Professor Robert Shorten

Position:  I am Professor of Cyber-physical Systems at the Dyson School of Engineering Design at Imperial College London. I am also Deputy Head of Department. I am also affiliated with University College Dublin.

I am a co-founder of the Hamilton Institute at Maynooth University, which I led with Director, Douglas Leith. I was also a Senior Research Manager (Dept. head) at IBM Research, where I led the Control and Optimization Team at the Smart City Research lab. I am also former Professor of Decision Science and Control Theory at University College Dublin.

Research Interests: Smart Mobility and Smart Cities; Control Theory and Dynamics; Hybrid Dynamical Systems; Networking; Linear Algebra; Sharing Economy; DAG based distributed ledgers.

Some new stuff:

1. A note on Kemeny constant based sampling for Covid-19 (June 16th). This is also available on ArXiv.

2. A note on epidemic (Covid-19) mitigation. Current version (April 27th): here. This latest version contains some mathematical results to underpin our mitagation strategy. Previous versions of this report are archived here. See also piece in Scientific American.       

Opinion pieces have appeared in Bloomberg News and Nature Physics on this work.

3. Our workshop on Sharing Economy at the European Control Conference. This was based largely on our edited book to be published by Springer in May 2020.

4. Also currently really excited about exposing the link between tyres (see paper here) and particulate emissions. Very happy to be involved with the Tyre Collective and their self cleaning tyre system (movie).

Funding: Most of my work is funded by Science Foundation Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and the European Commission. We also work with a number of automotive companies and other industrial partners. Many thanks to recent funding from IBM, and IOTA Foundation. We are also grateful to EPSRC and UKRI.

Books: One on resource allocation, the other on connected car and plug-in vehicles. More information here. We also have completed an edited volume on Analytics for the Sharing Economy. More information here.

A personal view: Climate change, open debate and action.