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Autonomous Systems and Robotics research centre

Members & Associate Members

Professor Samia Nefti-Meziani

Prof. Nefti-Meziani holds Doctorat D’etat in robotics and artificial intelligence and is Director of the Centre for Autonomous Systems & Advanced Robotics, and Chair of Robotics at the University of Salford. In this role, she leads a multidisciplinary team of 6 academics and 12 researchers in automation, robot/machine design, dexterous end effectors, legged robots, soft robotics, biologically-inspired robots, haptics/telepresence, physical human-robot interaction, rehabilitation robotics, cognitive robotics, uninhabited autonomous systems. She is an internationally leading researcher in embodied intelligence and cognition. She has 25 years’ experience in advanced theoretical research in the areas of embodied intelligence, advanced robotics where the focus of her contribution is in the development of concepts, mechanisms and algorithms. She has pioneered the first application of Soft Robotics in manufacturing.

She has published extensively in the above areas and the rigorous quality of her publications in AI and Robotics is evidenced by their high impact factors in Journals. The application value of her research has attracted significant national media coverage on Sky, the BBC, ITV, Granada, in addition to print and on-line media. She has wider practical cross sectorial technologies including Nuclear Food, Agriculture, Nuclear, Aerospace & Defence, and Healthcare through several projects.

She has also extensive leadership experience as a former Director of the Doctoral School of the 6* IRIS Research Institute (2005-08). She has been responsible for 150 doctoral students and all postgraduate research provision across various departments, and has nurtured a strong research culture and environment, which received the highest award for research environment (4*) in the 2008 (RAE). She has successfully supervised and graduated more than 30 PhD students and has extensive experience running very successful industrial sponsored robotics PG programmes at national and international level which attract more than 100 post-graduate students every year.

Prof. Nefti-Meziani is a proven strategic leader of multi-national, multi-sector, multi-faceted and complex Robotics & Artificial Intelligence research programmes. She is renowned for her extensive experience of leading and managing large scale multi-disciplinary research projects, funded by EU, involving multiple academic and industrial partners. Examples include the research and training programme SMART-E (€4m), for which she is the PI and which included 20 partners, comprising 7 academics and 13 companies, RobotCub (€8.5m), NovelQ (€11.3m) and ASTRAEA(£32m) and also the GAMMA (£9m) project that engaged 50 SMEs with 46 research proposals. She was also heavily involved in the management and delivery of CENFRA (£5m) and ASCEII(£16m. Through these programmes, and her role as an expert in robotics, she has worked very closely with food, aerospace and nuclear supply chain to deliver proof of concept and innovative low-cost robotics solutions for these programmes. She has also managed and delivered other projects funded by innovateUK and EPSRC as PI and Co-I.

She is co-founder of the Northern Robotics Network (NRN), which is an associate partner of the RAS-SIG. Its membership includes a range of leading nuclear sector organizations. She has worked seamlessly with the partners of the NRN’s industrially led Extreme Environment Cluster across a wide cross-section of industry sectors. This work has been part of the consultation discussion with EPSRC and innovate UK, which has helped inform the area of focus of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. She is Vice Chairman of IEEE Robotics and Automation UK & RI, Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems, served as Advisory board member for Chamber of commerce in France, the Asian council and the EPSRC centre for innovative manufacturing and Member of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Peer Review College.

Research Grants:

Project name: KinectING FRAILTY

Medical Research Council Confidence in Concept (CiC) ROUND 4 2016: Full application, £ 91,021

Start date: 01/01/2017

Project name: MIHome

Salford Royal Trust and SallixHome

Capital funding scheme, £ 352,586

Start date: 01/10/2016

Project name: Marie Curie-Fellow

EC (Framework), £70.000

Principal Investigator: S Nefti-Meziani

Start date: 06/2017

Project name: Robotics and Autonomous systems “In Touch”

In Touch Ltd, £60,000.00.

Principal Investigator: S Nefti-Meziani (100%).

Start date: 08/2016

Project name: Autonomous Swarm-Based Mission Planning and Management System

Minister of Defence, £36,916.00.

Principal Investigator: S Nefti-Meziani (100%).

Start date: 02/2016

Project name: EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Intelligent Automation - Feasibility Study

EPSRC, £49,924.00.

Principal Investigator: S Nefti-Meziani (50%). Co-Investigator: S Davis (50%).

Start date: 05/2015

Project name: KTP with HellermannTyton Ltd

Technology Strategy Board, £152,176.00.

Principal Investigator: S Nefti-Meziani (50%). Co-Investigator: S Davis (50%).

Start date: 05/2014

Project name: Sustainable Manufacturing through Robotics Training in Europe (SMART-E)

EC (Framework), €4M.

Principal Investigator: S Nefti-Meziani (83%). Co-Investigators: S Davis (10%), P Scarf (7%).

Start date: 10/2013

Project name: GAMMA: Growing Autonomous System Mission Management Applications (£9M)

Regional Growth Fund, £312,137.00.

Principal Investigator: S Nefti-Meziani

Start date: 01/2012

Project name: The Aerospace Supply Chain Excellence (ASCE) 2 Programme ( £16M)

Principal Investigator: S Nefti-Meziani

Start date: 06/2012

Project name: Challenging established rules for train control through a fault tolerance approach

EPSRC, £345,887.00.

Principal Investigator: T Mei (66%). Co-Investigator: S Nefti-Meziani (34%).

Start date: 02/2010

Project name: ASTRAEA T7

BAE Systems, £20,000.00.

Investigator: S Nefti-Meziani (100%).

Start date: 08/2008

Project name: NovelQ - Novel processing methods for the production and distribution of high quality and safe foods

EU, £71,725.00.

Investigators: S Nefti-Meziani (35%), J Gray (50%), D Caldwell (15%).

Start date: 03/2008

Project name: Academic Fellowship 2004 (Virtual Environments and Future Workspaces Research Centres)

EPSRC, £125,000.00.

Investigator: S Nefti-Meziani (100%).

Start date: 06/2007

Project name: The portal for projects and communities in the virtual organisation domain (VE-Forum)

EC (Framework), £136,106.00.

Investigators: S Nefti-Meziani (30%), G Cooper (30%), Y Rezgui (40%).

Start date: 01/2005

Professor David Roberts

David Roberts is a Professor of Telepresence at the University of Salford. He has a joint appoint across the schools of Health Science and Computer Science and Engineering. The reason for this joint appointment is to bring together research in both schools within a focus of Virtual Reality and Mental Health. David has above 100 academic publications, mostly in the area of shared simulation, primarily where sharing takes place across a distance. His current research focusses on non-verbal communication with virtual characters and avatars in mental health applications. His previous research has been closing the gap between Non-verbal communication (NVC) in the real and virtual world for 20 years. His potential relevance to robotics is in contributing to development and understanding of non-verbal interactions between humans and robots.

His work has contributed to an understanding of the technological conditions necessary for virtual reality collaborations to be effective. What differentiates David’s work is the emphasis on faithfully communicating as many non-verbal resources as possible. For example, he has developed novel VR displays and mediums that together allow faithful communication of attention and appearance while people move around the tele-shared simulations. These simulations allow two or more people who are not co-located to physically walk around a shared artefact or within a shared room, exchanging glances and seeing what the other is looking at, and what their body language and facial expression give away, importantly all without invading personal space. David is joint PI on the current EU project CROSSDRIVE, which uses his technology to allow scientists, engineers and operators to stand together on a ‘virtual Mars’, to decide where the Rover should land and go. He led the EPSRC-funded multi-partner project ‘Eyecatching’, which developed support for mutual gaze between distal moving people. This system was extended by his EPSRC-sponsored PhD students through incorporation of 3D video-based avatars, technology which underpins CROSSDRIVE. David was General or Program Chair of IEEE/ACM Distributed Simulation and Real Time applications for 6 consecutive years up to 2011. He has also been Co-program chair of ICAT/EGG. He regularly reviews for research councils including EPSRC, ESRC. His recent frequent journal reviewing includes IEEE TVGC. 

Research Grants

Dr Steve Davis

Dr Steve Davis graduated from the University of Salford with a degree in Robotic and Electronic Engineering in 1998 and an MSc in Advanced Robotics in 2000. He then became a Research Fellow gaining his PhD in 2005 before moving to the Italian Institute of Technology in 2008 as a Team Leader. He returned to Salford in 2012 as a Lecturer in Lecturer in Manufacturing Automation and Robotics.  His research interests include actuators, biologically inspired systems, biomimetics, ‘soft’ robotics, humanoid robots, end-effectors and dexterous hands and industrial automation. He has published extensively with more than 40 publications, many in high impact factor journals. He has also co-authored chapters in two books on automation and has one patent. He has been associate editor at several IEEE conferences and is Guest Editor of a special edition of the journal Actuators. He has experience of attracting research funding, most notably the €3,948,470 Marie Curie Initial Training Networks (ITN) SMART-E (Sustainable Manufacturing through Advanced Robotics Training in Europe).

Research Grants

  • GAMMA: Growing Autonomous System Mission Management Applications, Regional Growth Fund, 12/10/2012
  • Sustainable Manufacturing through Robotics Training in Europe (SMART-E), KTP with HellermannTyton Ltd,£152,176.00,Technology Strategy Board,13/05/2014
  • EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Intelligent Automation - Feasibility Study
  • See Dr Steve Davis' research profile on SEEK
  • See Dr Steve Davis' publications on USIR

Dr Theo Theodoridis

Theo Theodoridis received the B.E. degree in automation engineering from the Technological Educational Institute of Piraeus, Greece, the M.Sc. degree in embedded systems and robotics, and the Ph.D. degree in intelligent crime-recognition robots from the University of Essex, U.K. He worked as a full time postdoctoral senior research officer (EPSRC grant), at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), focusing on multimodal human-robot interfaces and visual guidance as well as pattern recognition control methods.

Currently he is working as a lecturer in robotics and embedded systems in the school of CSE at Salford University. He is a reviewer and author of several leading learning journals in the field. His research interests include AI robotics related to evolutionary algorithms, quantum computation, computer vision, fuzzy and probabilistic reasoning, behaviour-based and intelligent control, and AI gaming.

Research Grants

Dr Thurai Rahulan

Thurai Rahulan graduated with First Class Honours in Mechanical Engineering Science in 1979 and obtained his PhD in Active Vibration Control in 1984 from Salford University. His first job involved the implementation of new technologies on various aircraft on projects funded by the British Ministry of Defence which in turn led to a few years working in industry on intelligent road vehicle suspension systems at Jaguar Cars Limited in Coventry. He returned to Salford University in 1990 and is currently a Senior Lecturer in aeroelasticity, flight dynamics and aircraft design.

Dr Rahulan has published & refereed many scientific papers and has delivered a number of lectures organised by learned societies for the benefit of the public. On top of his day job, he is serving a second term on the Council of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a third term as the Chairman of the Association of Aerospace Universities in addition to liaising with industry and the media on aerospace matters.

Dr Pietro Murano

Dr Murano holds a PhD in Computer Science and is an interaction and usability specialist. He conducts leading edge research in this area and also supervises PhD students in this area. Dr Murano is also the current Postgraduate Research Studies Coordinator where he is responsible for about 100 PhD students in the school of CSE. Dr Murano is also a Chartered Engineer.

Dr Murano is a reviewer for various prestigious journals related to interactive systems. He also has experience as an invited research speaker to various universities in the UK and overseas. Dr Murano is also an active member of funding bidding teams either as PI or CI. Dr Murano has managed various projects concerning the usability of touch-based user interfaces, the design and evaluation of interface navigation types, the design and evaluation of user interface menu types and investigating anthropomorphic characters in the context of learning.

His research interests include Interaction Design and Usability of robotic and manufacturing artefacts/devices, Human Computer Interaction/Usability Engineering, Multimodal user interfaces, Intelligent interactive systems, Evaluation methods, User interface feedback, Novel User Interfaces – Design/Development, Software Agents, Virtual Reality and Virtual Environments and User interface design notations.

Dr Norman Murray

Norman's main research interests are in creating and using virtual environments for task management, building construction, engineering maintenance and 3D query languages.

Dr Murray’s research career has always been in the field of virtual environments. At Salford his research has been focused in the development of interactive virtual environments within the construction and engineering domains. This research begun with the development of a geometric constraint detection and management system, that was initially used in a construction project. This was developed alongside a toolkit for developing interactive virtual environments to create an environment for building construction design and review for the FutureHome project.

This work was extended and applied to the engineering domain with the development of more advanced interactive, immersive interfaces and with the extension of the system for maintenance analysis and the automatic creation of disassembly sequences of engineering models. Recently Dr Murray has been investigating eye gaze within collaborative virtual environments.

Dr Ian Drumm

Ian Drumm’s research interests centre on acoustic prediction, aural rendering for VR and the soundscape evaluation. Ian Drumm supervised the in house development Salford University’s 256 loudspeaker wave field systems and developed the associated applications programming interfaces. These sound systems are an integral part of the Salford’s Centre for Virtual Environments VR systems. He was also the principal investigator for the EPSRC funded projects ‘IMPRINtS- Internet and Mobile technologies for a Public Role In Noise Surveying’ and the Aeolus Project to promote acoustics through art.  As co-investigator for the 9M Euro Fascinate project, he was involved in the development of format agnostic technologies for immersive interactive broadcast.

Ian Drumm initially worked as a software engineer in industry gaining considerable experience in applications development. In 1997 he gained a PhD in acoustics from the University of Salford specialising in the computer based modelling of room acoustics. Later work in room acoustic prediction includes the development of 3D FDTD application software for the importing and prediction of hall data using the novel application of voxelisation and optimisation based filter design techniques. Recent work also includes the development of a hybridised FDTD/FE technique. Ian Drumm’s research has been published in the Journal of Acoustics Society of America, Acta Acustica, Public Understanding of Science Journal and numerous conference proceedings.

Ian Drumm is currently a lecturer for BSc and MSc computing and acoustics related programmes in the School of Computing, Science and Engineering at the University of Salford.

Dr Adham Atyabi

Adham Atyabi received his BSc in Computer-Engineering from Azad University of Mashhad-Iran in 2002. His BSc thesis title was “Imitating human speech”. He received his MSc by research from the faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology at Multimedia University of Malaysia in 2009. His MSc thesis title was “Navigating agents in uncertain environment using Particle Swarm Optimization”. He recently received his PhD from Flinders University of South Australia.

His PhD thesis title was “Evolutionary Optimization of Brain Computer Interfaces: Doing More with Less”. In the course of his PhD study he was PhD Student representative of Flinders at Australian Computer Society (ACS) in 2010–2011 and University Relation Manager of Young IT SA in 2011. He was also a member of MAGICIAN team (one of the top 5 teams in the world in the MAGIC2010 competition) in Flinders University in 2009–2010. Currently, he is a Research Assistant working under Prof Samia Nefti-Meziani’s supervision on GAMMA PROGRAMME at Salford University. His research interests include Swarm and Cognitive Robotics, Brain Computer Interfacing, Knowledge Transfer, Machine Learning, and Evolutionary Optimization.

John O'Hare

John is currently working toward a PhD in "Attention in Telepresence" while working as Research Facilities Manager developing the full potential of the octave 14 channel immersive VR platform and the 40 megapixel multi-modal research platform in MediaCityUK. His specialities include:

  • Systems design
  • Procurement, tendering and bidding for funding
  • Running complex heterogeneous research systems.

As Research Facilities Manager based at the University of Salford's MediaCityUK campus, John is responsible for ongoing development, technology transfer, and PhD investigation on, the University's multi modal research platforms on the MediaCityUK and main Peel Park campuses.

Current work includes upgrading the Octave research platform, and design and procurement for the world-class Egg system at MediaCityUK, a hybrid research facility and front of house presentation and interaction suite.

Past roles have included ThinkLab Technical Director and Virtual Reality training consultant.

Prof. Terrence Fernando

Professor Terrence Fernando is the Director of the THINKlab at the University of Salford. THINKlab combines both physical and virtual spaces to provide and innovative collaborative workspaces for innovation.  Professor Fernando has a broad background in conducting multi-disciplinary research programmes involving large number of research teams in areas such as distributed virtual engineering, virtual building construction, driving simulations, virtual prototyping, urban simulation, and maintenance simulation.  During 2001 and 2004, he led a regional research centre on advanced virtual prototyping, involving the Universities of Salford, Manchester and Lancaster. This EPSRC/OST funded project brought together the key research teams in the region to develop visualisation and simulation technologies for product design. Furthermore as a part of the EU funded Future Workspaces roadmap project and the MOSAIC project, Prof. Fernando brought together over 100 companies and research centres from areas such as aerospace, automotive, building construction, multi-modal interfaces, system architecture, networking, human factors  to define a 10 year European vision for future collaborative engineering workspaces and mobile workspaces.

Prof. Fernando was the technical Director for the EU funded CoSpaces project (12Meuro) leading the scientific workpackages and collaboration between the scientific teams and the industrialists. He was also a core member of the INTUITION Network of Excellence project involving over 50 research centres across Europe to develop coordinated research activities on VR. This work resulted in an European Association for Virtual Reality for promoting advanced VR research in Europe. Further funding has recently been received from EU through VisonAir project to strengthen the VR infrastructure and research within Europe involving over 25 key VR centres across Europe. As a part of the EPSRC funded Vivacity project, he led the development of a collaborative urban planning environment in collaboration with the Black Country Consortium and Ordnance Survey. This work is now being further developed to support regeneration projects within Salford, involving a range of stakeholders including City Council, Police, PCT, and Environment Agency. Prof. Fernando also led the Virtual Futures theme within the EPSRC funded FIRM project which resulted in creating a range of new media platforms for media professionals and citizens.  

He worked with the Greater Manchester Resilience Forum and their agencies to define a Disaster Preparedness platform.  He is now playing an active role within three EU projects (Design4Energy, PROSECO and CROSS DRIVE) which is focusing on developing collaboration platform in the area of producing greener products and space exploration

Research Grants

  • VISIONAIR - VISION,Advanced Infrastructure for Research,£174,377.00EC - Framework 7 20/05/2010
  • Design4Energy,£484,918.00,EC - Framework 7,20/06/2013
  • Collaborative Environment for Eco-Design of Product-Services and Production Processes Integrating Highly Personalised Innovative Functions (ProSEco),£416,453.00,EC - Framework 7, 01/07/2013
  • CROSS DRIVE£344,139.00,EC - Framework 7,24/09/2013
  • iCase with Arup,£92,691.00,EPSRC,17/09/2014
  • Eight Songs for a Mad King,£30,000.00,Arts Council England,27/04/2012
  • INCIDENT (Impact aNalysis of City Infrastructure Disaster EveNT),£7,000.00,Arup, 24/02/2014
  • EU-CIRCLE - A panEuropean framework for strengthening Critical Infrastructure resilience to climate change,£218,338.00,EC - Horizon 2020,27/05/2015
  • Framework for Research and Innovation in MediaCityUK (FIRM),£2,688,996.61, EPSRC, 30/06/2009
  • See Terrence Fernando's research profile on SEEK

Prof. Richard Baker

Richard is Professor of Clinical Gait Analysis. He is a Chartered Engineer with a PhD in Biomechanics. He spent 20 years working in hospitals in the UK and Australia developing and delivering clinical gait analysis services before taking up his current post. Clinical gait analysis uses optoelectronic tracking systems, a range of force transducers and sensors capable of detecting electrical activity in muscles to measure how a patient is walking. The measurements are used to help support surgeons and other health professionals make decisions about how patients should be treated either directly or after some form of biomechanical modelling.

Richard is acknowledged internationally as one of the leaders of this field and is the author of the most recent text book. He has a particular interest in amputee gait and prosthesis design and also in the development of robotic walking frames to aid rehabilitation of stroke survivors. He has published 94 articles in peer-review articles and has a history of 4.8 million pounds in research income generation. He writes a blog which has attracted over 100,000 views and maintains an academic YouTube channel with 20,000 views.

Research Grants

  • A scientific basis for improving function in trans-femoral amputees£149,236.00, MOD, 10/05/2012
  • Development of a Device for the Motorised Rehabilitation of Walking (moRoW-3), £26,556.00, National Institute for Health Research,15/09/2014
  • CGM 2.i,  £50,000.00,Vicon Motion Systems Ltd,15/12/2014
  • Common themes in gait kinematics in Niemann Pick C,£30,000.00,Actelion Pharmaceuticals UK Ltd12/01/2015
  • Addressing PICO questions relating to prosthetics and orthotics service delivery,£39,100.00, US Agency for International Development,14/10/2015
  • See Richard Baker research profile on SEEK

Prof. Sunil Vadera

Sunil Vadera is a Professor of Computer Science and the Dean of the School of Computing, Science and Engineering at the University of Salford. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Manchester, is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Chartered Engineer (C.Eng) and Chartered IT Professional (CITP).  Sunil was awarded the BDO best Indian Scientist and Engineer in the UK in 2014. He has led a number of projects in applying data mining and machine learning for problems in Energy, Health & Safety, Finance, and Policy over the last decade, including:

  • Developing new models using Bayesian networks for real time sensor validation of gas turbines for the Mexican Instituto de Electricas.
  • Development of Dust-Expert, a system for advising on explosion relief and data mining of near miss data for the Health and Safety Executive.
  • Use of clustering methods for analysis of SMART meters data for British Gas.
    An FP7 funded project with 9 EU partners on Self-Learning Energy Efficient Buildings and Open Spaces.
  • An innovative project for assessing risk in sub-prime lending aimed at improving financial inclusion which was selected by ESRC as an example of the impact of research and whose IP was purchased by a major Swiss bank.

He is currently involved in two Knowledge Transfer Partnerships: one with the Knowledge Exchange division of IDOX that is exploring the use of Big Data Analytics for Policy and a second with the CarFinance247 which aims to use data mining to reduce the cost of loans.

Sunil was Chair of the UK BCS Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining Symposium held in Salford in 2009, General Chair of numerous conferences including: the IFIP conference on Intelligent Information Processing in 2010, 2012, 2014 2016; European Conference on Intelligent Management Systems in Operations 2005, 2009; International Conference on Information Management and Engineering in 2014, 2015,2016. He was organising Chair of a workshop on Cost sensitive learning at the IEEE International Conference on Data Mining in 2012.

His research has been published in some of the leading outlets in computing, including the Computer Journal, ACM Transactions on Knowledge Discovery from Data, ACM Computing Surveys, Information and Software Technology Journal, Formal Aspects of Computing, Software Engineering Journal, Expert Systems Journal, Foundations of Science, and IEEE Transactions of Power Systems.

Research Grants

  • KTP with East Lancashire Moneyline (IPS) Limited£107,372.00Technology Strategy Board 17/09/2007
  • Shorter KTP with East Lancashire Moneyline£47,200.00Technology Strategy Board 27/08/2010
  • A Pilot Study in Data Mining for Customer Usage Patterns From SMART Meters£79,000.00 British Gas11/03/2011
  • SEEDS: Self learning Energy Efficient builDings and open Spaces£299,836.00EC - Framework 7 23/06/2011
  • KTP with Idox Software Ltd£131,983.00Technology Strategy Board27/06/2014
  • KTP with Social Sense£162,008.00Technology Strategy Board29/10/2014
  • Privacy4Forensics£161,227.00EC - Framework 719/01/2016
  • KTP with Car Finance 247 Ltd£129,666.00Innovate UK03/11/2016
  • See John O'Hare's research profile on SEEK

Dr Oliviu Sugar-Gabor

Oliviu Sugar-Gabor joined the University of Salford in 2016 as a Lecturer in Aerodynamics at the School of Computing, Science and Engineering. He recently obtained a PhD in Aernonautical Engineering from the Ecole de Technologie Superieure, University of Quebec, in Montreal, Canada, specializing in computational aerodynamic methods for aircraft wing optimizations. His research interests include computational aerodynamics and fluid dynamics, geometry parameterization, non-linear optimization, adaptable systems for flow control. He has authored 12 papers that have been published or accepted for publication in international-level journals such as The Aeronautical Journal or IMechE Journal of Aerospace Engineering.

Prof. Trevor Cox

Prof Trevor Cox is Professor of Acoustic Engineering, a past President of the Institute of Acoustics (IOA) and was awarded the IOA’s Tyndall Medal in 2004. He has been an investigator on 25 EPSRC projects on room acoustics, blind signal processing, perception and public engagement. These include EP/J013013/1, which was about the perception and automatic detection of audio recording errors and used a mixture of perceptual testing and blind signal processing methods. Cox leads the qualitative and quantitative perceptual work on EP/L000539/1, a programme grant about spatial audio. He is investigator on EP/N014111/1 a big data project investigating perception and machine learning with everyday sounds. He was an EPSRC Senior Media Fellow and has presented more than 20 science documentaries on BBC Radio, authored articles for The Guardian, New Scientist and Sound on Sound. His popular science book Sonic Wonderland was published in 2014 and has been translated into 6 languages.

Research Grants

  • How Scientists Work£189,006.00EPSRC17/11/2006
  • Digital Stories for Engineers£24,712.00Royal Academy of Engineering24/03/2008
  • Wikked Science£209,015.00EPSRC30/09/2008
  • Identifying a sound environment for secondary schools£97,442.00EPSRC08/10/2008
  • KT-EQUAL: Putting ageing and disability research into practice£123,316.00EPSRC15/12/2008
  • More Super-sonic communication£91,491.00EPSRC01/06/2009
  • Mood Extraction and Theme Music£4,400.00BBC22/11/2010
  • Perception and Automated Assessment of Recorded Audio Quality, Especially User Generated Content£456,986.00EPSRC14/12/2011
  • S3A: Future Spatial Audio for an Immersive Listener Experience at Home£1,411,295.00 EPSRC23/12/2013
  • IMPRINtS - Internet and Mobile technologies for a Public Role In Noise Surveying £178,834.00EPSRC23/03/2007
  • Statistical Quantification of Vocal Effort Level Distribution£79,260.00
  • Her Majesty's Government Communications Centre (HMGCC)19/05/2008
  • Synthesized Music for Room Acoustic Measurement£65,164.00Leverhulme Trust 26/06/2008
  • Soundscapes£44,595.00DEFRA12/11/2008
  • Making Sense of Sound£398,961.00EPSRC09/11/2015
  • See Trevor Cox's research profile on SEEK

Dr Guowu Wei

Dr Wei graduated from Fuzhou University in China obtaining a first class honours degree in Mechatronics in 2002 and outstanding MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2005. He was appointed Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering in 2005 and joined King’s College London in 2007 pursuing his PhD in the area of Computational Kinematics, Mechanisms and Robotics. He received his PhD degree in Robotics in 2012 from King’s College London where he was appointed Research Assistant in 2009 and then Research Associate in 2012. He joined the University of Salford in 2015 as a Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering.

As team leader and co-coordinator, Dr Wei has completed 2 EPSRC projects, 3 EC FP7 projects and 2 ICUK projects in the theoretical investigation and prototype development of robotics with applications to the fields of packaging, meat processing and human-robot interaction. He published over 70 peer-reviewed papers in the fields of Mechanisms, Robotics and Bio-Robotics, was awarded seven patents. He received several academic awards including the C.M. Ho Best Paper in Biomimetics—Finalist, the 2011 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics.

Research Grants