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RA6a: Additional observations, Evidence of esteem

Professor Geoff Roberts has a national and international reputation for his research, having provided the initiation, leadership and management of many successful research programmes. Recognition of this is evidenced by his promotion to a University of Wales Personal Chair in 1998, invitations to present keynote lectures and plenary addresses at Universities and at International conferences. His high-level involvement and leadership with learned societies and conference organisation committees and his election as a Member of the EPSRC Peer Review College for the period ending December 2002. During the period of the census he has authored/co-authored 12 journal and 35 conference papers.

Professor Roberts was elected Chairman of the IEE Control Division for the 1998/99 session and has been actively involved in the Steering Group responsible for developing the Control Professional Networks. His Chairman’s Inaugural Address Intelligent Mechatronics was published in the November 1998 issue of the Computing and Control Engineering Journal (Vol.9, No.6, pp 257-264, ISSN 0956 3385). The paper was also reviewed by Engineering Science and Education Journal and published without modification in the April 1999 issue. (Vol.8, No.2, pp 66-72, ISSN 0963 7346). He was invited to present the paper as a plenary address at the Automation’99 Conference, Warsaw, Poland, March 1999 and the paper was included in the Automation’99 conference proceedings (pp 25-36, ISBN 83 902355 84). The paper was also translated into Polish and published in two parts in the Polish Journal, Pomiary Automatyka Robotyka ISSN 1427 9126 (Part 1 appeared in the July/August issue pp 7-11, part 2 in the Sept/Oct issue pp 5-7).

Professor Roberts is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Computing and Control Engineering Journal. He was joint Guest Editor, for the September 1999 Special Issue of the International Journal of Systems Science (ISSN 0020 7721), bringing together fifteen papers covering guidance and control of underwater vehicles. He is Chairman of the IFAC Technical Committee on Marine Systems, a position which he was elected to in 1996. He was invited to be a founder member of the IFAC Technical Committee on Mechatronic Systems, which was formed in September 2000.

Professor Roberts is International Programme Committee (IPC) Chairman of the IFAC Conference: Control Applications in Marine Systems (CAMS2001), Glasgow, July 2001. He is Co-Chairman of the 8th Mechatronics Forum Conference (University of Twente, Holland in June 2002). He was IPC Chairman of the IFAC Conference: Manoeuvring and Control of Marine Craft (MCMC’97), Brijuni Croatia and was co-editor of the Conference proceedings (ISBN 0-08-042934-3). He was IPC Chairman and Chairman of the Local Organising Committee of the 2nd Workshop on European Scientific and Industrial Collaboration (WESIC’99), co-sponsored by the IEE, IMechE and IFAC, held at UWCN in September 1999. He was co-editor of the Workshop Proceedings (ISBN 1 899274 23 5).

Professor Roberts is Principal Investigator for the EPSRC IMPROVES (IMproving the Performance of Remotely Operated VEhicleS) programme, a three-year £596,236 joint project, announced in September 2000 and starting February 2001, with the Universites of Southampton and Plymouth and Seaeye Marine Ltd., Fareham. (UWCN’s award is £168,298). He is also a named investigator for the EPSRC Marine Control Network. This has been funded for a three-year period with the specific aims of stimulating links between academia and industry and to encouraging EPSRC proposals in the area of Marine Control. The £53,029 grant is held by the University of Strathclyde, however, UWCN receives funding to cover travel and subsistence costs for Professor Roberts to attend Network meetings.

Professor Roberts presented plenary addresses at the Automation’99 Conference, Warsaw, Poland, March. 1999 and the 7th Mechatronics Forum Conference Atlanta, Georgia, USA, September 2000. He has presented invited keynote lectures at the following locations: University of Twente, Holland, December 1997, Coventry University, January 1998, University of Girona, Spain. June 1998, Lloyds Register of Shipping, London July 1998, Strathclyde University, January 2000, The Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany, November 2000, the IEE South Western Centre, February 1999, the IEE South Wales Centre, March 1999, the IMarE South Wales Branch, October 1999, the IEE Cyprus Centre, October 2000 and the IMechE Western Branch, November 2000.

Dr Hefin Rowlands has been actively involved in research in the area of Quality Engineering for over 10 years. During the census period he has authored/co-authored 12 Journal and 29 conference papers. He leads the Intelligent Quality Systems thematic research area which consists of a mixture of full-time and part-time, industrially-based PhD students and a team of technical-commercial staff delivering consultancy services. This broad mix of personnel and activities provides an ideal platform to establish industrial contacts and to engage in industrially focussed research projects such as TCS Programmes.

In 1998 Dr Rowlands received an ERDF RAVE (Remote Access Virtual Enterprise) grant of £151,296 against a project cost of £302,593. Award. This two-year project was concerned with research into the development of a remote access facility in the area of industrial automation and control, 1 Conference and 1 Journal paper were produced.

Dr Rowlands was invited to give a one-week lecture course on Quality at the University of Besancon, France in 1996. Subsequently a number of student exchanges between the two institutions at PhD and undergraduate final-year levels have taken place. He has been invited to give a keynote address at the Workshop on European Scientific and Industrial Collaboration (WESIC 2001) meeting in Holland, June 2001.

Dr Rowlands served as a member of a Project Assessment Group in Wales to assess regional European bids for project funding under ERDF and ESF under the Industrial South Wales SPD 1997-1999 programme. The group is responsible for an ERDF budget of over £26M and an ESF budget of over £2M. He is a member of two IEE Professional Groups; Quality Management (J2) and Intelligent Control Systems (B4), and will continue his involvement in these areas through the IEE reorganisation to establish Professional Networks. He has presented for the past three years an annual lecture on „Quality“ sponsored by the IEE. In February 2000 he was invited by Sony Ltd to provide a workshop on Quality Function Deployment (QFD) as part of their Six Sigma programme.


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