Funding opportunity: New Horizons – EPSRC

23 November 2021

Following the first phase of the pilot New Horizons scheme in 2020, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is now launching the second phase.

New Horizons is a funding opportunity for research ideas that are new, speculative and high risk with potential for high reward. The ideas should be within the remit of EPSRC’s Engineering and ICT themes. Visit the UKRI website for more information and contact details.

Applications for this phase of the pilot scheme will be assessed at outline and full proposal panel meetings, where streamlined assessment criteria will be used.

To support the delivery of this funding opportunity, EPSRC are planning panel membership now ahead of the initial outline panels in March 2022. For those not applying to this scheme, but interested in being a panel member, a survey is now open for expression of interest.

Deadline extension: Control 2022

8 October 2021

The deadline for the call for papers for the 13th UKACC International Conference on Control to be held on 20-22 April 2022 at The University of Plymouth has been extended to 30 November 2022.

More information can be found on the Control 2022 website. Papers can be submitted via Paper Plaza.

Registration for IFAC 2021 lecture now open

8 October 2021

The International Federation of Automatic Control invites you on Tuesday, 30 November 2021 at 11.00 am (CET) to the lecture: “High-performance nonlinear control method for servo systems in automation and robotics: theory to practice” by Professor Dongil “Dan” Cho, Ph.D. IFAC President-Elect.

The lecture will take place via Zoom. Registration and participation is free.

Register now

Call for papers for Control 2022

22 September 2021

The deadline of 30 September 2021 is fast approaching for full paper and abstract submissions for Control 2022.

More information can be found on the Control 2022 website. Papers can be submitted via Paper Plaza.

August 2021 IFAC newsletter

2 August 2021

The August 2021 IFAC newsletter can be downloaded from the IFAC website.

This issue includes:

  • IFAC activity fund update

  • EAAI (Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence) webinar

  • IFAC president’s column

  • IFAC Journal of Systems and Control: Update from the EiC reports from IFAC conferences (CTS/FR, INCOM/HU)

  • IFAC 2023 update

  • 2020-2023 IFAC fellows and major awards

  • IFAC council and related meetings 2021

  • Forthcoming IFAC events (New name “conferences”)

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Funding opportunity: Synthetic Biology and Biological Systems

18 July 2021

Over the past year, there has been a UKRI wide initiative to explore ways of furthering Engineering Biology research. As a result of this work, the first opportunity in this area for funding is now live.

Developing Engineering Biology Breakthrough Ideas will fund adventurous, short term research in the Engineering Biology space, with collaborative projects linking disciplines not traditionally associated with the area welcome.

Details of the scheme, and how to apply can be found on the UKRI website.

For more information on the scheme, contact

To clarify, while the application process is administered through BBSRC, the opportunity is open to researchers in areas within the EPSRC, BBSRC, MRC and NERC remit.

New chair of UKACC

6 July 2021

UKACC welcomes its new chair, Professor Visakan Kadirkamanathan, who takes over from the outgoing chair Professor Roger Dixon.

Visakan is from the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering at the University of Sheffield and is also the Director of the Rolls-Royce supported University Technology Centre in Control, Monitoring and Systems Engineering.

Cash prize for PhD excellence!

20 June 2021

The IET Control and Automation Doctoral Dissertation Prize 2021 is now open and taking applications.

Do you know a student who deserves to win this year? The prize money on offer is £500.

The prize recognises a student for their research excellence in the field of Control and Automation at a UK university, between 1 October 2019 and 30 September 2021.

Nominations are now open.

Vacancy: Senior Research Associate at Lancaster University

20 June 2021

A vacancy has arisen at Lancaster University for a Senior Research Associate in Condition Monitoring and Control.

The successful candidate will join a team working on the EPSRC funded (£1.5 million) Autonomous Inspection for Responsive and Sustainable Nuclear Fuel Manufacture (AIRS-NFM) project.

The project aims to determine whether the manufacture of nuclear fuel can be rendered responsive, using gamma-ray spectrometry, responsive high-resolution imaging and digital twinning, to reduce waste, disruption, energy consumption and to increase the efficiency, resilience and sustainability of nuclear fuel production.

The position is focussed on data-driven, adaptive condition monitoring and control using machine learning.

Find out more about the vacancy

June 2021 IFAC newsletter

20 June 2021

The June 2021 IFAC newsletter can be downloaded from the IFAC website.

Content in this issue:

  • Who’s who in IFAC: TB vice-chairs A Astolfi (UK) and K Janschek (DE) (including VC reports)

  • IFAC president’s column

  • Best practices for industry involvement in IFAC events now released

  • From the IFAC blog: The Prince and I(FAC)

  • Transitions: Tibor Vamos

  • Education survey

  • Forthcoming IFAC technical events

IFAC Industry Connect webinar series

6 June 2021

The IFAC Industry Committee has announced a series of Industry Connect webinars.

The first in the series, “The impact of control research on industrial innovation: What would it take to make it happen?” is a 60-minute panel discussion. It will take a close look at a framework to close the gap between fundamental control research and practice towards catalysing technology innovation.

The discussion will address drivers for innovation, limitations encountered in practice, and potential research directions based on requirements collected from different industry sectors.

The panelists will be Hans Aalto, Finn Ankersen, Silvia Mastellone, Iven Mareels, and Alex van Delft, moderated by Moncef Chioua.

The event will take plave on 15 June 2021, 1.00 pm BST (2.00 pm CEST, 8.00 EDT). The webinar is free and open to all. Registration is required.

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Control 2022

6 June 2021

The 13th UKACC International Conference on Control will be held on 20 – 22 April 2022, at the University of Plymouth.

Visit our events page for more information.

PhD showcase winners 2019

3 December 2019

Congratulations to Alison Ponche and Raheeg Alamin for the best and runner up poster respectively. Congratulations to Huaya Duan and Suleiman Kurawa for the best and runner up presentation, respectively, at the UKACC PhD showcase which took place at Advances in Process Automation and Control 2019 in Manchester.

Presenters and judging panel – 18 November 2019