Control Engineering is a wide-ranging discipline which offers opportunities in
research to people with diverse backgrounds and interests; from applied mathematicians
interested solely in developing new theory right through to pragmatic
engineers who are closely involved in a particular application. Additionally, for those
involved in the application of control methodologies, there are the bonuses of
complementing modelling, analysis and design with experimental validation.
For my part, work has centred on the application of existing techniques in new
areas. Since the early part of my career were spent in the aircraft industry and the
Royal Air Force, it has proved very satisfying to return to this area after some years in
'general' control engineering. In particular, I feel fortunate to have flown
operationally in the Royal Air Force, and hope that this rare experience for an
academic is reflected in my more recent research. (After all, the UK should see some
return on the expensive training programme I undertook.) [Continues.]
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy at Loughborough University. This Thesis consists of copies of published documents. It has been redacted for reasons relating to the law of copyright. For more information please contact Loughborough University Library.