Professor Peter Gawthrop

Research Interests

  • Control engineering
  • Human control systems

Personal webpage


Peter Gawthrop was born in Seascale, Cumberland, in 1952. He obtained
his BA (first class honours), D.Phil. and MA degrees in Engineering
Science from Oxford University in 1973, 1977, and 1979 respectively.
Following a period as a Research Assistant with the Department of
Engineering Science at Oxford University, he became W. W. Spooner
Research Fellow at New College, Oxford. He then moved to the
University of Sussex as a Lecturer, and later a Reader in control

In 1987, he took up the Wylie Chair of Control Engineering in the
Department of Mechanical Engineering at Glasgow University. Within the
the Faculty of Engineering, he was involved in founding the Centre for
Systems and Control - a cross-departmental research grouping at
Glasgow with about twelve full time academic staff including four

In 1994 he was awarded the Honeywell International Medal by the
Institute of Measurement and Control.

In 1999 he spent a year in Australia at the Universities of Newcastle
and Sydney.

Since 2002 he has been a Senior Research Fellow at Glasgow and has had
visiting appointments at: The University of Birmingham, The University
of Bristol, Manchester Metropolitan University, The Royal Melbourne
Institute of Technology, The University of Newcastle (NSW) and The
University of Sydney

He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and a
Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineering. He is a
Chartered Engineer in the UK and a Eur.Ing. in the European Union.

His research interests include adaptive control, predictive control,
intermittent control, substructuring, continuous-time system
identification and system modelling - particularly using bond graphs
in the context of partially-known systems. He is interested in
applying control and modelling techniques to a number of areas
including mechanical and biomedical systems.

Recent Publications

  1. Gawthrop P. Bond Graph Modelling of Chemiosmotic Biomolecular Energy Transduction. IEEE Transactions on NanoBioscience. 2017.
  2. Gawthrop P, Crampin E. Modular bond-graph modelling and analysis of biomolecular systems. IET SYSTEMS BIOLOGY. Institution of Engineering and Technology. 2016, Vol. 10, Issue 5.
  3. Gawthrop P, Wang L, Weyer E. Decentralised Intermittent Control. 2015 IEEE CONFERENCE ON CONTROL AND APPLICATIONS (CCA 2015). IEEE. 2015.
  4. Gawthrop P, Neild SA, Wagg DJ. Dynamically dual vibration absorbers: a bond graph approach to vibration control. Systems Science & Control Engineering. 2015, Vol. 3, Issue 1.
  5. Gawthrop P, Cursons J, Crampin E. Hierarchical bond graph modelling of biochemical networks. PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY A-MATHEMATICAL PHYSICAL AND ENGINEERING SCIENCES. The Royal Society of London. 2015, Vol. 471, Issue 2184.
  6. Loram I, Gawthrop P, Gollee H. Intermittent control of unstable multivariate systems. 2015 37TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE IEEE ENGINEERING IN MEDICINE AND BIOLOGY SOCIETY (EMBC). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. 2015.
  7. Loram ID, Van De Kamp C, Lakie M, Gollee H, Gawthrop P. Does the Motor System Need Intermittent Control?. Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. 2014, Vol. 42, Issue 3.
  8. Gawthrop P, Crampin E. Energy-based analysis of biochemical cycles using bond graphs. Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical & Engineering Sciences. The Royal Society of London. 2014, Vol. 470, Issue 2171.
  9. Gawthrop P, Loram I, Gollee H, Lakie M. Intermittent control models of human standing: similarities and differences. Biological Cybernetics. Springer Verlag. 2014, Vol. 108, Issue 2.
  10. Gawthrop P, Lee KY, Halaki M, O'Dwyer N. Human stick balancing: an intermittent control explanation. Biological Cybernetics. Springer Verlag. 2013, Vol. 107, Issue 6.
  11. Van De Kamp C, Gawthrop P, Gollee H, Lakie M, Loram ID. Interfacing sensory input with motor output: does the control architecture converge to a serial process along a single channel?. Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience. Frontiers Research Foundation. 2013, Vol. 7.
  12. Gawthrop P, Wagg D, Neild S, Wang L. Power-constrained intermittent control. International Journal of Control. Taylor & Francis Ltd. 2013, Vol. 86, Issue 3.
  13. Van De Kamp C, Gawthrop P, Gollee H, Loram ID. Refractoriness in Sustained Visuo-Manual Control: Is the Refractory Duration Intrinsic or Does It Depend on External System Properties?. PLoS Computational Biology. Public Library of Science. 2013, Vol. 9, Issue 1.
  14. Gollee H, Mamma A, Loram I, Gawthrop P. Frequency-domain identification of the human controller. Biological Cybernetics. Springer Verlag. 2012, Vol. 106, Issue 6-7.
  15. Loram I, Van Der Kamp C, Gollee H, Gawthrop P. Identification of intermittent control in man and machine. Journal of the Royal Society Interface. The Royal Society Publishing. 2012, Vol. 9, Issue 74.

Peter Gawthrop

Level: 02 Room: 207
Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Parkville
University of Melbourne
3010 Australia

T: 90355341

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