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Professor David Sanders

Professor of Systems Engineering

David Sanders


Professor of Systems Engineering (Reader in Knowledge Engineering)


Current research funding includes:

18-21: Intelligent modelling and control... Principal Investigator, funded by Innovate UK and InTandem Ltd.

18-22:Using artificial intelligence to share control of a powered-wheelchair...  Principal Investigator, funded by the EPSRC.

19-21: Design and advanced manufacturing and production techniques to embed interfacing capability within flow and pressure sensors.... Principal Investigator, funded by Innovate UK and TGA Industries Ltd.

19-22: Reducing energy used in manufacture... Supervisor, funded by Marie Skłodowska-Curie PhD Fellowship (part of £3,500,000 Horizon 2020 award) SCA COFUND / Horizon 2020 award.


Current teaching includes:

   Technology Concepts (for designers) Yr 2, ENG512.
   Product Electro-Mechanics Yr 3, ENG611.
   Electrical & Electronic Principles Yr 1, ENG432.
   Principles of Digital Systems Yr 1, ENG431.


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. Robotics, Manufacturing and Design were the core research areas during that time and research in those areas continues today.  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.  Since my return in 2013, I reformed the Systems Engineering Research Group with external funding in excess of £1,000,000 and research restarted in Automation, Computing & Electronics, Sensors and Design, concentrating on robotics & powered wheelchairs, saving energy, manufacturing systems and design-for-assembly.

ResearcherID: B-7549-2008


ORCID: 0000-0002-4359-6743

Research Interests

  • Automation (specifically, manufacturing, robotics and tele-operation)
  • Computing & Electronics (specifically, knowledge based systems, AI and powered wheelchairs)
  • Design (specifically, decision making, design-for-assembly, governance and monitoring)

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