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Control Systems PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for European Students (exc UK)

We have 60 Control Systems PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for European Students (exc UK)

PhD students in Control Systems study the way that devices are managed, commanded and regulated using control loops. Control systems are used in industries like manufacturing, aerospace and aviation.

What is it like to do a PhD in Control Systems?

A PhD in Control Systems will have you using numerical and analytical methods to improve the performance of control systems. You will be using mathematical models to describe the dynamics of complex systems and contribute to research in areas like robotics and satellite guidance.

Some popular research topics in Control Systems are:

  • Robot motion control
  • Traffic engineering
  • Satellite guidance
  • Linear systems and control theory

If you are interested in working on similar topics, here are some example research topics in Control Systems that you could consider:

  • Computational methods in feedback control design
  • Optimisation and its application to control systems
  • Stability and asymptotic analysis of nonlinear systems
  • Control of nonlinear systems
  • Robust control of uncertain systems

You may also attend conferences and publish papers to help you expand your knowledge on your field of research. You will be required to submit a thesis to be defended during your viva in the final year of your PhD.

You will also be provided with access to facilities like a fully-equipped lab that you can use for your research.

Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirement for a PhD in Control Systems is usually a 2:1 Bachelors degree in a related subject, though a Masters may sometimes be required. You will also be expected to show some proficiency in the language of instruction at your university.

PhD in Control Systems funding options

In the UK, a PhD in Control Systems is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). They offer fully-funded studentships along with a monthly stipend. If you are awarded a PhD studentship, you will receive the funding automatically provided you complete the research project asked of you.

PhD in Control Systems careers

A PhD in Control Systems can help you prepare for a career in research, development and innovation. You might also consider a career in academia or in consulting.

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Hydrodynamics of wave powered ships

Supervisory Team.   Dr N.C. Townsend, Prof D.A. Hudson and Dr J.A. Bowker (industrial). Project description. Wave energy can be used to improve the performance of ships and boats. Read more

Listen hard: monitoring effort in listening through physiological signals

Supervisory Team.   Profs. David Simpson, Stefan Bleeck. Project description. Hearing speech is usually easy, but understanding speech in noise or in poor acoustic environments can be very challenging. Read more

Assessing blood flow control in the brain

Supervisory Team.   Profs. David Simpson. Project description. Blood flow to the brain is controlled by a series of interacting complex physiological mechanisms that ensure an adequate supply at all times. Read more

Modelling and performance evaluation of an electromagnetic self-reversing screw-based regenerative shock absorber

Supervisory Team.   Mohamed M. Torbati, Tim Waters. Project description. Only a small fraction of the available vehicles’ fuel energy is used for driving the car itself and the rest is lost to engine and driveline inefficiencies or used to power accessories. Read more

Thermo-electric materials for tab cooling of advanced batteries

Supervisory Team.   Prof Richard Wills, Dr Iris Nandhakumar. Project description. Effective thermal management of lithium-based battery systems is important for optimising cell efficiency, reducing cell degradation and preventing catastrophic failure. Read more

Resilient autonomous navigation and sematic mapping for agriculture robots

This PhD project aims to develop fundamental methods and practical solutions for agriculture robots to navigate through a variety of agricultural environments, including crop fields, orchards and polytunnels, and operate safely and reliably across different growing seasons. Read more

Bio-Inspired Models and Biologically Plausible Mechanisms for Long-Term Motion Learning

Biological systems can learn from interactions with their environment throughout their lifetime. Learning is a defining ability of biological systems, whereby experience leads to behavioral adaptations that improve performance. Read more

Embedded Sensing, Actuation and Control for Robust Lightweight Structures

The project. Imagine a network of sensors and actuators embedded in a thin-walled composite structure, with this network able to estimate the current state of the structure (deformation and stability) and apply active or automatic control to tailor the structural shape and stiffness. Read more

Microgravity Space Experiments on Alloy Solidification

University College Dublin (UCD) has recently taken delivery of a device from the European Space Agency (ESA) in which the solidification of alloys can be observed in real-time using X-rays. Read more
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Multi-Three-Phase Drives for Electric Transport

The popularity of power electronic drives used to control electrical machines is increasing, pushed by both the surge of renewable energy generation and the ongoing electrification of transport. Read more
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Generative navigation for autonomous robots using active inference

Simultaneous Location And Mapping (SLAM) is a strategy that allows autonomous mobile robots to navigate their environment. Sensors on board the robot detect walls and objects and the sensor data is used to construct a representation of the physical surroundings. Read more

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