Director of Learning and Teaching
School of Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
Dr Steven Grainger is the Director of Learning and Teaching in the School of Mechanical Engineering and Program Co-ordinator of the Mechatronic Engineering programs. Dr Grainger's research interests include Nanopositioning and Autonomous Robotics, and he has a particular interest in autonomous underwater vehicles. He has published many peer-reviewed articles on his research, both technical and scientific, and on engineering education.
Dr Grainger practiced in industry as a consulting engineer before moving to academia. He joined the School of Mechanical Engineering in 2007 after 10 years as a Lecturer in Engineering at Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland. He has been a visiting lecturer at institutions in Oman, Russia, Germany and Australia.
Black-box modelling of piezoelectric actuators, sensorless control
Constructive neural networks
Autonomous underwater vehicles
Prof. Malcolm Allan, Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland
Dr Summet Aphale, University of Aberdeen, Scotland
Dr Yuen Yong, University of Newcastle, Australia
Dr Alex Forrest, Australian Maritime College, University of Tasmania, Australia
Prof. Neil Bose, Australian Maritime College, University of Tasmania, Australia
Assoc. Prof. Karl Sammut, Flinders University, Australia
Dr Steve Wiederman, School of Medical Sciences, University of Adelaide
Prof. David O'Carroll, Lund University, Sweden
Prof. Ian Reid, School of Computer Science, University of Adelaide
Year Citation 2017 Sobey, S. A., Grimshaw, P. N., Grainger, S., & Robertson, W. S. P. (2017). Design of a New Smart Inertial Based Spinal Motion Measurement Device. Poster session presented at the meeting of XXVI Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics. Brisbane, Australia.
Year Citation — Sullivan, N., Grainger, S., & Cazzolato, B. (n.d.). Algorithms for Multi-Robot Routing with Adaptive Heterogeneity [Computer Software].
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Advanced Digital Control
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2020 Co-Supervisor The neurophysiology of dragonfly optic flow encoding with applications to neurobotic engineering Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Edward Luong 2019 Co-Supervisor Trajectory Planning and Control System for Hyper-redundant Manipulator in Semi-structured Environments Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Rami Ali Ghaleb Ahmed Al-Khulaidi 2016 Co-Supervisor Development and Evaluation of Biologically Inspired Closed Loop Tracking and Pursuit Models using Simulink and Ground Based Robot Q Platform Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time John Vincent James
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2016 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Task Allocation and Collaborative Localisation in Multi-Robot Systems Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Nicholas David Sullivan 2015 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Guidance for Time Efficient Path Following of Under-actuated Differential Thrust AUVs Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Miss Xue Jin 2015 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Three-Dimensional Measurement of Spinal Kinematics and Whole-Body Activity Recognition Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Sammuel Aleck Sobey 2015 - 2020 Co-Supervisor Vibration Signatures of Defective Bearings: Modelling and Defect Size Estimation Methods Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Frank Larizza 2015 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Vibration Signatures of Defective Bearings and Defect Size Estimation Methods Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Alireza Moazen Ahmadi 2013 - 2017 Co-Supervisor An Insect-Inspired Target Tracking Mechanism for Autonomous Vehicles Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Zahra Bagheri 2011 - 2014 Co-Supervisor Identification and Location Derivation of Grapevine Features through Point Clouds Master of Engineering Science Master Full Time Mr Di Gao 2010 - 2013 Principal Supervisor Cost Effective Navigation of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Master of Engineering Science Master Full Time Ms Ladan Sahafi 2009 - 2014 Co-Supervisor A Study of a Stewart Platform-based Manipulator for Applications in Biomechanical Testing Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time APrf Boyin Ding 2009 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Hybrid Digital Control of Piezoelectric Actuators Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Mohsen Bazghaleh 2009 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Constructive Spiking Neural Networks for Simulations of Neuroplasticity Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Toby Asher Lightheart
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