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Dr David Sanders

Reader in Systems/Knowledge Engineering

David Sanders



Current research funding includes:

18-21: Intelligent modelling and control to optimize building energy management systems, Principal Investigator, £321,481, funded by Innovate UK and InTandem Ltd.

18-21:Using artificial intelligence to share control of a powered-wheelchair between a wheelchair user and an intelligent sensor system.  Principal Investigator, £465,563, funded by the EPSRC.

19-22: DTA3/COFUND Marie Skłodowska-Curie PhD Fellowship (part of £3,500,000 Horizon 2020 award). Investigator, £121,372, funded by SCA COFUND / Marie-Curie Horizon 2020 award.


Until 1990 I was the Research Group Secretary for a research group led by Professor John Billingsley. I formed the Systems Engineering Research Group in 1991 after Professor Billingsley emigrated to Australia.

Between 1991 and 1999, the group went through eight years of slow expansion of the three research areas in the group. This allowed natural groupings to form and the academics within the areas to be tested. Automation and Robotics was the core research area during that time.  From 2000 to 2009 the numbers of staff and students in the research group increased year on year as new staff join as co-investigators for grants and supervisors for research students.  From 2010 to 2012 I was mobilised for military service.

As I was away for a few years, the research group combined with the Network Systems Research Group to form the Intelligent and Networked Systems Research Group.

Research Interests

  • Automation & Robotics (specifically, tele-operation and powered wheelchairs)
  • Computing & Electronics (specifically, knowledge based systems and Artificial Intelligence)
  • Decision Making (specifically, environmental and petroleum, governance and intelligent monitoring)

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