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Academic Biography

Michael was born in Stockton-Upon-Tees in the UK in 1975. He is qualified automation and process control engineer, with eight years' industrial experience. He holds a BEng degree in electronic and electrical engineering (1999, Sunderland) and a PhD degree (2003, Sunderland) awarded following research into algorithms and architectures for real-time robot control. He is a full member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (MIET) and the Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (MIEEE), a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and a member of the Engineering Professors Council (EPC).

Following the award of his PhD, Michael spent seven years first working in research and then as a lecturer in embedded systems and control at the University of Leicester. In January 2010 he joined Teesside University as a senior lecturer in electronics and control. He was made a Reader in Control Engineering in 2015 and Professor in August 2020. Michael leads the Center for Sustainable Engineering.

Michael has extensive experience of developing and delivering teaching material related to embedded systems, electronics, control systems and informatics at both postgraduate and undergraduate level. He has also acted as a visiting lecturer at the University of Ulster in Belfast, Northern Ireland and the Penang Skills Development Centre (PSDC) in Penang, Malaysia to deliver and assess postgraduate course modules.

He has authored or co-authored over 170 reviewed publications, having over 1,600 citations. He has a H-index of 23 and i10-index of 43. He has won six 'Best Paper' awards at major international conferences. He has supervised or co-supervised seven PhD completions. He has been primary investigator / co-investigator on numerous completed and ongoing FP7, H2020 and private/Government funded research and innovation projects. This has includied leading technical work in the IDEAS, DR-BoB and REACT EU large-scale international projects, of combined value in excess of £1.6M, directly supporting the publication of multiple journal articles, international conference papers and numerous presentations at industry events.

He is a regular reviewer for several international journals and conferences, including those published by the IEEE, the IET, Elsevier, Springer, the ACM and IFAC. Similarly, Michael is a regular PC member and reviewer for several national and international conferences and workshops, including IEEE WFCS and IEEE ETFA. He is an associate editor for both the International Journal of Energies (Basel) and for the Frontiers in Energy Efficiency International Journal.

Michael has appeared in all forms of media, including television interviews, live radio interviews, magazine features and print/online news. In Novermber 2022 he was listed as one of the ten most influential people in the UK working within the Net Zero agenda.

Summary of Research Interests

Michael’s research interests encompass aspects of Control Engineering and Systems Informatics to the design and implementation of sustainable systems and processes.

Enterprise Interest and Activities

Michael has consultancy experience, providing expertise to a number of companies of regional, national and international scope. The expertise provided was in the area of industrial technology for a variety of applications including high-pressure forming equipment, thermal coating equipment, marine and seaport systems, electrical equipment condition monitoring, smart energy systems and demand response.


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