Professor William Holderbaum
School of Science, Engineering and Environment
Professor in Control and Automation Engineering
I completed my PhD in engineering from the University of Lille in June 1999. During my PhD, I focused on the following topics: hybrid dynamical systems, artificial neural networks, classification, Lyapunov stability, and predictive control. I then started a position as research assistant at the University of Glasgow. I have been since lecturer, senior-lecturer and professor of mathematics and engineering at the University of Reading. I have worked at other institution Manchester Metropolitan University and Aston University as Professor in Control Engineering.
My research has focused upon control theory and systems modelling with applications. This range from highly theoretical contents such Lie group theory and wireless power transfer to practical aspect for example control theory applied to energy saving by using Energy Storage, rehabilitation engineering and health related problems. I have been very successful in numerous grant applications from different funding body such as EU, EPSRC, TSB, KTP, Innovate and industries.
Over the past twenty years, i have over 130 publications and supervised 23 PhDs students and 9 Post-docs. My ambitions in research are orientated in control engineering and mathematics, but I also like to implement the theory to a practical problem. I have applied my control expertise to several applications and in particular rehabilitation engineering and energy transmission, storage for electrical systems, and power systems.
Areas of research
Control Theory, Mathematical Modelling, Energy, Healthcare Technology
My teaching is on the theoretical side of engineering such as Algorithms, Control, Mathematics and Electromagnetism (EM) theory, and few on the practical side like electronics and power systems. A few of these courses were inherited, but all of these have been expanded, or completely revised. Most of the courses were developed as new courses. I am also external examiner and Coventry University and Harper Adams University. I am also personal tutor to students to give them supports and to monitors their academics progress.
My research has focused upon control theory and systems modelling with applications. This range from highly theoretical contents such Lie group theory and wireless power transfer to practical aspect for example control theory applied to energy saving by using Energy Storage, rehabilitation engineering and health related problems.
My current research are in robotics and control theory combine with artificial intelligence such as machine learning algorithm. Mathematical modelling of the effect of Functional Electrical Stimulation on the muscle bulk is also a current research topic. Finally my research is on the development of novel control of energy storage based forecast to reduce carbon emission.
- Member of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)