Faculty of Science and Technology

Wilcox, Steve (Prof)

Email: steve.wilcox@federation.edu.au 318684

Room: 4N246

Phone: 51226176

Biography

Steve completed his PhD at Heriot-Watt University in 1992 on an EU funded Brite Euram project investigating machine tool wear. He then joined the University of Glamorgan, more latterly this has become the University of South Wales, as a lecturer where he was promoted to Professor in 2003. At the University of South Wales he fulfilled various roles including Head of School (2010 to 2014), led engineering research submissions to the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise and the 2014 Research Excellence Framework and developed teaching collaborations with British Airways and the Hellenic Aerospace Industry in Greece.

Research and supervision interests

Steve’s major research interests centre around condition monitoring and the application of advanced signal processing and AI techniques to help solve engineering problems. His work has developed novel systems able to monitor and control coal fired and gas fired burners in the utility and steel sectors and in collaboration with colleagues has developed a technique to make significant reductions in the emissions emanating from glass melting furnaces. In this work he has collaborated with many major industrial and university partners, including; RWE, Tata, Doosan Power Systems, Gas Natural fenosa, GDF Suez, Airbus, ENEL, EON and EDF and also national SME's such as Global Combustion Systems and James Proctor Ltd, Institute of Power Engineering, Poland, the Technical University of Munich and the University of Stuttgart Germany, Queen's University, Canada, City University, Hong Kong, Chongqing University, China and the University of Zaragoza, Spain.

Most recently his work has focussed on oxy-coal combustion where he coordinated a 9.76M€ project with 14 EU partners.

Qualifications

  • Senior Fellow - Higher Education Academy, 2012
  • Fellow - Institution of Mechanical Engineers, 2010
  • Chartered Engineer; Reg # 390154 - Institution of Mechanical Engineers, 1999
  • PhD - Heriot-Watt University, 1992
  • Bsc(Hons) Mechanical Engineering - University of Wales College Swansea

Activities

  • External examiner Aston University, UK
  • Member of the EU Research Fund for Coal and Steel Technical Group 3 for Casting
  • Expert for EU Commission and have undertaken a number of reviews of grant applications for different funding calls
  • Peer reviewing for ASME, IMechE and other international journals

Externally Funded Research Grants

Title

Period

Notes

Total Grant Value

Granting Authority and Code

Materials and Advanced Engineering Knowledge Exchange Strategy

2013 to 2014

Principal Investigator

£277k

HE 05 KEP 1007

Advanced measurements and dynamic modelling for improved

furnace operation and control

2012 to 2015

Co-Investigator

2.4M€ (343k€ USW)

RFCS

RFS-PR-11026

Organic waste management by a small-scale Innovative automated system of

anaerobic digestion

2012 to 2015

Principal Investigator

3.9M€ (278k€ USW)

FP7-SME-2011

282693

Carbon Reduction by Auxiliary Firing Techniques for Glass Melters

2012 to 2015

Co-Investigator

4.2M€ (0.9M€ USW)

FP7-ENERGY-2011-2

296042

Reliable Oxy/Fuel/Recycled Flue Gas Combustion

2011 to 2015

FP7 Coordinator & Principal Investigator

9.7M€ (1.2M€ USW)

FP7-ENERGY-2010-2

268191

Developing a novel clinical assessment tool for analysis of pathological traumatic soft tissues

2010 to 2013

Co-Investigator

£103k

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS)

Development of a Methodology for the Classification of the required Wheelchair Cushion Shape from Body Measurements

2009 to Date

Co-Investigator

£74k

EPSRC CASE for New Academics in collaboration with Rookwood Hospital UK

Development of an Instrumentation System to Measure Disabled People for the Production of Wheel Chair Seats

2008 to 2010

Principal Investigator

£50k

Cardiff & Vale NHS Trust

Intelligent Monitoring of Co-Fired Pulverised Fuel Burners

2008 to 2011

Coordinator & Principal Investigator

£350k

EU RFCS

RFCR-CT-2008-00009

Development of Waste and Biomass Derived Fuels

2006 to 2007

Principal Investigator

£200k

Welsh Energy Research Centre

Development of an Intelligent System to Manufacture Cushions for Wheel Chair Users

2006 to 2009

Co-Investigator

£74k

EPSRC CASE for New Academics in collaboration with Rookwood Hospital UK

Real-time intelligent diagnostics and optimisation of reheating furnace performance

2005 to 2008

Principal Investigator

395k€

EU Research fund for coal and steel

RFSR-CT-2005-00009

Design and testing of secondary refuse fuel briquettes to enable hydrogen production and energy recovery via gasification

2005 to 2006

Principal Investigator

£45k

Progressive Energy Ltd.

Design of a computer based evaluation system for wheel chair safety during collisions

2003 to 2006

Co-Investigator

£70k

EPSRC CASE for New Academics in collaboration with Rookwood Hospital

Development of Alternative Firing Techniques for Glass Melters

2004 to 2007

Principal Investigator

£500k

Carbon Trust

2004-6-1330

Optimisation of biomass combustion

2004 to 2007

Principal Investigator

£198k

Carbon Trust

2004-3-809-7

PowerClean Thematic Network

2003 to 2005

 

2000€

EU Framework 5:

ENK5-CT-202-20625

Studies of Fuel Blend Properties in Simulation Rigs to Increase Biomass and Bio-Waste Materials Used for Co-Firing in Utility Boilers

2003 to 2005

Principal Investigator

£180k

EU Framework 5:

NNE5-2001-00907

Modernisation of Technology Companies Testing Services

2002 onwards

Co-Investigator

£94k

TCS, No 3905

Development of innovative instrumental techniques for coal combustion

1999 to 2003

Principal Investigator

£145k

ECSC Partner:

7220-PR/076

Development of a neural network control system for coal-fired chain-grate and fluidised bed boilers

1999 to 2003

Principal Investigator

£170k

£53k

ECSC Coordinator:

7220-PR/081

BCURA Project B51

Development of an Expert System for the Monitoring of Slagging and Fouling in Pulverised Fuel Boilers

1998 to 2002

Principal Investigator

£110k

ECSC Sub-Contract with EMC Environment Ltd.

7220-PR-047

Design of a Small Scale Boiler Package for Testing High Moisture Content Biofuels

2000 to 2001

Principal Investigator

£11k

DTi Sub-Contract from James Proctor Ltd. Project 307

Factors Affecting Hydrogen Production by Anaerobic Microflora

1998 to 1999

Co-Investigator

£6k

EPSRC: GR/M38346

On-Line Determination of Organic Content and Aerobic Biomass in Wastewater Treatment

1996 to 1999

Co-Investigator

£109k

BBSRC/Link

BSW05376

Integrated Water Recycling and Emission Abatement in the Textile Industry

1996 to 1999

Co-Investigator

250k€

European Commission: ENV4-CT95-0064(DG12-DTEE)

The Application of Artificial Intelligence to Aid Fault Diagnosis on Automatically Controlled Electro-Plating Plant

1995 to 1997

Principal Investigator

£66k

Teaching Company Directorate: GR/K47641

The Monitoring and Control of Stoker-Fired Boiler Plant by Neural Networks

1995 to 1999

Principal Investigator

£80k

£18k

British Coal Utilisation Research Association through the DTi and James Proctor Ltd.: B35

British Council

Postgraduate Research Supervisions

Current Supervison

Program of study: (Doctorate by Research)

  • Thesis Title: Expert systems for high rate lead acid battery performance monitoring

Completed PhD Supervision

Student: Mohammad, B

  • Thesis Title: Fault detection in composite structures using Acoustic Emission

Student: Paliappan, V

  • Thesis Title: Monitoring of Burners Co-Firing Coal Biomass

Student: Partlow, A. J

  • Thesis Title: Knowledge based engineering applications in special seating

Student: Aljets, D

  • Thesis Title: Investigation of Acoustic Emission Generated within Composite Materials

Student: Liu, Y

  • Thesis Title: Design and Testing of Refuse Fuel Briquettes to Enable Hydrogen and Energy recovery by Gasification

Student: Rogers, P

  • Thesis Title: Development of a Virtual Wheel Chair Crash Testing System

Student: Thomas, S

  • Thesis Title: An investigation of fatigue induced by impact

Student: Hii, N.C

  • Thesis Title: An investigation of the acoustic emission generated during the flow of particles in pipes

Student: Murphy, R

  • Thesis Title: Infusion pump apparatus suitable for critical care

Student: Araújo, A

  • Thesis Title: Investigation of the Generation Mechanism for Acoustic Emission

Student: Thai, S.M

  • Thesis Title: Development of a control system for coal-fired chain-grate and fluidised bed boilers using neural networks

Student: Krejtsch, J

  • Thesis Title: Design of an Intelligent Remotely Operated Vehicle for the Inspection of Pressure Vessels

Student: Tan, O.H

  • Thesis Title: Development of a monitoring system for pf-coal flames

Student: Payne, R

  • Thesis Title: Application of Neural Networks to the Modelling of Thermal Systems

Student: Tan, C.K

  • Thesis Title: Development of a Monitoring for Near Burner Slagging of Power Stations

Student: Premier, G.C

  • Thesis Title: Toward Simple Control in Anaerobic Digestion

Student: Esteves, S.R.R

  • Thesis Title: Development of a Neural Network based Monitoring System for the Biological Degradation of Textile Effluents

Student: O’Neill, C

  • Thesis Title: Combined Anaerobic-Aerobic Treatment of a Simulated Textile Effluent

Student: Chong, A.Z.S

  • Thesis Title: The Monitoring and Control of Stoker-Fired Boiler Plant by Neural Networks

Student: Silva, R.G

  • Thesis Title: Development of a Combined Expert System and Neural Network based Tool Wear Monitoring System

Completed Masters MPhil Student

Student: Sirén, P

  • Thesis Title: Development of a Methodology for the Sizing of Boiler Plant Burning Biomass

Publications

Book Chapters

Vision for Intelligent Agent Capabilities Based on Evolutionary Systemic Rational, Chapter 2: Natural Selection: Biological Processes, Theory and Role in Evolution, Ed. Lynch, J.R and Derek T. Williamson, D.T. Nova Science Publishers Inc., New York, 2013

Artificial Intelligence in Energy and Renewable Energy Systems Ed Kaligeriou S., Chapter 11 – The application of artificial intelligence techniques in combustion systems. Nova Science Publishers Inc., New York, 2006.

Academic Journal Papers Published and Submitted

Palliappan V., Wilcox S.J., Jagiełło K and Shao Y. ‘Optimisation of co-firing burners’. Transactions of the ASME, Journal of Thermal Science and Engineering Applications (TSEA), May 2016.

Xiao, H., Shao, Y., Zhou X. and Wilcox, S.J. ‘An improved simplex-based adaptive evolutionary digital filter and its application for fault detection of rolling element bearings’. Measurement, 55, September 2014: 25–32.

Thai S.M., Wilcox S.J., Chong, A.Z.S and Ward J. ‘Monitoring regenerative steel reheating burners using an intelligent flame diagnostic system’. Journal of the Energy Institute, 87(1): 48-58, February 2014

Kulon J., Partlow A., Gibson G., Wilson I., Wilcox S. ‘Rule-Based Algorithm for a classification of sitting postures in sagittal plane from the Cardiff Body Match measurement system', Journal of Medical Engineering & Technology, January 2014, 8(1): 5-15

Hii N.C., Tan C.K., Wilcox S.J., Chong Z.S. ‘An investigation of the generation of Acoustic Emission from the flow of particulate solids in pipelines’, Powder Technology, July 2013, 243: 120–129

Mohammed B.Y., Tan C.K., Wilcox S.J., Chong A.Z.S. ‘Damage Characterisation of Carbon Fibre Reinforced Composite Plate Using Acoustic Emission’. Key Engineering Materials, 2013, 558:184-194.

Aljets D., Chong A.Z.S., Wilcox S.J., Holford K. ‘A Novel Method to Locate Defects in Large Plate like Structures using a Local Triangular AE Sensor Array’. Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, 30, 91-102, July 2012.

Thai S.M., Wilcox S.J. and Ward J. ‘Development of a Flame Monitoring System for Recuperative Steel Reheating Burners’. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers., Part A: Journal of Power and Energy, December 2012, 226(8), 1014-1031

Partlow, A., Gibson, C., Kulon, J., Wilson, I. and Wilcox, S.J. ‘Pelvis feature extraction and classification of Cardiff body match rig base measurements for input into a knowledge-based system’, Journal of Medical Engineering & Technology, 36(8), 399-406, November 2012

Thai S.M., Wilcox S.J. and Ward J. ‘Development of a Fuzzy Based Optimisation System for the Combustion of Unprepared Biomass on Chain Grate Stoker Fired Boilers’. Proceedings of the Energy Institute, 84(3), 123-131, August 2011.

Murphy R.S. and Wilcox S.J. ‘A New Approach in the Design of High-Risk Infusion Technology’. Journal of Healthcare Engineering, 1(2), 156-168, 2010.

Murphy R.S. and Wilcox S.J. ‘Technical Communication: The Link between Intravenous Multiple Pump Flow Errors and Infusion System Mechanical Compliance’. Anaesthesia & Analgesia, 110, 1297-1302, May 2010

Aljets D., Chong A., Wilcox S. and Holford K. ‘Acoustic emission source location in plate-like structures using a closely arranged triangular sensor array’. Journal of Acoustic Emission, 28, 85-98

Araujo A., Wilcox S.J. and Reuben R.L. ‘An Investigation of the Role of Dislocation Motion in the Generation of Acoustic Emission from Metal Cutting’. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B, Journal of Engineering Manufacture, 223(B12), December 2009, 1507-1518.

Ward, J., Tan, C.K., Wilcox, S.J. and Payne, R. ‘Modelling the Thermal Performance of a Fin-Tube Heat Exchanger by Artificial Intelligence Techniques’. Applied Thermal Engineering, 29(17-18): 3609-3617, December 2009

Rogers P., Gibson C., Wilcox S.J. and Chong A.Z.S. ‘Computer simulation to aid the risk assessment of wheelchair and special seating systems used in transport’. Journal of Medical Engineering and Technology, 33(8): 642-649, November 2009.

Murphy R. and Wilcox S.J. ‘High risk infusions - Accuracy compromised by changes in patient venous pressure’. Journal of Medical Engineering and Technology, 33(6): 470-474, August 2009

Thai S.M., Wilcox S.J., Chong A.Z.S. and Ward J. ‘Combustion Optimisation of Stoker-Fired Boiler Plant by Neural Networks’. Journal of the Energy Institute, 81(3): 171-176, 2008

Marsh R., Williams K.P., Griffiths A.J. and Wilcox S.J. ‘Physical and thermal properties of extruded refuse derived fuel’. Fuel Processing Technology, 88(7), July 2007, 701-706.

Tan O.H., Tan C.K., Wilcox S.J., Premier G.C. and Ward J. ‘Monitoring Pulverised Coal Flames’, Journal of the Energy Institute, 80(3): 131-139, 2007

Thai S.M., Wilcox S.J., Chong A.Z.S. and Ward J. ‘Water Temperature Control of Stoker-Fired Boiler Plant by Neural Networks’. Journal of the Energy Institute, 80(3): 153-161, 2007

Kakietek S., Tan C.K., Wilcox S.J., Ward J. and Golec T. and Szymczak J. ‘A novel system for predicting the slagging behaviour of fuel blends in large scale utility boilers’. Journal of the Energy Institute, 79(4):251-256, 2006

Wilcox S.J. ‘Intelligent Systems’. International Journal of Condition Monitoring & Diagnostic Engineering Management, 9(3):2-6, 2006

Chong Z.S., Wilcox S.J. and Ward J. ‘Optimisation of Heat Treatment’. International Journal of Condition Monitoring & Diagnostic Engineering Management, 9(3):7-14, 2006

Tan C.K., Wilcox S.J. and Ward J. ‘The Use of Artificial Intelligence Techniques for the Optimisation of Co-Combustion of Coal with Biomass’.  Journal of the Energy Institute, 79(1):19 – 25, 2006.

Tan C.K., Kakietec S., Wilcox S.J. and Ward J. ‘Constrained Optimisation of Pulverised Coal Fired Boilers using Genetic Algorithms and Artificial Neural Networks’. International Journal of Condition Monitoring and Diagnostic Engineering Management, 9(3):39-45, 2006

Silva, R. Wilcox, S.J. and Reuben R.L. ‘Development of Tool Wear Monitoring System by the Integration of an Expert System with Neural Networks by Fuzzy Logic’. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, 220(B8): 1333-1346, 2006

Tan C.K., Wilcox S.J., Ward J. and Lewitt, M. ‘An Intelligent Monitoring System for the Detection of Slag Deposition on a Pulverised Coal Fired Burner’. Proceedings of the I.Mech.E. Part A Journal of Power and Energy, 219(5): 383-394, 2005.

Chong Z.S., Wilcox S.J. and Ward J. ‘Effect of Coal and Air Staging on the Ignition Plane Movement and Emissions During Rapid Large Load Changes on Chain-Grate Stokers’. Journal of the Energy Institute, 78(2): 90-97.

Bennett,P., Rees, J., Ward J. and Wilcox S.J. ‘Development of an Automatic Fault Diagnosis System and Monitoring of Electrode Condition for a Plating Process using an Expert System’. International Journal of Condition Monitoring & Diagnostic Engineering Management, 8(3): 13-18, 2005.

Tan C.K., Wilcox S.J., Ward J. and Lewitt M. ‘Monitoring Near Burner Slag Deposition with a Hybrid Neural Network System’. Measurement Science and Technology, 14(2003), 1137-1145.

Chong A.Z.S., Wilcox S.J. and Ward J. ‘Prediction of the Gaseous Emissions from a Chain Grate Stoker Boiler using Neural Networks of ARX Structure’. IEE Proceedings, Science, Measurement and Technology, 148(3): 95-102, May 2001.

Esteves,S.R.R., Hawkes D.L., Hawkes F.R., Guwy A.J., O’Neill C., Dinsdale R.M. and Wilcox S.J. ‘Prediction of Remedial Actions during the Biological Degradation of Industrial Effluents by Neural Networks’. International Journal of Condition Monitoring & Diagnostic Engineering Management, 4(3): 22-28, 2001.

Chong A.Z.S., Wilcox S.J. and Ward J. ‘Application of a Neural-Network Based Controller on an Industrial Chain Grate Stoker Fired Boiler’. Journal of the Institute of Energy, 73, 208-214, 2000.

Esteves S.R.R., Wilcox S.J, O’Neill C., Hawkes F.R. and Hawkes D.L. ‘On-line Monitoring of Anaerobic-Aerobic Bio-treatment of a Simulated Textile Effluent for Selection of Control Parameters’. Environmental Technology, 21(8): 927-936, 2000.

O'Neill C., Lopez A., Esteves S., Hawkes F.R., Hawkes D.L. and Wilcox S. ‘Azo-dye degradation in an anaerobic-aerobic treatment system operating on simulated textile effluent’. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, February 2000, 53(2): 249-254

O’Neill C., Hawkes F.R., Esteves S.R.R., Hawkes D.L. and Wilcox S.J. ‘Anaerobic-Aerobic Bio-treatment of Simulated Textile Effluent Containing Varied Ratios of Starch and Azo Dye’. Water Research, 34(8): 2355-2361, 2000.

Silva R.G., Reuben R.L., Baker K.J. and Wilcox S.J. ‘The Adaptability of a Tool Wear Monitoring System under Changing Cutting Conditions’. Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, 14(2): 287-298, 2000.

O’Neill C., Hawkes F.R., Esteves S.R.R., Hawkes D.L. and Wilcox S.J. ‘Anaerobic and Aerobic Treatment of a Simulated Textile Effluent’. Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology, 74(10): 993-999, 1999.

Premier I., Dinsdale R., Guwy A.J., Hawkes F.R., Hawkes D.L. and Wilcox S.J. ‘A Comparison of the Ability of Black Box and Neural Network Models of ARX Structure to Represent a Fluidised Bed Anaerobic Digestion Process’. Water Research, 33(4): 1027-1037, 1999.

Silva R.G., Reuben R.L., Baker, K.J. and Wilcox, S.J. ‘Tool Wear Monitoring of Turning Operations by Neural Network and Expert System Classification of a Feature Set Generated from Multiple Sensors’. Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing,12(2): 319-322, 1998.

Wilcox, S.J. ‘Application of Artificial Intelligence to Condition Monitoring and Maintenance Management’. International Journal of Condition Monitoring & Diagnostic Engineering Management, 1(2): 20-24, 1997.

Premier, I., Dinsdale, R., Guwy, A.J., Hawkes, F.R., Hawkes, D.L. and Wilcox, S.J. ‘Simple Black Box Models Predicting Potential Control Parameters During Disturbances to a Fluidised Bed Anaerobic Reactor’. Water Science and Technology, 36(6-7): 229-237, 1997.

Carolan T.A., Kidd S.R., Hand D.P., Wilcox S.J., Wilkinson P., Barton J.S., Jones J.D.C. and Reuben R.L. ‘Acoustic Emission Monitoring of Tool Wear During the Face Milling of Steels and Aluminium Alloys using a Fibre Optic Sensor. 1. Energy Analysis’. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture, 211(4): 299-309, 1997.

Carolan T.A., Kidd S.R., Hand D.P., Wilcox S.J., Wilkinson P., Barton J.S., Jones J.D.C. and Reuben R.L. ‘Acoustic Emission Monitoring of Tool Wear During the Face Milling of Steels and Aluminium Alloys using a Fibre Optic Sensor. 2. Frequency Analysis’. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture,211(4): 311-319, 1997. This paper won the I.Mech.E. Donald Julius Groen Prize for Best Paper in 1997

Guwy A.J., Hawkes F.R., Hawkes D.L. and Wilcox S.J. ‘Neural Network and On-Off Control of Bicarbonate Alkalinity in a Fluidised-Bed Anaerobic Digester’. Water Research, 31(8): 2019-2025, 1997.

Wilcox S.J., Reuben R.L. and Souquet, P. ‘The Use of Cutting Force and Acoustic Emission Signals for the Monitoring of Tool Insert Geometry During Rough Face Milling’. International Journal Machine Tools Manufacture, 37(4): 481-494, 1997.

Wilcox S.J., Hawkes D.L., Hawkes F.R. and Guwy A.J. ‘A Neural Network, Based on Bicarbonate Monitoring, to Control Anaerobic Digestion’. Water Research, 29(6): 1465-1470, 1995.

Wilcox S.J. and Reuben R.L. ‘The Detection of Short Time-scale Tool Degradation Events During Face Milling Operations using Cutting Force and Acoustic Emission’. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture, 208(3): 205-215, 1994.

McBride R., Carolan T.A., Barton J.S., Wilcox S.J., Borthwick W.K.D. and Jones J.D.C. ‘Detection of Acoustic Emission in Cutting Processes by Fibre Optic Interferometry’. Measurement Science and Technology, 4(10): 1122-1128, 1993.

Refereed International Conference Papers

Valliappann P., Wilcox S.J., Tan C.K.  and Fricker N. ‘Monitoring oxy-coal combustion’ Presented at the 18th IFRF Members Conference, 1st to 3rd June 2015, Friesing, Germany.

Dong L., Tan C.K., Wilcox S.J. and Ficker N. ‘Zone modelling of oxy-coal combustion’ Presented at the 18th IFRF Members Conference, 1st to 3rd June 2015, Friesing, Germany.

King P., Kulon J., Plassman P., Theobald P., Jones M. and Wilcox S.J. ‘Design, Calibration and Validation of a Novel Surface Imaging Tool for Medical Endoscopic Applications’ Presented at the 2015 IEEE International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference (I2MTC), 11th to 14th May 2015, Pisa, Italy.

Valliappann, P., Wilcox S.J.  and Jagiełło, K. ‘The Monitoring and Control of Burners Co-firing Coal and Biomass using Joint Time-Frequency Methods’. Presented at the British Flame Research Committee in Collaboration with the Coal Research Forum and the University of Kent, Technical Meeting on Combustion Diagnostics, Control, Computational Methods & Process Optimisation at the University of Kent at Canterbury, Thursday 2nd May 2013.

Valliappann P. and Wilcox S.J. ‘Controlling Utility Boiler Burners Co-Firing Biomass’. Presented at the ASME IDETC/CIE Conference, August 2012, Chicago, USA.

Aljets, D., Wilcox S.J. and Chong A.Z.S. ‘Acoustic Emission Source Location During the Monitoring of Composite Fracture Using a Closely Arranged Sensor Array ’. Presented at the ASME IDETC/CIE Conference, DETC2011-48878, 28th to 31st August 2011, Washington, USA.

Valliappann, P., Thai S.M., Ward J. and Wilcox S.J. ‘Detecting Burner Instabilities using Joint-Time Frequency Methods Whilst Co-firing Coal and Biomass’. Presented at the ASME/JSME 8th Thermal Engineering Joint Conference, 13th to 17th March 2011, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Aljets D., Chong A.Z.S., Wilcox S.J., Holford K. ‘AE source location in large plate like structures using a local triangular sensor array’. Presented at the 29th European Conference on Acoustic Emission Testing, Wirtschaftskammer Wien Spartengebäude Gewerbe und Handwerk Wien, Austria, September 8th to 10th, 2010.

Aljets D., Chong A.Z.S., Wilcox S.J. and Holford K. ‘Monitoring and Diagnostics of Carbon Fibre Plate Damage’. Presented at the ASME IDECT, San Diego, August 30th to September 2nd 2009.

Silva, R.G and Wilcox, S.J. 'Sensor Based Condition Monitoring Feature Selection Using a Self-Organising Map'. Presented at the World Congress on Engineering, WCE 2008, July 2-4, London, U.K.

Chong H.S., Tan C.K., Wilcox S.J., Thai S.M., Ward J. and AndrewsG. ‘Monitoring and diagnosis of steel reheating burners’. IMECE2008-67205 Presented at the ASME Congress, Boston MA, November 1st to 6th 2008.

Thai S.M., Chong A.Z.S., Wilcox S.J., Ward J. and Proctor A. ‘An Intelligent Methodology for the Co-Combustion of Blends of Coal and Unprepared Biomass’. Presented at the 8th INFUB Conference, Portugal, March 2008.

Chong H.S., Tan C.K., Wilcox S.J., Thai S.M., Ward J., Andrews G., Heeley A. ‘Development of an intelligent flame monitoring system for gas-fired steel reheating furnaces’. Presented at the 5th European Thermal-Sciences Conference, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 18-22 May 2008.

Silva R.G. and Wilcox S.J. ‘Tool Condition Monitoring using Spiking Neural Networks’. Presented at the 3rd IFIP Conference on Artificial Intelligence Applications & Innovations (AIAI), June 7th to 9th, Athens, Greece.

Marsh R., Williams K.P., Griffiths A.J. and Wilcox S.J. ‘Effect of composition on the survivability of fuels in advanced thermal treatment systems’. Presented at the I.Chem.E. 7th European Gasification Conference, 25th to 27th April 2006, Barcelona, Spain.

Marsh R, Griffiths A.J., Williams K.P., Wilcox S.J. and Cuetos M.J. ‘Physical and thermal properties of pellitised material for use in advanced thermal treatment processes’. Presented at the Chartered Institute of Waste Management, 14th June 2006, Paignton, UK.

Ward J., Wilcox S.J. and Payne R. ‘Representation of the performance of a fin tube heat exchanger by artificial neural networks'. Presented at the 13th International Heat Transfer Conference, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sydney, Australia on 13-18 August, 2006.

Hii, N.C., Tan, C.K., Chong, Z.S. Wilcox, S.J. and Ward, J. ‘The Measurement of Pulverised Fuel Flows by High Frequency Acoustic Emission Techniques’. Presented at the 7th European Conference on Industrial Furnaces and Boilers Porto, Portugal, 8, 18-21 April 2006.

Hii, N.C., Tan, C.K., Chong, Z.S. Wilcox, S.J. and Ward, J. ‘The Use of Flame Imaging Techniques to Monitor Pulverised Coal Flames Using Artificial Intelligence Techniques’. Presented at the ASME 2005 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, November 5-11, 2005. Orlando, Florida, USA.

Hii, N.C., Tan, C.K., Chong, Z.S. Wilcox, S.J. and Ward, J. ‘The Application of Acoustic Emission to Monitor Pulverised Fuel Flows’. Presented at the ASME 2005 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, November 5-11, 2005. Orlando, Florida, USA.

Chong, Z.S., Wilcox, S.J. and Ward, J. ‘The Use of Artificial Intelligence in the Modelling and Process Parameter Identification for Alloy-Steel Re-Heating Furnace’. Presented at Proceedings of ASME 2005 IDETC/CIE: The 20th Biennial Conference on Mechanical Vibration & Noise (Symposium on Dynamic Signal Processing on Engineering System Monitoring & Diagnostics), September 24-28, 2005, Long Beach, California, USA.

Tan, O.H., Wilcox, S.J. and Ward, J. ‘The Development of a Monitoring and Control System for Pulverised Coal Flames Using Artificial Intelligence Techniques’. Presented at Proceedings of ASME 2005 IDETC/CIE: The 20th Biennial Conference on Mechanical Vibration & Noise (Symposium on Dynamic Signal Processing on Engineering System Monitoring & Diagnostics), September 24-28, 2005. Long Beach, California, USA.

Tan, O.H., Wilcox, S.J. and Ward J. ‘A Monitoring and Control System for Pulverised Coal Flames using Neural Networks’. Presented at the COMADEM 2004 Congress, Cambridge, UK, 23rd to 25th August, 2004

Tan, O.H., Wilcox, S.J. and Ward J. ‘Development of a Pulverised Coal Flame Monitoring and Control System using Neural Networks’. Presented at the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Washington, USA, 2003

Wilcox, S.J., Ward, J., Tan, C.K., Tan, O.H., & Payne, R.J. ‘The Application of Neural Networks in a Range of Combustion Systems’. Proceedings of the 6th European Conference on Industrial Furnaces and Boilers, Estoril, Portugal, Vol. IV, pp 203-214, April 2002.

Tan, C.K., Wilcox, S.J. and Ward J. ‘Monitoring of Near Burner Slagging by Multiple Sensors and a Self-Organising Map Neural Network’. Presented at the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, New Orleans, USA, 2002.

Ward J., Wilcox, S.J, O.H Tan, C.K Tan, R.J. Payne, & D.R Garwood, ‘Simulation of a Range of Thermal Systems by Artificial Neural Networks’ Presented at the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, New York, USA, November 11-16th 2001.

Araújo, A.J.M.M., Wilcox, S.J. and Reuben, R.L. ‘Acoustic Emission Generated during Metal Cutting of Different work materials and Various Cutting Conditions’. Presented at the Metal Cutting and High Speed Machining Conference, Metz, France, 27-29th June, 2001.

Premier, G.C., Monson, K., Hawkes, F.R., Hawkes, D.L. and Wilcox, S. J.  ‘The Controlled Start-Up of an Anaerobic Digester using a Single Control Variable Controller Optimised using a Non-Specific Model’. Presented at the Anaerobic Digestion Conference AD2001, Antwerp, September, 2001.

Silva, R.G., Reuben, R.L., Baker, K.J. and Wilcox, S.J. ‘Development of Tool Wear Monitoring System by the Integration of an Expert System with Neural Networks by Fuzzy Logic’. Presented at the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, New York, USA, November 11-16th 2001.

Araújo, A.J.M.M., Wilcox, S.J. and Reuben, R.L. ‘Sliding Friction as a Possible Source of Acoustic Emission in Metal Cutting’. Presented at the Thirteenth International Congress on Condition Monitoring and Diagnostic Engineering Management, Huston, USA, December, 381-387, 2000.

Chong, A.Z.S., Wilcox, S.J. and Ward J. ‘Neural Network Control of Stoker-Fired Boiler Plant’. Presented at the Thirteenth International Congress on Condition Monitoring and Diagnostic Engineering Management, Huston, USA, December, 865-874, 2000.

Chong, A.Z.S., Wilcox, S.J. and Ward J. ‘The Development of a Neural Network Based System for the Optimal Control of Chain-Grate Stoker-Fired Boilers’. Proceedings of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, HTD-Volume 366-3, 103-109, 2000.

Chong, A.Z.S., Wilcox, S.J. and Ward, J. ‘Neural Network Models of the Combustion Derivatives Emanating from a Chain-Grate Stoker-Fired Boiler Plant’. IEE Control: Electronics and Communications, Seminar on ‘Advanced Sensors and Instrumentation Systems for Combustion Processes’. 6-1 to 6-4, 27th June 2000.

Chong, A.Z.S., Wilcox, S.J. and Ward, J. ‘The Monitoring and Control of Stoker-Fired Boiler Plant by Neural Networks’. Proceedings of the 5th European Conference on Industrial Furnaces and Boilers, Espinho, Portugal,April 2000.

Ward, J, Wilcox, S.J. and Payne, R. ‘Prediction of the Thermal Performance of a High Temperature Furnace using Neural Networks’. Presented at the 6th U.K. National Heat Transfer Conference, Edinburgh, UK, September, 437-442, 1999.

McNerney, P. and Wilcox, S.J. ‘The Application of an Infrared Photo-detector for Measuring the Temperature of a Cutting Tool’. Presented at the Twelfth International Congress on Condition Monitoring and Diagnostic Engineering Management, Sunderland, UK, July, 327-334, 1999.

Esteves, S.R., Hawkes, D.L., Hawkes, F.R., Guwy, A.J., O’Neill, C., Dinsdale, R.M. and Wilcox, S.J. ‘Prediction of Remedial Actions during the Biological Degradation of Industrial Effluents by Neural Networks’. Presented at the Eleventh International Congress on Condition Monitoring and Diagnostic Engineering Management, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia, December, 259-268, 1998.

Wilcox, S.J., Baker, K.J. and Higgins, S. ‘The Possibilities of, and Techniques Required, to Remotely Deliver an Award over the Internet’. Presented at the Eleventh International Congress on Condition Monitoring and Diagnostic Engineering Management, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia, December, 919-928, 1998.

Wilcox, S.J., Bennett, P.J., Rees, J. and Baker, K.J. ‘Automatic Fault Diagnosis of a Coin Plating Plant using an Expert System’. Proceedings of the Tenth International Congress on Condition Monitoring and Diagnostic Engineering Management, VTT, Finland, July, 502-510, 1997.

Chong, Z.S., Wilcox, S.J., Ward, J. and Butt, A. ‘The Development of a Neural Network Controller for a Chain Grate Stoker Boiler’. Proceedings of the 4th European Conference on Industrial Furnaces and Boilers, Espinho, Portugal, April 1997.

Dinsdale, R., Guwy, A.J., Premier, G.C., Esteves, S.R.R., Wilcox, S.J., Hawkes, F.R. and Hawkes, D.L. ‘On-line Measurement of Potential Control Parameters during Disturbances to a Fluidised Bed Anaerobic Reactor’. Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Anaerobic Digestion, Sendai, Japan, 25-29th May 1997.

Wilcox S.J., Hawkes D.L., Hawkes F.R. and Guwy A. ‘Control of Organic Overloads to an Anaerobic Digester by the Monitoring of Bicarbonate Alkalinity with a Novel On-Line Instrument and a Neural Network’. Proceedings of the Ninth International Congress on Condition Monitoring and Diagnostic Engineering Management, Sheffield, UK, 16-18th July, 1021-1030, 1996.

Wilcox S.J., Chong A., Biffin M. and Ward J. ‘The Use of a Neural Network to Control a Chain Grate Stoker Fired Coal Boiler’. Proceedings of the Ninth International Congress on Condition Monitoring and Diagnostic Engineering Management, Sheffield, UK, 16-18th July, 289-298, 1996.

Bennett P., Wilcox S.J., Baker K.J. and Rees J. ‘Fault Prediction for an Electro-Plating Process using Artificial Intelligence Techniques’. Proceedings of the Ninth International Congress on Condition Monitoring and Diagnostic Engineering Management, Sheffield, UK, 16-18th July, 135-144, 1996.

Wilcox S.J. and Reuben R.L. ‘Progressive Tool Condition Monitoring using Multiple Sensors and Neural Networks’. Proceedings of the Eighth International Congress on Condition Monitoring and Diagnostic Engineering Management, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, July, 165-172, 1995.

Silva R.G., Reuben R.L., Baker K.J. and Wilcox S.J. ‘A Neural Network Approach to Tool Wear Monitoring’. Proceedings of the Eighth International Congress on Condition Monitoring and Diagnostic Engineering Management, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, July, 157-164, 1995.

Wilcox S.J., Guwy, A. Hawkes D.L. and Hawkes F.R. ‘The Control of Anaerobic Digestion for Agro-Industrial Wastewater’. Proceedings of the 4th FAO/SREN Workshop, Migal, Israel, 14-17th June, 46-58, 1994.

Reuben R.L., Wilcox S.J., Rapti A. and Psonis S. ‘Progressive Tool Wear Monitoring of a Rough Face Milling Operation using an Expert System Based Approach’. Proceedings of VDI/CIRP Conference on New Developments in Cutting, Dusseldorf, September, 377-398, 1993.

Hand D.P., Carolan T., Jones J.D.C., Barton J.S., Wilcox S.J., Wilkinson P. and Reuben R.L. ‘Cutting Tool Condition Monitoring by Fibre Optic Interferometry’. Applied Optics and Opto-Electronics, Leeds, 14-17th September, 53-55, 1992.

Wilcox S.J., Borthwick W.K.D. and Reuben R.L. ‘An Investigation of the Influence of Machine/Fixture Stiffness on Acoustic Emission and Workpiece Vibrations Generated during Face Milling’. Proceedings of the Fourth International Congress on Condition Monitoring and Diagnostic Engineering Management, Senlis, France, July 1992, 77-82.

Wilcox S.J., Carolan T., McBride R., Barton J.S., Borthwick W.K.D., and Reuben R.L. ‘High Frequency Analogue Recording of Acoustic Emission and its use in Tool Wear Monitoring’. Proceedings of the Fourth International Congress on Condition Monitoring and Diagnostic Engineering Management, Senlis, France, July 1992, 498-504.

Wilcox S.J., Reuben R.L. and Borthwick W.K.D. ‘Acoustic Emission Detection of Edge Chipping on a Multi-Point Milling Tool during a Face Milling Test’. Proceedings of the 4th World AE Meeting and 1st International Conference on AE in Manufacturing, Boston MA, USA, September 1991, 293-300.

Kerkyras S.C., Wilcox S.J., Reuben R.L. and Borthwick W.K.D. ‘Acoustic Emission Monitoring of Turning Operations using PVdF Film and PZT Sensors’. Proceedings of the 4th World AE Meeting and 1st International Conference on AE in Manufacturing, Boston MA, USA, September 1991, 72-79.

Wilcox S.J., Borthwick W.K.D., Souquet P., Li L. and Reuben R.L. ‘Monitoring AE and Cutting Force Changes due to Tool Insert Geometry whilst Face Milling in Roughing Conditions’. Proceedings of the Third International Congress on Condition Monitoring and Diagnostic Engineering Management, Southampton, UK, 2-4th July, 1991, 132-136.

Other Conference Publications

Wilcox S.J. Invited presentation at the 18th IFRF Members Conference, 1st to 3rd June 2015, Friesing, Germany.

Wilcox S.J. Invited Presentation at the 24th Annual Meeting and Meeting of the Environment Division held in Collaboration with the Royal Society of Chemistry Energy Sector, 10th April 2013 at Cranfield University.

Rogers P.D., Wilcox S.J., Chong A.Z., Gibson C. ‘Virtual crash testing of wheeled mobility devices used in transportation’. Presented to the IPEM REBSIG Wheelchair Stability meeting, 12th June 2008, York.

Armstrong J., Gibson C., Kulon J. and Wilcox S. ‘Rule-based system for the design and manufacture of wheelchair special seating’. Proceedings of the 13th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine at Cardiff University, 10th to 12th September 2007. ISBN 978-1-903613-32-0

Rogers P., Wilcox S., Chong A. and Gibson C. ‘Virtual Crash Testing of specialist wheelchair devices using computer simulation’. Proceedings of the 13th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine at Cardiff University, 10th to12th September 2007. ISBN 978-1-903613-32-0

Ward J., Tan C.K., Chong A.Z.S., and Wilcox S.J. ‘The Application of Artificial Intelligence to Combustion Systems’. Keynote Lecture, Proc. 15th IFRF Members Conference-Combustion in an Efficient and Environmentally Acceptable Manner, Pisa, Italy, 16 pp., June, 2007.

Tan O.H., Tan C.K., Ward J. and Wilcox S.J. ‘Intelligent Monitoring and Control of Pulverised Fuel Fired Burners Using Low-Cost Sensors’. British Flame Conference on Combustion Diagnostics, Rotherham, U.K., November 2006.

Hii N.C., Tan C.K., Chong A.Z.S., Wilcox S.J., & Ward J. ‘Monitoring Pulverised Flows Using Acoustic Emission’. Poster Presentation at 6th European Conference on Coal Research & Its Applications, University of Kent, Canterbury, U.K., September 2006.

Tan O.H., Hii N.C., Tan C.K., Chong A.Z.S., Wilcox S.J., & Ward J.‘Monitoring and Controlling Pulverised Coal Burners’. Poster Presentation at 6th European Conference on Coal Research & its Applications, University of Kent, Canterbury, U.K., September 2006.

Wilcox S.J. ‘Improving Combustion Control Systems to Minimise Emissions’. Invited Paper Presented at the 16th Annual Meeting of the Coal Research Forum, Institution of Chemical Engineers, Rugby, 18th May 2005

Tan O.H., Wilcox S.J., Ward J. and Lewitt M. ‘Neural Network Based Monitoring System for Control of Pulverised Coal Flames’. Proceedings of the IFRF 14th Members Conference, Noordwijkerhout, Netherlands, May 2004.

Tan O.H., Wilcox S.J. and Ward J. ‘Development of a Monitoring and Control System for Pulverised Fuel Flames Using Neural Networks’. Presented at the International Flame Research Foundation, ‘Topic Orientated Meetings (TOTeM) 26/27’, Birmingham, U.K., November, 2003.

Tan C.K., Wilcox S.J. and Ward J. ‘Development of a Neural Network Based Sensor System to Detect Slag Deposition on Pulverised Fuel Burners’. Presented at the International Flame Research Foundation, ‘Topic Orientated Meetings (TOTeM) 26/27’, Birmingham, U.K., November, 2003.

Wilcox S.J., Tan C.K, Tan O.H., Thai S.M. and Ward J. ‘Neural Network Modelling for Power Generation’. Presented at the ETSU Seminar, London, 22nd March 2002.

Wilcox S.J., Rao Raj. B.K.N and Ward, J. ‘The Delivery of Awards over the Internet’. Presented at the Thirteenth International Congress on Condition Monitoring and Diagnostic Engineering Management, Houston, USA, December 2000.

Wilcox S.J. and Ward J. ‘The Application of Artificial Intelligence to the Control of Combustion’. Invited Paper Presented at the International Flame Research Foundation, ‘Topic Orientated Meetings (TOTeM) on Intelligent Combustion Control’, Munich, 26th September, 2000

Chong A.Z.S., Ward J. and Wilcox S.J. ‘The Development of a Neural Network Based Control System for a Chain-Grate Stoker Fired Coal Boiler’. Invited Presentation at the BCURA/EPSRC Seminar on Conventional and Advanced Power Generation, Imperial College, London, UK, 15th April 1999.

Esteves S., O'Neill C., Wilcox S.J., Hawkes F.R. and Hawkes D.L. ‘Development of Neural Network Control for the Anaerobic/Aerobic Treatment of Textile Dyeing Effluent’. Poster Paper, European Workshop on Environmental Technologies'98, Nancy, France, 6-10th October 1998.

Chong, Z.S., Wilcox, S.J., Ward, J. and Butt, A. ‘The Monitoring and Control of Stoker Fired Boiler Plant by Neural Networks’. Proceedings of the Coal Research Forum - Environmental Division, Aston University, October 1996.

Hawkes D.L., Wilcox S.J., Guwy A.J., Hawkes F.R. and Rozzi A.G. ‘Use of an On-Line Bicarbonate Sensor to Monitor and Control Organic Overloads in Anaerobic Fluidised Bed Reactors’. Proceedings of a Workshop on Monitoring and Control of Anaerobic Digestion, Narbonne, France, 6-7th December, 13-17, 1995.