20082020

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Research interests

My research looks at how biological systems interact with environmental fluid flows and how we can use bio-inspiration to improve engineered technologies, particularly in the area of small scale unmanned air vehicles (UAVs).  I believe that major advances can be made in current UAV technology based on insights gained by studying the dynamics, sensing and control of animal flight and swimming. 

My research interests can be divided into two streams; one applied, the other biologically based.

Applied stream:

  • Bio-inspired approaches to UAV systems
  • Force and flow sensing for flight control
  • Morphing wing aerodynamics and control

Biological stream:

  • Bird flight aerodynamics, stability and control
  • Active and passive mechanisms for dealing with turbulence
  • How animals sense and use environmental flows

My research is inherently multidisciplinary, using techniques from both aerospace engineering and biology to study how engineered systems might be improved, or novel new technologies developed, based on understanding the principles involved with biological systems.

I use a range of different experimental, analytical and numerical modelling approaches including:

  • Computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
  • Numerical control system modelling
  • Experimental flow measurement
  • Wind tunnel measurements
  • Video image analysis of animal behaviour

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Projects

BIAF: Flow sensing autonomous systems

Windsor, S. P.

1/04/1631/03/21

Project: Research

Research Output

Artificial Neural Network-Based Flight Control Using Distributed Sensors on Fixed-Wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Araujo-Estrada, S. & Windsor, S. P., 5 Jan 2020, AIAA SciTech Forum and Exposition 2020. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc. (AIAA), 13 p. AIAA 2020-1485

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference Contribution (Conference Proceeding)

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    Bird-inspired Velocity Optimization for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in the Urban Environment

    Williamson, C., Spelt, A. & Windsor, S. P., 5 Jan 2020, AIAA SciTech Forum and Exposition 2020. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc. (AIAA), 19 p. AIAA 2020-1948

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference Contribution (Conference Proceeding)

    Open Access
    File
  • 91 Downloads (Pure)

    From wing shape to fluid dynamics in the barn owl (Tyto alba)

    Cheney, J. A., Stevenson, J. PJ., Durston, N. E., Song, J., Maeda, M., Windsor, S. P., Usherwood, J. R. & Bomphrey, R. J., 31 May 2020, bioRxiv.org. 19 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportOther report

    Open Access
  • Prizes

    Best Biomechanics Talk, Society for Experimental Biology Annual , Marseille

    Windsor, Shane P (Recipient), 10 Jul 2008

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

    Best Paper Award

    Guerra-Langan, Ana (Recipient), Araujo-Estrada, Sergio (Recipient) & Windsor, Shane P (Recipient), 2019

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

  • Best Talk - Early Career Academics Prize Symposium

    Windsor, Shane P (Recipient), 9 Feb 2009

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

    Activities

    • 2 Invited talk
    • 1 Participation in conference
    • 1 Fellowship awarded competitively
    • 1 Visiting an external academic institution

    Univ Washington, University of Washington, University of Washington Seattle

    Shane P Windsor (Visiting researcher)

    4 Mar 20198 Mar 2019

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

    10th International Micro Air Vehicle Conference

    Shane P Windsor (Participant)

    22 Nov 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    EFOR (Réseau d'Etudes Fonctionnelles chez les ORganismes modèles) Annual Meeting

    Shane P Windsor (Participant)

    14 Feb 2013

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk

    Supervised Work

    Inherently Elastic Actuation for Soft Robotics

    Author: Cao, C., 28 Nov 2019

    Supervisor: Conn, A. (Supervisor), Burgess, S. (Supervisor), Richards, A. (Supervisor) & Windsor, S. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)

    File

    Quantifying the flight stability of free-gliding birds of prey

    Author: Durston, N., 19 Mar 2019

    Supervisor: Windsor, S. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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