Dr. Gordon Lightbody


Dr. Gordon Lightbody

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Senior Lecturer, Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering




Gordon Lightbody was awarded the MEng degree with distinction (1989), and PhD (1993) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Queen's University Belfast. After completing a one year Post-Doctoral position funded by Du Pont, he was appointed by Queen's University as a Lecturer in Modern Control Systems. At Queens, his research focused primarily on the application of intelligent control, modelling and fault detection/diagnosis to the chemical process industry.

In 1997 he was appointed as College Lectureship in Control Engineering at University College Cork. His current research interests include non parametric modelling, Local Model Networks for process modelling and control, model based predictive control, fuzzy/neural systems, and nonlinear control. This work has focused on key application areas, which include, biomedical applications, wind power, power system control and harmonic analysis, chemical process control, and controlled bioremediation.

He has published over 83 papers in these areas and has received prizes at ACC 1995 in Seattle, IEE Control 1994 in Warwick England and an honourable mention at the IFAC World Congress in San Francisco, 1996. He was a member of the Applied Control Techniques committee (C9) of the IEE, (1996-97), the new Intelligent Control Committee (B4) of the IEE, (1997-2000) and part of the management team to the new IEE Professional Network on Concepts for Automation and Control. He is currently an associate editor with the Elsevier journal, “Control Engineering Practice”.

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