assistive technology
  • Computer aided design systems
  • Knowledge management systems and computing systems
  • Automation, robotics and sensors
  • Environmental systems

The Systems Engineering Research Group was established 30 years ago to enable businesses to take advantage of expertise in the University. Collaborations with businesses generally last from one to three years, although several have lasted considerably longer, some for more than twenty years.

Funding for collaboration with business is mainly provided by Innovate UK, research councils and charities.

Current projects

Making decisions about saving energy in compressed air systems using ambient intelligence and AI

COFUND, DTA3 Marie Skłodowska-Curie PhD Fellowship

Professor David Sanders, Dr Giles Tewkesbury, Dr Nils Bausch

Intelligent sensors

Knowledge Transfer Partnership with TGA Industries and Gem Sensors and Controls

Professor David Sanders, Dr Giles Tewkesbury, Dr Rinat Khusainov

Using artificial intelligence to share control of a powered-wheelchair between a wheelchair user and an intelligent sensor system

Professor David Sanders, Dr Alexander Gegov, Dr Malik Haddad

Building Energy Management Systems

Knowledge Transfer Partnership with InTandem Systems Ltd

Professor David Sanders, Dr Giles Tewkesbury, Dr Jovana Radulovic, Mohamed Hassan Sayed

Vehicle Driving

Professor David Sanders, Dr Giles Tewkesbury, Dr John Chiverton, Dr Branislav Vuksanovic

Young person sitting in a wheelchair

AI powered wheelchair wins national award

Pioneering research from the University of Portsmouth that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to open up a new world of possibilities for children with disabilities has won two E&T Innovation Awards 2020.

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Funding and awards

Our research has achieved national and international recognition, for example: shortlisting for international innovation awards and Young Engineer of the Year awards. The group have published more than 400 papers and income of than £5,000,000, including nine SERC/EPSRC grants, fourteen KTP/TCS programmes and seven European grants.

Here are some examples of the creation and development of intellectual property and examples of outputs:

New systems

  • Biometric and signature capture devices (two patents still in use in the UK and USA, for example in Nationwide Building Society).
  • Powered wheelchair systems and devices (used by 2,000 people since 2008 in six special schools and institutions including RNIB and NHS and many private homes, they are reducing the need for carers and changing professional services).
  • Modular design for manufacture and assembly (currently in use by BlueMT).
  • Music teaching systems (currently in use in six schools and colleges).
  • Systems for teaching over the WWW (currently in use in eleven schools and colleges).
  • Tele-operation systems (was used for controlling robots, especially in the energy supply industries).
  • Energy saving systems (currently used in many buildings, most recently in Chichester Festival Theatre).
  • Large scale high-recirculation airlift reactors (used by EffTech ltd, Zeneca Bio-products and Anglian Water).
  • Intelligent monitoring and disaster prevention systems (these have only just been created and are being assessed in the petroleum industry).
  • Intelligent sensors (these have only just been created and are being assessed by TGA Industries Ltd).

Examples of research work taken up by other Universities

  • Design systems (especially mechanical and civil engineering and design for assembly): Waterloo (Canada), Chalmers (Sweden), Edith Cowan (Australia), Girona and Politecn Catalunya (Spain).
  • Virtual reality in engineering (especially powered wheelchair and tele-operator training): Laval (Canada), Chester (UK), and Pittsburgh (USA).
  • Modelling fluid flows: MIT (USA), Ben Gurion (Israel) and National Chung Cheng (Taiwan)
  • Internet use in engineering (especially browser-based systems): N Florida (USA), Georgia (Greece), Hong Kong Poly (China) + Madrid & Autonoma (Spain).

Prizes

  • Twice awarded Highly Merited by the IET.
  • Twice awarded 2nd place at the IET International Innovation Awards.
  • Awarded the UK Engineering Tutor Prize for Best Engineering Project by the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineering.
  • Outstanding Paper Award at the 2012 Emerald Journals Literati Network Awards.
  • Several Best Paper and Best Session Paper awards in journals and at conferences.
  • Education award from David Blunket.
  • The group have supervised 20 Masters and 70 PhDs to completion.

Research group leader

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Professor David Sanders

  • Job Title Professor of Systems Engineering
  • Email Address David.Sanders@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Mechanical and Design Engineering
  • Faculty Faculty of Technology
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor

Research group members

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Dr Giles Tewkesbury

  • Job Title Principal Lecturer and Associate Head (Student Experience)
  • Email Address Giles.Tewkesbury@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Mechanical and Design Engineering
  • Faculty Faculty of Technology
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Dr Zoubir Zouaoui

  • Job Title Senior Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering
  • Email Address zoubir.zouaoui@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Mechanical and Design Engineering
  • Faculty Faculty of Technology

Research fellows

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Dr Malik Haddad

  • Job Title Research fellow in the Business School
  • Email Address malik.haddad@port.ac.uk
  • Department Portsmouth Business School
  • Faculty Faculty of Business and Law
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Mr Martin Langner

  • Job Title Researcher
  • Email Address martin.langner@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Mechanical and Design Engineering
  • Faculty Faculty of Technology

Affiliate members

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Dr Nils Bausch

  • Job Title Senior Lecturer
  • Email Address mde70317@myport.ac.uk
  • Department School of Energy and Electronic Engineering
  • Faculty Faculty of Technology
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Dr John Chiverton

  • Job Title Lecturer
  • Email Address john.chiverton@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Energy and Electronic Engineering
  • Faculty Faculty of Technology
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Dr Alexander Gegov

  • Job Title Reader
  • Email Address Alexander.Gegov@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Computing
  • Faculty Faculty of Technology
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Dr Ya Huang

  • Job Title Senior Lecturer
  • Email Address Ya.Huang@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Mechanical and Design Engineering
  • Faculty Faculty of Technology
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Dr Rinat Khusainov

  • Job Title Senior Lecturer and Associate Head of School (Research and Innovation)
  • Email Address Rinat.Khusainov@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Computing
  • Faculty Faculty of Technology
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Media ready expert

Dr Sarinova Simandjuntak

  • Job Title Senior Lecturer
  • Email Address sarinova.simandjuntak@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Mechanical and Design Engineering
  • Faculty Faculty of Technology
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Dr Shikun Zhou

  • Job Title Senior Lecturer
  • Email Address Shikun.Zhou@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Computing
  • Faculty Faculty of Technology
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor

Research students

  • Favour Ikwar
  • Peter Omoarebun
  • Oluwafemi Fasunlade
  • Tom Barker
  • Jake Pinar
  • Yuting Hu

Industrial researchers

  • Andy Paining
  • Ian Rogers
  • Ian Stott

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