Professor Jim Gilbert

Professor of Engineering

Faculty of Science and Engineering


01482 466379

In 30 years of research, Professor Jim Gilbert has tackled a wide range of challenges with a common theme of measuring, modelling and controlling engineering systems.

These include robotics and manufacturing systems, medical rehabilitation and energy harvesting systems ranging from microwatts generated from human movement to megawatts from offshore wind turbines.

His current work is focused on speech restoration using articulator movement measurements for people who have had a laryngectomy.

Prof Gilbert is also working on the measurements of offshore wind turbine and wave energy system behaviour to support performance and reliability improvement, as part of wider research into offshore renewable energy systems.



Research Interests

  • Instrumentation and control
  • Offshore renewable energy
  • Electronic speech rehabilitation
  • Energy harvesting

Research groups

  • Prof Gilbert is Research Development and Innovation Lead for Aura, a Hull-led coalition with Sheffield and Durham universities, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, DONG Energy and the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, which aims to reduce the cost of offshore wind energy through innovation and skills development.
  • In addition, he is collaborating with Sheffield University, Practical Control Ltd and the Hull and East Yorkshire NHS trust to develop electronic speech rehabilitation systems, particularly for those who have undergone a laryngectomy.


B Guo, RJ Patton, S Jin, JM Gilbert, D Parsons, ‘Non-linear Modelling and Verification of a Heaving Point Absorber for Wave Energy Conversion’, IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, DOI: 10.1109/TSTE.2017.2741341

JA Gonzalez, LA Cheah, AM Gomez, PD Green, JM Gilbert, SR Ell, RK Moore and E Holdsworth, ‘Restoring speech following total removal of the larynx’, The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America Express Letters, vol. 141, 3, EL307, 2017

JA Gonzalez, LA Cheah, JM Gilbert, J Bai, SR Ell, PD Green, RK Moore. A Silent Speech System based on Permanent Magnet Articulography and Direct Synthesis. Computer Speech and Language Vol 39, 2016, pp 67-87.

JM Gilbert & F Balouchi , ‘A vibrating cantilever footfall energy harvesting device’, Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, vol. 25, 14: pp. 1738-1745, 2014.  (IF 2.17, 3 citation, 80% contribution)

B Denby, T Schultz, K Honda, T Hueber, JM Gilbert and JS Brumberg, ‘Silent Speech Interfaces’, Speech Communication, Vol 52, Iss 4, pp. 270-287, 2010 

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Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Advanced Circuits and Systems
  • Mathematics and Control for Engineers
  • Analogue Circuits and Devices

Research PhDs

Prof Gilbert welcomes applications form well-qualified students in instrumentation, modelling and control applied to offshore renewable energy systems.

Completed PhDs

  • Nonlinear Energy Harvesting for medical sensing applications
  • Multi input footfall energy harvesting
  • Vibration based energy harvesting
  • The Design and Control of a Mechanical Multi-Mode Drive
  • The design and control of mechanical switched mode drives


Teaching awards and accolades

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Professional highlights

External roles

  • Chartered Engineer, CEng
  • Member of Institution of Engineering and Technology, MIET