Dr Sanjay Sharma
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Dr Sanjay Sharma

Associate Professor (Reader) in Intelligent Autonomous Control Systems

School of Engineering (Faculty of Science and Engineering)

Role

• Head of Autonomous Marine Systems (AMS) research group formerly known as Marine and Industrial Dynamic Analysis (MIDAS) Research Group, SMSE, Plymouth University, 2010 – to date
• BEng Mechanical Year II tutor, 2009 – to date
• Programme Manager for the MSc Course in Mechanical Engineering at Plymouth University, 2004-2010
• Member of SoE Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Plymouth University, 2015 - to date 
• Member of International Recruitment Committee, Plymouth University, 2006 – to date
• Member of Faculty of Science and Engineering Culture, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Plymouth University, 2013 – to date
• Hindu faith advisor to University’s Multi-Faith Chaplaincy, 2010 - to date
• Elected member of Equality and Diversity Committee, Plymouth University, 2006-2009

Qualifications

• Successfully completed Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching (PGCHET) course, Queen’s University Belfast, 2004.
• PhD degree in Systems and Control Engineering, University of Sheffield, 2000 (Thesis title: Soft Computing for Modelling and Control of Dynamical Systems with Application to Flexible Manipulators).
• Master of Technology degree with distinction in Control Systems (Electrical Engineering) , Institute of Technology- BHU (IT-BHU), India, 1992, ranked 1st.
• Bachelor of Technology (Hons.) degree with distinction in Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), India, 1990, ranked 4th.

Professional membership

MIMechE

 

Roles on external bodies

• Member of the IMechE (Institution of Mechanical Engineers) Mechatronics, Informatics & Control Group Board (2009- to date)
• IMechE representative to UKACC (United Kingdom Automatic Control Council) (2011- to date)
• Member of IFAC TC 7.5 on Intelligent Autonomous Vehicles (2011- to date) - International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) being the premier organisation serving the control engineering community globally.

Teaching interests

Include subjects in the areas of Mechanical, Robotics, Electrical and Civil engineering. Modules taught in previous years:
• Instrumentation and Control – Measurement principles, sensors and classical control techniques
• Robotics and Control – Neural network training on practical data to model the robotic system and then design a fuzzy logic controller using Matlab/Simulink software packages
• Design and CAD – Solidworks for design and analysis of mechanical components
• Advanced Information Technology – wavelet techniques for data mining and error analysis on GPS data using wavelet toolbox in Matlab
• Marine System Engineering – Torsional and vibrational analysis of marine systems
• Electrical Principles – Basic electrical circuit theorems for DC and AC circuits
• Simulation of dynamic systems – Simulation study of the acceleration of a real car system using Matlab/Simulink
• Wave energy Converters and Power Take off - Optimum condition for power transfer and electrical analogy of the mechanical system, impedance matching conditions for maximum power transfer
• Intelligent systems control – Theory of neural networks and backpropagation training algorithm and application for modelling and control

Staff serving as external examiners

  • External Examiner for MSc in Control Systems, Coventry University, Oct 2015 - Sep 2019.
  • External Examiner for CV Marine/ Electronics South Tyneside Programmes in the Faculty of Engineering and Environment at Northumbria University, Oct 2014 - Jan 2019.
  • External Examiner for system engineering courses from foundation to master level at University of Wales, Newport, May 2012 – Nov 2017.
  • External Examiner for FdEng Marine systems engineering at University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, April 2014 – Sep 2017.

Research interests

Current research activities include use of AI techniques such as genetic algorithms, fuzzy logic and neural networks for modelling and the design of novel control systems for industrial and marine plant particularly for wave energy devices, robotics, automobiles and uninhabited marine vehicles for both surface and underwater operations.

Other research

 Research examiners

1. External Examiner for PhD at University of South Wales, October 2017 (Xiao Guo – Modelling and validation of retrofit HGV hybrid system)
2. External Examiner for PhD at Southampton University, May 2017 (Kantapon Tanakitkorn – Guidance, Control and Path Planning for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles)
3. External Examiner for PhD at Coventry University, May 2016 (Abdulazeez Dauda El-ladan – Energy Management in Hybrid Electric Vehicle)
4. External Examiner for PhD at Sheffield University, Feb 2016 (Omar Khalil Sayidmarie – Design and Real-time control of a new structure two-wheeled robot)
5. Internal Examiner for PhD at Plymouth University, July 2014 (Kate Freeman – Numerical modelling and control of an oscillating water column wave energy converter)
6. External Examiner for PhD at Newcastle University, Nov 2009 (Jones Emrys – Adaptive roll stabilisation of fishing vessels)
7. Internal Examiner for PhD at Plymouth University, Feb 2006 (Chiew Seon Tan - An intelligent collision avoidance system for autonomous underwater vehicles)

 Research supervisions
1. Mohammed, Rabiu, All electric subsea production control system: qualification analysis of all electric control systems & electric surface control subsurface safety valve (ESCSSV), PhD self-funded (Jan 2017- till date), Second Supervisor.
2. Singh, Y, Cooperative Swarm Optimisation of unmanned marine vehicles, PhD funded by Commonwealth scholarship (Nov 2015 – till date), Director of Studies.
3. Polvara, R, An intelligent integrated marine observation system, PhD funded by faculty’s research scholarship (Nov 2015 - till date), Director of Studies.



Research degrees awarded to supervised students

1. Szyrowksi T, An intelligent, fast-acquisition remote sensing system for locating and measuring burial of subsea power and telecommunication cables, PhD, 2011 – 2017, Director of Studies (Funded by an ESF grant).
2. Terzakis G, Intelligent Integrated autopilot design using visual SLAM, PhD, 2011 – 2016, Third Supervisor (Completed), (Funded by an EPSRC grant), Postdoc at Portsmouth University.
3. Zaynab Abdullah – Mphil Mechanical Engineering, Oct 2014 – Sep 2015, Second Supervisor.
4. Abed W, Robust and intelligent fault diagnosis techniques for DC motors, PhD, 2012 – 2015, Director of Studies (Completed), (Funded by Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Iraq).
5. Motwani A, Interval Kalman filtering techniques for uninhabited surface vehicle navigation, PhD, 2011 – 2014, Director of Studies (Completed), Employed at SAAB SEAEYE LIMITED, Fareham, UK.
6. Kayode O, Nonlinear model predictive control strategies for process plant using soft computing approaches, PhD, 2010 – 2014, Director of Studies (Completed), Postdoc position at Loughborough University.
7. Stewart F, Tribological Characterisation and Modelling of Premium Tubular Connections, PhD, 2010 – 2014 (Completed), Second Supervisor, Project Engineer DNV Aberdeen, United Kingdom.
8. Roper D, Design and Optimisation of a Biomimetic Marine Propulsion System, PhD, 2010 – 2013, Director of Studies (Completed), Employed by NOC, Southampton.
9. XU Tao, An Intelligent Navigation System for an Unmanned Surface Vehicle, PhD 2004-2007, Second Supervisor (Completed), Lecturer at Tianjin University China.


Grants & contracts

• Co-investigator – Modifying an Existing Electric-Car with Wireless Connectivity for Safe and Autonomous Driving (School of Engineering Small Research Grant) at Plymouth University, £2.5K (2017-2018)
• Co-investigator – The effect of biomaterial surface microtopography on bacterial adhesion and biofilm formation (School of Engineering Small Research Grant) at Plymouth University, £2.5K (2017-2018)
• Co-investigator – Development, establishment and operation of a UAE oceanographic centre (UAE-Ocean Project) at Plymouth University, c£4m (2014-2020)
• Principal Investigator - The Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE) Newton Research Collaboration award with NIT, Rourkela, India, £11.9K (2015-2016 - 18 months)
• Principal Investigator - The China Scholarship Council (CSC) Postdoctoral Research award for Zhuang Yufei from Harbin Institute of technology to work in AMS research group at PU, £15K (2015-2016- 15 months)
• Principal Investigator - The China Scholarship Council (CSC) Postdoctoral Research award for Huang Haibin from Harbin Institute of technology to work in AMS research group at PU, £18K (2014-2016- 18 months)
• Principal Investigator - The Royal Society Grant for international exchanges in conjunction with NSFC (China), (Cooperative Path Planning and Control of Multiple UUVs for Ocean Observation), £12K (2013-2015)
• Principal Investigator - TSB grant for Offshore Wave Energy Limited Marine Demonstrator (Optimal control strategy for IT Power’ OWEL WEC) £2.5M (£47K to Plymouth University, 2010-2013)
• Principal Investigator - ESF-CUC PhD studentship for design of an intelligent and fast-acquisition remote sensing system for locating and measuring burial depth of subsea cables, £60K (2011-2014)
• Co-investigator - EPSRC Grant EP/I012923/1 for an intelligent integrated navigation and autopilot system for uninhabited surface vehicles, £354K (2011-2014)
• Principal Investigator - Graduate research scholarship funding for design and optimisation of a biomimetic marine propulsion system, £60K, (2010-2013)
• Principal Investigator – PhD funding for fault diagnosis of electrical motors in aircraft using intelligent systems techniques, £65K, (2012-2015)
• Principal Investigator – PhD funding for an adaptive control system for oil refinery applications, £60K, (2010-2013)
• Co-Investigator - KTP - Sharma SK and Summerscales J, To design and manufacture a state of the art resin processing control and delivery system to manufacture composite materials predominantly for the aerospace industry, KTP grant with Composite Integration Ltd., £111,672, (2007-2009)
• Recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s Research and Innovation Fellowship Award, 2007, Plymouth University, £4000.

Journal Articles:


1. Polvara, R., Sharma, S., Wan, J., Manning, A. and Sutton, R. (2018) ‘Vision-Based Autonomous Landing of a Quadrotor on the Perturbed Deck of an Unmanned Surface Vehicle’, Drones . doi: 10.3390/drones2020015.
2. Y. Singh, S. Sharma, R. S. & D. H. (2018) ‘Towards use of Dijkstra Algorithm for Optimal Navigation of an Unmanned Surface Vehicle in a Real- Time Marine Environment with results from Artificial Potential Field’, International Journal on Marine Navigation and Safety of Sea Transportation, 12(1). doi: 10.12716/1001.12.01.14.
3. Wan, J., Sharma, S. and Sutton, R. (2018) ‘Guaranteed State Estimation for Nonlinear Discrete-Time Systems via Indirectly Implemented Polytopic Set Computation’, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, PP(99), p. 1. doi: 10.1109/TAC.2018.2816262.
4. Wang, N., Sun, Z., Yin, J., Su, S. F. and Sharma, S. (2018) ‘Finite-Time Observer Based Guidance and Control of Underactuated Surface Vehicles with Unknown Sideslip Angles and Disturbances’, IEEE Access, PP(99), p. 1. doi: 10.1109/ACCESS.2018.2797084.
5. Khan, A., Schoenborn, P. and Sharma, S. (2017) ‘The use of clickers in Instrumentation and Control Engineering education: a case study’, European Journal of Engineering Education. Taylor & Francis, pp. 1–12. doi: 10.1080/03043797.2017.1405240.
6. Polvara, R., Sharma, S., Wan, J., Manning, A. and Sutton, R. (2017) ‘Obstacle Avoidance Approaches for Autonomous Navigation of Unmanned Surface Vehicles’, Journal of Navigation. 2017/10/10. Cambridge University Press, pp. 1–16. doi: DOI: 10.1017/S0373463317000753.
7. Teague, J., Scott, T. B., Sharma, S., Graham, G. and Allen, M. J. (2017) ‘An Alternative Method to Niskin Sampling for Molecular Analysis of the Marine Environment’, Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, 5(2), 22. doi:10.3390/jmse5020022.
8. Huang, H., Sharma, S., Zhuang, Y. and Xu, D. (2017) ‘Dynamic positioning of an uninhabited surface vehicle using state-dependent Riccati equation and pseudospectral method’, Ocean Engineering, 133, pp. 215–223. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.oceaneng.2017.02.004.
9. R. Cui; C. Yang; Y. Li; S. Sharma (2017) ‘Adaptive Neural Network Control of AUVs With Control Input Nonlinearities Using Reinforcement Learning’, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Systems, PP(99), pp. 1–11. doi: 10.1109/TSMC.2016.2645699.
10. Y. Singh, S. Sharma, D. Hatton, and R. S. (2017) ‘Optimal Path Planning of Marine Vehicles’, Indian Journal of Geo-Marine Sciences, ((Accepted for publication)).
11. Abed, W., Sharma, S. K., Sutton, R. and Khan, A. (2016) ‘An unmanned marine vehicle thruster fault diagnosis scheme based on OFNDA’, Journal of Marine Engineering & Technology. Taylor & Francis, pp. 1–8. doi: 10.1080/20464177.2016.1264106.
12. Zhuang, Y., Sharma, S., Subudhi, B., Huang, H. and Wan, J. (2016) ‘Efficient collision-free path planning for autonomous underwater vehicles in dynamic environments with a hybrid optimization algorithm’, Ocean Engineering, 127, pp. 190–199. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.oceaneng.2016.09.040.
13. Abed, W., Sharma, S. and Sutton, R. (2015) ‘Neural network fault diagnosis of a trolling motor based on feature reduction techniques for an unmanned surface vehicle’, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part I: Journal of Systems and Control Engineering. SAGE Publications, 229(8), pp. 738–750. doi: 10.1177/0959651815581095.
14. Abed, W., Sharma, S., Sutton, R. and Motwani, A. (2015) ‘A Robust Bearing Fault Detection and Diagnosis Technique for Brushless DC Motors Under Non-stationary Operating Conditions’, Journal of Control, Automation and Electrical Systems, 26(3), pp. 241–254. doi: 10.1007/s40313-015-0173-7.
15. Annamalai, A., Motwani, A., Sharma, S. K., Sutton, R., Culverhouse, P. and Yang, C. (2015) ‘A Robust Navigation Technique for Integration in the Guidance and Control of an Uninhabited Surface Vehicle’, Journal of Navigation. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 68(4), pp. 750–768. doi: 10.1017/S0373463315000065.
16. Annamalai, A. S. K., Sutton, R., Yang, C., Culverhouse, P. and Sharma, S. (2015) ‘Robust Adaptive Control of an Uninhabited Surface Vehicle’, Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems, 78(2), pp. 319–338. doi: 10.1007/s10846-014-0057-2.
17. Motwani, A., Liu, W., Sharma, S., Sutton, R. and Bucknall, R. (2015) ‘An interval Kalman filter–based fuzzy multi-sensor fusion approach for fault-tolerant heading estimation of an autonomous surface vehicle’, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part M: Journal of Engineering for the Maritime Environment. SAGE Publications, 230(3), pp. 491–507. doi: 10.1177/1475090215596180.
18. Motwani, A., Sharma, S., Sutton, R. and Culverhouse, P. (2015) ‘On the application of a hybrid ellipsoidal-rectangular interval arithmetic algorithm to interval Kalman filtering for state estimation of uncertain systems’, International Journal of Control. Taylor & Francis, 88(9), pp. 1805–1817. doi: 10.1080/00207179.2015.1018951.
19. Owa, Kayode; Sharma, Sanjay; Sutton, R. (2015) ‘A wavelet neural network based non-linear model predictive controller for a multi-variable coupled tank system’, International Journal of Automation and Computing, 12(2), pp. 156–170. doi: 10.1007/s11633-014-0825-2.
20. Szyrowski, T.; Sharma, S. K.; Sutton, R.; Kennedy, G. A. (2015) ‘Subsea cable tracking in an uncertain environment using particle filters’, Journal of Marine Engineering & Technology, 14(1), pp. 19–31. doi: 10.1080/20464177.2015.1022381.
21. Szyrowski, Tomasz; Motwani, Amit; Sharma, Sanjay K.; Sutton, Robert; Kennedy, G. A. (2015) ‘Subsea cable tracking by an unmanned surface vehicle’, Underwater Technology: International Journal of the Society for Underwater, 32(4), pp. 217–229. doi: 10.3723/ut.32.217.
22. Motwani, A., Sharma, S. K., Sutton, R. and Culverhouse, P. (2014) ‘Application of artificial neural networks to weighted interval Kalman filtering’, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part I: Journal of Systems and Control Engineering. SAGE Publications, 228(5), pp. 267–277. doi: 10.1177/0959651813520148.
23. Owa, K., Sharma, S. and Sutton, R. (2014) ‘A novel real-time non-linear wavelet-based model predictive controller for a coupled tank system’, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part I: Journal of Systems and Control Engineering. SAGE Publications, 228(6), pp. 419–432. doi: 10.1177/0959651813520149.
24. Sharma, Sanjay K.; Sutton, Robert; Motwani, Amit; Annamalai, A. (2014) ‘Non-linear control algorithms for an unmanned surface vehicle’, Proceedings of The Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part M-Journal of Engineering for The Maritime Environment, 228(2), pp. 146–155. doi: 10.1177/1475090213503630.
25. Sharma, S. K., Sutton, R. and Tokhi, M. O. (2014) ‘Local Model and Controller Network Design for a Single-Link Flexible Manipulator’, Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems, 74(3), pp. 605–623. doi: 10.1007/s10846-013-9847-1.
26. Sutton, Robert; Sharma, S. K. (2014) ‘Special Issue on Unmanned Marine Vehicles’, Proceedings of The Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part M-Journal of Engineering for The Maritime Environment, 228(2), pp. 107–107. doi: 10.1177/1475090214522748.
27. Terzakis, G.; Culverhouse, P.; Bugmann, G.; sharma, S.; sutton, R. (2014) ‘On quaternion based parametrization of orientation in computer vision and robotics’, Journal of Engineering Science and Technology Review, 7(1), pp. 82–93.
28. Motwani, A., Sharma, S. K., Sutton, R. and Culverhouse, P. (2013) ‘Interval Kalman Filtering in Navigation System Design for an Uninhabited Surface Vehicle’, Journal of Navigation. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 66(5), pp. 639–652. doi: 10.1017/S0373463313000283.
29. Owa, K.; Sharma, S. K.; sutton, R. (2013) ‘Nonlinear Model Predictive Control Strategy Based on Soft Computing Approaches and Real Time Implementation on a Coupled-Tank System’, International Journal of Advanced Research in Computer Science and Software Engineering, 3(5), pp. 1350–1359.
30. Roper, Daniel; Sharma, Sanjay; Sutton, Robert; Culverhouse, P. (2013) ‘Oscillation and direction control strategies for a robotic fish’, Underwater Technology, 31(2), pp. 67–75. doi: https://doi.org/10.3723/ut.31.067.
31. Sharma, S. K. and Sutton, R. (2013) ‘A genetic algorithm based nonlinear guidance and control system for an uninhabited surface vehicle’, Journal of Marine Engineering & Technology. Taylor & Francis, 12(2), pp. 29–40. doi: 10.1080/20464177.2013.11020276.
32. Szyrowski, Tomasz; Sharma, Sanjay K.; Sutton, Robert; Kennedy, G. A. (2013a) ‘Developments in subsea power and telecommunication cables detection: Part 1 – Visual and hydroacoustic tracking’, Underwater Technology, 31(3), pp. 123–132. doi: 10.3723/ut.31.123.
33. Szyrowski, Tomasz; Sharma, Sanjay K.; Sutton, Robert; Kennedy, G. A. (2013b) ‘Developments in subsea power and telecommunication cables detection: Part 2 – Electromagnetic detection’, Underwater Technology, 31(3), pp. 133–143. doi: 10.3723/ut.31.133.
34. Roper, Daniel; Sharma, Sanjay; Sutton, Robert; Culverhouse, P. (2012) ‘Energy-Shaping Gait Generation for a Class of Underactuated Robotic Fish’, Marine Technology Society Journal, 46(3), pp. 34–43. doi: https://doi.org/10.4031/MTSJ.46.3.6.
35. Sharma, S. K.; naeem, W.; Sutton, R. (2012) ‘An Autopilot Based on a Local Control Network Design for an Unmanned Surface Vehicle’, The Journal of Navigation, 65(2), pp. 281–301. doi: 10.1017/S0373463311000701.
36. Sharma, S. K.; Sutton, R.; Irwin, G. (2012) ‘Dynamic Evolution of the Genetic Search Region through Fuzzy Coding’, Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence, 25(3), pp. 443–456. doi: 10.1016/j.engappai.2011.09.024.
37. Sharma, S. and Sutton, R. (2012) ‘Modelling the yaw dynamics of an uninhabited surface vehicle for navigation and control systems design’, Journal of Marine Engineering & Technology. Taylor & Francis, 11(3), pp. 9–20. doi: 10.1080/20464177.2012.11020268.
38. Roper, D. T., Sharma, S., Sutton, R. and Culverhouse, P. (2011) ‘A review of developments towards biologically inspired propulsion systems for autonomous underwater vehicles’, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part M: Journal of Engineering for the Maritime Environment. SAGE Publications, 225(2), pp. 77–96. doi: 10.1177/1475090210397438.
39. Sutton, R.; Sharma, S. K.; Xu, T. (2011) ‘Adaptive navigation systems for an unmanned surface vehicle’, Proceedings of IMarEST - Part A - Journal of Marine Engineering and Technology, 10(3), pp. 3–20.
40. Xu, T.; Sutton, R.; Sharma, S. K. (2007) ‘A Multi-sensor data fusion navigation system for unmanned surface vehicle’, IMechE Part M Journal of Engineering for the Maritime Environment, 221(4), pp. 167–186.
41. Sharma, S. K., Kruger, U. and Irwin, G. W. (2006) ‘Deflation based nonlinear canonical correlation analysis’, Chemometrics and Intelligent Laboratory Systems, 83(1), pp. 34–43. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chemolab.2005.12.008.
42. Li, K.; Yu, W.; Yang, S. H.; Sharma, S. (2005) ‘Special Issue on Evolutionary Algorithm & Advanced Learning System’, International Journal of Information Technology, 11(10).
43. Sharma, S. K.; McLoone, S. F.; Irwin, G. W. (2005) ‘Genetic algorithms for local controller network construction’, IEE Proceedings-Control Theory and Applications, 152(5), pp. 587–597. doi: 10.1049/ip-cta:20045110.
44. Sharma, S. K.; Irwin, G. W. (2003) ‘Fuzzy Coding of Genetic Algorithms’, IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, 7(4), pp. 344–355. doi: 10.1109/TEVC.2003.812217.
45. Sharma, S. K., Irwin, G. W., Tokhi, M. O. and McLoone, S. F. (2003) ‘Learning soft computing control strategies in a modular neural network architecture’, Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence, 16(5–6), pp. 395–405. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0952-1976(03)00070-8.

Conference Proceedings:

1. A. Khan, C. Goh, C. Lim and S. Sharma (2017a) ‘A Review of Network Models for Internet of Vehicles’, in The 6th Int. Conf. on Advances in Vehicular Systems, Technologies and Applications, Vehicular , 23-27 July. Nice, France.
2. A. Khan, C. Goh, C. Lim and S. Sharma (2017b) ‘Quality of Service Assessment in Connected Vehicles’, in The 6th Int. Conf. on Advances in Vehicular Systems, Technologies and Applications, Vehicular , 23-27 July. Nice, France.
3. A. Khan, R. Pemberton, D. Bristow, A. Momen, T. Szyrowski and S. Sharma (2017) ‘Underwater wireless sensor monitoring’, in 4th PRIMaRE Conference 2017, 6-7 July. Southampton, UK.
4. T. Szyrowski, P. Bogdan, A. Khan, R. Pemberton, S. Sharma, Y. Singh & R. Polvara (2017) ‘Range extension for electromagnetic detection of power and telecommunication cables’, in Marelec, 27-30 June. Liverpool, UK.
5. Y. Singh, S. Sharma, D. Hatton, and R. S. (2017) ‘Optimal Path Planning of an Autonomous Unmanned Vehicle in a Real Time Marine Environment using Dijkstra Algorithm’, in International Conference on Marine Navigation and Safety of Sea Transportation (TransNav 2017), 21-23rd June. Gdynia, Poland.
6. Abed, W., Polvara, R., Singh, Y., Sharma, S., Sutton, R., Hatton, D., Manning, A. and Wan, J. (2016) ‘Advanced feature extraction and dimensionality reduction for unmanned underwater vehicle fault diagnosis’, in 2016 UKACC 11th International Conference on Control (CONTROL), 31st August - 2nd September. Belfast, UK, pp. 1–6. doi: 10.1109/CONTROL.2016.7737596.
7. R. Polvara, S. Sharma, R. Sutton, J. Wan, A. M. (2016) ‘Toward a Multi-agent system for Marine Observation’, in Advances in Cooperative Robotics: Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on (CLAWAR). London, UK, pp. 225–232. doi: 10.1142/9789813149137_0028.
8. Y. Singh, R. Polvara, S. Sharma, D. Hatton, R. Sutton, and J. W. (2016) ‘Design of a Variable Buoyancy Engine for Small Scale Underwater Vehicle’, in Proceedings of International Conference on Advances in Subsea Engineering, Structures and Systems (ASESS-2016), 6-7th June. Glasgow, UK.
9. Mao, Z., Huang, W., Yang, C., Cui, R. and Sharma, S. (2015) ‘Maximum Power Tracking Control for Current Power System Based on Fuzzy-PID Controller’, in Liu, H., Kubota, N., Zhu, X., Dillmann, R., and Zhou, D. (eds) Intelligent Robotics and Applications: 8th International Conference, ICIRA, August 24-27. Portsmouth, UK: Springer International Publishing, pp. 69–80. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-22879-2_7.
10. Sharma, S., Abed, W., Sutton, R. and Subudhi, B. (2015) ‘Corrosion Fault Diagnosis of Rolling Element Bearing under Constant and Variable Load and Speed Conditions’, in 9th IFAC Symposium on Control of Power and Energy Systems CPES , 9—11 December, IFAC-PapersOnLine. New Delhi, India, pp. 49–54. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ifacol.2015.12.352.
11. Yin, Z., He, W., Ge, W., Yang, C. and Sharma, S. (2015) ‘Approximation-Based Control of a Marine Surface Vessel with Full-State Constraints’, in Liu, H., Kubota, N., Zhu, X., Dillmann, R., and Zhou, D. (eds) Intelligent Robotics and Applications: 8th International Conference, ICIRA 2015, Portsmouth, UK, August 24-27, 2015, Proceedings, Part I. Portsmouth: Springer International Publishing, pp. 111–125. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-22879-2_11.
12. Abed, W., Sharma, S. and Sutton, R. (2014) ‘Diagnosis of bearing fault of brushless DC motor based on dynamic neural network and orthogonal fuzzy neighborhood discriminant analysis’, in 2014 UKACC International Conference on Control (CONTROL), 9-11 July. Loughborough University, UK, pp. 378–383. doi: 10.1109/CONTROL.2014.6915170.
13. Abed WR, Sharma SK, S. R. (2014) ‘Intelligent Fault Diagnosis of an Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Electric Thruster Motor’, in Undersea Defence Technology (UDT) Conference, 10-12 June. ACC – Arena and Conference Centre, Liverpool, UK.
14. Annamalai, A. S., Sutton, R., Yang, C., Culverhouse, P. and Sharma, S. (2014) ‘Innovative adaptive autopilot design for uninhabited surface vehicles’, 25th IET Irish Signals & Systems Conference 2014 and 2014 China-Ireland International Conference on Information and Communications Technologies (ISSC 2014/CIICT 2014), 26th-27th June. University of Limerick, Ireland, pp. 158–163. doi: 10.1049/cp.2014.0677.
15. Cui, R., Yang, C., Li, Y. and Sharma, S. (2014) ‘Neural network based reinforcement learning control of autonomous underwater vehicles with control input saturation’, in 2014 UKACC International Conference on Control (CONTROL), 9-11 July. Loughborough University, UK, pp. 50–55. doi: 10.1109/CONTROL.2014.6915114.
16. Motwani, A., Sharma, S., Sutton, R. and Culverhouse, P. (2014) ‘Computation of stable interval Kalman filter bounds for their use in robust state estimation for an uninhabited surface vehicle with bounded indeterminate system dynamics’, in 2014 IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium Proceedings, June 8-11. Dearborn, Michigan, USA, pp. 356–361. doi: 10.1109/IVS.2014.6856417.
17. Szyrowski, T., Motwani, A., Sharma, S. K., & Sutton, R. (2014) ‘Localisation of subsea ferromagnetic objects from an autonomous surface vehicle’, in Undersea Defence Technology (UDT) Conference, 10-12 June. ACC – Arena and Conference Centre, Liverpool, UK, pp. 1–9.
18. Szyrowski, T., Sharma, S. K., Sutton, R. and Kenned, G. A. (2014) ‘Point localisation of a subsea cable using particle filters’, in 22014 UKACC International Conference on Control (CONTROL), 9-11 July. Loughborough University, UK, pp. 290–295. doi: 10.1109/CONTROL.2014.6915155.
19. Yang, C., Cui, R., Li, Z., Sharma, S. and Zhao, X. (2014) ‘Adaptive control of unmanned surface vessels matching an optimized reference model’, in 2014 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics (ROBIO 2014), December 5-10. Bali, Indonesia, pp. 2232–2237. doi: 10.1109/ROBIO.2014.7090669.
20. Abed, W. R., Sharma, S. K. and Sutton, R. (2013) ‘Fault diagnosis of brushless DC motor for an aircraft actuator using a neural wavelet network’, IET Conference on Control and Automation 2013: Uniting Problems and Solutions, 4 - 5 June. Conference Aston Lakeside Centre, Birmingham, UK, pp. 1–6. doi: 10.1049/cp.2013.0020.
21. Annamalai, A. S., Motwani, A., Sutton, R., Yang, C., Sharma, S. and Culverhouse, P. (2013) ‘Integrated navigation and control system for an uninhabited surface vehicle based on interval Kalman filtering and model predictive control’, in IET Conference on Control and Automation 2013: Uniting Problems and Solutions, 4 - 5 June. Conference Aston Lakeside Centre, Birmingham, UK, pp. 1–6. doi: 10.1049/cp.2013.0017.
22. Owa, K. O., Sharma, S. K. and Sutton, R. (2013) ‘Optimised multivariable nonlinear predictive control for coupled tank applications’, in IET Conference on Control and Automation 2013: Uniting Problems and Solutions, 4 - 5 June. Conference Aston Lakeside Centre, Birmingham, UK, pp. 1–6. doi: 10.1049/cp.2013.0004.
23. Sharma, S. K. and Sutton, R. (2013) ‘An optimised nonlinear model predictive control based autopilot for an uninhabited surface vehicle’, in 8th IFAC Symposium on Intelligent Autonomous Vehicles, 26-28 June, IFAC Proceedings Volumes. Gold Coast, Australia, pp. 73–78. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3182/20130626-3-AU-2035.00010.
24. Sutton, R. and Sharma, S. K. (2013) ‘Nonlinear model predictive control of an uninhabited surface vehicle’, 2013 9th Asian Control Conference (ASCC), 23-26 June. Istanbul, Turkey, pp. 1–6. doi: 10.1109/ASCC.2013.6606004.
25. Motwani A, Sharma S, S. R. and C. P. (2012) ‘Interval Kalman Filtering Based Navigation for an Uninhabited Surface Vehicle’, in 3rd UK Marine Technology Postgraduate Conference 2012, June 7- 8. University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK, pp. 32–33.
26. Roper, D., Sharma, S., Sutton, R. and Culverhouse, P. (2012) ‘Strategies for Control of Energy on a Simplified Model of a Robotic Fish’, in I3rd IFAC Workshop on Navigation, Guidance and Control of Underwater Vehicles, April 10-12, IFAC Proceedings Volumes. The Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP), Portugal, pp. 13–18. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3182/20120410-3-PT-4028.00004.
27. Sharma, S. K., Sutton, R. and Roberts, G. N. (2012) ‘A Local Control Network Autopilot for an Unmanned Surface Vehicle’, in 9th IFAC Conference on Manoeuvring and Control of Marine Craft, September 19-21, IFAC Proceedings Volumes. Arenzano, Italy, pp. 374–379. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3182/20120919-3-IT-2046.00064.
28. Terzakis G, Culverhouse P, Bugmann G, S. S. and S. R. (2012) ‘Unconstrained Visual Planar Odometry in Natural or Texturally Unstructured Scenes’, in Proceeding of the third Postgraduate Conference for Computing, Applications and Theory (PCCAT), 6th June. Plymouth University, UK, pp. 17–23.
29. Roper D, Sharma S, S. R. and C. P. (2011a) ‘A Harmonic Energy Based Gait Production Strategy for an Underactuated Robotic Fish’, in 2011 UK Marine Technology Postgraduate Conference (UK MTPC 2011), 9-10 June. University of Southampton, UK.
30. Roper D, Sharma S, S. R. and C. P. (2011b) ‘Energy Based Gait Control of an Under Actuated Robotic Fish’, in The 14th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots and the Support Technologies for Mobile Machines (CLAWAR2011), Sep 6-8. UPMC University, Paris, France, pp. 135–141.
31. Khan SG, Naeem W, S. R. and S. S. (2008) ‘Application of Soft Computing Techniques to a LQG Controller Design’, in 2008 International Conference on Advanced Design and Manufacture (ICADM 2008), 14 – 16th January. Sanya, China, p. CDROM.
32. Sharma SK, S. R. and K. M. (2008) ‘Biomimicry Methodologies for the Design of a Guidance System for Un-manned Surface Vehicles’, in 2008 International Conference on Intelligent Computing Engineering (ICE08), 2nd – 4th July. Plymouth, UK, pp. 138–146.
33. Sharma, S. K., Irwin, G. W. and Sutton, R. (2007) ‘Fuzzy logic for priority based genetic search in evolving a neural network architecture’, in 2007 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, 25-28 Sept. Singapore, pp. 1648–1653. doi: 10.1109/CEC.2007.4424671.
34. Kruger U., Sharma. S. K. and Irwin. G. W. (2004) ‘Improved Nonlinear Canonical Correlation Analysis Using Genetic Strategies’, in UKACC Control 2004, 6-9 September. University of Bath, UK, p. ID-011.
35. Sharma S.K., Kruger U., I. G. W. and K. S. (2004) ‘A Covariance-Based Nonlinear Partial Least Squares Algorithm’, in UKACC Control 2004, 6-9 September. University of Bath, UK, p. ID-241.
36. Sharma S.K., M. S. and I. G. W. (2004) ‘Genetic Algorithms For Simultaneous Identification Of Local Operating Regimes And Local Controller Network Design’, in UKACC Control 2004, 6-9 September. University of Bath, UK, p. ID-075.
37. Sharma S K, Uwe Kruger, G. W. I. (2003) ‘Genetic Learning Methods For Enhanced Non-Linear Partial Least Squares Modelling’, in Preprints of the IFAC International Conference on Intelligent Control Systems and Signal Processing, April 8-12. Faro, Portugal, pp. 37–42.
38. Sharma, S. K., McLoone, S. and Irwin, G. W. (2002) ‘Genetic algorithms for local model and local controller network design’, in Proceedings of the 2002 American Control Conference (IEEE Cat. No.CH37301), May 8-10. Alaska, USA, pp. 1693–1698 vol.2. doi: 10.1109/ACC.2002.1023267.
39. Sharma, S. K., Irwin, G. W. and McLoone, S. F. (2001) ‘Genetic learning for construction and parameter identification of local model networks’, in 2001 European Control Conference (ECC), 4-7 Sept. Porto, Portugal, pp. 3671–3674.
40. Sharma S.K., I. G. W. and M. S. F. (2001) ‘Optimal construction of local model networks using genetic algorithms’, in Proc. IFAC Conference on Emerging Computing Technologies, Nov. Hong Kong, pp. 590–595.
41. Sharma, S. K. and Tokhi, M. O. (2000) ‘Dynamic modelling of a flexible manipulator’, in Proceedings of 2000JUSFA: ASME 2000 Japan-USA Symposium on Flexible Automation, 23-26 July. Michigan, USA, p. CDROM.
42. Sharma, S. K. and Tokhi, M. O. (2000a) ‘Neural network optimisation using genetic algorithm: A hierarchical fuzzy method’, in Proceedings of AARTC00: 6th IFAC Workshop on Algorithms and Architectures for Real-Time Control, 15-17 May. Palma de Mallorca, Spain, pp. 71–76.
43. Sharma, S. K. and Tokhi, M. O. (2000b) ‘Optimal neural network trajectory control of a flexible robotic arm’, in Proceedings of EIS2000: Second International ICSC Symposium on Engineering of Intelligent Systems, 27-30 June. Paisley, UK.
44. Sharma, S. K. and Tokhi, M. O. (2000a) ‘Genetic evolution: a dynamic fuzzy approach’, in Ninth IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems. FUZZ- IEEE 2000 (Cat. No.00CH37063), 7-10 May. Texas, USA, pp. 748–752 vol.2. doi: 10.1109/FUZZY.2000.839125.
45. Sharma, S. K. and Tokhi, M. O. (2000b) ‘Genetic learning for direct inverse neural network control’, in IEE Seminar Learning Systems for Control (Ref. No. 2000/069), 26-26 May. Birmingham, UK, p. 6/1-6/4. doi: 10.1049/ic:20000347.
46. Tokhi, M. O. and Sharma, S. K. (2000) ‘Soft computing active control’, in Proceedings of ICSV7: Seventh International Congress on Sound and Vibration, 4-7 July. Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, pp. 483–490.
47. Sharma, S. K. and Tokhi, M. O. (1999) ‘Intelligent neuro-fuzzy systems’, in Proceedings of the 6th UK Workshop on Fuzzy Systems, September 8-9. Brunel University, Uxbridge, UK, pp. 173–192.

Book and Book Chapters:
1. Singh, Y., Sharma, S., Sutton, R. and Hatton, D. (2017) ‘Optimal Path Planning of an Unmanned Surface Vehicle in a Real- Time Marine Environment using a Dijkstra Algorithm’, in Marine Navigation. CRC Press, pp. 399–402. doi: doi:10.1201/9781315099132-70.
2. Sharma S, Subudhi B. (2019) Navigation and Control of Autonomous Marine Vehicles. Stevenage, UK: The Institution of Engineering and Technology.
3. Khan, S. G., Naeem, W., Sutton, R. and Sharma, S. (2008) ‘Application of Soft Computing Techniques to a LQG Controller Design’, in Yan, X.-T., Jiang, C., and Eynard, B. (eds) Advanced Design and Manufacture to Gain a Competitive Edge: New Manufacturing Techniques and their Role in Improving Enterprise Performance. London: Springer London, pp. 137–146. doi: 10.1007/978-1-84800-241-8_15.
4. Sharma, S. K.; Siddique, M. N.; Tokhi, M. O.; Irwin, G. W. (2008) ‘Soft computing approaches for control of a flexible manipulator’, in Flexible Robot Manipulators: Modelling, simulation and control. Stevenage, UK: The Institution of Engineering and Technology, pp. 367–394. doi: 10.1049/pbce068e_ch15.

Reports & invited lectures

• Invited Speaker to the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) talk on Marine Technologies, on 13th April 2018, NOC, Southampton.
• Invited Speaker to the Society for Underwater Technology (SUT) talk on South West - The Rise of the (Integrated) Machines, on 12th April 2018, Met office, Exeter.
• Invited Speaker to the EPSRC Robotics, Automation, and Artificial Intelligence (RAAI) Theme Day on the 31st January 2017, London.
• Invited speaker on “Control System Applications in Wave Energy Conversion” in Renewable Energy Group, College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, University of Exeter, Cornwall Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, 8th May 2013.
• Invited speaker of the Aerospace, Aviation and Defence Knowledge Transfer Network (AAD KTN) one-day workshop designed to bring together programme leaders from the EPSRC-supported programmes on autonomous systems, vehicles and robotics, 31st May 2011, America Square Conference Centre, London.
• Media coverage in the Herald, Cornish and Devon post, Journal Gazette and Western Morning News for research on visual simultaneous localisation and mapping techniques for uninhabited marine vehicle. News articles in the Maritime Journal, a respected source of business information is dedicated to the European Commercial Marine Business – inshore, offshore, coastal zone and short sea. Regular short articles in Marine Institute, Plymouth Newsletter.

Additional information

National Research Council (NRC) Fellowships, USA, 2001

Received the NRC fellowship award from Air Force Research Laboratory (Eglin, Florida) for suggested project on Dynamic path planning in a co-operative munitions and Evolutionary approach to optimum combination of formation satellites.

IEEE Student Travel award, 2000

Received IEEE Travel award to attend the IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems, Texas, USA.

 

Overseas Research Scholarships (ORS) awards, UK, 1997

Awarded ORS from Committee of Vice-chancellors and Principals of the Universities of the United Kingdom for studying PhD course at University of Sheffield.

 

State Merit Scholarships, 1984

Presented with a State Merit Scholarships award for coming within 20 best students in Secondary School Examination, India. This award covers the cost of university education after secondary school.

Links

• IT Power, Bristol (TSB)
• Subsea Cable Tracking Ltd, Truro, Cornwall (ESF-CUC)
• Composite Integration Ltd, Saltash, Cornwall (KTP)