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Dr Neil Brown

Job: Senior Lecturer

Faculty: Technology

School/department: School of Engineering and Sustainable Development

Research group(s): Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development (IESD)

Address: IESD, Queens Building, De Montfort University, Leicester, LE1 9BH UK

T: +44 (0)116 257 7851

E: nbrown@dmu.ac.uk

W: iesd.dmu.ac.uk

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Research group affiliations

Business and Law, Leicester De Montfort Law School, Light Pollution

Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development

Publications and outputs 

 Click here for a full listing of Neil Brown's publications and outputs.

Key research outputs

KAP - Knowledge Awareness prediction (EU FP-7 2009-on) (Co-I) Puts energy as a manufacturing process variable.  Production performance indicator definitions, including aspects of sustainability and energy-efficiency.  Complex event processing and data stream analysis compute these indicators on-the-fly to provide real-time monitoring.  Partners include Intel, SAP, Infineon, Volvo, Nissan. http://www.kap-project.eu/

CaRB - EPSRC Grant Reference: GR/S94377/01, 2005-2008 (SRF) Large consortium project aimed at producing a public domain, socio-technical model of energy use in buildings applicable at national, regional, city and community level. http://www.ucl.ac.uk/carb/

DEFRA AFM114 (RF) Laser sealing project 2001-2005, soft tooling for food and medical packaging.  This project was the main follow-on to AFM14 (RA), and produced IP for seven industrial partners. Patent produced. 

DTI/EPSRC Knowledge Based System for Gravure Process Control 1999-2001.  (RF). This project produced IP for three industrial partners, with an estimated scrap / wastage reduction of around 5%.  Close cooperation with Shelton Vision Systems Ltd, who produced 'Webspector', now sold worldwide.

Research interests/expertise

Energy efficiency, building energy pathology, low carbon buildings, and renewable energy. Data Design, Data Processing, Signal processing, Mechatronics, Image Processing, Instrumentation, Sensor Fusion, Simulation (of mixed technology systems, dynamic systems), Advanced Manufacturing Systems, Laser Materials Processing.

Areas of teaching

Sustainability, energy efficiency, instrumentation, data analysis, history of energy use, energy modelling, power generation, energy analysis techniques, building plant, heating and cooling, renewables: solar PV, wind power, biofuels.

Qualifications

Loughborough University 

PhD, Modeling and simulation of machining process and electrohydraulic servomechanisms

1995 – 1998

"Modification of the Rotary machining Process to Improve Surface Form". Matlab / Simulink based simulation of mixed technology systems for high speed machining (also Mast/Saber) electrical, mechanical, electronic. Simulation of cutting geometry, test rig construction, image processing, neural network prediction of surface geometry.

University of Leicester

MSc, Modern methods for Electromechanical Design

1994 – 1995

Control theory (robust, multivariable), instrumentation, microprocessors, data processing, composites, analogue signal processing, digital signal processing, software engineering, CFD.

Leicester Polytechnic

BEng (Hons), Engineering Technology (majoring in Mechanical Design)

1988 – 1991

Mechanical and electrical Engineering, electronics, mechanical science, thermodynamics, Engineering Design (draughting, FE, reliability assessment, QA, materials, structures, manufacturing etc)

Courses taught

MSc Energy and Sustainable Building Design, Climate Change and Sustainable Development, Energy and Industrial Sustainability, BEng Green Engineering.

Membership of professional associations and societies

2007 Institute of Measurement and Control - MinstMC

2007 Chartered Engineer, Engineering Council - CEng

Conference attendance

Brown, N., Wright, A.J. Non-Invasive and Cost Effective Monitoring of Energy Consumption Patterns for Electrical Equipment. . in Fourth International Conference Improving Energy Efficiency in Commercial Building (IEECB'08) 2008.

Wright, A.J., Brown, N. The Analysis and interpretation of half hourly utility data in UK buildings. in Fourth International Conference Improving Energy Efficiency in Commercial Building. 2008. Frankfurt.

Painter, B., Brown, N., and Cook, M., Evaluation of sensors for post-occupancy building monitoring. IEECB 2010, 2010.

Brown, N., Image Processing for Overnight Lighting Quantification in Buildings. IEECB 2010, 2010.

Brown N, Some Aspects of a Framework for Energy Data, Improving Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings, Frankfurt, 2012. Abstract accepted.

Invited Plenary lecture at Advanced Meter Data Management Conference,
Plaza Hotel, London, Research and Data Analysis Regarding Large Scale Half-hourly Metering, 2009.

Keynote Speaker at Conference on 2010 E&P Information and Data Management, London, November 2010, aspects of lossy data compression and application of video processing techniques for energy data analysis.

Speaker at 2010 Information Day on the three research Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) : "Factories of the Future", "Energy-Efficient Buildings", and "Green Cars" , European Commission, Brussels. 850 Attendees. 

A Design Model for Building Occupancy Detection Using Sensor Fusion
T Ekwevugbe, N Brown, D Fan
IEEE-DEST-2012 Conference on Digital Ecosystems, Campione d'Italia 2012

Precursors to using Energy Data as a Manufacturing Process Variable
N Brown, R Greenough, K Vikhorev
IEEE-DEST-2012 Conference on Digital Ecosystems, Campione d'Italia

Consultancy work

2009 - 10

Watford Hospital electrical feed analysis - Department of Health electrical feed analysis at ward level (provided advice on instrumentation strategies)

Halfords Ltd - Analysis and recommendation of energy efficient lighting systems

Current research students

 Michael Roberts(2nd) - POE and performance aspects of BSF schools (Began Nov ‘09).

ToboreEkwevugbe (1st) - Instrumentation and data fusion in a Living Lab (began Sept 2010).

Youyuenyong, Pedithep Light Pollution (in Faculty of Business and Law)    Morgan-Taylor, Martin (1st); Brown, Neil (2nd), (began Oct ’10)

Sanober Hassan Khattak (2nd) – KAP Project (began Sept 2011).

Brian Kohler (1st) - Low Carbon Technologies (began Sept 2011).

Externally funded research grants information

KAP  Energy-aware prediction. (Co-Investigator) Knowledge, Awareness and Prediction of Man, Machine, Material and Method in Manufacturing,  EU - KAP Large-scale Integrating Project (IP) ICT call 5 FP7-2010-NMP-ICT-FoF. Project partners include Nissan, Volvo and Intel. EUR 712k (Full project =  eur16M) 36 Months from Aug 2010.

DUALL Deliberative User Approach in a Living Lab (Contributed to the proposal, involved in the project) - Development of an ICT tool to analyse energy consumption patterns of IT equipment to facilitate a zero carbon building.  This is a one year project financed by JISC, my input being the management of the instrumentation design aspect of the project, including knowledge based system theory. (~£150k) 12 Months from Feb 2010. 

Published patents

United States Patent Application No. 11/721663 2008, Method and Apparatus for Verigying Seal Integrity, Brown, Kerr, Parkin, Jackson, Shi

Professional esteem indicators

  • Referee for:
    ImechE, part B (Journal of Engineering manufacture)
    ImechE, part I (Journal of Systems and Control Engineering)
    Mechatronics
    Energy and Buildings (five per year)
    IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics (around three per year).
  • Reviewer for IEECB conference bi-annually in Frankfurt.  
  • Frequent Referee for EPSRC, Less Frequent referee for ESRC
  • Reviewer for Earthscan Publications
  • Leicester City Council - Advice on instrumentation and monitoring, energy efficiency, 2006 to present.

Invited Plenary lecture at Advanced Meter Data Management Conference, 
Plaza Hotel, London, Research and Data Analysis Regarding Large Scale Half-hourly Metering, 20
09.

Keynote Speaker at Conference on 2010 E&P Information and Data Management, London, November 2010, aspects of lossy data compression and application of video processing techniques for energy data analysis.

  • Speaker at 2010 Information Day on the three research Public Private Partnerships (PPPs):
    "Factories of the Future", "Energy-Efficient Buildings", and "Green Cars”,
    European Commission, Brussels. 850 Attendees.
  • British Standards Institution – Advice and cooperation on Energy audits and Energy Data Standards, 2012.
  • External Examiner (PhD), Heriot-Watt University, Energy Consumption in Non-Domestic Buildings based on empirical Data, December 2012.
  • Track chair for 6th IEEE International Conference on Digital Ecosystem Technologies, June 2012, Campione d'Italia, Italy, 2012.
  • Guest lecturer at symposium on nearly zero energy building design, universitatea de arhitectura si urbanism "ion mincu", Bucharest, October 2012.
  • Guest Lecturer in energy efficiency at Furtwangen University, Germany, January 2013.

 

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