Professor Christopher Harris was born and educated in Portsmouth,
Hampshire before receiving University Education at Leicester (BSc),
Oxford (MA) and Southampton (PhD). His PhD was awarded for research
into the 'Theory and Stability of Pulse Frequency Modulated Systems'.
He returned to the University of Southampton as the Lucas Professor
of Aerospace Systems Engineering in 1987 to establish the Advanced
Systems Research Group and more recently ISIS. He previously
held appointments at the Universities of Hull, UMIST, Oxford and
Cranfield, as well as being employed by the UK Ministry of Defence.
He was elected to the Royal Academy of Engineering in 1996.
Prof Chris Harris
His research interests lie in the general area of intelligent
and adaptive systems theory and its application to intelligent
autonomous systems such as autonomous vehicles, management infrastructures
such as command & control, intelligent control and estimation
of dynamic processes, multi-sensor data fusion and systems integration.
- Neurofuzzy estimation theory (yinyang).
Development of a range of neural network/fuzzy logic/neurofuzzy algorithms
for the construction of dynamic processes internal states utilising
only experiential data. Investigation of links to Bayesian estimators
such as extended Kalman filters etc. (EPSRC funded).
- Neurofuzzy estimators for trajectory path determination. (Seth).
This project is utilising chaos theory and neurofuzzy modelling
and construction theory (DRA funded).
- Neurofuzzy parsimonious modelling and construction algorithms
(Osiris) Development of minimum parameter models of dynamic
processes utilising input/output data and apriori data, whilst
retaining network/model transparency and development of associated
learning theory. (Joint projects with
Brown, GEC, Lucas, Eurotherm, Neural Computing Sciences, EPSRC).
- Intelligent Modelling of brake squeal and system design sensitivity
via neurofuzzy intelligent modelling algorithms (Tridant). This is a joint
project with ISVR and is funded
by EPSRC and Lucas Varity.
- Intelligent data acquisition for condition monitoring (IDAC). This
project is investigating data acquisition for condition monitoring of
rotating machines utilising neurofuzzy wavelets, higher order
spectra, Wigner Ville transforms etc and online data to determine
faults in generating plant. Joint project with PAC, ProSig and funded by EPSRC.
- Intelligent modelling and control of multi-degree of freedom
dynamic systems. Development of quasi-linear multivariable neurofuzzy
controllers, with proven stability conditions for nonlinear 6
freedom apriori unknown AUVs. Also investigation into high order
learning laws for realtime/online modelling. (Joint with Martin Brown, funded
- Modelling & control of silicon plasma etching via neurofuzzy
algorithms; development of intelligent quantitative and qualitative
modelling theory. (Funded by EPSRC, joint with Steve Gabriel,
Dept of Aero &
- Multisensor data fusion from disparate, spatially separate
sensors for collision avoidance and communcations for marine
navigation (Argos). A major project involving basic research with data
fusion and tracking algorithms together with their application to
high speed ship navigation. Joint EPSRC funded project with the
Department of Ship Science, Racal Research and MSA.
- Distributed artificial intelligence for mission management
and complex systems integration using neurofuzzy adaptive planners
and TOFLOG. Demonstration for intelligent cooperative (and uncooperative)
dynamic multiagent processes.
New projects in the areas of intelligent multimedia, intelligent
sensors/sensor validation, conditioning and reconfiguration),
and systems integration are to start in 1997.
Formal international research links and collaborations exist with
Prof Stan Dunn and Dr Edgar An (Florida Atlantic Univ, USA), Prof
Klaus Schilling (Ravensberg-Weingarten TH, Germany), Dr Tom Kavli
(SINTEF, Norway), Dr TH Lee (National University of Singapore),
Dr WC Chan (Univ of Hong Kong), Prof FQ Zhou, (Huazhong Univ,
Professor Harris is the editor of the Int. J. of Systems Science,
and Associate Editor of numerous International Journals including
Automatica, Engineering Applications of AI, Int. J. General Systems
Engineering, and the OUP Int. J. on Mathematical Control &
Information Theory. He is very active on various International
conference programme committees including EE, IEEE, IFAC. He
is a member of the UK Government Cabinet Office panel on Defence
and Aerospace, a member of various EPSRC advisory committees
(in Control, Design and Production, IMI and Education) and a
member of the Defence Scientific Advisory Council.
Professor Harris is the co-author of 5 research books, and editor
of 6 other research texts. Also he has authored/co-authored nearly
250 research papers in the International domain.
Chris Harris' publication list.
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