Dr Sumeet Aphale

Dr Sumeet Aphale
Ph.D. (Electrical Engineering), CEng, MIET, SMIEEE

Senior Lecturer

I am currently accepting PhDs in Engineering.

Dr Sumeet Aphale
Dr Sumeet Aphale

Contact Details


Career Summary

  • Senior Lecturer, School of Engineering, University of Aberdeen : June 2016 - Present
  • Lecturer, School of Engineering, University of Aberdeen : June 2009 - May 2016
  • Research Fellow, School of Engineering, University of Aberdeen, (RED Project) : June 2008 - June 2009
  • Research Academic B, ARC Center for Complex Dynamic Systems and Control, University of Newcastle, Australia : September 2005 - May 2008
  • Ph.D., Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Wyoming, USA : May 2003 - August 2005
  • M.S., Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Wyoming, USA : August 2000 - May 2003
  • Research Engineer, RDSI Pvt. Ltd., Pune, India : May 1999 - June 2000
  • B.E., Electrical Engineering, AISSMS COE, University of Pune, India : May 1995 - July 1999

I am a registered Chartered Engineer with the IET. I also volunteer as a Professional Registration Advisor (PRA) and as a Professional Registration Interviewer (PRI) for prospective IEng and CEng applicants for the IET.

My non-academic interests are trekking, nature and wildlife photography, travelling and martial arts.


Memberships and Affiliations


Associate Editor:

  • IEEE CSS Conference Editorial Board
  • Shock and Vibration
  • International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems (Guest - Special Issue on Parallel Manipulators)
  • Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering (Mechatronics)
  • Actuators (Guest - Special Issue on Actuators and Dampers for Vibration Control)
  • Applications of Modelling and Simulation
  • IEEE Multi-Conference on Systems and Control, Sydney, Australia (2015)

Editorial Board Member:

  • International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems (2012 - 2015)

Technical / Programme Committee Member:

  • 4th International Conference on Robotics and Automation Sciences (ICRAS 2020), held in Chengdu, China during 14-16 June 2020.
  • International Conference on Robotics, Computer Vision and Intelligent Systems, held in Budapest, Hungary during 04 - 06 November 2020.

Reviewer for:

  • UKRI Leadership Fellowships
  • IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology
  • IEEE Transactions on Robotics
  • IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology
  • IEEE Transactions on Mechatronics
  • IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics
  • IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics
  • IET Control Theory and Applications
  • IOP Smart Materials and Structures
  • Asian Journal of Control
  • Review of Scientific Instruments (AIP)
  • Control Engineering Practice
  • Journal of Sound and Vibration.
  • Sensors and Actuators (Elsevier)
  • Sensors (MDPI)
  • Mechatronics
  • Robotics and Computer Integrated Manufacturing
  • Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science
  • IEEE Conference on Decision and Control
  • IFAC World Congress
  • IEEE International Conference for Robotics and Automation
  • IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering 
  • IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics
  • American Control Conference
  • European Control Conference
  • International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
  • Springer Publishing Co.
  • Cambridge University Press

Research Areas

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  • Acoustics and Vibration
  • Control Systems
  • Dynamics
  • Mechatronics and Robotics

Research Overview

My research interests are:
  • Control of precision mechatronic systems
  • Vibration damping and isolation
  • Nonlinear systems control 
  • Control applications in electrical power engineering
  • Smart materials and structures
  • Soft Robotics

You can view my Google Scholar profile here.

Current Research

My current research / consultancy projects focus on:

  • Closed-loop performance enhancement of Nanopositioning systems
  • Analysis and control of HVDC MCC/LCC interaction with power generators
  • Vibration damping and isolation for structural and alignment applications
  • Control of drill-string dynamics
  • Position control of soft robotic actuators (Dielectric Elastomer Actuators - DEA)
  • Sensing, Instrumentation and Control Technology applications in O&G industry

Within the School of Engineering, I am a member of the Centre for Applied Dynamics Research and the Aberdeen HVDC Research Centre

I am always interested in probing new ideas. It is quite possible that I may not know of your work but, if you think a collaboration is possible, please drop me an email.


External Examiner at:

  • University of Adelaide, Australia.
  • University of New South Wales, Australia.
  • University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain.
  • Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain.
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, India.


  • Dr Geng Wang (Henan Polytechnic University, China): January 2020 - January 2021
  • Ms Linlin Li (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China): 1st May - 31st October 2019
  • Mr Paul Antoine (ENSTA Paris Tech, France) : June - July 2017
  • Dr Andres San-Millan (University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain) : 1st May - 30th July 2016
  • Dr Andres San-Millan (University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain) : 1st May - 30th July 2014
  • Prof. Paul Reynolds (University of Exeter, UK) : May 2012
  • Prof. Andrew J. Fleming (University of Newcastle, Australia) : July 2011
  • Dr Emiliano Pereira Gonzales (University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain) : May - June 2010

Past Research

Control of Gough-Stewart Platforms (Hexapods)

Robust Kinematic Design of fault-tolerant Gough-Stewart Platforms (Octopods)

Energy Harvesting via smart materials


  • Prof. Paul Reynolds, Vibration Engineering Section, Exeter University, UK.
  • Prof. Vicente Feliu Batlle, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain.
  • Prof. Andrew J. Fleming, Precision Mechatronics Lab, University of Newcastle, Australia.
  • Prof. Limin Zhu, State Key Laboratory for Mechanical Systems and Vibration, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China.
  • Dr. Emiliano Pereira Gonzalez, University of Alcala, Spain.
  • Assoc. Prof. Bharath Bhikkaji, Indian Institute of Technology - Chennai, India.
  • Prof. Abdus Samad, Indian Institute of Technology - Chennai, India.
  • Prof. Antoine Ferreira, LVR ENSI de Bourges, France.
  • Prof. Santosh Devasia, University of Washington, Seattle, USA.
  • Assoc. Prof. Kam K. Leang, University of Utah - Salt Lake City, USA.
  • Dr. Steven Grainger, University of Adelaide, Australia.


My current supervision areas are: Engineering.

Current Students:

Lead Supervisor for:

  • James D. Maclean : Ph.D. student (Expected Graduation: January 2022)
  • Adedayo Babarinde : Ph.D. student (Expected Graduation: March 2022)

Co-supervisor for:

  • Adamu Adamu : Ph.D. student (Expected Graduation: January 2023)
  • Michael Proffitt : PhD. student (Expected Graduation: December 2024)
  • Ebraam Fakhuri : PhD. student (Expected Graduation: December 2026)
  • Mohsen Lalehparvar : PhD. student (Expected Graduation : January 2024)

Graduated Students:

  • Stefan Kovacevic (with Prof. D. Jovcic) - Ph.D. 2021
  • Suoda Chu (with Dr. K. Nakkeeran) - Ph.D. 2020.
  • Ibukunolu Oladunjoye - Ph.D. 2019.
  • Mohammed Altaher - Ph.D. 2019.
  • Douglas Russell - Ph.D. 2018.
  • Mohammad Namavar - Ph.D. 2015

Research Funding and Grants

  • Interface (with Don Energy and Dr Vaziri) - (£5000) 2021.
  • Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation (KEC) Award (with Desire Hygine and Dr. Giannaccini): (£7015) 2021. 
  • Consultancy (with Dr. Vaziri) - Baker Hughes UK - (£4574) 2021.
  • Interface (with Desire Hygine and Dr. Giannaccini) - (£5000) 2020.
  • Interface (with AFB Racing and Dr. Thevar) - (£5000) 2020.
  • Consultancy (with Dr. K. Nakkeeran) - Swire Oilfield Services - (£11904) - 2020.
  • Consultancy (with Dr A. Jamshidi Far) - BP PLC (UK) - (£42360) 2019 - 2020.
  • NSFC (P.R. China) Grant No: 51975375 (Jan 2020 - Dec 2023) - Control of ultrafast AFM nanopositioners using delayed feedback and general internal model principle, Co-investigator, with Principal Investigator Prof. L M Zhu - (RMB 600K).
  • DUO-India Research Fellowship (with Assoc. Prof. Abdus Samad, IIT-M) - (€6000) - 2020.
  • Interface (with Aashraya Ltd and Dr Maheri) - (£5000) 2019.
  • Interface (with TWEFDA Ltd and Dr Jamshidi Far) - (£5000) 2019.
  • Interface (with SteerSafe) - (£5000) 2018.
  • Consultancy - Proserv (UK). (£7080) 2018.
  • Visiting Research Fellowship (Binks Trust Fund) : The State Key Laboratory of Mechanical Systems and Vibrations, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. (£4135) 2018.
  • Consultancy - Proserv (UK). (£4324) 2018.
  • Reseau de Transport d’electricite (RTE, France): LCC and MCC HVDC Dynamic Interactions in Subsynchronous domain, (1 January 2017 - 30 June 2020). Co-investigator, with Principal Investigator Prof. Dragan Jovcic. (£114K). 
  • Consultancy (with Dr T. Thevar) - McGregor Tech (UK) Ltd. (£17000) 2016.
  • Spanish Ministry of Education Pre-doctoral Mobility Grant for Mr Andres San-Millan (€3000) 2016.
  • Scoping Project - Aker Subsea Ltd. (£9500) 2015.
  • Spanish Ministry of Economics and Competitiveness: Development of novel damping systems for pedestrian structures. (2014 - 2016) Co-investigator, with Principal Investigator Iván Muñoz Díaz and co-investigators Francisco Martínez Cutillas, Juan Carlos Mosquera Feijóo, Rafael Fernández Díaz-Munío, Emiliano Pereira González, Jesús de Sebastián Sanz, Paul Reynolds, Carlos Zanuy Sanchez, José Rodellar Benede, Pablo de la Fuente Martín (€54450)
  • Principal's Excellence Fund (£500) 2014
  • Spanish Ministry of Education Pre-doctoral Mobility Grant for Mr Andres San-Millan (€3000) 2014.
  • ITI Energy: Resonance Enhanced Drilling - Phase 1, (Oct 2009 - Sept 2011). Co-investigator, with Principal Investigator Prof. M. Wiercigroch and co-investigators Dr E. Pavlovskaia and Dr D Hendry. (£1.01M).
  • NESTech Grant: Development of an apparatus and method for neuromuscular stimulation, (2009 - 2011). Co-investigator, with Dr. Richard Neilson and Dr. Marco Cardinale. (£144K).
  • Spanish Ministry of Education Post-Doctoral Fellowship for Dr Emiliano Pereira Gonzales (€43500) 2009-2011.
  • University of Newcastle, Australia: Travel Grant for SPIE Smart Structures / NDE 2007: 1700$.
  • University of Newcastle, Australia: ECR Encouragement Award 2007: 1000$


Teaching Responsibilities

Current Teaching:


  • EE 3053 - 3rd year Signals, Systems and Signal Processing (Coordinator and Sole Contributor) 
  • EE501T - 5th year Advanced Control Engineering (Coordinator and Sole Contributor)
  • EG5565 - 5th year multi-disciplinary Group Design Project (Contributor)

Thesis supervision

  • 4th year MEng / BEng Individual Projects (Thesis)
  • Individual Project for MSc students in Subsea, Oil & Gas and Renewable Energy programmes (Thesis)


Non-Course Teaching Responsibilities

  • Programme Leader for all Undergraduate Electrical and Electronic Engineering Degree Programmes at the University of Aberdeen.

  • Programme Leader for the MSc in Industrial Robotics to be offerred from September 2021 at the University of Aberdeen.



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