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. He was a Postdoctoral Researcher (1996-1997) and Lecturer at QUB (1998-2002) and a Lecturer (2002-2005), Senior Lecturer (2005-2012) and Head of Department (2009-2012) at the Department of Electronic Engineering, NUI Maynooth
before taking up his current post as Professor and Director of the Energy Power and Intelligent Control (EPIC
) Research Cluster at QUB in January 2013. He also holds a joint appointment at the Department of Electronic Engineering, NUI Maynooth where he is academic lead partner for the Virtual Metrology and Predictive Maintenance Research Programme of the Irish Centre for Manufacturing Research (ICMR
) and a co-PI on a €4.5M SFI funded strategic research cluster grant (09/SRC/E1780) led by University College Dublin (UCD), on Sustainable Electrical Energy Systems (SEES
Prof McLoone’s research interests are in the general area of intelligent systems with a particular focus on data based modeling and analysis of dynamical systems. This encompasses techniques ranging from classical system identification, fault diagnosis and statistical process control to modern artificial intelligence inspired adaptive learning algorithms and optimization techniques. Current research activities include optimization and control of renewable energy and demand side management systems, data analysis and signal processing for in-home health monitoring and assisted living technologies, algorithms for unsupervised sparse feature selection and clustering with application to large semiconductor manufacturing and geospatial data sets and virtual metrology, predictive maintenance and control of advanced manufacturing processes. 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.
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.
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 also an Associate Editor for the Transactions of the Institute of Measurement and Control, a Member of the Accreditation Board of Engineers Ireland, the IET Academic Accreditation Committee and the IFAC Technical Committee on Cognition and Control, and is the current Treasurer of the Irish Systems and Control Committee (ISCC
), Ireland's NMO for IFAC.
Current Research grants
- Co-PI, FP7 ENIAC Joint Undertaking Programme, ‘INTEGRATE: Integrated Solutions for Agile Manufacturing in High-mix Semiconductor Fabs‘, (€28 million project with 28 partners across 5 countries), 2013-2015, €371,987. (IR/2012/0018)
- PI, Enterprise Ireland/IDA Competence Centre grant, ‘Virtual Metrology Enabled Control, Irish Centre For Manufacturing Research’, 2011-2014, €512k. (CC/2011/2001)
- Co-PI, SFI Strategic Research Cluster grant ‘Sustainable Electrical Energy Systems’, (Lead PI: Mark O’Malley, UCD, 9 Co-PIs in total across 4 universities), 2010-2015, €4,571,869 (€327k as Co-PI). (09/SRC/E1780)
- PI, Enterprise Ireland/IDA Competence Centre grant - Virtual Metrology/Predictive Maintenance Research Programme, Irish Centre For Manufacturing Research, 2010-2013, €422k. (CC/2010/1001)