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Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Willing to consider PhD projects in all areas aligned with my research interests. Specific topics of interest include: • Deep learning for automated visual inspection • Intelligent systems techniques for improving manufacturing competiveness • Evolving Intelligent Behaviour in Cooperating Robots • Flexible automation and cobotics • Adaptive AR for intelligent maintenance support • Deep learning for time series prediction

1994 …2020

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Personal profile


Seán McLoone received his third level education at Queen's University Belfast (QUB), where he was awarded a Master of Engineering Degree with Distinction in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 1992, a PhD in Control Engineering in 1996 and a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching in 2000.  Following appointments as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (1996-1997) and Lecturer at QUB (1998-2002) he joined the Department of Electronic Engineering in NUI Maynooth in 2002, where he served as Senior Lecturer (2005-2012) and Head of Department (2009-2012). He returned to QUB in January 2013 to take up his current post as Professor and Director of the Energy Power and Intelligent Control (EPIC) Research Cluster in the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He is also Director of the Centre for Intelligent Autonomous Manufacturing Systems (i-AMS), an interdisciplinary pioneer research programme established in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences in QUB in 2016.


At a professional level, Prof McLoone is a Chartered Engineer, a Senior Member of the IEEE and a Fellow of the IET. He is a Past Chairman of the UK and Republic of Ireland (UKRI) Section of the IEEE.  He is a member of the IFAC Technical Committees on Computational Intelligence in Control (TC3.2), and Modelling, Identification and Signal Processing (TC1.1), a member of IET Academic Accreditation Committee and a past Member of the Accreditation Board of Engineers Ireland.  He is currently an Associate Editor for the Transactions of the Institute of Measurement and Control, and serves on the Editorial Board of Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence. He is also serving as UG External Examiner at Dublin Institute of Technology for their Electrical Programmes (2015-2018).


Research Interests

Prof McLoone’s research interests are in the general area of intelligent systems with a particular focus on data based modelling and analysis of dynamical systems. This encompasses techniques ranging from classical system identification, fault diagnosis and statistical process control to modern artificial intelligence and biologically inspired adaptive learning algorithms and optimization techniques. His research has a strong application focus, with many projects undertaken in collaboration with industry in areas such as process monitoring, control and optimization, time series prediction and in-line sensor characterization. Current applications are in advanced manufacturing informatics, energy and sustainability.

Prof. McLoone also has an interest in autonomous robotics and was a founding member of Robo Eireann, an inter-disciplinary team of researchers at NUI Maynooth that compete annually in the NAO robot standard platform league of Robocup.

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Research Output

An Adaptive Memory Multi-Batch L-BFGS Algorithm for Neural Network Training

Zocco, F. & McLoone, S., 28 Apr 2020, (Accepted) 21st IFAC World Congress: Proceedings. 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • A novel vSLAM framework with unsupervised semantic segmentation based on adversarial transfer learning

    Jin, S., Chen, L., Sun, R. & McLoone, S., 01 May 2020, In : Applied Soft Computing. 90, 17 p., 106153.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Context-aware robotic arm using fast embedded model predictive control

    Trimble, S., Naeem, W., McLoone, S. & Sopasakis, P., 06 May 2020, (Accepted) Irish Systems and Signals Conference: Proceedings.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Sparse Logistic Regression: Comparison of Regularization and Bayesian implementations

    Zanon, M., Zambonin, G., Susto, G. A. & McLoone, S., 08 Jun 2020, In : Algorithms. 13, 6, 24 p., 137.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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    Time series indexing by dynamic covering with cross-range constraints

    Sun, T., Liu, H., McLoone, S., Ji, S. & Wu, X., 28 May 2020, In : The International Jounal on Very Large Data Bases. 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Prizes

    Best Paper Award at 12th International Symposium on web and Wireless GIS, W2GIS 2013

    McLoone, Seán (Recipient), 05 Apr 2013

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Best student paper prize at ISSC 2014.

    McLoone, Seán (Recipient), 27 Jun 2014

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Visiting Professor, Soochow University

    McLoone, Seán (Recipient), Sep 2017

    Prize: Other distinction

    Visiting Professor at Jiangsu University

    McLoone, Seán (Recipient), Apr 2019

    Prize: Other distinction


    External Examiner, PhD thesis, Trinity College Dublin

    Seán McLoone (Examiner)


    Activity: Examination typesPhD external examination

    Invited Talk, ‘Manufacturing Data Science: The Engine of Industry 4.0’

    Seán McLoone (Advisor)

    13 Feb 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Invited Lecture, ‘Energy, Power and Intelligent Control: An EPIC Journey’, UTP, Malaysia

    Seán McLoone (Advisor)

    09 Oct 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    5th IFAC International Conference on Intelligent Control and Automation Sciences

    Seán McLoone (Chair)


    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    External Examiner, PhD thesis, University of Padova

    Seán McLoone (Examiner)


    Activity: Examination typesPhD external examination


    Design and Multi-physical Fields Analysis of High Speed Permanent Magnet Machines

    Author: Zhang, Y., Sep 2018

    Supervisor: McLoone, S. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    Dynamic Voltage Optimisation of MV/LV Networks

    Author: Gharavi Ahangar, H., Jul 2020

    Supervisor: Liu, X. (Supervisor) & McLoone, S. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy