Prof Robert J.Howlett

Biographical Notes

Bob Howlett has a PhD ("A Distributed Neural Network for Machine Vision") from the University of Brighton, an MPhil from the University of Sussex and a BSc(Hons) from Portsmouth Polytechnic. He is a member of the UK Institution of Engineering and Technology, a member of the British Computer Society, a member of the Institute of Knowledge Transfer, a Chartered Engineer and a Chartered Information Technology Practitioner.

He is the Executive Chair and Chief Executive of the KES (Knowledge-Based and Intelligent Engineering Systems) Organisation, dedicated to knowledge transfer and research in the areas of intelligent systems, alternative and renewable energy and the science of knowledge transfer. He supplied consultancy services to universities and other clients through the KES Smart Systems Centre. He is a Visiting Professor (Enterprise) at Bournemouth University.

Bob is a standing Co-Chair of the successful KES Conference series, which regularly attracts several hundred delegates. He is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Knowledge-Based Intelligent Engineering Systems and Honorary Editor of Intelligent Decision Technologies: and International Journal. He supports a number of other journals through regional editorship and membership of advisory and review boards. He is a past and current member of the International Scientific Committees of a number of conferences. He is editor of an Intelligent Systems book series by IOS Press, and a member of the advisory board of a series published by Springer Verlag.

Bob was until October 2009 a Reader and Head of the Smart Systems Laboratory at the University of Brighton. He has a number of years experience of applying neural-networks, expert systems, fuzzy paradigms and other intelligent techniques to industrial problems in sensory systems, fault diagnosis, complex data analysis and condition monitoring. His research is applied to a range of industrial problem domains, e.g. sustainability; control, modelling and simulation of renewable energy systems; monitoring and control of internal combustion engines, particularly small engines for off road and power generation applications; and a range of condition monitoring problems.

Bob Howlett has been involved with knowledge transfer, as a practitioner, facilitator and manager, for over 15 years. He is a nationally known figure in knowledge transfer and the UK Government Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) programme. He led setting up the KTP National Forum, representing all UK universities involved in KTP, which for a number of years he has chaired. He has served on the TSB KTP Management Board and the government working party that devised the 2007-11 KTP Strategic plan. He was the Director of the University of Brighton Knowledge Transfer Partnership Centre, which for over a decade took a leading role in collaborations with UK companies, (mainly SMEs) carrying out innovative programmes in areas such as engineering, product development, business improvement and e-commerce, to improve company profitability. He has personally supervised over 10 knowledge transfer projects written and mentored several times that number.

He has authored over 50 research publications in refereed journals and conferences, and edited over 20 books. He has reviewed research project applications for the EPSRC, and internationally as an Expert Evaluator under Framework and for other EU programmes. He has published widely on the subject, and has presented invited talks, keynote addresses etc.

He has supervised five research degrees to completion with another due to complete in Jan 2010. He has examined 4 PhDs and 1 MPhil at UK Universities, and 3 PhDs and 1 masters by research at international universities (a total of 9 research degree examinations).