Dr Sumeet S. Aphale
Dr Sumeet S. Aphale

Dr Sumeet S. Aphale

Ph.D. (Electrical Engineering), CEng, MIET, SMIEEE


Accepting PhDs


Room 373 Fraser Noble Building
King's College
University of Aberdeen
AB24 3UE
Scotland, UK


Career Summary

  • Reader, School of Engineering, University of Aberdeen : August 2021 - Present
  • Senior Lecturer, School of Engineering, University of Aberdeen : June 2016 - July 2021
  • 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
  • Research Engineer, RDSI Pvt. Ltd., Pune, India : May 1999 - June 2000

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.


  • BEng Electrical Engineering 
    1999 - University of Pune, India 
    First Class with Distinction (Top 5 in the University Graduating Class)
  • MS Electrical Engineering (Robotics and Control) 
    2003 - University of Wyoming, USA 
    On resolving motion commands for precise pointing using position and velocity limits of stacked Gough-Stewart Platforms
  • PhD Electrical Engineering (Robotics and Control) 
    2005 - University of Wyoming, USA 
    On the robust fault-tolerant designs of Gough-Stewart Platforms

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead
  • Programme Coordinator - MSc Industrial Robotics
  • Personal Tutor for ~20 Engineering undergraduate students at various levels
External Memberships

Associate Editor

  • IEEE Control Systems Letters
  • 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

External Examiner

  • Robert Gordon University, UK
  • University of Castilla - La Mancha, Spain
  • Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain
  • University of Adelaide, Australia
  • ADFA@UNSW, Australia
  • Indian Institute of Technology - Chennai, India
  • Vellore Institute of Technology - Chennai, India

Research Overview

I lead the newly formed Artificial intelligence, Robotics and Mechatronic Systems Group (ARMS)  comprising of myself and Drs. GiannacciniMeissner, Chadwick and Starkey.

My expertise lie in the broad fields of Robotics, Mechatronics and Applied Control. I enjoy formulating, testing, quantifying and optimizing new system designs, sensing schemes and control algorithms that deliver significant performance improvement in a wide range of technology-enabling systems such as parallel manipulators, flexible and soft robots, scanning probe microscopes, nanopositioning devices, biomedical systems, smart structures, precise multi-system alignment, drill-strings and optical focusing equipment, to name a few. I focus on developing simple, practical and implementable solutions for seemingly complex problems. I am always interested in pursuing industrial and academic collaborations that will inform, facilitate and progress my work. I am a Chartered Engineer and have held several consultancies with hi-tech as well as Oil and Gas related companies to facilitate technology development and transfer.

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


Research Areas

Accepting PhDs

I am currently accepting PhDs in Engineering.

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.

Email Me


Accepting PhDs

Research Specialisms

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

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.

Current Research

My current research / consultancy projects focus on:

  • Novel control designs for a wide range of systems including (but not limited to):
    • Nanopositioners
    • Soft Robots (Dielectric Elastomer as well as Pneumatically actuated)
    • Self-balancing wheeled and multi-legged robots
    • Flexible / lightweight pick and place robots
    • Active Vibration Isolation / Control (AVI / AVC)
    • Structural Vibration Mitigation
    • Renewable and Traditional Electrical Power Systems
    • MEMS
    • Drill-strings and other highly nonlinear systems
  • Sensing, Instrumentation, Control and Automation for O&G and wider industry focussing on:
    • Digital twins for specific sensors / subsystems
    • Signal Processing and Data Analysis
    • Novel actuator / sensor design
    • Dynamic analysis and feasibility studies

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:

  • Robert Gordon University, UK
  • 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


  • Mr Chiweta Emmanuel Abunike (Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Nigeria): March 2022 - February 2023
  • 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

Knowledge Exchange

  • Successfully delivered ~10 Interface projects for local industries
  • Led / contributed to industrial consultancy projects for Aker, BP, Proserv, Baker Hughes, Swire energy Services etc
  • Leading a KTP project aimed at new electrical technology for subsea applications


  • 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. Guoying Gu, Robotics Institute, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China.
  • 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.
  • Prof. Kam K. Leang, University of Utah - Salt Lake City, USA.


My current supervision areas are: Engineering.

Current Students

Lead Supervisor for:

  • Chiweta Abunike : Ph.D. student (Expected Graduation: September 2023)
  • Shakiru Kassim : Ph.D. student (Expected Graduation: September 2024)
  • Adedayo Babarinde : Ph.D. student (Expected Graduation: October 2022)

Co-supervisor for:

  • Adamu Adamu : Ph.D. student (Expected Graduation: January 2023)
  • Mohsen Lalehparvar : PhD. student (Expected Graduation : January 2024)
  • Salman Badkubi : PhD. student (Expected Graduation : December 2024) 

Graduated Students

  • James D. Maclean - Ph.D. 2022.
  • 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

Funding and Grants

  • ETP PhD Studentship (with Dr. K. Ahmed, University of Strathclyde and Scottish Power Ltd) - (£30000) 2022.
  • Commonwealth Scholarship for Mr Chiweta Emmanuel Abunike - (£38500) 2022.
  • Consultancy - Aramco Overseas - (£6900) 2022.
  • Innovate UK and Impaq Technologies Ltd (with Dr Jamshidi Far): Design and manufacturing of a high power rated modular DC/DC converter for subsea applications (£185K)  - Jan 2022 - Dec 2023.
  • SFC, Advanced Innovation Voucher with Impaq Technologies Ltd (with Dr Jamshidi Far): Investigation of the impact of long DC cables on the performance of a medium voltage AC drive for subsea applications (£40K) - Dec 2021 - March 2022.
  • SFC, Standard Innovation Voucher (with Vanora Robotics) - (£5000) 2021.
  • ETP Project with Frisco eBikes (with Drs Syed and Jamshidi Far): Contactless eBike charging port (£9825) 2021.
  • Pump-Prime Interdisciplinary Research and Impact Award (with Drs Broche and Jamshidi Far): Fast Field Cycling prototype improvements (£9770) 2021.
  • Pump-Prime Interdisciplinary Research and Impact Award (ARMS Group and Prof. Bach): Human-Robot Interaction Network (£10000) 2021.
  • SFC, Standard Innovation Voucher (with Glenn Buchan Engg, Drs Syed and Vairi) - (£5000) 2021.
  • SFC, Standard Innovation Voucher (with Don Energy and Dr Vaziri) - (£5000) 2021.
  • Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation (KEC) Award (with Desire Hygiene and Dr. Giannaccini): (£7015) 2021. 
  • Consultancy (with Dr. Vaziri) - Baker Hughes UK - (£4574) 2021.
  • SFC, Standard Innovation Voucher (with Desire Hygine and Dr. Giannaccini) - (£5000) 2020.
  • SFC, Standard Innovation Voucher (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.
  • SFC, Standard Innovation Voucher (with Aashraya Ltd and Dr Maheri) - (£5000) 2019.
  • SFC, Standard Innovation Voucher (with TWEFDA Ltd and Dr Jamshidi Far) - (£5000) 2019.
  • SFC, Standard Innovation Voucher (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


  • EE3053 - 3rd year Signals, Systems and Signal Processing (Coordinator and Sole Contributor)
  • EE501T - 5th year Advanced Control Engineering (Coordinator and Sole Contributor)

Thesis Supervision

  • MEng / BEng in EEE / Mech+Elec
  • MSc in Subsea / Renewable Energy / Industrial Robotics

Non-course Teaching Responsibilities

  • Programme Leader for the MSc in Industrial Robotics to be offered from September 2021 at the University of Aberdeen
  • Personal Tutor for ~20 UG students

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  • Linear Matrix Inequality approach to designing damping and tracking control for nanopositioning application

    Babarinde, A. K., Aphale, S. S.
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Robust fractional-order fast terminal sliding mode control with fixed-time reaching law for high-performance nanopositioning

    Wang, G., Zhou, Y., Ni, L., Aphale, S. S.
    International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Global fast non-singular terminal sliding-mode control for high-speed nanopositioning

    Wang, G., Zhou, Y., Ni, L., Aphale, S. S.
    ISA Transactions
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • A Comparative Quantification of Existing Creep Models for Piezoactuators

    Tashakori, S., Vaziri, V., Aphale, S. S.
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
  • Constrained Control of Impact Oscillator with Delay

    Lalehparvar, M., Aphale, S. S., Vaziri, V.
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
  • How Far Should Poles Be Placed? Selecting Positive Feedback Controllers for Damping and Tracking Applications: A Complete Characterisation

    Maclean, J., Aleyaasin, M., Aphale, S. S.
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Proxy-based sliding-mode tracking control of dielectric elastomer actuators through eliminating rate-dependent viscoelasticity

    Zou, J., Maclean, J. D., Ren, J., Aphale, S. S., Gu, G.
    Smart Materials and Structures
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Intelligent Optimization of Reluctance Motor using Genetic Aggregation Response Surface and Multi-Objective Genetic Algorithm for Improved Performance

    Abunike, C. E., Okoro, O. I., Aphale, S. S.
    Energies, vol. 15, no. 16, 6086
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Suppressing Stick-Slip Oscillations in Drill-Strings by Modified Integral Resonant Control  

    Maclean, J. D., Vaziri, V., Aphale, S. S., Wiercigroch, M.
    International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, vol. 228, 107425
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • High Performance Raster Scanning of Atomic Force Microscopy Using Model-free Repetitive Control

    Li, L., Fleming, A. J., Yong, Y. K., Aphale, S. S., Zhu, L.
    Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, vol. 173, 109027
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
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