• School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

    B4 7ET Birmingham

    United Kingdom

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My research program has concentrated on furthering the field of control theory and modelling. My early work was focused on hybrid dynamical systems. This work culminated in the development of the Hamiltonian systems on Lie Group, and that has become widely recognised nationally and internationally through seminar invitation in Universities worldwide. Over the past fifteen years I have applied my control expertise to several applications and in particular rehabilitation engineering and energy transmission, storage for electrical systems, and power systems. In rehabilitation engineering a major contribution was techniques for controlling the trunk standing up using electrical stimulation. Furthermore my research in energy storage has given promising result in the use of multiple agent systems and intelligent control to minimise energy consumption when using multiple storage combined with harvesting technology. Novel research in creating a model of wireless power transfer has enormous potential in the automotive industry and already early results through publications has shown promising results. Finally my research is also in autonomous flying vehicle and in particular in the area of motion planning and visualisation.


C.F.P Certificate in Further Professional Studies in Higher Education (Reading UK)

PhD Doctorat de l’universite de Lille "Automatic control and Signal-Processing” obtained with honours. Thesis title: Methodology to design new control laws for systems with Boolean inputs (Outstanding PhD graduating in 33 months). (Lille France)

D.E.A (Diplome d’Etude Appronfondies) "Instrumentation and Control". University of Caen (qualifying exams for the Ph.D). (Caen, France)

Maitrise E.E.A (MsC equiv) Option Signal-processing and Control Systems. University of Reims (Reims, France)

Licence E.E.A (Beng equiv.) (Electronic - Electrical engineering - Automatic). University of Reims (Reims, France)

M.Sc Master of Science in Mathematics option: Pure Mathematics (Open University UK)

B.Sc Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Mathematics (First-class Honours) option Pure Mathematics (Open University UK)



July 16 : Manchester Metropolitan University Professor in Control Enegineering

Sept-01- : University of Reading as Lecturer, Senior lecturer and Professor

Oct 99- Sept 01:University of Glasgow (Scotland) Research Assistant EPSRC project Grant GR/M47256

Oct 96-Sept 99: University of Lille (France) Research Assistant Automatic control Laboratory: PhD research funded by the French Ministry for Research and Technology Teaching assistant 96 hours per year 

May 96- Jun 96: Collège SAINT-JOSEPH – Mesnières-en-Bray Teacher of technology (secondary school)

Mar 94- Sept 94: University of Caen Research Assistant L.A.C.P. (Laboratory in Automatic and Control Process)

Mar 91-Aug 91:Bernay (France)  ATOCHEM (Associate to ELF AQUITAINE) as computer scientist.

Sept 90- June 94:I worked as a supervisor at different secondary schools during my two years of study towards the D.U.T. and until completion of my D.E.A.

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Gantry cranes Engineering & Materials Science
Energy storage Engineering & Materials Science
Tires Engineering & Materials Science
Energy Storage Mathematics
Cranes Engineering & Materials Science
Electric power distribution Engineering & Materials Science
Tire Mathematics
Electric potential Engineering & Materials Science

Research Output 2012 2019

  • 25 Article
  • 1 Conference contribution
  • 1 Editorial

A Comparative Study of Energy Storage Systems and Active Front Ends for Networks of Two Electrified RTG Cranes

Alasali, F., Luque, A., Mayer, R. & Holderbaum, W., 10 May 2019, 12, 9, 1771.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Gantry cranes
Energy Storage
Storage System

Energy management systems for a network of electrified cranes with energy storage

Holderbaum, W., Alasali, F. & Haben, S., 1 Mar 2019, 106, p. 210-222 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Gantry cranes
Energy management systems
Model predictive control
Stochastic models

Novel instrumented frame for standing exercising of users with complete spinal cord injuries

Zoulias, I. D., Armengol, M., Poulton, A., Andrews, B., Gibbons, R., Harwin, W. S. & Holderbaum, W., 10 Sep 2019, In : Scientific Reports. 9, 1, 13003.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Spinal Cord Injuries
Bone Density
Biomechanical Phenomena
Electric Stimulation

Stochastic optimal energy management system for RTG cranes network using genetic algorithm and ensemble forecasts

Holderbaum, W., Alasali, F. & Haben, S., 1 Aug 2019, 24, 100759.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Gantry cranes
Energy management systems
Energy storage
Genetic algorithms

Day-ahead industrial load forecasting for electric RTG cranes

Alasali, F., Haben, S., Becerra, V. & Holderbaum, W., 1 Mar 2018, 6, 2, p. 223-234

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Gantry cranes
Gas emissions