Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering


Matthew Coombes

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Lecturer in Autonomous Vehicles

Yan, Y., Yang, J., Liu, C., Coombes, M., Li, S., Chen, W.-H. (2020) On the Actuator Dynamics of Dynamic Control Allocation for a Small Fixed-Wing UAV with Direct Lift Control. IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, 28(3).

Yang, J. , Liu, C. , Coombes, M. , Yan, Y. , Chen, W-H (2020) Optimal Path Following for Small Fixed-Wing UAVs Under Wind Disturbances. IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, -.

Coombes, M., Fletcher, T., Chen, W.-H., Liu, C. (2020) Decomposition-based mission planning for fixed-wing UAVs surveying in wind. Journal of Field Robotics, 37(3).

Su, J., Liu, C., Coombes, M., Hu, X., Wang, C., Xu, X., Li, Q., Guo, L., Chen, W.-H. (2018) Wheat yellow rust monitoring by learning from multispectral UAV aerial imagery. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 155.

Coombes, M., Fletcher, T., Chen, W.-H., Liu, C. (2018) Optimal polygon decomposition for uav survey coverage path planning in wind. Sensors (Switzerland), 18(7).

Lu, B., Coombes, M., Li, B., Chen, W.-H. (2016) Improved situation awareness for autonomous taxiing through self-learning. IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, 17(12).

Lu, H., Liu, C., Coombes, M., Guo, L., Chen, W.-H. (2016) Online optimisation-based backstepping control design with application to quadr. IET Control Theory and Applications, 10(14).

External collaborators

  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • University of Sheffield

External roles and appointments:

  • General Chair of Advanced Vehicle Control (AVEC) conference, Loughborough, UK, August 2010
  • Co-editor, International Journal of Vehicle Mechanics and Mobilty : Special issue on Advanced Vehicle Control, 2011.
  • International Scientific committee, AVEC since 2006
  • Invited papers in International Journals : Vehicle Autonomous Systems (2011, 2007), IMechE Journal of Multibody Dynamics, (2007), Vehicle System Dynamics (2017)
  • Invited lectures : ACT (Advanced Control Technology club – special interest group in Automotive Control), March 2002
  • Referee for Vehicle System Dynamics, ImechE Journals of Automobile Engineering and Multibody Dynamics, International Journal of Vehicle Design, ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control, International Journal of Vehicle Autonomous Systems
  • Collaborative Research : Development of Linear Electric Actuators for vehicle ride control (EPSRC, Sheffield University and Jaguar / LandRover), Programme for Simulation Innovation (EPSRC / LandRover)

External examiner 

  • PhD examinations, Leicester (2004), Coventry (2005), Stockholm (2007), Cambridge (2008, 2012), Leeds (2008), Cranfield (2008, 2010), Glasgow (2010), Bath (2014)
  • MSc in Weapon & Vehicle Systems and MSc in Military Vehicles Technology, Cranfield University, 2010 – 2014
  • Vehicle Engineering MEng, University of Pretoria, 2006
  • Programme Validations, Lincoln (2014), Cranfield (2015)