Dr Antony Robotham
Profiles

Dr Antony Robotham

Associate Head of School (Teaching & Learning)

School of Engineering (Faculty of Science & Engineering)

Qualifications


PhD - The Aerodynamic Control of the V-type Vertical Axis Wind Turbine
The Open University, 1989
The research used original experimental data with various bespoke aerodynamic prediction and time-domain computer models to evaluate V-VAWT control strategies

BSc (Hons) Mechanical Engineering
Leeds University, 1981
Final Year Project: Designed and developed a test rig to evaluate airflow through different configurations of DC motor end windings for GEC Machines Ltd.

EXPERIENCE

Nov 2012 - Feb 2015
Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
Senior Lecturer: Engineering Design
Teaching and research in Engineering Design and Virtual Engineering technologies.  Engineers Without Borders.

Feb 2010 - Oct 2012
University of Liverpool, UK
Executive Director: Virtual Engineering Centre
Leadership of the Virtual Engineering Centre accountable to the University and Partners: Airbus (UK), BAE Systems, Morson Projects, STFC Daresbury Laboratory, and Northwest Aerospace Alliance. The aim of the VEC was to demonstrate to SMEs virtual engineering practice across the product lifecycle using integrated, interactive simulation and modelling software. Industrial sectors included aerospace, automotive, defence and nuclear. Manage quality of the Technical Team/Work Package outputs. Facilitate a strong culture of research excellence, knowledge exchange and collaborative engineering.

Sep 2000 - Jan 2010
University of Wolverhampton, UK
Associate Dean: School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Management of postgraduate taught and research programmes, knowledge transfer projects, and business support activities across the School of Engineering and the Built Environment. Project development, bidding for funding, and project leadership enabling external income streams of >£4m per annum through a range of School-wide activities. Health & Safety. 

Director: Innovative Product Development Centre
Strategic leadership and management of a university-based R&D centre providing product design and development services to engineering businesses using state-of-the art CAD, CNC, and rapid manufacturing technologies (e.g. direct metal laser sintering). Recruitment and line management of concurrent engineering delivery teams. Budget control & management of  >£5m of RDA/ERDF revenue & capital income, delivery of outputs, and collation of results. Liaison with external partners, suppliers and funding bodies. Projects: Innovation Direct, West Midlands Technology Network, Polymer Cluster, Advanced Engineering Cluster, Process Innovation for Rapid Product Development, and the Manufacturing Advisory Service.

Principal Lecturer: Engineering Design
Section Leader for Computer-Aided Engineering Design subject group - Line management of academic staff; Teaching & Quality of Computer Aided Engineering Design and Computer Aided Product Design degrees; accreditation of programmes with IED. Development of MSc in Advanced Technology Management. Knowledge transfer projects.

Nov 1988 - Aug 2000
Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Associate Professor: Product Development
New Product Development research for P* project with Danish industrial partners: Bang & Olufsen, Nokia, Danfoss. P* Objective – define next NPD paradigm. Teaching of Design for Manufacture. BEST Summer School: New Product Development.

Jan 1991 - Oct 1998
Coventry University, UK
Senior Lecturer: Engineering Design
Programme Leader: BEng Automotive Engineering Design – a problem based learning programme with industrially defined projects and studio learning environment. Teaching CAD and Engineering Design at PG & UG levels. DTi Automotive Initiatives to China in collaboration with Design & Business Schools. DTI/EPSRC Foresight Vehicle ZEFREDO project with Daewoo Motor Company & Mayflower Vehicle Systems. CUCID research centre for integrated design. 

Oct 1986 - Aug 1990
Portsmouth Polytechnic, UK
Senior Lecturer / Lecturer: Engineering Design
Teaching Engineering Design, CAD and CAE at BEng & HND level.

Jul 1980 - Oct 1983
GEC Large Machines, UK
Quality Engineer
Implementation of BS5750 Quality Assurance procedures.

Graduate Engineer / Student Trainee
Graduate training programme. Design & test of end-winding airflow test rig.

Professional membership

AMIMechE

Research interests

Engineering Design

Wind Energy Technology

Grants & contracts

KTP Academic Supervisor – Paramount 21 (Nov 2015- Oct 2017)
Executive Director – NWDA/ERDF Virtual Engineering Centre (Feb 2010-Dec 2012) £3.680k Grant Funding
Bid Manager on behalf of West Midlands University Consortium – West Midlands Innovation Advisory Service (Nov 2009)
Director of IPDC - ERDF Project: West Midlands Technology Network with Wolverhampton University (Jul 2003 – Dec 2008) £1,423k Grant
Director of IPDC - AWM/ERDF Project: Polymer Cluster with Wolverhampton-Telford Technology Corridor (Apr 2003 – Jun 2008) £1,064k Grant
Director of IPDC - AWM/ERDF Project: Advanced Engineering Cluster with Wolverhampton-Telford Technology Corridor (Apr 2003 – Jun 2008) £900k Grant
Director of IPDC - AWM Project: Process Innovation for Rapid Product Development (Sep 2006 – Dec 2009) £650k Grant
Director of IPDC - ERDF Project: Concurrent Engineering (Innovation-Direct) with Warwick Manufacturing Group (Jul 2002 – Jun 2005) £448k Grant
TCS Lead Academic - Tansun Ltd (Apr 2002 – Mar 2004) £145k Grant
KTP Academic Supervisor – Charlton & Jenrick (Sep 2007- Sep 2008) £88k Grant
KTP Academic Supervisor – Howell Tomkins (Jan 2006 – Jan 2008) £67k Grant
Proposer & Original PI - DTI/EPSRC Foresight Vehicle Programme research contract to investigate Zero Failure Rate Electronics Design Opportunities – ZEFREDO (GR/M26183 - 1998) £65k Grant + £65k Private sector
A.J. Robotham & G.N. Blount (Exploiter: MIRA). Coventry University HEFCE research award to investigate Design for Pedestrian Impact Protection. (1997)
P.J. Griffiths, A.J. Robotham & G.E. Vanner: (Exploiter: Rover Group). Coventry University HEFCE research award to investigate The Quality Engineering of Concept Design. (1995)
P. Hills, M. Tovey, & A.J. Robotham: (Exploiter: Caradon Mira). Coventry University HEFCE research award to investigate interaction between industrial and engineering designers at concept stage. (1993)
A.J. Robotham & Ambit: (Exploiter: DTI/ETSU) DTI/ETSU part funding of a video production 'Wind Turbines in the Landscape'. Completed January 1994. (Contract: W/13/00354/40, 1993)
Expert Witness for Renewable Energy Systems Limited - Penrhys Wind Farm Public Inquiry (1992)
Principal Investigator - Wind Farm Visual Impact Studies for Renewable Energy Systems Limited, Hemel Hempstead. (1991)
A.J. Robotham & Ambit Computer Graphics: (Exploiter: DTI/ETSU). DEn/ETSU part funding of further development of videomontage technique for the depiction of wind farms. (Contract: E/5A/6068/2465/001, 1990)
A.J. Robotham & Ambit Computer Graphics: (Exploiter: DTI/ETSU). DEn/ETSU part funding of initial development of videomontage technique for the depiction of wind farms. (Contract: E/5A/6068/2553, 1990)

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
Abdelal GF, Robotham AJ & Carragher P 2015 'Numerical simulation of a patent technology for sealing of deep-sea oil wells using nonlinear finite element method' Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering 133, 192-200 Publisher Site PEARL
Abdelal GF, Georgiou G, Cooper JE, Robotham AJ, Levers AJ & Lunt P 2015 'Numerical and Experimental Investigation of Aircraft Panel Deformations during Riveting Process' ASME Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering 137, (1) , DOI
Meyer GF, Shao F, White MD, Hopkins C & Robotham AJ 2013 'Modulation of visually evoked postural responses by contextual visual, haptic and auditory information: a ‘virtual reality check’' PLoS ONE 8, (6) 1-15 , DOI
Abdelal GF, Robotham AJ & Cantwell W 2012 'Autoclave cure simulation of composite structures applying implicit and explicit FE techniques' International Journal of Mechanics and Materials in Design 9, (1) 55-63 , DOI
Abdelal GF, Robotham AJ & Cooper JE 2011 'Reliability assessment of 3D space frame structures applying stochastic finite element analysis' International Journal of Mechanics and Materials in Design. 9, (1) 1-9 , DOI
Robotham AJ 2002 'A modified Functions Mean Tree for modelling technical, semantic and business functions' Journal of Engineering Design, 13, (3) 243-251 , DOI
Hicks PJ & Robotham AJ 1987 'Effective CADCAM in an educational environment' Computer-Aided Engineering Journal 4, (6) 233-236 , DOI
Books
Davies BL, Robotham AJ & Yarwood A 1991 Computer-Aided Drawing and Design. Chapman & Hall
Chapters
McAloone TC & Robotham AJ 1999 'A Framework for Product Development' in Mortensen NH; Sigurjonsson J Critical Enthusiasm: Contributions to Design Science Norges Teknisk Naturvitenskapelige Universite
Reports
Robotham AJ 1998 Nantucket Wind Farm Proposal - Some Observations.
Robotham AJ & Cook T 1994 Wind Turbines In The Landscape: Final Report & Script. Energy Technology Support Unit PEARL
Robotham AJ 1992 Proof of Evidence of Antony John Robotham, Section 78 Appeal, Wind Farm at Mynydd Tyntyle, Penrhys. Renewable Energy Systems Ltd
Robotham AJ 1991 Visual Impact Study: Proposed A******r Wind Farm. Renewable Energy Systems Ltd
Robotham AJ 1991 Visual Impact Study: Proposed Carland Cross Wind Farm. Renewable Energy Systems Ltd
Robotham AJ 1991 Visual Impact Study: Proposed Coal Clough Wind Farm. Renewable Energy Systems Ltd
Robotham AJ 1991 Visual Impact Study: Proposed M***** **********n Wind Farm. Renewable Energy Systems Ltd
Robotham AJ 1991 Visual Impact Study: Proposed Mynydd Tyntyle Wind Farm. Renewable Energy Systems Ltd
Robotham AJ 1991 Visual Impact Study: Proposed Rheidol Wind Farm. Renewable Energy Systems Ltd
Performances
20130721 0 California Dreamin' - Inspiring Innovative Car Design and Development. Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand Publisher Site
20120619 20120622 Multisensory interactions in the automatic control of postural sway. 13th International Multisensory Research Forum, Oxford, UK
20120419 20120420 Virtual Engineering at NWVEC. STFC Harwell, Oxfordshire, UK Publisher Site
20111025 20111026 Immersive Environments for Product and Process Review. STFC Daresbury Laboratory, Daresbury, UK
20111025 20111026 Integration through Product Lifecycle Engineering. STFC Daresbury Laboratory, Daresbury, UK
20111018 20111018 Virtual Engineering Applications: A Case Study with Bentley Motors. Optis China Users Meeting, Shanghai, China
20111006 20111007 Virtual Realities: Exploring the Pluses and Minuses of 3-D Visualisation Technologies to Sky Rocket Productivity. Industrial Design Summit 2011, Montreux, Switzerland Publisher Site
20060707 20060707 Designing the Future: Awe and Wonder. DATA Conference, Telford, UK

Additional information

AWM Lord Stafford Special Award for ‘Living for Innovation’ Nov 2004 AWM Lord Stafford Special Award for ‘Contribution to Innovation’ Oct 2003 SEBE ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ Dec 2002