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Dr Andrew J Chipperfield BSc, PhD

Senior Lecturer, Director of Graduate School

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Dr Andrew J Chipperfield is Senior Lecturer within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Andrew Chipperfield graduated with a BSc(Hons) in Computer Systems Engineering from University College of North Wales, Bangor, in 1989. In 1995 he obtained his PhD on computer aided control systems design in the Department of Automatic Control and Systems at the University of Sheffield as a research assistant. After spending three years as a research fellow in the Rolls Royce University Technology Centre for Systems and Control he was appointed lecturer in aerospace and control engineering. In 2002 he joined Southampton as a senior lecturer in computational methods.

His research interests are broadly in the fields of applying modelling, optimisation and control to real-world problems. An early example being the creation of the Genetic Algorithm Toolbox for Matlab which has been in use at 500+ industrial and academic sites worldwide, most notably helping NASA reduce the landing footprint of the Mars Pathfinder. In particular, multiobjective optimization techniques developed with Fleming (Sheffield) have been successfully applied to a wide range of problem domains from drug discovery (GlaxoSmithKline) and process scheduling (Beetson Clark) to system identification and control system optimization (Rolls Royce, BAE Systems, QinetiQ, DSTL). Previous research projects have include life-cycle cost modelling for UAV design using multiple simulation and modelling strategies and the use of mathematical modelling in large-scale data management for health monitoring and prognostics in helicopter fleet management (GE Aviation). Other collaborations have included the design of controllers for solar-thermal power generation (Tsang and Man, HK City University), optimisation in robust control (Whidborne, Cranfield) [19] and the control of novel agile UAVs (VTOL Technologies and MoD).

His current research is primarily focused on applying these systems engineering techniques to problems in biomedical and clinical science. He works closely with colleagues in medicine in Southampton and elsewhere and focuses on diabetes, metabolic syndrome and obesity. This work has been supported by EPSRC, Diabetes UK and industrial sponsorship.

Research interests

  • Modelling of physiological systems
  • Medical device design
  • Microvascular flows
  • Control systems
  • Systems engineering
  • Signal processing
  • Optimisation

Research group

Bioengineering Science

Affiliate research group

Energy Technology

Research project(s)

Statistical modelling of physical activity energy expenditure in diabetes mellitus and metabolic syndrome

Sensing Skin Health

This research aims to investigate a system of skin health monitoring that is suitable for long term use by patients at risk of undetected skin damage. In particular this research will focus on problems associated with diabetic foot ulceration.

Dynamic modelling of the effect of physical activity on glycaemic control in people with type 1 diabetes

Lifestyle has a significant influence on the control of blood sugars in Type 1 diabetes. Here we investigate how physical fitness and levels of activity affects blood glucose control.

Feature extraction in clinical data

Data mining techniques commonly used in engineering are being applied to continuously monitored human bio-indicators to predict health state.

Development and evaluation of a new device for the clinical measurement of tissue blood flow and tissue oxygenation

Understanding the state of health of body tissue is essential to assessing its viability or recovery from injury. This project investigates a new non-invasive devise for detecting blood flow and oxygen delivery to superficial tissue.

Faculty graduate school deputy director
Faculty ethics committee
Academic integrity officer

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Dynamics and Control SESA2003 Aerospace Engineering Course leader
Engineering Design SESM3001 Mechanical Engineering Tutor
Ship control systems SESM3019 Mechanical Engineering Tutor
Graduate school training SESG8001 Mechanical Engineering Tutor
Dr Andrew J Chipperfield
Engineering, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton. SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

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