Dr Sumeet S. Aphale

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
External Memberships

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

External Examiner

  • 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 and Starkey.

My expertize 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.

View my Google Scholar profile.

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:

  • Control of precision mechatronic systems
  • Active Vibration Isolation and Control (AVI and AVC)
  • Dynamics and Control of highly nonlinear systems
  • Soft Robots - Dielectric Elastomer Actuators and 3D-printed pneumatics
  • Self-balancing Robots 
  • Control applications in Electrical Power Engineering
  • Control of Smart Materials and Structures
  • Sensing, Instrumentation, Control and Automation for O&G and wider 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

  • 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


  • 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. 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:

  • Shakiru Kassim : Ph.D. student (Expected Graduation: September 2024)
  • James D. Maclean : Ph.D. student (Expected Graduation: September 2022)
  • Adedayo Babarinde : Ph.D. student (Expected Graduation: March 2022)

Co-supervisor for:

  • Adamu Adamu : Ph.D. student (Expected Graduation: January 2023)
  • 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

Funding and Grants

  • 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.
  • Interface (with Glenn Buchan Engg, Drs Syed and Vairi) - (£5000) 2021.
  • 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


  • 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 all Undergraduate Electrical and Electronic Engineering Degree Programmes at the University of Aberdeen
  • Programme Leader for the MSc in Industrial Robotics to be offered from September 2021 at the University of Aberdeen

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  • Sliding-Mode Control of a Dielectric Elastomer Actuator Featuring Non-Invertible Dynamics

    Maclean, J. D., Zou, J., Guo, G., Vaziri, V., Aphale, S. S.
    Contributions to Conferences: Papers
  • Control Method to Suppress Stick-Slip in Drill-Strings Featuring Actuation Delay and Constraints

    Maclean, J., Vaziri, V., Wiercigroch, M., Aphale, S. S.
    Contributions to Conferences: Papers
  • Redistributing Controller Orders to Increase Positioning Bandwidth in Nanopositioners

    Babarinde, A. K., Li, L., Kuncak, J., Zhu, L., Aphale, S. S.
    Contributions to Conferences: Papers
  • Feedback Control Method to Suppress Stick-slip in Drill-strings Featuring Delay and Actuation Constraints

    Maclean, J. D., Vaziri, V., Aphale, S. S., Wiercigroch, M.
    The European Physical Journal. Special Topics
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Energy saving by reducing motor rating of Sucker-Rod Pump systems Energy

    Li, W., Vaziri, V., Aphale, S. S., Dong, S., Wiercigroch, M.
    Energy, vol. 228, 120618
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Eliminating stick-slip vibrations in drill-strings with a dual-loop control strategy optimized by the CRO-SL algorithm

    Pérez-Aracil, J., Camacho Gómez, C., Pereira, E., Vaziri, V., Aphale, S. S., Salcedo Sanz, S.
    Mathematics, vol. 9, no. 13, 1526
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • High-bandwidth nanopositioning via active control of system resonance

    Li, L., Aphale, S. S., Zhu, L.
    Frontiers of Mechanical Engineering, vol. 16, pp. 331-339
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Switching Control in Two-Wheeled Self-Balancing Robots

    Murasovs, N., Giannaccini, M., Aphale, S. S.
    Proceedings of the 2021 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA).
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
  • A smoothed raster scanning trajectory based on acceleration-continuous B-spline transition for high-speed Atomic Force Microscopy

    Li, L., Aphale, S. S., Zhu, L.
    IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 24-32
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • A Surface Plasmon Resonance Bio-Sensor based on Dual Core D-Shaped Photonic Crystal Fibre Embedded with Silver Nanowires for Multi-Sensing

    Chu, S., Nakkeeran, K., Abobaker, A. M., Aphale, S. S., Sivabalan, S., Ramesh Babu, P., Senthilnathan, K.
    IEEE Sensors Journal, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 76-84
    Contributions to Journals: Articles


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