Professor Robert Allen BSc(Hons), PhD, CEng, FIEE, FIMechE, FIPEM
Professor of Biodynamics and Control
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Robert Allen is an Emeritus Professor in Biodynamics and Control at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR), University of Southampton, UK.
Following training in the machine tool industry and a period as numerical control programme engineer (Dean, Smith & Grace Ltd., in collaboration with IBM UK) he studied at the University of Leeds and graduated with BSc (Hons) in Control Engineering and was awarded a PhD for research on modelling the dynamic characteristics of neural receptors. This was followed by Postdoctoral positions at the University of Leeds (Dept. Anaesthesia) on monitoring intracranial pressure of severely head-injured patients to prevent secondary brain damage, and at the Welsh National School of Medicine, Cardiff (Dept. Anaesthetics) on a parameter estimation approach to noninvasive measurement of cardiac output. He moved to the University of Southampton (Faculty of Medicine) in 1984 to a newly-created position as Lecturer in Biocomputation, and from there to the Department of Mechanical Engineering in 1985 as Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Control Engineering and to the ISVR in 1997. He is founding Editor-in-Chief of 2 journals "Biomimetics & Bioinspiration; Learning from Nature" published by the Institute of Physics, and "Biomedical Signal Processing & Control" published by Elsevier. He is also Honorary Editor for "Medical Engineering and Physics" (Elsevier) and a member of the Mechatronic, Informatics and Control Committee of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered Scientist and a Fellow of the Institution of Electrical Engineers, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine. He is also a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the European Society of Biomechanics.