Dr Euan McGookin
- Senior Lecturer (Aerospace Sciences)
Dr McGookin graduated from the University of Glasgow with a 1st Class Honours Master of Engineering in Avionics. His interest in marine control systems began with his MEng project which was researched at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NUST), Trondheim in 1993 (thesis title: "Sliding Mode Control of a Submarine"). This area of research continued during my Ph.D. studies which were completed in 1997 (thesis title: "Optimisation of Sliding Mode Controllers for Marine Applications: A study of methods and implementation issues"). This involved investigating the design, simulation and implementation of full authority control systems for various marine vessels including oil tankers and submarines.
After attaining his Ph.D. Dr McGookin worked as a propulsion technologist for the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA) in the UK. During this period of employment he worked on projects in the field of Gas Turbine Engine control and health monitoring.
Dr McGookin returned to academia as a lecturer in the Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering and afterwards was promoted to senior lecturer in aerospace and robotic systems in the Department of Aerospace Engineering. Since restructuring Dr McGookin has been involved as the Glasgow based Coordinator for the aerospace degree programmes in Singapore. Also he is a member of the IFAC Technical Committee on Marine Systems.
Dr McGookin’s main research interest is the design, simulation, control and construction of autonomous robotic systems e.g. Autonomous Underwater Vehicles, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Rovers. Particular area of expertise is in biomimetic systems, which involves the design of robotic systems using biologically inspired principles.
Other research involves the design of control systems for guidance and navigation of autonomous and semi-autonomous systems. Dr McGookin is skilled in controller design using a number of different control methodologies e.g. Sliding Mode Control, H-infinity, Inverse Model Control. In addition, he has extensive expertise in optimisation routines for the design of control and guidance systems.
Another area of expertise involves automation and health monitoring. Both aspects ensure that systems can operate autonomously and accommodate faults within elements of the system safely. This work applies to both industrial processes and vehicle systems.
- Mathematical Modelling and Simulation of Robotic and Autonomous Vehicle Systems.
- Biomimetic System Design.
- Autonomous Underwater Vehicles.
- Unmanned Arial Vehicles.
- Planetary and Terrestrial Rovers.
- Control System Design.
- Guidance and Navigation Systems.
- Optimisation Heuristics.
- Fault Detection, Isolation and Recovery.
- Health Monitoring.
Watts, C. M., and McGookin, E. W. (2014) Surge performance of an underwater vehicle with a biomimetic tendon drive propulsion system. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part M: Journal of Engineering for the Maritime, 228(4), pp. 315-330. (doi:10.1177/1475090213483226)
Alfaro-Cid, E., McGookin, E.W., and Murray-Smith, D.J. (2009) A comparative study of genetic operators for controller parameter optimisation. Control Engineering Practice, 17(1), pp. 185-197. (doi:10.1016/j.conengprac.2008.06.001)
Alfaro-Cid, E., McGookin, E.W., and Murray-Smith, D.J. (2008) Genetic programming for the automatic design of controllers for a surface ship. IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, 9(2), pp. 311-321. (doi:10.1109/TITS.2008.922932)
Alfaro-Cid, E., McGookin, E.W., and Murray-Smith, D.J. (2008) Optimisation of the weighting functions of an H∞ controller using genetic algorithms and structured genetic algorithms. International Journal of Systems Science, 39(4), pp. 335-347. (doi:10.1080/00207720701777959)
- UK Space Agency Crest 2 Grant, Autonomous Guidance of Planetary Rovers using Inverse Simulation Methods (2013-), Co-investigator Dr Douglas Thomson
- Industrially funded PhD Studentship, Woodward Engine Systems, Automation and Health Monitoring (2013-)
- Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Woodward Engine Systems, Prestwick: Engine Test Rig Automation (2010-2013)
- Consultancy for the US Office of Naval Research: Multi-Rate Simulation for an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (2008-2009)
- Consultancy for SELEX: State Estimation for Control Applications (2008)
- Consultancy for SELEX: Evolutionary Optimisation for Turret Controller Design (2007)
- EPSRC/Dstl Grant for Submersible Hybrid Autonomous Rover Craft (SHARC) project (2006)
- Consultancy for the US Office of Naval Research: Development of Simulation Model for an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (2005)
- Consultancy for DSTL: Development of Generic Simulation Model for an Underwater Robot (2005)
- EPSRC Grant for Integrated Propulsion and Navigation control of Ships (2000-2003)
- Robotics Consultant for LEGO Mindstorms (2000-2003)
- K. Rafferty “An autonomous system for air-sea search missions using common search algorithms” Ph.D.
- A. N. Ahmad Mazlan “A fully actuated tail propulsion system for a biomimetic autonomous underwater vehicle”, Ph.D.
- I. Azolibe “Fuel management unit test rig automation and health monitoring” Ph.D.
- T. Flessa “Autonomous control and guidance of planetary rovers using inverse simulation techniques”, Ph.D.
- M.E. Alfaro-Cid “Optimisation of time domain controllers for supply ships using genetic algorithms and genetic programming”, Ph.D., 2003.
- M. Loo “Inverse model based controller design for marine vessel applications: a comparison study against other control methodologies”, Ph.D., 2005.
- D. McGeoch “Helicopter flight control system design using sliding mode theory: application to handling qualities and shipboard landing”, Ph.D., 2005.
- K. Worrall “Guidance and search algorithms for mobile robots: application and analysis within the context of urban search and rescue”, Ph.D., 2008.
- C. Watts “A Comparison Study of Biologically Inspired propulsion Systems for an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle”, Ph.D., 2009.
- Aerospace Induction
- Aerospace Engineering 1
- Aerospace Team Design Project 3
- Aerospace Team Design Project 3G
- Dynamics and Control 3
- Numerical Methods in Aerospace Engineering 3
- Robotics 4
- Aerospace Systems Team Design Project
- Fault Detection, Isolation and Reconfiguration
- Simulation of Aerospace Systems
- Academic Coordinator for Aerospace Engineering Programmes in Singapore
- Publicity Coordinator for Aerospace Sciences/Engineering
- Member of Senate
External Examiner Appointments:
- University of Plymouth, BEng/MEng, 2009-2013
- University of Cambridge, PhD, 2008
- University of Plymouth, PhD, 2007
- Royal Academy of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award (2005-06)
- Higher Education Academy, Engineering Subject Centre Teaching Commendation (2006)
- University of Glasgow, Teaching Excellence Award (2007)