School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering


Professor Michael Wilkinson

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Mike is the Technical Director of Niteworks, a broad MOD/Industry partnership focused on the collaborative solution of systems problems in Defence. He is the immediate Past President of the INCOSE UK Chapter, co-chair of the INCOSE UK Chapter’s Architecture Working Group and co-chair of the INCOSE International Architecture Working Group. Within Atkins, he is a Technical Director in the Defence Business Unit and was the first Chair of the Atkins Systems Technical Network. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Loughborough, where he is associated with the Engineering Systems of Systems (ESoS) group.

BSc: Special Physics, King’s College London. PhD: “Lattice generating functions: dilute branched polymers and polymer gels”, King’s College London.

Following an early career in theoretical physics research, Mike moved into a technical consultancy role with Smith Systems Engineering (now BAE Systems Detica). His interest in systems continued and developed through a variety of business and technical leadership roles, including founding Director of Reference Information Systems, Business Area Leader within Advantage Technical Consulting and Technical Director (Strategy) within Atkins Defence.

The majority of Mike’s experience has been gained in the defence sector, particularly with UK MOD’s acquisition and research agencies, where he has been involved with a wide range of defence platforms and systems. He also has experience of a variety of other sectors, including government, rail, and space.

Selected publications

UK MOD’s ‘Perfect Storm’ – and the Need for Architectural Styles.
M. K. Wilkinson and D. Evans, SCI-254 Symposium on "Architecture Assessment for NEC”, Tallin, Estonia July 2013.

Interpreting “systems architecting”. Emes, M. R., Bryant, P. A., Wilkinson, M. K., King, P., James, A. M. and Arnold, S. (2012), Syst. Engin., 15: 369–395. doi: 10.1002/sys.21202

Towards analytical models of system properties – critical exponents and universality classes. Mike Wilkinson, INCOSE ASEC11, Warwick, November 2011.

System Architecture. Mike Wilkinson (lead author), INCOSE UK Chapter Z-Guide, Z8, October 2010.

Balancing Security and Other Concerns within a Systems Architectural Approach. INCOSE INSIGHT magazine, Mike Wilkinson and Paul King, July 2009.

The Architectural Epoch Methodology for Infrastructure Integration Architectures. M K Wilkinson, IET Forum on Capability Engineering - At Home and Abroad, London, 7 November 2006.

The engineering of complex software systems. M K Wilkinson and P J Byers, IEE Computing & Control Engineering Journal, 1993, Vol 4 No 4.

Lattice Models of Branched Polymers: Dynamics of Uniform Stars. M K Wilkinson, D S Gaunt, J E G Lipson, S G Whittington, Macromolecules, 21, 1988, 1818.

Multifractal properties of absorption probabilities. M K Wilkinson and R Brak, J Phys A: Math Gen, 21, 1988, 2131-2142.

Bi-partite percolation and gelation. M K Wilkinson, J Phys A: Math Gen, 20, 1987, 3011-3018.

Branched polymers: exact enumeration study of three-dimensional lattice animals classified by valence distribution. M K Wilkinson, J Phys A: Math Gen, 19, 1986, 3431-3441.

Local generating functions for the enumeration of connected embeddings in a lattice. M K Wilkinson, J Phys A: Math Gen, 19, 1986, 3425-3430.

Derivation of series expansions for a study of percolation processes. M F Sykes and M K Wilkinson, J Phys A: Math Gen, 19, 1986, 3415-3424.

Lattice models of branched polymers: statistics of uniform stars. M K Wilkinson, D S Gaunt, J E G Lipson, S G Whittington, J Phys A: Math Gen, 19, 1986, 789-796.