Dr James E. Pickering

Dr James E. Pickering

  • Phone0121 204 3210
  • School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

    B4 7ET Birmingham

    United Kingdom

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Research Interests

My primary research focusses on the application of control theory to practice. Current research is on the following subjects:

  • Safe and ethical navigation of self-driving vehicles
  • Intelligent transport (railway and auomotive)

I am currently accepting PhD students in these PhD areas. 


  • 2022 to present: Lecturer of Mechatronics and Robotics at Aston University
  • 2015 to 2022: Lecturer (Teaching) of Control Engineering at Coventry University
  • 2013 to 2015: Research Assistant at Coventry University


  • BEng(Hons) in Mechanical Engineering
  • PhD, title: systems modelling and ethical decision algorithms for autonomous vehicle collisions

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Member of the Institute of Measurement and Control (InstMC)
  • Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

External Connections and Partnerships

  • Technical Committte, IEEE Control Systems Society, Control Education
  • Executive Team, IET Automotive and Road Transport Systems (ARTS) Technical Network (TN)

Teaching Activity

I teach on the following modules:

  • Electrical Engineering Fundamentals (ME1EEF), Level 4 (First Year)
  • Advanced Systems Design (ME3055), Level 6 (Third Year)
  • Vehicle Automation and Connetivity (ME4513), Level 7 (Masters)

I also supervise students on the following:

  • Final Year Project (ME3046), Level 6 (Year 3)
  • Research Project (ME4525), Level 7 (Masters)

Contact Details

Phone: 0121 204 3210

E-mail: j.pickering1@aston.ac.uk


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