Dr. Ken Bruton


I am doctorate level graduate of the UCC School of Engineering with over 20 years’ experience working within the industrial sector in the area of data driven sustainability. While working directly in industry, I worked as an Energy Agreements Support Manager with SEAI, where I mentored many of the largest energy users in Ireland in the implementation of the IS393, EN16001 and ISO50001 energy management system standards.

Since returning to academia in 2011, I have worked closely with industrial partners to research and develop data driven solutions to assist them in reaching their carbon reduction ambitions. I have previously worked on the i2e2 Technology Centre Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning Automated Fault Detection and Diagnostics tool development project, which won the UCC ICT Invention of the year in 2013 and the SEAI Energy Research Award in 2014.

I co-direct the Intelligent Efficiency Research Group (https://www.ucc.ie/en/ierg/description/) with my colleague Dr Dominic O’Sullivan where we strive to unlock the potential of the twin transition of digitalisation and sustainability to decarbonise the industrial sector

Research Interests

  • Industrial Decarbonisation
  • Industrial Energy Efficiency & Management
  • The integration of Industrial Energy systems into the smart grid
  • Maintenance optimisation systems with particular interests in automated fault detection systems


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Development of a modelling tool to aid the transition to carbon neutral industrial manufacturing

S O'Keeffe, D O'Sullivan, K Bruton

Journal of Cleaner Production 425, 138604, 2023



Data-driven quality improvement approach to reducing waste in manufacturing

R Clancy, D O'Sullivan, K Bruton

The TQM Journal 35 (1), 51-72, 2023



A systematic mapping of the advancing use of machine learning techniques for predictive maintenance in the manufacturing sector

M Nacchia, F Fruggiero, A Lambiase, K Bruton

Applied Sciences 11 (6), 2546, 2021



Advancing the Industrial Sectors Participation in Demand Response within National Electricity Grids. Energies 2021, 14, 8261

A Brem, DTJ O’Sullivan, K Bruton

Energies, 14, 8261, 2021



Development and alpha testing of a cloud based automated fault detection and diagnosis tool for Air Handling Units

K Bruton, P Raftery, P O'Donovan, N Aughney, MM Keane, DTJ O'Sullivan

Automation in Construction 39, 2014



See Dr Bruton’s Google Scholar profile for further publications

Professional Activity

Dr Bruton is a certified measurement and verification professional who regularly interacts with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland on Industrial Energy Management within the Large Industry Energy Network (LIEN). 

Dr Bruton is a funded investigator in the Marine and Renewable Energy Ireland (MAREI) (https://www.marei.ie/) Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) research centre and also within the Energy Resilience and the Built Environment (ERBE) (https://erbecdt.ac.uk/) centre for doctoral training (CDT) where he collaborates with complimentary engineering disciplines within Loughborough University and University College London to train the next generation of energy research professionals. 

Dr Bruton undertakes collaborative research with local large industrial companies with a view to assisting them reaching a Net Zero emissions state by 2050 and is a member of the NSAI Energy Management Committee and the Engineers Ireland Academic Committee.

Teaching Activity

Dr Bruton delivers the following modules:  

CE2003 Fluids Mechanics I

CE2004 Fluids Mechanics II

CE3007 Hydraulics

NE6015 Data Analytics for Engineering


Dr Bruton supports the delivery of the following modules through supervision and assessment; 

CE4002 Research Project

CE6009 ME Dissertation



Ken Bruton

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BE Civil Engineering 2001 MEngSc (Engineering) 2004 PhD Engineering 2014

Research Area:

Intelligent energy efficiency, fault detection and diagnostics and decision support systems



Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering

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University College Cork, Cork