Professor Stephen Daley

Professor Stephen Daley

Chair in Industrial Active Control

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Steve Daley is Professor of Industrial Active Control at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research and Director of the BAE Systems Centre for Research in Active Control (CRAC).

After graduating with a 1st Class Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1981 he received a PhD in 1984 from the University of Leeds for his thesis on the attitude control of large flexible spacecraft. Following a two-year period working as a researcher at the GEC Engineering Research Centre (ERC) he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics at Brunel University as a Lecturer in Control Engineering in 1986. He rejoined ERC in 1990 and following the acquisition of the Centre by ALSTOM in 1996 was promoted to Technology Head for Control and Monitoring. In 2003 he returned to an academic position as Professor of Industrial Control in the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering at the University of Sheffield and moved to the ISVR in 2010.

Professor Daley has published widely on a broad variety of applications focussed control systems research and has been the recipient of numerous prizes and awards for his work including the 1999 Honeywell International Medal from the Institution of Measurement of Control, the 1988 Thomas Bernard Hall Prize from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, the 2002 ALSTOM Power Technical Excellence Award and three BAE Systems Chairman’s Silver Awards for Innovation.

His main research activity is in the development of active noise and vibration control systems with particular application to both dynamic testing and vibration problems in large marine structures. He continues to work closely with industry, is an inventor on two current worldwide patents with a further two pending and is a founding director of the University of Southampton spin-out company ClanTect Limited.

Professor Daley serves on various committees of IFAC, IET and IMechE, and from 2003-2008 he was both Chairman of the IMechE Informatics and Control Working Group and a member of the UK Automatic Control Council Executive Committee. He serves on the Editorial Board of the Proceedings of the IMechE, Part I, is an Associate Editor of both the IFAC Journal Control Engineering Practice and the Journal on Advances in Acoustics and Vibration and is on the editorial advisory board of the International Journal of Automation and Computing.