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Dr Cunjia Liu BEng, MSc, PhD

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Senior Lecturer in Unmanned Vehicles

Background:

Cunjia Liu is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering (AAE) at Loughborough University. He received his PhD in autonomous aerial vehicles from this department in 2011. After completing PhD, he worked at Triumph Actuation & Motion Control Systems-UK Ltd. as a control system engineer and then returned to the Autonomous Systems Laboratory at Loughborough University as a Research Associate. He was appointed as a Lecturer in Unmanned Vehicles, or Flight Dynamics and Control in October 2013 and became a Senior Lecturer in 2018.

Qualifications:

  • PhD in Autonomous Vehicles - Loughborough 2011
  • Member of IEEE
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • Certificate of Practical Flight Assessment for Rotorcraft UAVs

Key Awards: 

  • IMechE  Charles Sharpe Beecher Prize 

Outline of main research interests: 

Control engineering: Model predictive control, Disturbance observer based control.

Information fusion: Bayesian learning, Particle filtering, Data assimilation.

Unmanned vehicles: Advanced flight control, Path planning, Multi-vehicle coordination

Application domain: Unmanned vehicles, Smart farming, Mobile sensor for CBRN response, Machine learning for intelligent mobility.

Grants and contracts:

  • DSTL: Autonomous CB source-term estimation in complex environments, PI, 11/2019 - 02/2022, Phase 1 £85k + Phase 2 £183k.
  • STFC: Space-enabled crop disease management service via crop spraying drones [SCENE-CAD] (ST/V00137X/1), PI, 02/2020 - 03/2022, £404k.
  • ADD (South Korea): Disturbance observer based control for unconventional UAV, PI, 12/2019 - 12/2021, £320K.
  • DASA: Autonomous search for chemical release with a pocket-sized drone [scenesearch] (ACC500113), PI, 10/2017 - 03/2019, £375k.
  • EPSRC: Autonomous landing of a helicopter at sea: advanced control in adverse conditions (EP/P012868/1), PI, 06/2017 - 10/2018, £101k.
  • STFC: Enabling wide area persistent remote sensing for agriculture applications (ST/N006852/1), Co-I, 05/2016 - 12/2019, £1.2m.

 

Current teaching responsibilities:

  • TTD106 Autonomous Vehicles (module leader)
  • TTP409 Autonomous Vehicle Systems (module leader)
  • TTC057 Flight Control Systems
  • TTC012 Spacecraft Engineering
  • Final Year Projects

 

Recent publications:

Selected publications:

 

External Collaborators:

  • MOD Dstl
  • Create Technologies Limited
  • Blue Bear Systems Research Ltd
  • Roke Manor Research
  • Frazer Nash Consultancy
  • AVL Powertrain UK Ltd
  • NIAB EMR
  • Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International

External roles and appointments:

  • PhD examiner: University of Bristol; Cranfield University; Queensland University of Technology; University of Manchester
  • MSc Programme examiner: University of Plymouth
  • Regular reviewer for academic journals, e.g. IEEE TCST, IEEE TIE, IEEE TIV, IEEE TAES, Automatica, etc.