|Member Since||04/29/2008 16:21:23|
|Last Updated||04/30/2008 11:22:30|
|Title:||MA (Cambridge) PhD (Cambridge)|
MA (Cambridge) PhD (Cambridge)
John divides his time between the National Centre and the Faculty of Engineering and Surveying, where he holds a Chair of Engineering. His chief interest is mechatronics, a blend of mechanical and electronic engineering with control theory and computer software, which embraces robotics and computer vision.
Many of the research projects he supervises have an agricultural theme, while others such as aids for the disabled and systems to deter tailgating have become associated with the NCEA because it is an 'interface with the real world'.
He has organised a series of conferences which have drawn together mechatronics and machine vision research from around the world; M2VIP 2000 held in Hervey Bay September 19-21 has resulted in a hardback book.
He is convinced that good engineering research comes from strong industrial motivation and has helped to found many companies over the years.� He is still a director of Portech Ltd though distance has worn the links very thin.
His patents range from algorithms for controlling an autopilot to electronic controls for a domestic cooker, with instruments to measure rising damp in houses to monitoring the washing of beer barrels along the way.
Research and development topics:
Predictive control of Third and Higher Order Systems.