Systems & Control Lab

C. James Taylor, BSc (Hons), PhD, FIET
Professor of Control Engineering,
Engineering Department,
Faculty of Science & Technology,
Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK.

Email c.taylor AT
Department Phone +44 (0) 1524 593093
Room C16, Engineering Building

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Interdisciplinary statistical modelling and True Digital Control of uncertain systems in the natural sciences and engineering, with applied research spanning robotics, transport, energy, health and the environment.

Developer of Matlab Toolboxes for time series analysis, forecasting and control. This includes CAPTAIN for data-based mechanistic analysis of nonstationary and nonlinear systems.

Funding (More)

EPSRC (2017–2021: £748k of £11,600k total) National Centre for Nuclear Robotics, led by Prof. Rustam Stolkin (University of Birmingham) [Details|University|EPSRC]

EPSRC (2015–2018: £293k of £547k total) Adaptive treatment and robust control, with Prof. Robin Henderson (Newcastle University) [Details|University|EPSRC]

EPSRC (2015–2018: £209k of £406k total) Technology development to evaluate dose rate distribution in PCV and to search for fuel debris submerged in water, with Prof. Barry Lennox (Manchester University) and Prof. Malcolm Joyce [Details|EPSRC]

BBSRC (2014–2016: £108k of £167k total) The Microphenotron: developing an automated microphenotyping platform to unlock the potential of chemical biology in plants, with Prof. Brian Forde [Details|University|BBSRC]

Publications (More)

Clairon, Q., Henderson, R., Young, N., Taylor, C.J. and Wilson, E. (2020) Adaptive treatment and robust control, Biometrics. In press. DOI:10.1111/biom.13268

Tsitsimpelis, I., Taylor, C.J., Lennox, B. and Joyce, M.J. (2019) A review of ground–based robotic systems for the characterization of nuclear environments, Progress in Nuclear Energy, 111, pp. 109–124. DOI:10.1016/j.pnucene.2018.10.023

Wilson, E.D., Clairon, Q., Henderson, R. and Taylor, C.J. (2018) Dealing with observational data in control, Annual Reviews in Control, 46, pp. 94–106. DOI:10.1016/j.arcontrol.2018.05.001

Burrell, T., Fozard, S., Holroyd, G.H., French, A.P., Pound, M.P., Bigley, C.J., Taylor, C.J. and Forde, B.G. (2017) The Microphenotron: a robotic miniaturized plant phenotyping platform with diverse applications in chemical biology, Plant Methods, 13, pp. 1–20. DOI:10.1186/s13007-017-0158-6

Tsitsimpelis, I., Wolfenden, I. and Taylor, C.J. (2016) Development of a grow–cell test facility for research into sustainable controlled–environment agriculture, Biosystems Engineering, 150, pp. 40–53. DOI:10.1016/j.biosystemseng.2016.07.008

Laboratory (More)

Dr Alex Grievson (Senior Research Associate, 2020-) Nuclear robotics manipulator control (funder: EPSRC)

Olivia Albrecht (PhD student) Optimization for robotics in nuclear decommissioning applications (co-supervisor: Dr Steve Monk)

Oliver Tate (PhD student) Energy management and control of micro-climate in buildings (co-supervisor: Dr David Cheneler)

Kieran Reeves (PhD student) Integrated dynamics, control and energy management of all-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (co-supervisor: Dr Allahyar Montazeri)

Yousaf Alarfaj (PhD student) State variable feedback and optimisation

Inam Khan (PhD student) Optimal demand-supply energy management in smart grids (co-supervisor: Dr Xiandong Ma)

Tomáš Fried (PhD student) In situ measurement and analysis of sludge using a robotic platform (lead–supervisors: Dr Steve Monk and Dr David Cheneler) (funder: Sellafield Ltd CINDe project)

Aydin Can (PhD student) Mobile sensor networks (lead–supervisors: Dr Allahyar Montazeri and Dr Steve Monk) (funder: Sellafield Ltd CINDe project)

Alumni (More)

Dr Craig West (2019) Development of an assisted tele–operation system for a dual–manipulator nuclear decommissioning platform (funder: Lancaster University)

Dr Anita Crompton (2019) Long–range scanning based detection of alpha–induced air fluorescence even under daylight conditions (funder: NDA)

Dr Michal Cieslak (2019) Development of a scintillator based coded–aperture neutron imager for nuclear decommissioning applications (funder: Sellafield Ltd)

Dr Ikechukwu Ukaegbu (2019) Integration of ground–penetrating radar and gamma–ray detectors for non–intrusive localisation of buried radioactive sources (funder: NNL)

Dr Ioannis Tsitsimpelis (2017) Modelling for improved energy efficiency and reduced water consumption in an optimised closed–environment grow cell (funder: ERDF)

Dr David Robertson (2015) State–dependent control of a hydraulically–actuated nuclear decommissioning robot (funder: NDA)

Dr Philip Cross (2012) Continuous–time PIP control of marine energy converters (funder: EPSRC SUPERGEN)

Dr Stephen Quayle (2012) Investigation of high–lift multi–element profiles for vertical–axis tidal stream turbines (funder: Lancaster University)

Dr Kester Gunn (2012) Generic optimisation of wave energy converter performance (funder: E.ON, EPSRC)

Dr Vasileios Exadaktylos (2008) Model predictive control structures in the non–minimal state space (funder: Marie Curie Fellowship)

Dr Essam Shaban (2006) State dependent parameter control applied to construction robots and other nonlinear systems

Dr Matthew Stables (2006) Nonlinear control of a ventilation chamber (funder: EPSRC)

Dr Steven Wright (2006) Control of IVT based vehicles by intelligent selection between alternative solutions

Professional Activities

Chair, IET Control & Automation Network

Executive Committee, Automatic Control Council (UKACC)

Editorial Board, Progress in Nuclear Energy

Editorial Board, Environmental Modelling & Software

Member, IFAC Technical Committees on Control in Agriculture, Modelling & Control of Environmental Systems, Robotics, and Transportation & Vehicle Systems

Impact Champion & Nuclear Group Lead, Engineering Department, Lancaster University

Current Teaching

Engr202 Instrumentation and Control

Engr406 Intelligent System Control (MEng)

Engr506 Intelligent System Control (MSc)

Career & Education

Academic, Engineering Department, Lancaster University (2000–present)

Research Associate, Environmental Science Department, Lancaster University (1994–2000)

PhD Control Engineering, Lancaster University (1996)

BSc (Hons.) Environmental Science, Lancaster University (1992)

Ermysted’s Grammar School, Skipton, North Yorkshire (1982–1989)

Kirkby Malham Primary School, North Yorkshire

Links (More)

MATLAB notes

Robot photographs

Departmental Staff Page

Out of date personal web page