Barry Lennox

Barry Lennox


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Barry Lennox FREng is Professor of Applied Control in the School of Electrical & Electronic Enginnering. He held the EPSRC Chair in Nuclear Decommissioning between 2012-2014 and is Research Director of the Dalton Cumbrian Facility. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Senior Member of the IEEE, Fellow of the IET and InstMC and a Chartered Engineer.

He received a BEng in Chemical Engineering and a PhD from Newcastle University and before being appointed Lecturer at the University of Manchester in 1997, worked as a Research Associate and Fellow at Newcastle and Monash Universities.

His research interests are in the development and deployment of robotic systems for nuclear decommissioning applications, applied control systems and the use of acoustic pulse reflectometry for monitoring industrial pipelines. In 2002 he co-founded Perceptive Engineering, a process control solutions provider and through Circor, his work in acoustics has led to the development of equipment that has been commercialised and successfully applied in the North Sea, USA and Asia to detect and locate blockages in subsea pipelines and heat exchangers.

Research interests

Research interests

  • Robotics


I have supervised more than 30 PhD students to completion in the areas of robotics, applied control systems and acoustic monitoring.

I am currently supervising PhD students in the following areas:

Robotics for nuclear applications

Applied process control

I welcome enquiries from prospective students interested in this and any of the other research topics.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Energy
  • Energy
  • Digital Futures
  • Dalton Nuclear Institute


  • Flow assurance
  • Process control


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