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Research interests

My research interests include (in no particular order): Automotive Systems and Electronics, Condition Monitoring, High Voltage Theory and Applications, Power Systems, Analogue and Power Electronics (Including Magnetic Materials and Effects), Intelligent Systems, Internal Combustion Engines, Sensors and Transducers, Sustainability of Energy and Water Resources.

Contact:

Dr Simon Walters

Division of Engineering
School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics
Room 511, Cockcroft Building
Moulsecoomb
Brighton
BN2 4GJ

Telephone: +44 (0)1273 642233 (Please use email in the first instance).
Email: S.D.Walters@brighton.ac.uk

 

Approach to teaching

I am a Principal Lecturer, specialising in Electrical Engineering, within the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics. Since 2016, I have been the Year Leader for MEng Year 4 (Level 7 – Final Year) Since 2015, I have been a member of the Advanced Engineering Centre.

How I like to teach

I like to teach theory and practice of multidisciplinary engineering fields supplementing the university experience, where possible, with industrial visits.

I use past exam questions and coursework, with relevance to real-world problems, to retain the interest of students and to try to ensure they have good prospects on leaving the University.

Since I am research-active, I try to incorporate my research and other real-world experience into my teaching. 

Currently, in addition to supervision of: Research, Placements and Projects, I teach modules in:

  • Level 7 MEng Major Team Project (Module Leader)

  • Level 6 High Voltage Power, Distribution and Utilisation (Module Leader)

  • Level 5 Automotive Instrumentation and Testing (Module Leader)

  • Level 4 Electrical Engineering

  • Level 0 Foundation Year Project

    I have also taught successfully:

  • Level 4 Analogue Electronics (Module Leader)

  • Level 5 Analogue Electronics and Communications (Module Leader)

  • Level 6 Electronics (Power Electronics)

  • Level 6 Individual (Final Year) Project – All Engineering Disciplines (Module Leader)

    My work is cross-disciplinary, spanning electrical, electronic, automotive and computer engineering fields. At any one time, I try to maintain a blend of teaching, research and economic engagement activities. 

Supervisory Interests

PhD Students

 Name

 Thesis

Alan Thomas (2014–present)

Intelligent optimisation techniques for minimising transient vehicle emissions

Shaun H Lee (2011) 

Intelligent techniques for improved engine fuel economy

Merrenna Manula De Zoysa (2003) 

Neural network estimation of air-fuel ratio in internal combustion engines 

Nicolas Miché (2002)

Gas Flow Analysis of a Uniflow Diesel Aero-engine

Scholarly biography

I studied HND Electronic Systems Engineering at Kingston Polytechnic between 1986 and 1988 before working in the field of electronic security systems for a further two years.

From 1990 to 1993, I studied MEng and BEng(Hons.) Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Brighton Polytechnic and subsequently the University of Brighton.

On completion, my project supervisor offered me the chance to study for a PhD. From 1993 to 1998, I studied the application of intelligent systems, mathematical modelling and high voltage techniques to the solution of automotive electronics related problems; specifically, online testing of spark plugs and modelling of ignition systems and sparks. Toward the end of this period, I was offered a Research Officer position involving the application of intelligent systems to automotive engine diagnostic problems.

I continued research in the same field with occasional forays into other related subjects. On completion of my PhD I was made a Research Fellow, and in 2001 a Senior Research Fellow. In 2010, in recognition of my substantially increased teaching role, I was made a Senior Lecturer. The addition of substantial Administration to the Teaching and Research resulted in a change to Principal Lecturer in 2014. Over the period of 1990 to 2014, the name of my ‘home’ department has changed about four times, too.

I teach mostly electrical and electronic engineering subjects, with an emphasis on Power Engineering. I also teach subjects which combine electrical/electronic engineering and mechanical engineering. Between 2013 and 2016, I was Course Leader of Automotive Undergraduate Degrees. Between 2016-2018, I was the Co-ordinator (Module Leader) of the Engineering Final Year Projects for all disciplines of the MEng/BEng Honours degrees.

I have supervised two PhDs and one MPhil to successful completion, and been Internal Examiner for two successful PhD examinations at University of Brighton. 

Predominantly, my research was supported by Interreg up until 2012. Subsequently, I received KTP, consultancy and School funding.

I received a prize “Outstanding Contribution to the MBA Programme”, at University of Brighton, 2003. I also hold one patent.

Knowledge exchange

I have worked in a variety of roles - including Project Leader - on several KTP projects.

Knowledge exchange

Current research projects

  • Several University-Industry partnerships connected with MEng Major Team Projects which I jointly supervise (typically concerning energy or resource-saving devices/systems).

 

 Previous research projects

  • Contract work for Johnson Matthey (2014-2016), and a number of other companies

  • KTP Project (developing a new type of power supply) with Hitek Power, Littlehampton

  • SEEDA Innovation Voucher Scheme with South Downs Solar Ltd. (2011)

  • KTP Project with Powerlase Ltd., Crawley (2003-2005)

  • INTERREG IV Project: “Pantograph-Catenary Interaction Framework for Active Control - PACIFIC” (2009-2012)

  • INTERREG IV Project: “Cross-channel Centre for Low-carbon Combustion – C5” (2009-2012)

  • INTERREG III Project: “Intelligent Vehicle On-board Systems” (2005-2008)

  • INTERREG III Project: “The Intelligent Engine II” (2003-2004)

  • INTERREG II Project: “Intelligent Engine” (2000-2002)

  • INTERREG II Project: “Transfrontier Centre for Automotive Research”, (1998-2000)

  • Framework IV EU research project “The JMA Diesel Aero-engine” (2000-2002)

Knowledge exchange

I have completed contract work for Johnson Matthey and a number of other companies.

External positions

Chartered Engineer and Member of IET

2007 → …

KES/SEB Conference Series

2000 → …

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Research Output 1995 2017

An Introduction to the Implementation of Digital Control - Leading to the Control of Electrical Power Systems

Vella Wallbank, J., Singh, S. & Walters, S. 31 Aug 2017 Universities power engineering conference (UPEC), 2017 52nd international. Heraklion, Crete, Vol. 52nd, p. 1-5 5 p. (Universities' Power Engineering Conference)

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Emerging X-by-Wire capabilities for military crew and platform protection

Abdulmasih, D., Melentis, J., Charchalakis, P., Stipidis, E. & Walters, S. 1 Aug 2017 3, 2, p. 115-133 19 p.

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Microstructure and Soft Magnetic Properties of Fe-Zr-(Pt)-Nb-Cu-B Amorphous Alloys

Gondro, J., Bloch, K., Nabialek, M. & Walters, S. 1 Jun 2017 62, 2, p. 707-710 4 p.

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magnetic properties
microstructure
ribbons
magnetic measurement
temperature distribution

Structural relaxation in the amorphous alloys: FeMeMoCrNbB (where Me = Ni or Co)

Rzącki, J., Bloch, K. & Walters, S. 1 Apr 2017 131, 4, p. 720-722 3 p.

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magnetization
magnetic fields
magnetometers
magnons
casts

Two Hidden Layers are Usually Better than One

Thomas, A., Petridis, M., Walters, S., Malekshahi Gheytassi, M. & Morgan, R. 2 Aug 2017 EANN: International Conference on Engineering Applications of Neural Networks. Switzerland, Vol. 744, p. 279-290 12 p. (Communications in Computer and Information Sciences)

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