The Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering (ACSE) invites applications to the position of Professor of Intelligent Infrastructure Systems and Director of the Integrated Civil and Infrastructure Research Centre (ICAIR).
Infrastructure is a key strategic research area for the Faculty of Engineering and the University. Considerable investment is being made in this area with the aim of establishing Sheffield as a world leading research hub in future infrastructure systems.
A key part of our strategy is the new Integrated Civil and Infrastructure Research Centre (ICAIR), a state-of-the-art research facility intended to accelerate innovation and develop long-term academic and industrial collaborations. ICAIR was established jointly by the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering and the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering with funding from The University of Sheffield, the European Regional Development Fund and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.
ICAIR hosts the National Distributed Water Infrastructure Facility (NDWIF), a unique laboratory for research into the performance of distributed urban water infrastructure which is part of the UK Collaboratorium for Research on Infrastructure in Cities (http://www.ukcric.com/). The remit of the Centre aligns closely to the recently announced UK Government Construction Sector Deal which highlights digital, offsite manufacturing and whole life asset performance as critical to the UK.
This post will expand our research capability in intelligent systems research, focusing on embedding "intelligence" – namely sensing, analytics, control and actuation technologies – within the infrastructure systems that deliver critical services, such as transport, telecommunications, water and energy, and on applying concepts from systems, information, control and optimisation theories to analyse, design, and optimise civil infrastructure. The goal is to make infrastructure systems adaptable, self-sustaining and resilient to environmental shocks whilst delivering high performance and efficiency.
ACSE’s current intelligent systems research covers intelligent sensing and data analytics, complex systems modelling and analysis, intelligent control, optimisation and decision support systems, system health management, autonomous systems and robotics. In the latest national research assessment ACSE was ranked first for its world-leading research publications and third overall in general engineering.
Relevant research in the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering includes application of advanced manufacturing techniques to constructed infrastructure and the development of smart sensor and retrofit technologies for distributed water infrastructure. In the latest national research assessment the Department was ranked in the top four in all recognised league tables in civil and construction engineering.
Both Departments play a leading role in three key National Laboratories established as part of the UK Collaboratorium for Research on Infrastructure in Cities namely: the Urban Water Infrastructure Facility, the Integrated Urban Infrastructure Labs and the Infrastructure Database, Modelling, Simulation and Visualisation Facilities.
We seek an innovative and visionary researcher, with a strong international reputation, world leading research publications and a strong track record of research funding in intelligent systems, who can provide the research leadership and vision to realise the potential of ICAIR.
You will be someone who is passionate about enhancing the resilience and sustainability of civil infrastructure systems through the development, application and evaluation of new disruptive technologies from sectors such as:
- Automation and robotics
- Instrumentation, sensing, information processing and data analysis
- Machine learning and AI
- System health management
- Cyber-physical systems
- Smart grid technologies
- Smart materials
- Optimisation and control
You will have the ability to attract world-class academics to your research group, develop an innovative research agenda, nurture and lead a research group of high excellence, provide inspiring education and expand research collaborations. Collaboration with industry is a central part of the role
As Director of ICAIR, you will provide the strategic leadership required to ensure that ICAIR is truly world leading in its remit and impact. You will be responsible for developing and leading the research and innovation agenda, working closely with leading researchers in the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, University Research Institutes and Research Centres including the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (http://www.amrc.co.uk/sectors/infrastructure) and Urban Flows Observatory (http://urbanflows.org.uk/). This is an outstanding opportunity to shape our infrastructure vision, work closely with industry and develop innovative interdisciplinary research collaborations.
In recognition of the importance of this role, the post holder will not be required to undertake teaching duties during the first two years of this post. You will also be supported by a Centre Manager and Administrator.