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About Argyrios Zolotas

* After more than 4 years in Lincoln, 4+ great years working with some very exceptional colleagues in the School of Engineering, I am moving to Cranfield University as Reader in Systems and Control with the Centre for Autonomous and Cyber-Physical Systems. There will be a number of research opportunities arising in due course, and interested candidates (PhD or MSc(Research)) on topics related to Systems and Control (incl AI-based or Intelligent control, sensors/actuators and systems structure, fault tolerant systems) for Autonomous Systems can contact me at A.ZOLOTAS@IEEE.ORG* Argyrios Zolotas is a Reader in College of Science and Deputy Director of Research in the School of Engineering.  He joined Lincoln in 2014, while previously held academic positions at University of Sussex and Loughborough University, and a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at Imperial College London.  He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Argyrios leads research in the area of smart systems (emphasizing integrated systems and control design). He is an expert on feedback control systems analysis and design (robust control and fault tolerant control),  sensor configuration for control and fault tolerance, control applications in railway engineering, system complexity and robustness .  Also has interests and involvement in work on emerging control applications. To date, he has successfully supervised 6 PhD students to completion and advised 3 FT Research fellows and 1 PT Research assistant on a variety of funded research projects. Expertise: Robust control, Applications of Fractional Order Control, PID Control, Sensor Configuration/ Controller Structure Selection, Railway Control Applications. ————————————————————————————————————————————————————- Current list of researchers he advises in his research lab (smart systems): PhDs: Mrs F. Hassan (Tilt control) -- completed Mr Mohammad Reza Zavvar Sabegh (started Jun 2018) Post-Doc Fellows: Dr A. Postnikov (Tesco/ IMS Refrigeration-Project)————————————————————————————————————————————————————- Visiting researchers: (current) Evagoras Makrides (from Cyprus Univ of Technology (CUT / ?????) - Networked Control and Estimation (Distributed Control stream)- Sep 2017-Jan 2018).-- completed Christakis Kallis (from Cyprus Univ of Technology (CUT / ?????) - Singnal Processing and Control (Embedded stream) - Sep 2017-2018). --completed ... ... (past) Mr Cedric Escudero (from Grenoble INP - Magnetically coupled drive trains - Jan/2017-Apr/2017), Mr Bowen Tian (from Politecnico di Milano - Active roll control - Apr/2017-Jul/2017). Mr Kevin Kerscaven (from Grenoble INP - Magnetic coupling control interfacing - Jun/2017-Aug/2017). ————————————————————————————————————————————————————- Research Collaborators (external): Dr Kyriakos Deliparaschos (Cyprus Univ. Technology & National Tech. Univ. of Athens) Dr Konstantinos Michail (SignalGenerX & Cyprus Univ. of Technology) Dr Jun Yang and Prof Shihua Li (Southeast University, China) Dr Xiang Zheng (Shanghai Maritime University, China) Prof Stefano Bruni (Politecnico di Milano) Prof George Halikias (City Univ. London) Dr Imad Jaimoukha (Imperial College London) Prof Roger Goodall (Univ. of Huddersfield and Loughborough Univ.) Dr Christian James and Dr Graham Purnell (Grimsby Inst. / FRPERC) ; Prof Simon Pearson (LIAT/NCFM) [internal] Prof Chris Bingham / Prof Ron Bickerton [internal] Mr Tim Smith [internal] ————————————————————————————————————————————————————- Project and Research information: ————————————————————————————————————————————————————- ***Looking for a PhD position?*** I am always interested to hearing from candidates passionate about control and motivated to pursue serious postgraduate research studies. If you have strong background in systems and control (or closely related subject) and an inclination towards analytical approaches, feel free to contact me so that we can discuss on possibilities for a research topic. Open: We are currently heavily involved in the following research area and MSc (by Research) and MPhil/PhD candidates with relevant research interests are welcome- “THE IMPACT OF FRACTIONAL ORDER METHODS ON RAILWAY VEHICLE CONTROL PERFORMANCE” However, I am open to discuss topics you are interested in and fit within my expertise. ***—- MSc by Research—- *** If you would prefer studying for an MSc by research. Topics suggested above can also be tailored for such a purpose. Note that MSc by research is normally 1-year full-time and 2 years part-time. Drop me a line if you are interested to talk about this option. —————————————————————— Misc info: A. Zolotas’ Erdos number = 5. My Researchgate score is in the top 15% of Researchgate members. ————————————————————————————————————————————————————-

Department Responsibilities

Deputy Director of Research; SoE REF team (UoA 15 coordinator); SoE Research Committee member; College of Science Research Committee member; Sub-Head of Intelligent Systems Research Group; SoE PGR Progress panel member; Director (Program leader) of the MScR programme. Module leader: [Sensor, Actuators, Controllers - 4th year MEng], [Machines in Power Generation (topics)- MSc] Instructor: [Vehicle Systems Control - 4th year MEng]

Subject Specialism

(Deputy Director of Research); Control Engineering; Applications of Advanced Control


  • PhD — Loughborough University, 2002


  • ICSAE 2016 Best Paper Award for paper: “Improved PID control for Tilting Trains” — IEEE sponsored- ICSAE 2016 Intl Conference for Students on Applied Eng.,
  • IMECHE’s Railway Division Prizes and Awards “John Jarrett Davis Prize 2015” — IMECHE for paper ” Passive suspensions for ride quality improvement of two-axle railway veh…,
  • IEEE Certificate of Appreciation,  as Chair of the UKRI Control Systems Society Chapter — IEEE (for notable services & contrib. towards the advancements of IEEE & the Eng. Profession,
  • Best Presentation in Session Award (session WeB03/ paper 3) — IEEE ACC’12, “Sliding Mode Control Design of an Electrostatic Microactuator using LPV…,
  • Outstanding Chapter Award, (as one of the members of the UKRI IEEE CSS Chapter Committee) — IEEE Control System Society,
  • Full PhD Scholarship + (School) additional top-up award — Loughborough University, Thesis title: Advanced control strategies for tilting trains,
  • Elida Faberge Prize, for the best student in the area of Instrumentation & Control — University of Leeds (School of EEE),


- Member of editorial boards of systems and control related int’l peer-reviewed journals and conference events; - Involved in a number of IEEE activities (incl. new SMIEEE application reviewing); - PhD external examiner - External Examiner for the MSc Autonomous Vehicle Dynamics and Control (Cranfield University)

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Research Interests

  • Applications of advanced control

  • Data Mining and Analysis for Control

  • Emerging control applications

  • PID and Fractional Order Control

  • Integrated Systems and Control

  • Railway Control Applications

  • Robust Control

  • Sensor Configuration

Research Groups Memberships

Research Projects

  • Big Data and eco-innovative resource use in the NSR Greenhouse industry - greening the growth in horticultural production, Co-PI [UoL awarded part: ] — awarded £528000 by European Regional Developement Fund - North Sea Region in 2017
  • Phase 2. The development of dynamic energy control mechanisms for food retailing refrigeration systems, Co-I [UoL awarded part: ] — awarded £830000 by Innovate UK in 2016
  • RIF 2015 CoS: Manipulation for Adaptive Human-Robot Collaboration in Manufacturing, Co-I — awarded £40400 by UoL in 2015
  • The development of a dynamic energy control systems for food retailing refrigeration systems, Phase 1: Feasibility study, Co-I — awarded £15900 by Innovate UK in 2015
  • Feasibility of the IoT for domestic refrigerators, food safety and waste, Co-PI — awarded £20000 by ITaaU in 2015

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Professional Affiliations


Notes: Associate Editor, Conference Editorial Board (retired in 2018 from CEB after 10 years of continuous service); Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions Control Systems Technology (my allowed 6 year term of service completed in 2018); Associate Editor IET Procs CTA (now completed 2-terms)