Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering


Dr Byron Mason BEng, PhD

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Reader in Advanced Propulsion

APC Digital Engineering Academic Spoke Lead


  • CAE Analyst, Ford Motor Company, Sep 2005 – Sep 2009, Dunton, Essex - Development of virtual vehicle models for HiL based testing/validation of engine control.
  • Lecturer in Automotive Engineering, University of Bradford, Aug 2007 – Sep 2014
  • Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering, University of Bradford, Sep 2014 – Jul 2015
  • Senior Lecturer in Advanced Propulsion, Loughborough University, Jul 2015 – Present


  • BEng, Mechanical Engineering, 2002 – 2005, University of Bradford
  • PhD, Virtual protyping and dynamic simulation, 2005 – 2009, University of Bradford - Thesis entitled "Reconfigurable modelling of physically based systems". EPSRC and Ford Motor Company funded. Dynamic model creation, reconfiguration and optimisation by parameter elimination for real time, HiL applications.
  • PGCert, Higher Education Practice, 2009 - 2010 University of Bradford


Outline of main research interests:

My research interests are as follows;

  • Intelligent systems; including the application of learning and adaptive control
  • Model predictive and model adaptive control
  • Control for reduced calibration
  • High performance simulation and digital test including component in the loop simulation
  • Online identification and test

Grants and contracts:

  • High performance engine control, JLR (April, 2017)
  • MUSTER APC Spoke Network, Advanced Propulsion Centre (January, 2017)
  • DYNAMO Engine Upgrade and Optimisation, Advanced Propulsion Centre (December, 2016)
  • E3CAR, EPSRC (July, 2016)
  • Virtually Connected Hybrid Vehicle Platform, Digital Engineering and Test Centre (April, 2016)
  • Gasoline external EGR calibration and control, Ford (July, 2015)

Current teaching responsibilities:

  • TTC066 Vehicle Dynamics and Simulation
  • TTP404 Vehicle Dynamics and Control
  • TTP301 Vehicle and Powertrain Functional Performance
  • TTP401 Sustainable Vehicle Powertrains
  • TTP451,TTP800 Powertrain Calibration Optimisation

Smith, S., Knowles, J., Mason, B. (2020) Numerical continuation applied to internal combustion engine models. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering, -.

Duckhouse, M., Peckham, M., Mason, B., Winward, E., Hammond, M. (2019) In-Cylinder CO2 sampling using skip-firing method. Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power, 141(8).

Le Corre, S.D., Mason, B., Steffen, T., Winward, E., Yang, Z., Childs, T., Cary, M., Lygoe, R. (2019) Application of Multi-Objective optimization techniques for improved emissions and fuel economy over transient manoeuvres. SAE Technical Papers, 2019-(April).

Zhao, D., Winward, E., Yang, Z., Stobart, R., Mason, B., Steffen, T. (2018) An Integrated Framework on Characterization, Control, and Testing of an Electrical Turbocharger Assist. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, 65(6).

Mason, B., Bradley, W., Pezouvanis, A., Ebrahimi, K. (2016) Repeatable steady-state measurement of particulate number emissions in engine experiments. International Journal of Engine Research, 17(10).

Rogers, D.R., Mason, B.A., Pezouvanis, A., Ebrahimi, M.K. (2015) A model-based approach for determining data quality metrics in combustion pressure measurement. Combustion Science and Technology, 187(4).

Bradley, W.J., Mason, B., Pezouvanis, A., Ebrahimi, K.M. (2014) A sensorless speed estimation algorithm for use in induction motor fault detection applications. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part I: Journal of Systems and Control Engineering, 228(4).

View publications in our central publications database

External Collaborators:

  • Ford Motor Company (UK, US, Germany)
  • Jaguar Landrover
  • Hartree High Performance Computing Centre (Daresbury)
  • Digital Engineering and Test Centre (London)

External roles and appointments:

  • Digital Engineering and Test Centre, Management Board
  • Future Powertrains Organising Committee Member
  • Digital Technologies, Advanced Propulsion Centre Academic Spoke Lead
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • SAE UK, Secretary