Sharing Expertise with Sofia Technical University
During February 2012, researchers at the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences were pleased to welcome visiting senior academics from the Control Systems Laboratory, Sofia Technical University, Bulgaria.
Professor Ivan Evgeniev, Head of the Advanced Control Systems Laboratory and Dr Vesselin Gueorguiev gave an interesting talk detailing the main areas of research undertaken within their Control Systems Laboratory. They gave an insight into their success providing research-led solutions to the control systems industry, with a recent success in the textile manufacturing industry.
The presentation was well received and provided an opportunity to identify future research collaboration opportunities between the School and the Control Systems Laboratory. Following the presentation a number of interesting points were discussed, highlighting areas of future collaboration regarding the application of security metrics to real-time control systems.
Later, the delegation visited the School’s new PROTECT Research Centre and a number of ongoing research projects were demonstrated by the LJMU team. Rob Hegarty gave a demonstration of real-time network data analysis, while Andrew Attwood demonstrated the application of augmented reality to control system infrastructure monitoring and protection. Dr Simon Cooper provided an overview of advanced visualisation techniques for critical infrastructure monitoring and control.
There was a particular interest in the application of PROTECT research toward real-time systems protection; including the application of wireless sensor and advanced visualisation technologies to mitigate and manage control system failure. All parties agreed that the visit was informative and would result in future research collaboration. Dr Dhiya Al-Jumeily, head of the School's Applied Computing Research Group, commented that the experience provided a valuable opportunity for international collaboration and the advancement of research in critical infrastructure control systems engineering. Dr. Paul Fergus described the useful collaboration potential that had been facilitated by the visit; citing interesting proposals regarding the joint expertise in sensing systems and data analysis for healthcare decision support systems.
For further information regarding the PROTECT Centre, please visit the Centre's website: http://www.protect-ci.org/