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Mechatronics, Signal Processing and Control

Improvements in global quality of life, including more personalised healthcare and harnessing more sustainable energy resources, rely on continued innovative development of mechatronic systems (the fusion of mechanical, electrical, electronic and control engineering elements) to enhance or expand automation of physical interaction with our environment, and more perceptive and comprehensive sensing, processing and actuation to implement such devices.

Installing an external met mast
Installing an external met mast

This exciting interdisciplinary research at Southampton covers many key engineering challenges across a wide range of application fields, for example: the development of sensing techniques and algorithms to produce an ‘electronic tongue' for monitoring the quality of drinking water; the detection of objects buried at shallow depth using seismic wave reflection; vibration suppression and associated energy harvesting from smart structures; ultrasonic microfluidic particle manipulation for enhanced drug delivery and preparation; the use of acoustic emissions to quantify undersea gas leaks in carbon capture and storage facilities; enhanced energy management of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles; the integrated sensing, control and operation of wind turbines.

Our research and teaching activities in this field are underpinned by active collaborations between a range of engineering, science and medical disciplines, and funded and supported across a complementary range of fundamental, strategic and applied partners, including Research Councils, EU and industry. Our world-leading interdisciplinary research involves contributions in theoretical development of algorithms and associated simulation, material and device development, advances in sensing and control techniques and the associated implementation, testing and validation of this work. The practical utility of our research output continues to motivate our team for further developments, in addition to evidencing the quality of our researcher training and capability.

Mapping the underworld device
Mapping the underworld device
Droplet detection system
Droplet detection system
Rear headrests with microphones used for noise cancellation
Noise cancelling car headrests

Research Areas

Electro-Mechanical Engineering

Signal Processing and Control

Automotive Engineering


Energy Technology Research Group


Maritime Robotics Laboratory

Performance Sports


If you are interested in joining us either to study or to become part of our research team please select the relevant link below for further information.

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List of related projects to
Related ProjectsStatusType
Active control of viscoelastic metamaterialsActiveOther
Decentralised control units for vibration control in carsDormantOther
Active vibration control of parametrically excited systems.ActiveOther
Nonlinear and Adaptive Control with Applications to Electromechanical Systems.ActiveOther
Tuneable vibration absorbersActiveOther
Energy HarvestingActiveOther
Passive vibration isolation using nonlinear characteristicsActiveOther
Working with Network Rail to develop sensors to determine embankment stabilityActiveOther
Battery Characterisation and Management - the key to Smart Grids and the Integration of Electric VehiclesActiveOther
Remote sensing of turbulenceDormantOther
Cubesat on-board processingDormantOther
Investigation into the Switching Characteristics of Gold Coated Carbon Nanotubes under Low Current ConditionsActiveOther
Carbon Nano Tube (CNT) Composite Surfaces for Electrical Contact InterfacesActiveOther
Corrosion detection in small diameter buried steel gas pipes ActiveOther
Mid-to-High Frequency Modelling of Vehicle Noise and VibrationActiveOther
Mapping the UnderworldDormantOther
Battery Characterisation and Management - the key to Smart Grids and the Integration of Electric VehiclesActiveOther
Development of automated condition monitoring using AI tools - DormantDormantOther
Health monitoring of new generation aircraft bearingsActiveOther
Prediction of ultrasonic wave propagation in aircraft structures for crack monitoringDormantOther
Detecting leaks from undersea gas pipelines, seabed methane reserves, and carbon capture and storage facilitiesActiveOther
Dolphin-inspired radar for finding bombs, bugs and catastrophe victimsActiveOther
Cochlear modelling of distortion product otoacoustic emissionsActiveOther
Application of Data Fusion techniques in identification of sub-clinical Polysomnographic events in children with Sleep Disordered BreathingActiveOther
Application of ultrasound standing wave fields for augmentation of cartilage bioengineering strategiesActiveOther
Low Cost Support System for Stroke RehabilitationActiveOther
Filling in the gaps: compressed sensing for x-ray computed tomography ActiveOther
When greed is good: greedy algorithms for Signal Processing and Compressed SensingActiveOther
Fractional Calculus modelling of non-Gaussian noisy signalsActiveOther
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