Professor Ron Patton

Professor of Control and Intelligent Systems Engineering

Faculty of Science and Engineering

+44 (0) 1482 465117

Professor Ron Patton is Professor of Control and Intelligent Systems Engineering (C&ISE) and Head of the University's C&ISE lab.

His research is involved with the development of robust methods of fault detection and diagnosis (FDD) for control systems and fault tolerant control (FTC) to enhance the reliability of computer control systems.

Prof Patton's application interest is in the development and design of control and estimation methods to enhance the energy efficiency, fault tolerance and reliability of renewable energy systems in offshore wind and wave energy conversion.

He is Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and is widely published with an h-index of 55.


Research Interests

  • Fault-tolerant control and load mitigation for offshore wind turbines
  • Modelling, verification and control of wave energy conversion systems
  • Robust fault detection and diagnosis (FDD) for aerospace systems
  • Fault-tolerant control in distributed/de-centralised and networked systems

Research groups

Visiting fellows/professors to C&ISE (since 1996)

  • Dr Silvio Simani, University of Ferrara (Jan-Sept 1996)
  • Professor Bruce K Walker, University of Cincinnati (June-Aug 1997)
  • Professor Guan-Ren Duan, Harbin University of Technology (Jan 1997–March 1998)
  • Dr Silvio Simani, University of Ferrara (Jan-Sept 2001)
  • Dr Marcin Witczak, University of Zielona Gora (Jan-March 2002)
  • Professor Eva N Wu, Binghamton University, New York (June-Aug 2002)
  • Professor Péter Baranyi, Budapest University of Technology and Economics), (Aug 2002-Oct 2002)
  • Dr Marcin Mrugalski, University of Zielona Gora (Jan 2003-March 2003)
  • Professor Letitia Mirea, Technical University of Iasi, Romania (Feb-June 2003)
  • Professor Suzanne Lesecq, Univeristé Gabriel Faurré, Grenoble (March – June 2004)
  • Professor Zhengxin Weng, Shanghai Jiaotong University, School of Electrical Information and Electrical Engineering, (May-Oct 2005)
  • Professor Daoliang Tan, School of Energy and Power Engineering, Beihang University, Beijing (Aug 2013-July 2014) CSC Visiting Scholar Award

Research Collaborations


Patton R J, Uppal F J, Simani S and Polle B, 'Robust FDI Applied to Thruster Faults of a Satellite System', Control Engineering Practice, 18:8, pp 1093-1109 (2010)

Shi F and Patton R J, 'An Active Fault Tolerant Control Approach to an Offshore Wind Turbine Model', Renewable Energy, 75, pp788–798 (2015)

Chen L, Patton R J and Goupil P, 'Robust Fault Estimation Using an LPV Reference Model: ADDSAFE Benchmark Case Study', Control Engineering Practice, 49, pp 194–203 (2016)

Lan J and Patton R J, 'A New Strategy for Integration of Fault Estimation within Fault-Tolerant Control', Automatica, 69, pp 48-59 (2016)

Guo B, Patton R J, Jin S, Gilbert J and Parsons D, 'Non-Linear Modelling and Verification of a Heaving Point Absorber for Wave Energy Conversion', IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy (2017)

Full list


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Advanced Techniques in Control
  • Control System Analysis and Advanced Electromagnetics
  • Advanced Electronics and Optoelectronics
  • Research Skills and Project Planning

Research PhDs

Professor Patton welcomes applications in

  • Robust fault detection and diagnosis (FDD) in control systems
  • Fault-tolerant control and load mitigation of renewable energy conversion (wind & wave)
  • Fault-tolerant control in distributed/de-centralised and networked systems

Completed PhDs

  • Dr Jianglin Lan, Research Associate, Sheffield University (2017)
  • Dr Bingyong Guo, Research Associate, Exeter University (2017)
  • Dr. Xiaoran Feng, Lecturer, Chang’an University, China (2014)
  • Dr Eshag Yousef Larbah (2013)
  • Dr Zheng Huang, Senior Researcher in ICBC, China (2013)
  • Dr Xiaoyu Sun, Senior Researcher in BaoSteel, China (2013)
  • Dr Yimeng Tang, Instructional Assistant in HKUST, China (2013)
  • Dr Fengming Shi, Lecturer in Ordnance Engineering College, China (2013)
  • Dr Chenglei Nie, Senior Researcher in State Grid of China (2012)
  • Dr Montadher Sami Shaker, Professor, Technical University of Baghdad (2012)
  • Dr Supat Klinkhieo, Deputy Director, National Synchrotron Research Centre, Thailand (2009)

Current PhD supervisions

  • Zhihuo Wang, Northwestern Polytechnical University, China
  • Mustafa Abdelrahman, Assiut University, Egypt
  • Siya Jin, Northwestern Polytechnical University, China
  • Yanhua Liu, North China Electric Power University, China
  • Shuo Shi, North China Electric Power University, China

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BEng (Hons) Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Sheffield University (1972)
  • MEng, Control Systems Engineering, Sheffield University (1974)
  • PhD, Control Systems Engineering, Sheffield University (1980)

External roles

Membership of professional bodies

  • Fellow Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (FIEEE, USA)
  • Fellow Institute of Measurement & Control (FInst MC)
  • Senior Member, American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (Sen Mem AIAA)
  • Chartered Instrumentation and Control Engineer C.Eng.

Professional Activities

  • Adjunct Professor to Shanghai Maritime University - 1,000 Talents Programme (2015-2018)
  • Honorary Chair for SYSTOL '10, Nice (Oct 2010)
  • Co-IPC Chair for IFAC Safeprocess '09, Barcelona (July 2009)
  • IPC Chair for IEEE Med '08, Corsica (June 2008)
  • Visiting Professor to DEIS, University of Calabria (Oct-Dec 2006)
  • Vice-Chair of IFAC Policy Committee (2005-2011)
  • Rapporteur for EC Advisory group Future of Control in IST
  • Coordinator EC F5 RTN DAMADICS (2000-2004)
  • Coordinator EC F4 Project IQ2FD (1997-2000)
  • Subject Editor, Wiley International Journal of Adaptive Control and Signal Processing (2001- )
  • Associate Editor, International Journal of Applied Maths and Computing (1998- )
  • IPC Chair for Control'98, Swansea (Sept 1998)
  • IPC Chair for IFAC Safeprocess '97, Hull (Aug-Sept 1997)

Awards and accolades

Elevated to grade of Fellow of IEEE in 2010 for research contributions to Robust Fault Diagnosis and Fault Tolerant Control

Best paper award at the 4th IFAC Symposium on Intelligent Components and Instruments for Control Applications SICICA 2000, Buenos Aires,September, 2000, for paper 'Sensor Fault-Tolerant Control of an Induction Motor Drive System'.

IEE Kelvin Premium Award awarded in 1997 for paper, Chen J and Patton R J, 'Optimal Filtering and Robust Fault Diagnosis of Stochastic Systems with Unknown Disturbances', IEE Proceedings on Control Theory and Applications, 143: 1, pp 31-36 (1996)

UKACC prize at CONTROL96, Dalton T and Patton R J, 'An Application of Eigenstructure Assignment to Robust Residual Design', Proceedings of the UKACC International Conference Control, University of Exeter, UK, pp 78-83, vol 1.

Research support gained
  • 13 EPSRC/SERC research grants, 11 as PI (1992-2017)
  • Ministry of Defence (1983-1989)
  • EU research funding: FP4 IQ2FD (1997-2000); FP5 DAMADICS (2000-2004); FP6 NeCST (2004-2007), FP7 ADDSAFE (2009-2012)
  • Industry funding: AEA Technology, Alstom, Corus, EADS-Astrium, ESA, Mocean Energy (1999-2017)
  • NATO Scientific Affairs
  • Royal Society
  • British Council/DAAD (Germany)