Anthony Lucas-Smith

Visiting Research Fellow

I am a Visiting Research Fellow in the Design and Innovation Group. As past course team chair of the postgraduate research course (T802) for technology MSc students, I have been involved with distance learning in research methodology.

Research Interests

My research interests include the industrial application of intelligent agents and multi-agent systems possessing self-organisation, and also computer vision. I am currently co-supervising 2 part-time PhD students.

Selected Publications

Control and embedded intelligence Chapter in the book Engineering design in the multi-discipline area: a systems approach (P. Wiese and P. John).
Professional Engineering Publishing. 2003.

Complexity Science for the Design of an Intelligent Geometry Compressor for Jet Aircraft Engines. with J.H. Johnson and P. Wiese. Proc.
Artificial Life and Robotics 7, AROB-7, Beppu, M. Sugisaka (ed), Japan,
15-17 Jan.2002.

Scope and focus in engineering design research: distance learning experience at masters level compared with ICED 99 interests Conference paper given at ICED 01, 13th international conference on engineering design, Glasgow, Aug. 2001.

E-learning – Who? What? Where? Conference paper given at tenth international seminar: Scientific-technical information in the countries of central and eastern Europe. Zakopane, Poland May 2001.

A remote-access autonomous system design laboratory for education and research Conference paper for ICED 99, 12th international conference on engineering design, Munich, Aug. 1999.

Current Project

Intelligent Geometry Compressor (IGC) The application of multi-agent systems (distributed intelligence) to control variable geometry blading in axial compressors. This has the potential to improve the performance, stability, safety and reliability of compressors used in jet engines and in gas distribution systems.



  • BSc Hons. Maths/physics, subsidiary geology 1963 Kings College, London
  • AKC Associate (theology) 1964 Kings College
  • MSc Computer Science 1975 Birkbeck College, London
  • PhD Distribution of Automated Intelligence in Computer Integrated
  • Manufacturing (CIM) Systems. 1991 Kingston Polytechnic.
  • C.Eng 1990. Engineering Council
  • FBCS Fellow of the British Computer Society. 1988 (MBCS - 1976)
  • SSADM Structured Systems Analysis and Design Methodology, 1994
  • British Computer Society Exam Board certification
  • BA Hons Open University, Music and Literature. 2005


  • 2007 - present Visiting Research Fellow, Open University (OU)
  • 1992 - 2007 Lecturer, Open University (OU)
  • 1989 - 1992 Freelance consultant/researcher, Kingston Technology Centre
  • 1967 - 1989 Employed by ICL, formerly ICT.
  • 1987 - 1989 Royal Society/SERC Industrial Fellow at Kingston Polytechnic
  • 1964 - 1967 Assistant Experimental Officer, Science Research Council
  • 1963 - 1964 Secondary school teacher of science and mathematics

External examining and validation

  • Examiner PhDs, University of Wales at Cardiff Feb. 2010, June 2005, May 2003
  • Brunel University July 2002, Kingston University November 2006, Examiner MPhil The Open University of Sri Lanka, 2001 Examiner for MSc research dissertation, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2001 Examiner BSc in Electronics Manufacturing, Cork Institute of Technology, 2002-4.
  • Examiner MSc Technology (informatics) Kingston University 2008-2012
  • PhD proposal assessor for Anglia Polytechnic University, 2001 Validation for MSc/MArch at Architects Association May 2002

PhD student supervision

  • 1995 - 98 Neural networks for computer vision. Successful
  • 1996 - 2002 Flow control of mobile robots. Successful
  • 1996 - 2007 Remote access to a prototyping laboratory. Sucessful
  • 2004 - 2011 Computer vision. Successful


Autonomous agents:

Teaching and Course Development

  • MSc research course T802/T801
  • Mechatronics: designing intelligent machines T395
  • Communicating technology T293
  • Management of professional services T845

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