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Dr Piotr Skworcow

Job: Visiting Senior Lecturer

Faculty: Technology

School/department: School of Engineering and Sustainable Development

Research group(s): Centre for Engineering Science and Advanced Systems (CESAS)

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

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Personal profile

Model Predictive Control, Applied control systems, Optimisation methods, Software development, Systems engineering, Water distribution systems management.

Research group affiliations

Water Software Systems.

Publications and outputs 

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Key research outputs

  • 9 journal papers and 33 refereed conference papers.
  • Developed a new method and software for detection of bursts in water distribution systems (method published in: Skworcow P., Ulanicki B., “Burst detection in water distribution systems via active identification procedure”, In Proc. Computing and Control in the Water Industry, Exeter, UK, 2011) which is currently used by Veolia Water UK.

Research interests/expertise

  • Optimisation methods applied in different areas of science and engineering
  • Modelling and simulation
  • Applied control systems
  • Water distribution systems management
  • Emerging technologies
  • Programming

Areas of teaching

Current:

  • Control Engineering (ENGD3003 - BEng level, ENGT5145 - MSc level)

Past:

  • Embedded Microprocessor Systems (BEng level)
  • Electrical Engineering Foundation (Foundation Degree level)
  • Matlab for Electronics Engineering (BEng level)

Qualifications

  • BEng and MSc in Computer Science, Wroclaw University of Technology (Poland), 2004
  • PgC in Systems and Control, Coventry University (UK), 2004
  • PhD in Control Engineering, Coventry University (UK), 2008

Courses taught

ENGD3003, ENGT5145

Honours and awards

  • 2002, “The Best Student in the Faculty of Electronics”, Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland.
  • 2002 and 2003, Dean’s Awards for “Distinctive effort for development of Faculty of Electronics”, Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland.
  • 2003, Polish Ministry of Education Scholarship for “Remarkable academic achievements”.
  • 2004, “The Best Computer Science Graduate”, Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland.
  • 2006, “Best Poster Runner-up”, EPSRC/UKACC Postgraduate Workshop within the International Conference Control 2006, Glasgow, UK.
  • 2007, “Finalist of Young Investigators Competition”, XVth International Conference on the Use of Computers in Radiation Therapy, Toronto, Canada.

Membership of external committees

Co-organizer of series of workshops organized jointly by Coventry University, UK and Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland; co-editor (2006-2007) and editor (2008 - ongoing) of proceedings: Polish-British Workshop: Computer Systems Engineering, IET Control and Automation Professional Network.

Member of conference programme committees:

a) 6th International Conference on Hybrid Artificial Intelligence Systems 2011

b) 11th International Conference on Networks 2011

c) 10th Conference on Advanced Information Technologies for Management 2012

d) Federated Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems 2012

Projects

Dates

Title

Role

Sponsor

March – July 2013

Development of software for energy and leakage management in water distribution systems

PI

Higher Education Innovation Funding

October 2012 – April 2013

Examination of Veolia Water’s pump scheduling

PI & lead developer

Veolia Water UK

March – August 2012

Development of software tools to enhance burst detection process

PI & lead developer

Veolia Water UK

October 2011 – June 2013

All in One: Feasibility Analysis of Supplying All Services Through One Utility Product

Researcher & lead developer

EPSRC

February – May 2010

Investigation of possible improvements in burst/leakage management

Researcher & lead developer

Three Valleys Water

April 2008 – Sep. 2010

NEPTUNE: Strategic Partnership between EPSRC, ABB, Yorkshire Water and United Utilities

Researcher

EPSRC

October 2004 – April 2008

Methods and Advanced Equipment for Simulation and Treatment in Radiation Oncology

PhD student

EU FP6

Conference attendance

  • Buchner D., Skworcow P., Development and implementation of real-time Model Predictive Control for a three-tank control problem using a dSPACE multi-processor system, In Proc. Int. Conf. on Systems Engineering, Coventry, UK, 2012.
  • Strzelecka A., Skworcow P., Ulanicki B., Janus T., An approach to utility service provision modelling and optimisation, In Proc. Int. Conf. on Systems Engineering, Coventry, UK, 2012.
  • Paluszczyszyn D., Skworcow P., Ulanicki B., Modeling and simulation of water distribution networks within DEVS formalism framework: a preliminary study, In Proc. 14th Water Distribution Systems Analysis Symposium, Adelaide, Australia, 2012.
  • Ulanicki B., Strzelecka A., Skworcow P., Janus T.,  Developing scenarios for future utility provision, In Proc. 14th Water Distribution Systems Analysis Symposium, Adelaide, Australia, 2012.
  • Rudek R., Rudek A., Kozik A., Skworcow P., An impact of model parameter uncertainty on scheduling algorithms, In Proc. 14th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems, Wroclaw, Poland, 2012.
  • Paluszczyszyn D., Skworcow P., Ulanicki B., Online simplification of water distribution network models, In Proc. Computing and Control in the Water Industry, Exeter, UK, 2011.
  • Skworcow P., Ulanicki B., Burst detection in water distribution systems via active identification procedure, In Proc. Computing and Control in the Water Industry, Exeter, UK, 2011.
  • Rudek R., Rudek A., Skworcow P., An optimal sequence of tasks for autonomous learning systems, Proceedings of the 16th IEEE International Conference on Methods and Models in Automation and Robotics, pp. 16-21, Międzyzdroje, Poland, 22-25 August 2011.
  • Haas O., Paluszczyszyn D., Ruta M., Skworcow P., Motion prediction and control for patient motion compensation in radiotherapy, In Proc. IFAC World Congress, Milano, Italy, 2011.
  • Skworcow P., Ulanicki B., AbdelMeguid H., Paluszczyszyn D., Model predictive control for energy and leakage management in water distribution systems, In Proc. UKACC International Conference on Control, Coventry, UK, 2010.
  • Skworcow P., Paluszczyszyn D.P., Haas O.C.L., Burnham K.J., Model predictive controller with adaptivity to reference prediction uncertainty. In Proc. Int. Conf. on Systems Engineering, Coventry, UK, 2009.
  • Skworcow P., AbdelMeguid H., Ulanicki B., Bounds P., Optimal pump scheduling with pressure control aspects: case studies, In Proc. Computing and Control in the Water Industry, Sheffield, UK, 2009.
  • AbdelMeguid H., Skworcow P., Ulanicki B., Mathematical modelling of a hydraulic controller for PRV flow modulation, In Proc. Computing and Control in the Water Industry, Sheffield, UK, 2009.
  • Skworcow P., AbdelMeguid H., Ulanicki B., Bounds P., Patel R., Combined energy and pressure management in water distribution systems, In Proc. 11th Water Distribution Systems Analysis Symposium, Kansas City, USA, 2009.
  • Borovik I., Ulanicki B., Skworcow P., Burst Identification in Water Distribution Systems, In Proc. 11th Water Distribution Systems Analysis Symposium, Kansas City, USA, 2009.
  • Paluszczyszyn D.P., Skworcow P., Haas O.C.L., Burnham K.J., Mills J.A., Real-time implementation of model predictive control reference prediction for radiotherapy patient support system, In Proc. IAR Annual Meeting, Coventry, UK, 2008.
  • Bogalinski P., Pozniak-Koszalka I., Koszalka L., Skworcow P., The two dimensional irregular-shaped nesting problem, In Proc. 8th Polish-British Workshop, Wroclaw, Poland, Computer Systems Engineering, IET Control and Automation Professional Network, 2008.
  • Lenarski K., Kasprzak A., Skworcow P., Advanced Tabu-search strategies two-layer network dimensioning problem, In Proc. 8th Polish-British Workshop, Wroclaw, Poland, Computer Systems Engineering, IET Control and Automation Professional Network, 2008.
  • Tokarski B., Koszalka L., Skworcow P., Simulation based performance analysis of ethernet MPI cluster, In Proc. 8th Polish-British Workshop, Wroclaw, Poland, Computer Systems Engineering, IET Control and Automation Professional Network, 2008.
  • Putra D., Skworcow P., Haas O.C.L., Burnham K.J. and Mills J.A., Output-feedback tracking for tumour motion compensation in adaptive radiotherapy. In Proc. 26th American Control Conference, New York, USA, 2007.
  • Mills J.A., Haas O.C.L., Bueno G., Fisher M., Sahih A., Skworcow P., Putra D., Burnham K.J., Land I., Young K., Sage J., Wilson A.J., Martinez-Albala A., Torres M., Delgado J.M., Carrascosa C., Yu S., Target motion detection and the adaptation of radiotherapy delivery systems for high-precision radiotherapy treatment, Strahlentherapie und Onkologie, vol. 183, Suppl. 1, 152, Urban & Vogel, May 2007.
  • Skworcow P., Putra D., Haas O.C.L., Burnham K.J. and Mills J.A., Compensation of system latency in tumour tracking using prediction: comparison of feedforward and model predictive strategies. In Proc. 15th International Conference on the Use of Computers in Radiation Therapy, Toronto, Canada, 2007.
  • Putra D., Skworcow P., Young K., Haas O.C.L., Mills J.A. and Burnham K.J. Margin to accommodate inherent errors of tracking-based radiation delivery system. In Proc. 15th International Conference on the Use of Computers in Radiation Therapy, Toronto, Canada, 2007.
  • Skworcow P., Putra D., Sahih A., Goodband J., Haas O.C.L., Burnham K.J. and Mills J.A., Predictive tracking for respiratory induced motion compensation in adaptive radiotherapy. In the Mini Symposia Proceedings of the International Control Conference, Glasgow, UK, 2006.
  • Skworcow P., Sahih A., Haas O.C.L., Burnham K.J. and Mills J.A., Towards effective organ immobilization via a predictive bilinear feedforward model based approach to control a radiotherapy patient support system. In Proc. International Control Conference, Glasgow, UK, 2006.
  • Skworcow P., Haas O.C.L., Burnham K.J. and Mills J.A., Modelling of mechanical uncertainty in the gantry of radiotherapy treatment machine. In Proc. IAR Annual Meeting, Nancy, France, 2006.
  • Haas O.C.L., Mills J.A., Burnham, K.J., Putra, D., Skworcow, P., Sahih A., MAESTRO: image guided radiotherapy with control engineering, IPEM Biennal Radiotherapy Meeting,  Norwich, UK, abstract and poster, 3-4 July 2006. 
  • Skworcow P, Haas O.C.L., Burnham K.J., Mills J.A., Assessment of mechanical accuracy of gantry and patient support system, IPEM Biennal Radiotherapy Meeting,  Norwich, UK, abstract and poster, 3-4 July 2006. 
  • Sydor P., Skworcow P., Haas O.C.L., Burnham K.J., Mills J.A. and Koszałka L., Condition monitoring and model based control of radiotherapy patient support system. In Proc. Int. Conf. on Systems Engineering, Coventry, UK, 2006.
  • Skworcow P., Haas O.C.L., Burnham K.J., Mills J.A., Establishing criteria for future evaluation of radiation coverage consequences of adaptive radiotherapy treatment. In Proc. Int. Conf. on Systems Engineering, Coventry, UK, 2006.
  • Skworcow P., Sahih A., Haas O.C.L., Burnham K.J. and Mills J.A., Assessing the mechanical accuracy of radiotherapy treatment equipment: A precursor to control system design. In Proc. 6th Polish-British Workshop, Wroclaw, Poland, Computer Systems Engineering, IET Control and Automation Professional Network, 2005.
  • Rudek R., Skworcow P., Haas O.C.L., Burnham K.J. Robot soccer as a teaching and research tool: example of reinforcement learning and web connectivity. In Proc. Int. Conf. on Systems Science, Wroclaw, Poland, 2004.
  • Koszałka L., Skworcow P., Simulation and experimentation system for efficient job performing applied to veterinary medicine area. In Proc. Int. Conf. on Systems Engineering 2003, Coventry, UK, 2003.

Consultancy work

  • 2012, Examination of Veolia Water’s pump scheduling (Veolia Water)
  • 2012, Development of software tools to enhance burst detection process (Veolia Water)
  • 2009, Burst detection and pressure control (Three-Valleys Water)

Current research students

Daniel Paluszczyszyn, full-time, 2nd supervisor

Anna Strzelecka, full-time, 1st supervisor

Externally funded research grants information

  • All-in-one, EPSRC, October 2011 – April 2013, co-author of proposal & named researcher, £125,450 (DMU award), collaborators: Cranfield University, Sheffield University, Leicester University.
  • Real-time fail-safe optimised control of water distribution systems, DTA - EPSRC, October 2009 – October 2012, co-author of proposal & 2nd supervisor, £42,825 awarded.

Internally funded research project information

  • Development of software for energy and leakage management in water distribution systems, HEIF5, March – July 2013, author of proposal & PI.
  • One utility for sustainable communities, DMU PhD studentship, October 2011 – October 2014, co-author of proposal & 1st supervisor.
  • Preparation of bid for EPSRC Strategic Partnership, Revolving Investment Fund (2010), author of proposal & PI & lead developer.
  • Water Sustainability Laboratory, Research Capital Investment Fund (2009), co-author of proposal.

Professional esteem indicators

  • External reviewer of teaching materials for MSc course Advanced Informatics and Control run jointly by Wroclaw University of Technology (Poland) and Coventry University (UK), 2010.
  • Reviewer for Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, since 2010.
  • Reviewer for Journal of Hydroinformatics, since 2011.
  • Reviewer for Urban Water Journal, since 2012.
  • My papers have been cited at least 12 times (excluding self-citations) according to science citation index.

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