Dr Mike Knowles


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Senior Lecturer in Engineering

I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Engineering with a background in Embedded Systems and Intelligent Software. In addition to teaching across the range of Engineering programmes at the University of Sunderland, I am also engaged in range of research activities and projects. I also have an interest in Engineering Pedagogy and in Higher Education Quality Enhancement and Assurance.

I am a graduate (MEng 2002, PhD 2006) of the University of Birmingham, a Member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).

Teaching and supervision

I am actively involved in teaching across the suite of BEng courses:


At present I am involved in the Stage 1 Design and Build Project and I am Module Leader for Stage 2 modules on Microprocessors and PLCs and Automation for Manufacturing. I am co-module lead for the Engineering Final Year project and I'm also involved in the operation of the module at our international partners.

At postgraduate level, I am Programme Leader for MSc Manufacturing Engineering and was heavily involved in its development.

I supervise undergraduate and postgraduate student projects in a range of topics. I am currently co-supervising two PhD students and I am Director of Studies for one student. I have also examined PhDs and Professional Doctorates.

Research interests for potential research students

  • Engineering applications of intelligent software
  • Condition monitoring and advanced maintenance
  • Vehicle telemetry applications
  • Electronic product design

I am currently supervising the following PhD Students as Director of Studies:

  • Walter Ditch: Improving Interoperability and Reuse of Design-related Information in the Creation of Embedded Systems
  • Glenn Ridley: Optimisation of Thermal Management Techniques for High Power LED Illuminators through an Integrated Design Methodology

I am co-supervisor of the following students:
  • Abdulrahman Shaalan: Development of a maintenance management strategy utilizing modern maintenance systems and cost based performance indicators for complex and large manufacturing assets.
  • Adrian Morris: Developing a strategy for using energy consumption as an indicator of asset condition within condition based maintenance in manufacturing.
  • Helen Scott: A User Centred Model for the Design of Manufacturing Maintenance Training using Virtual and Augmented Reality.

Research

The core theme of my research career thus far has been the application of a range of theoretical concepts from engineering and computing, acquired during my own PhD and early postdoctoral work, to a range of real world problems to create impact for a variety of stakeholders.

I have been involved in a number of externally funded research projects including:

Atorus KTP – June 2017 – June 2019 

I am lead academic on this project, the objectives of which are:

  • To develop a multi-criterion decision framework exploiting and deriving knowledge from data.
  • To provide intelligent tools for construction project management facilitating optimised decision making in multi-actor contexts through knowledge and data rich insights into the DNA of complex projects.

Updates on the project can be found at:http://www.gluiq.com/news/


Imprint KTP (September 2014 – February 2016)

I was knowledge-base supervisor for this KTP, the objective of which was to embed expertise in new product development to produce an innovative, miniaturised product departure conformance system. The project received a final rating of “Very Good”.

Franks Portlock (January 2013 – July 2014)

I was Knowledge Base supervisor for this project – the objective of which was to design new and innovative ultra-portable air sampling products with sophisticated data capture capabilities. The project received a final grade of “Outstanding”.

Electric Vehicle Through-Life Management based on Telematic Data (September 2012 – March 2013)

I was Principal Investigator on this project, funded by the EPSRC Centre for Through Life Engineering Services based at Cranfield University. The goal of the project was to evaluate opportunities to use Vehicle Telemetry technology to enhance the operation of Ultra Low Carbon Vehicles in terms of enhancing component and vehicle life and supporting enhanced asset management.

Low Carbon and Electric Vehicle Monitoring Project (2011 – 2014)

I was Principal Investigator of this project, funded by the Sunderland City Council, Nexus and the University of Sunderland Facilities Service. The project looked at the use of vehicle tracking data to inform fleet replacement decisions with a particular focus on evaluating the suitability of Ultra Low Carbon Vehicles.

Posseidon (2009 – 2010)

I contributed to the latter stages of this EU FP6 funded project, which developed a condition monitoring system for marine lubricating oil. My role was to develop a prototype software solution to integrate data from a number of sensors to provide condition assessments and prognostic advice to on-board engineering personnel. The project involved work with partners across Europe.

Pedagogic Research

Over the last four years I have begun to conduct research around my teaching, specifically relating to final year projects and driving engagement and employability skills within technical coursework exercises.

I am currently investigating the applicability of Problem and Project Based Learning approaches to postgraduate engineering education and their alignment with employer needs and professional body standards.

Publications

Number of items: 58.

Article

Galar, Diego, Baglee, David, Knowles, Michael and Kinnunen, Sini-Kaisu (2016) A Proposed Maintenance Strategy for a Wind Turbine Gearbox Using Condition Monitoring Techniques. International Journal of Process Management and Benchmarking, 6 (3). pp. 386-403. ISSN 1460-6739

Knowles, Michael and Baglee, David (2016) Energy usage modelling as a condition monitoring tool. International Journal of Intelligent Systems, Technologies and Applications. (Unpublished)

Knowles, Michael and Dixon, Derek (2016) Guidance Techniques to Improve Student Engagement in Critical Reflection Regarding the Preparation of Technical Reports. Student Engagement and Experience Journal, 5 (1). ISSN 2047- 9476

Baglee, David, Knowles, Michael and Morris, Adrian (2016) Maintenance : Is research failing the food industry. Journal of Food Engineering. (Unpublished)

Kok, Dirk, Knowles, Michael, Morris, Adrian and Baglee, David (2015) Battery ripple effects in cascaded and parallel-connected convertors. IET Power Electronics, 8 (5). pp. 841-849.

Singh, Sarbjeet, Baglee, David, Knowles, Michael and Galar, Diego (2014) Developing RCM strategy for wind turbines utilizing e-condition monitoring. International Journal Systems Assurance Engineering Management, 5 (18). ISSN 0976-4348

Kok, Dirk, Morris, Adrian, Knowles, Michael and Baglee, David (2014) Converter simulation using SimPowerSystems a comparison of drive cycles and control strategies. Renewable Energy Research and Applications (ICRERA), 2013 International Conference on. pp. 800-805.

Knowles, Michael and Morris, Adrian (2014) The Impact of second Life Electric vehicle Batteries on the Viability of renewable Energy Sources. British Journal of Applied Science and Technology, 4 (1). pp. 152-167. ISSN 2231-0843

Knowles, Michael and Morris, Adrian (2013) Impact of Second Life Electric Vehicle Batteries on the Viability of Renewable Energy Sources. British Journal of Applied Science & Technology, 4 (1). pp. 152-167. ISSN 2231-0843

Baglee, David and Knowles, Michael (2013) Maintenance Strategy Development in the UK Food and Drink Industry. International Journal of Strategic Engineering Asset Management, 1 (3). pp. 289-230. ISSN 1759-9733

Kok, Dirk, Morris, Adrian and Knowles, Michael (2013) Novel EV drive train topology — A review of the current topologies and proposal for a model for improved drivability. Power Electronics and Applications (EPE), 2013 15th European Conference on. pp. 1-10.

Knowles, Michael (2013) Through-life Management of Electric Vehicles. Procedia CIRP, 11. pp. 260-265.

Knowles, Michael (2013) The use of feasibility study funding to develop an independent research strategy. Journal of Postdoctoral Affairs. ISSN 2328-9791 (In Press)

Knowles, Michael, Scott, Helen and Baglee, David (2012) The Effect of Driving Style on Electric Vehicle Performance, Economy and Perception. International Journal of Electric and Hybrid Vehicles, 4 (3). pp. 228-227. ISSN 1751-4088

Knowles, Michael and Baglee, David (2012) An I-maintenance solution for condition monitoring in diesel powered marine vessels. Condition Monitor Newsletter (307). pp. 7-11. ISSN 0268-8050

Scott, Helen, Knowles, Michael, Morris, Adrian and Kok, Dirk (2012) The Role of a Driving Simulator in Driver Training to Improve Fuel Economy. Proceedings of Driving Simulator Conference Europe 2012. pp. 313-325. ISSN 0769-0266

Knowles, Michael and Baglee, David (2012) The role of maintenance in energy saving in commercial refrigeration. Journal of Quality in Maintenance Engineering, 18 (3). pp. 282-294. ISSN 1355-2511

Baglee, David and Knowles, Michael (2010) Maintenance strategy development within SMEs: the development of an integrated approach. Control and Cybernetics, 39 (1). pp. 275-304. ISSN 0324-8569

Knowles, Michael, Baglee, David, Morris, Adrian and Ren, Qinglian (2010) The State of the Art in Fuel Cell Condition Monitoring and Maintenance. World Electric Vehicle Journal, 4. pp. 487-494. ISSN 2032-6653

Knowles, Michael, Wermter, Stefan, Pulvermuller, F, Gallise, V, Taylor, John G and Page, Martin (2009) Multimodal communication in animals, humans and robots: an introduction to perspectives in brain-inspired informatics. Neural Networks, 22 (2). pp. 111-115. ISSN 0893-6080

Book Section

Knowles, Michael, Baglee, David and Sharma, Pankaj (2017) Application of Open Source Hardware to the Development of Autonomous Maintenance Support Systems. In: Advances in Through-life Engineering Services. Decision Engineering . Springer, pp. 333-347. ISBN 978-3-319-49937-6

Knowles, Michael and Baglee, David (2015) Ultra Low Carbon Vehicle Management Based on Telematic Monitoring. In: Through-Life Engineering Services. Decision Engineering . Springer International Publishing, pp. 83-94. ISBN 978-3-319-12110-9

Baglee, David, Knowles, Michael and Yau, Alan (2011) Development of techniques to manage asset condition using new tools. In: Asset Management: The State of the Art in Europe from a Life Cycle Perspective. Production & Process Engineering . Springer, pp. 143-154. ISBN 978-94-007-2723-6

Knowles, Michael (2009) Towards computational modelling of neural multimodal integration based on the superior colliculus concept. In: Innovations in Neural Information Paradigms and Applications. Studies in Computational Intelligence (247). Springer, pp. 269-294. ISBN 978-3642040023

Conference or Workshop Item

Hayes, Catherine, Driscoll, Helen and Knowles, Michael (2016) Roll Up Roll Up: Showcasing Excellence and Sharing Best Practice in Programme Delivery across the Faculty of Applied Sciences. In: Learning and Teaching Festival, Students as Partners in Learning and Teaching, University of Sunderland Learning Enhancement Annual Conference, 24-26 Apr, University of Sunderland, UK.. (Submitted)

Sheikh, M, Baglee, David, Knowles, Michael, Elmarakbi, Ahmed and Al-Hariri, Mohammad (2015) A Novel Approach for Predicting Thermal Runaway in Electric Vehicle Batteries when Involved in a Collision. In: ASME 2015 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, 13-19 Nov 2015, Houston, Texas, USA.

Knowles, Michael and Dixon, Derek (2015) Student Engagement in Final Year Independent Project Work. In: Three Rivers Learning and Teaching Conference: Student Engagement, 27 Mar 2015, St Peter's Campus, University of Sunderland, UK.

González-Ortega, David, Scott, Helen, Javier Díaz-Pernas, Francisco and Knowles, Michael (2014) 3D Computer Vision and Wireless Sensor Applications in an-experimental Study on Electric Vehicle Driving in Roundabout Negotiation Scenarios. In: European Electric Vehicle Congress, 3-5 Dec 2014, Brussels, Belgium.

Knowles, Michael (2013) Vehicle telemetry. In: Presentation - Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), 26 Nov 2013, EDF Visitor Centre, Somerset and West Wiltshire.

Baglee, David, Knowles, Michael and Morris, Adrian (2013) Optimisation of Food and Engineering Supply Chain Technology (OPTFEST): A Case Study. In: Comadem 2013, 11 - 13 Jun 2013, Helsinki.

Baglee, David, Knowles, Michael, Morris, Adrian and Scott, Helen (2013) A roadmap for the development of the next generation of reliable and dependable ultra-low carbon vehicles. In: 4th Hybrid and Electric Vehicles Conference, 2013, London.

Baglee, David, Knowles, Michael, Morris, Adrian and Scott, Helen (2013) The role of electric vehicles in developing a sustainable urban transport policy. In: 4th Hybrid and Electric Vehicles Conference, 2013, London.

Baglee, David, Knowles, Michael, Morris, Adrian and Scott, Helen (2013) The role of local authorities in EV uptake. In: 4th Hybrid and Electric Vehicles Conference, 2013, London.

Kok, Dirk, Knowles, Michael and Morris, Adrian (2012) Building a Driving Simulator as an Electric Vehicle Hardware Development Tool. In: Driving Simulation Conference 2012, 6-7 September 2012, Paris.

Knowles, Michael and Baglee, David (2012) Condition Management of Marine Lube Oil and the Role of Intelligent Sensor Systems in Diagnostics. In: COMADEM 2012: 25th International Congress on Condition Monitoring and Diagnostics Engineering Management, 18-20 Jun 2012, Huddersfield, UK.. (Unpublished)

Knowles, Michael, Baglee, David and Morris, Adrian (2012) Asset performance indicators for ultra low carbon vehicle fleets. In: Maintenance Performance Measurement and Management, 2012, Sunderland.

Baglee, David and Knowles, Michael (2012) Developing RCM Strategy for Hydrogen Fuel Cells Utlising Online E-Condition Monitoring. In: COMADEM 2012: 25th International Congress on Condition Monitoring and Diagnostic Engineering Management, 18-20 Jun 2012, Huddersfield, UK. (Unpublished)

Baglee, David and Knowles, Michael (2012) Low carbon fleet vehicle lifecycle cost analysis. In: Maintenance Performance Measurement and Management, 2012, Sunderland.

Knowles, Michael and Baglee, David (2012) Managing asset performance for ultra low carbon vehicle fleets. In: IET Asset Management Conference, 2012, London.

Baglee, David and Knowles, Michael (2012) Roadmap for the development and realisation of I-Maintenance in the automotive industry. In: Condition Monitoring and Machine Failure Prevention Technology (BINDT), 2012, London.

Goodwin, Tony, Knowles, Michael and Baglee, David (2012) A business case for automated supply control technology. In: Maintenance Performance Measurement and Management, 2012, Sunderland.

Knowles, Michael and Baglee, David (2011) Condition monitoring in an on-ship environment. In: IMarEST 2nd Condition Based Maintenance Conference, 28-29 Sep 2011, London UK.

Knowles, Michael and Baglee, David (2011) Advanced Maintenance And Reliability Management For Low Carbon Technologies. In: The Eighth International Conference on Condition Monitoring and Machinery Failure Prevention Technologies, 20 - 22 June 2011, Cardiff, UK.

Knowles, Michael and Baglee, David (2011) Asset Management for Hydrogen Fuel Cells. In: COMADEM 2011: 24th International Congress on Condition Monitoring and Diagnostics Engineering Management, 30 May-1 Jun 2011, Stavangar, Norway.

Baglee, David and Knowles, Michael (2011) Overcoming logistic issues in asset management of wind turbines. In: COMADEM 2011: 24th International Congress on Condition Monitoring and Diagnostics Engineering Management, 30 May-1 Jun 2011, Stavangar, Norway.

Knowles, Michael, Baglee, David, Carroll, Steve, Walsh, Chris, Carter, Rebecca and Cruden, Andrew (2011) Analysis of the Efficiency of Electric Vehicle Rapid Charge Systems. In: Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Conference (HEVC) 2011, 18-19 May 2011, Warwick UK.

Knowles, Michael and Baglee, David (2011) Energy usage modelling as a condition monitoring tool. In: 7th International Conference on Modelling in Industrial Maintenance and Reliability (MIMAR 2011), 18-19 Apr 2011, Cambridge, UK.

Knowles, Michael and Baglee, David (2011) Developing RCM Strategy for Wind Turbines Utilising Online Condition e-Monitoring. In: 6th World Congress on Engineering Asset Management (WCEAM 2011), 2-4 Oct 2011, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.. (Unpublished)

Baglee, David and Knowles, Michael (2011) Maintenance strategy development in the UK food and drink industry. In: Mainttenance Performance Measurement and Management International Conference, 2011, Lulea, Sweden.

Knowles, Michael, Baglee, David and Wermter, Stefan (2010) Reinforcement Learning for Scheduling of Maintenance. In: Thirtieth SGAI International Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AI-2010), 14-16 Dec 2010, Cambridge, England. (Unpublished)

Knowles, Michael, Ren, Qinglian and Baglee, David (2010) The State of the Art in Fuel Cell Condition Monitoring and Maintenance. In: 25th World Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exposition, 5-9 Nov 2010, Shenzhen, China. (Unpublished)

Knowles, Michael and Baglee, David (2010) Modelling the properties of oil with various contaminants. In: The Seventh International Conference on Condition Monitoring and Machinery Failure Prevention Technologies, 22-24 Jun 2010, Ettington Chase Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK. (Unpublished)

Knowles, Michael, Yau, Chi-Yung and Baglee, David (2010) Utilizing RFID and PDA Together for mobile E-Maintenance. In: The First International Workshop and Congress on eMaintenance (eMaintenance 2010), 22-24 Jun 2010, Luleå, Sweden. (Unpublished)

Knowles, Michael, Baglee, David and Yau, Chi-Yung (2010) Using RFID and PDA together for Mobile E-Maintenance. In: Machinery Failure Prevention Technology Conference (MFPT 2010), April 13-15 2010, Huntsville, Alabama, USA. (Unpublished)

Baglee, David and Knowles, Michael (2010) Condition Monitoring in an on-ship environment. In: Seventh International Conference on Condition Monitoring and Machinery Failure Prevention Technologies (BINDT CM 2010), 2010, Stratford upon Avon.

Baglee, David and Knowles, Michael (2009) The Role of Maintenance in Energy Saving. In: 19th MIRCE International Symposium on Engineering and Managing Sustainability - A Reliability, Maintainability and Supportability Perspective, 2-3 Dec 2009, Exeter, UK. (Unpublished)

Knowles, Michael (2008) The hybrid integration of perceptual symbol systems and interactive reinforcement learning. In: 8th International Conference on Hybrid Intelligent Systems; HIS 2008, 10-12 Sep 2008, Technical University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain.

Knowles, Michael (2008) MIRA: a learning multimodal interactive robot agent. In: 8th International Conference on Hybrid Intelligent Systems; HIS 2008, 10-12 Sep 2008, Technical University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain.

This list was generated on Sat Jun 15 18:40:02 2019 BST.
  • Intelligent Software and Applications
  • Condition Monitoring and Advanced Maintenance
  • Remote Data Collection and Processing
  • Embedded Systems
  • Engineering Education and Pedagogy

Professional Body Memberships, Accreditations and Activities

  • Full Member of the IET (MIET) and Chartered Engineer (CEng)
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
  • Member of the Executive Team (2013 - 2017) and Technical Advisory Panel (2017 - present) for IET Automotive and Road Transport Systems (ARTS) Technical Professional Network
  • Member of Advisory Panel for Electric Vehicles Infrastructure for Fleet Operations. IET Standards Technical Briefing. Published April 2016.
  • STEM Ambassador
  • Chair of the IET Northumbria Network


Academic Responsibilities

  • External Examiner for taught courses at two other Higher Education Institutions
  • Member/Chair of numerous University approval/review panels
  • Member, University Quality Management Subcommittee (QMSC)
  • LinkedIn
  • Google Scholar

Last updated 11 June 2019