Dr Kevin Worrall
- Lecturer (Aerospace Sciences)
I am a lecturer in Robotics and Control, based within the Aerospace Division. I am a member of both the Space Engineering and Technology group, and the Centre for Medical and Industrial Ultrasonics. Having graduated from the University of Glasgow in Electronics and Electrical Engineering (2003), I pursued a Masters in Robotics and Embedded Systems at the University of Essex (2004). After this I returned to Glasgow and completed my PhD investigating guidance and search algorithms for mobile robots based on optimisation algorithms (2008). Looking for a different challenge, I worked in the space sector developing mechatronics for satellites. I returned to the University of Glasgow in 2014 as a researcher and was appointed a lecturer in 2018.
My research is related to developing mechatronic systems for extreme (space, underground, Antarctica), precision (medical), and agricultural environments. This work includes research covering control theory to machine learning and work on robotic manipulators to satellites.
My work has mainly involved collaboration with industry, either working alongside them to create a new solution or supporting ongoing developments. This has led to a wide range of experience, ranging from working to international standards, through to the development and running of tests in a range of test houses, and in the field.
- Interglacial Collapse of Ice Sheets revealed by Subglacial Drilling of Bedrock (2020-2025) led by Durham University, ERC, £2.99m (UofG £339k) (CoI)
- Drill for Extensive Exploration of Planetary Environments (2020-2021), ESA, £334k (UofG £253k) (CoI)
- “Roving with Rosalind” (2020), UK Space Agency, £30k (CoI)
- High Precision Positioning for an autonomous lawnmower (2019) collaboration with Kingdom Technologies, Interface Standard innovation voucher scheme, £4.6k (PI)
- Pseudo and Real Image Test Environment (2019) collaboration with Craft Prospect, UofG KE Flexible Fund, £10k (PI)
- P-RAID Upgrading and Deployment (2018) collaboration with British Antarctic Survey, UofG STFC IAA, £60k (CoI)
- “Get me into Orbit!” (2018) collaboration with Glasgow Science Festival, UK Space Agency, £20k (CoI)
- Autophage Thruster: Let’s see how hard we can push (2017), UofG John Robertson Bequest, £1k (PI)
- KIT – a miniature tunnelling robot (2017), UofG Chancellors Fund, £2k (CoI)
- Mars Sample Return to Terrestrial Polar Science - Planetary drilling concepts applied to subglacial rock sampling in Antarctica (2017) collaboration with British Antarctic Survey, UK Space Agency, £124k (CoI)
- Robot for ... Underground ... Operations (2016), EC H2020, £2.94m (UofG £477k) (CoI)
Every year, the School of Engineering offers a limited number of scholarships for PhDs. Information, deadlines and how to apply can be found on Postgraduate Research.
- Cameron Houston, Fault Tolerant Algorithms for In-orbit Manufacture, EPSRC DTP, 2020-2024
- Advanced Control 5 (ENG5009)
- Robotics 4 (ENG4118)
- Creativity 2