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Robert Parkin


Professor of Mechatronics

Phone: (01509) 227505 Wolfson School
Phone: (01509) 226570 Holywell Building



Educated at Leicester University and Leicester Polytechnic.
Industrial experience with Fredk Pollard Machine Tools, Rank Taylor Hobson and Tamarix Design Associates. Professor of Mechatronics at De Montfort University. Joined Loughborough University as Professor of Mechatronics in 1994.

School Research Groups


Research Interests and Activities

Design and modelling of mechatronic systems. Sensors and actuators, embedded control, Intelligent processes and systems. Process monitoring, Machine condition monitoring, Autonomation, Human adaptive Mechatronics.

External Activities

Journal editorial board membership:
Proceedings IMechE, Part I, Journal of Systems & Control. IOS Press, Journal of Intelligent Decision Technologies. Inderscience, International Journal of Automation & Control

Learned Society Engagement:
Member of the Saxonian Academy of Sciences (by invitation). Member of BSI panel TDW/4 Engineering Drawing, Metrology, Precision Measurement
Professional affiliations: Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers FIMechE, Fellow of the Institution of Engineering Technology FIET, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts FRSA, Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (USA) MIEEE
Visiting Titles: Visiting Professor of Mechatronics, Forestry University, Hohhot, PRC

International conferences:
Chair of ICOM 2003; Session Chair at ISOM Chemnitz 2002, Mechatronics Twente 2002, IWK Ilmenau 2002, ICMT Taipei 2003, MechRob Aachen 2004, Mechatronics Ankara 2004, ICMT Kuala Lumpur 2005, IWK Ilmenau 2005, Mechatronics Philadelphia 2006. Conference international programme committee member for: Mechatronics 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008; ICMT 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008; IEEE/ASME AIM 2003; ISOM 2002; ICOM 2003; MechRob 2004; BINDT CondMon 2005; IWK 2002, 2005, 2008; ICMM 2006; CIM 2007; MSM 2006, 2008

Invited lectures:
Keynote Conference presentations at ISOM Chemnitz March 2002, ICMT Taipei 2003, ICMT Hanoi 2004, ICMT Kuala Lumpur 2005, ICMM Kuala Lumpur 2006. Twenty research lectures on Mechatronics have been presented across the world at Universities in Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Poland, Russia, Malaysia, Mexico. Five lectures were at the European Union Intensive Programme on “Open Systems, Mechatronics and Laser Materials Processing”, University of Applied Science, Emden, Germany, 2000, 2002; an exclusive lecture was given to the Chairs at Moscow State University (MADI), Russia, 2004; short course “Mechatronics Design Methodologies”, to Faculty Academic Staff at ITESM (Monterrey University), Mexico, 4th July 2005. Course delivered jointly with M R Jackson; Short courses for 21-42 company engineers directly funded by Thales Group, ’Satisfying the Customer’, run annually with M R Jackson and A. Sutton since 2006.

Advisory Roles:
EPSRC College member 1996-; Invited expert for round table discussion on Mechatronics Research and Education at IEEE Industrial Technologies Conference, Slovenia 2003; invited research management and supervision seminar for staff and researchers at University Technology Mara, Malaysia;EU Project member EUMECHA-PRO 2005-2007, providing input to Manufuture, Leadership action for FP7. Grant reviewer for the Swedish Research Council, the Irish Research Council. Staff reviews for Nottingham, Warwick, Reading and Imperial in the UK, Canterbury New Zealand, Al-Baqar Jordan, NTU Singapore. Departmental review for the University of the South Pacific (2005). Advisor to the Vietnamese Government (via VAST).
Advisor to UK Government (DSTL, MOD)

Journal referee:
IMechE Part I: Journal of Systems & Control

Collaborative Research:
Recent examples are: CWV Group and Shelton Vision Systems on EPSRC funded Web Based High Speed Printing Research (2003-2005); IRISYS on EPSRC funded Infra-red Imaging Research (2000-2003); Royal Mail University Technology Centre directly funded research on Condition Monitoring of Mail Sorting Machinery (2000-2004); Northern Foods, Lumonics, Packaging Automation, RPC Containers, FFP Packaging on DEFRA funded research on Laser Sealing of Aseptic Food Packaging (2001-2004); FP6 Project member EUMECHA-PRO 2005-2007.

Commercialisation of research:
Research collaborator high-tech SME Shelton Vision Systems are the PrintSpector product developer - technology resulting from the INTELLIWEB and RAPIWEB research projects funded by EPSRC. Fruits of the S3IA programme via IRISYS ltd (3 new Infra Red imaging sytems).
Company directorships: Managing Director Iensys Ltd, Managing Director SATO Research Ltd.

Progressive Operations on materials, PCT/GB02/01577, PCT/GB03/05614, PCT/GB03/05631, UK0229795, UK0325271, UK0382673

Further evidence of esteem:
External Examining De Montfort University, University of Dundee, University of Bath, Universiti Malaya.


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Teaching Responsibilities

Responsible Examiner for MMD900 Mechatronics A, MEng Mechanical Engineering
Responsible Examiner for MMP920 Mechatronics Module MSc in Mechanical Engineering

University Administration

Head of Wolfson School of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Further Links

Loughborough University Mechatronics Research Group

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