Research and Innovation in the new Institute of Engineering, Computing and Advanced Manufacturing at Cumbria University

Founding academics Prof Paul and Prof Jill Stewart in the Institute of Engineering, Computing and Advanced Manufacturing (IECAM) at Cumbria University have a long established research activity centered around low carbon airport operations and advanced flight dynamics via intelligent control. Here are some examples of our funded research in this area:




Research Projects

  • EU FP7 Project: ACHEON Aerial Coanda High Efficiency Orienting-jet Nozzle. 2012 – 2015

FP7-TPT – Transport (Including Aeronautics) – Horizontal activities for implementation of the transport programme (TPT) £280,000. The ACHEON project explores a novel propulsive system for aircraft which overcomes the main limitations of traditional systems introducing effective and affordable vectored jet aerial propulsion with no moving parts.

  • EU FP7 Project: MAAT multibody advanced energy self-sufficient powered airship. 2011 – 2014

FP7-AAT-2011-RTD-1 £380,000. Electrical power system architectures, hydrogen production by hydrolysis, fuel cells, ultra-capacitors and propulsive design. Operational power-electronic systems and Control.

  • Airport energy technologies network EPSRC Grant: EP/H003150/1. 2009 – 2012

£183,382. Principal Investigator Prof Paul Stewart EPSRC – Low Carbon, Energy Efficient Airport Operations: 20 Universities and 17 Industrial Partners

  • Integrating and Automating Airport Operations EPSRC Grant: EP/H004424/2. 2011  – 2014

PI Prof Paul Stewart, with Stirling University, Manchester and Zurich Airports. This project emerged from the Research Councils’ Energy Programme Sandpit in Airport Operations, to exploit recent research advances in automated search methodologies and decision support techniques for air operations (and other related areas). Optimal real time control of airport take-off, landing, taxi and gate assignment for low carbon operations

  • Real-time Prognostics, Diagnostics and Failure Mode Computation and Control for Complex Power Systems and Actuators. 2009 – 2010 

£150,000. United States Air Force European Office of Aeronautical Research and Development: 1 year personal research grant

  • Energy Recovery from Landing Aircraft EPSRC Grant: EP/H004351/1. 2009 – 2012

£160,597. Principal Investigator Prof Paul Stewart: Collaborating company: Airbus/EADS Innovation Works. To define, analyse and quantify the technologies which will enable the conversion of the kinetic energy of a landing aircraft, via a suitable electromechanical interface via transient energy storage into long term energy storage or the electrical grid network

Associated Publications







  • Chen J and Stewart P. “Planning Aircraft Taxiing Trajectories via a Multi-Objective Immune Optimisation” The 7th International Conference on Natural Computation and 8th International Conference on Fuzzy Systems and Knowledge Discovery, 26-28 July 2011, Galaxy Hotel, Shanghai, China.
  • Jun Chen, Stefan Ravizza, Jason A. D. Atkin, and Paul Stewart, “On the Utilisation of Fuzzy Rule-Based Systems for Taxi Time Estimations at Airports”, ATMOS 2011 – 11th Workshop on Algorithmic Approaches for Transportation Modelling, Optimization and Systems, Sept 8th, 2011, Saabrucken, Germany.
  • Ryley T., Stewart P, Tassou S., Bennett M., Chen J., Waugh D, Chan P. and Liang V., ‘Aviation Operations and Climate Change Impacts: the Airport Energy Technologies Network Response’ Transportation Research Board 91st Annual Meeting, Jan 22-26, 2012, Washington D.C.


  • Stefan Ravizza, Jun Chen, Jason A. D. Atkin, Edmund K. Burke, Paul Stewart, ‘The trade-off between taxi time and fuel consumption in airport ground movement’, Conference on Advanced Systems for Public Transport (CASPT12), Santiago, Chile, 23-27 July, 2012.
  • Smith, T.; Bingham, C.; Stewart, P.; Allarton, R.; Stewart, J., “MAAT high altitude cruiser feeder airship concept,” Electrical Systems for Aircraft, Railway and Ship Propulsion (ESARS), 2012 , vol., no., pp.1,6, 16-18 Oct. 2012


  • Vittorio Cipolla, Aldo Frediani, Rezia Molfino, Giovanni Gerardo Muscolo, Fabrizio Oliviero, Domenec Puig, Carmine Tommaso Recchiuto, Emanuele Rizzo, Agusti Solanas, Paul Stewart, “A personal robotic flying machine with vertical takeoff controlled by the human body movements”, 14th Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems TAROS 2013, St. Anne’s College, Oxford, 28th– 30th August 2013


  • Michal Weiszer, Jun Chen, Stefan Ravizza, Jason Atkin, Paul Stewart, “A heuristic approach to greener airport ground movement”, 2014 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (CEC14), pp. 3280-3286, 06 – 11 Jul 2014, Beijing, China
  • Michal Weiszer, Jun Chen, Stefan Ravizza, Jason Atkin, Paul Stewart, “Towards airport green ground movement using multi-objective, multi-component optimisation and heuristic”, 2014 IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence WCCI2014, Beijing, China, July 6-11, 2014
  • Trancossi, A. Dumas, P. Stewart and D. Vucinic (2014), ‘Increasing aeronautic electric propulsion performances by cogeneration and heat recovery’, SAE 2014 Aerospace Systems and Technology Conference, September 23-25, 2014, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA


  • Trancossi, C. Bingham, P.Stewart and Dean Vucinic, ‘Multifunctional Unmanned Reconnaissance Aircraft for Low-speed and STOL operation’, SAE 2015 AeroTech Congress & Exhibition, Washington State Convention Centre, Seattle, Washington, USA, Sept 22-24, 2015
  • Jun Chen, Michal Weiszer, Paul Stewart, ‘Optimal Speed Profile Generation for Airport Ground Movement with Consideration of Emissions’,  IEEE 18th International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Canary Islands, Spain, 15-18 September, 2015
  • Jun Chen, Michal Weiszer, Paul Stewart, ‘Preference-based evolutionary algorithm for airport runway scheduling and ground movement optimisation’, IEEE 18th International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Canary Islands, Spain, 15-18 September, 2015

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