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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Personal profile


  • 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

Research Interests

My primary research focusses on the application of control theory to practice. Example projects include:

  • Autonomous vehicle path planning and ethical decision making
  • Seamless interchangeable (closer running of trains, with coupling/uncoupling)

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Member of the Institute of Measurement and Control (InstMC)
  • Technical Committte, IEEE Control Systems Society, Control Education

Teaching Activity

My primary teaching areas are in:

  • Control theory
  • Embedded control 
  • Mechatronics

Currently, I am involved with the following:

  • Electrical Engineering Fundamentals (ME1EEF)
  • Prototyping and Development (ME1502)
  • Final Year Project (ME3046)
  • Research Project (ME4525)

Contact Details

Phone: 0121 204 3210

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


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