Who we are
Professor Chris Smith
Chris is Director of the Centre for Future Clean Mobility, and deputy Associate Dean for Research (Industry) at the University of Exeter.
His main research interests are digital engineering simulation, performance optimisation and model cost reduction. His work has attracted business sponsors, leveraged government funding, and consistently delivered value back in the short and longer term. He is proud to be working with Rolls-Royce, SC Group, Babcock International, Quattro Plant, Hunter Stoves and the Marine Business Technology Centre.
Professor Prathyush Menon
Prathyush is an Associate Professor in Control and Optimization in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences at the University of Exeter, and leads research at the Autonomous Systems Lab within the Centre for Future Clean Mobility.
His research is in the areas of control theory, simulation and optimisation are supported by UKRI (EPSRC/NERC), EU (Horizon 2020/ESA)m Innovate UK, STFC, UKIERI and KTP (SC Group, Lynch Motors, RCR) funding. His group is actively involved in developing autonomous behaviours for unmanned systems and cooperation among them. Robustness analysis of guidance, navigation and control (GNC) is an area of his research with sustained collaboration with European Space Agency and multiple industrial partners in UK and Europe (Airbus, GMV Space, Thales, Sener).
Brian is a Business Research Fellow based in the College of Engineering at the University of Exeter, and a partner of the Marine Business Technology Centre.
Brian has experience working as a researcher and developer for multiple SMEs. Thanks to his industrial background he has gained cutting-edge expertise in various areas, as well as a customer-driven approach and in-depth knowledge of research projects. He has successfully managed and written multiple successful Innovate UK and Horizon 2020 grant applications.
James McNaughton leads on Advanced Engineering within IIB (Innovation, Impact and Business) Knowledge Exchange Unit within Exeter Uni. With over 20 years of experience in the field of economic development and innovation programmes. James has been working closely with Prof Chris Smith and Dr Brian Lambert to engage a wide selection of engineering business’s requiring the skills and support of CFCM.