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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 a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Following the award of his PhD, Michael spent seven years working in research and teaching at the University of Leicester. In January 2010 he joined Teesside University as a senior lecturer in electronics and control. He is currently a Reader in Control Engineering and leads the Smart Systems and Energy Informatics research group.

Michael has over ten years' experience of developing and delivering teaching material related to embedded systems, electronics and control 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 now has more than thirteen years' experience of research at postdoctoral level, and has authored or co-authored over 120 reviewed publications. He is named as primary inventor on a related patent (currently pending). He has supervised or co-supervised 5 PhD completions and currently has two PhD students. He is co-investigator on numerous completed and ongoing FP7 and H2020 funded projects.

He is also 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 ICINCO, UKEF, RTN and ETFA.

Summary of Research Interests

Michael’s research interests are varied and multi-disiplinary in nature, and encompass aspects of Control, Automation, Optimization, Communications and Real-Time Embedded Systems and Networks.

Application areas include relevent aspects of Industry 4.0/Industrial Digitization, Smart Grids and Robotics/Process Control.

Enterprise Interest and Activities

Michael has consultancy experience, providing expertise to a number of companies in the North East of England. The expertise provided was in the area of hardware, software and control strategies for a variety of industrial applications, including high-pressure forming equipment, thermal coating equipment and marine systems.

He is keen to establish further links with industry.

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Projects 2012 2022

Research Output 2003 2020

5 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Energy security
Temperature control
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An Industrial Digitalization Platform for Condition Monitoring and Predictive Maintenance of Pumping Equipment

Short, M. & Twiddle, J., 31 Aug 2019, In : Sensors. 19, 17, 16 p., 3781.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Condition monitoring

Decentralised Energy Optimisation For Blocks of Buildings

Williams, S., Short, M. & Crosbie, T., 15 Mar 2019. 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Learning systems
Power plants
Hot Temperature

Development of a Digital PID-like Adaptive Controller and its Application in HVAC systems

Adegbenro, A., Short, M. & Williams, S., 15 Mar 2019. 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Air conditioning
Phase behavior
Open Access
Control systems
Gain control
Real time control