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Professor Chris Cook

Executive Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences and Professor of Electrical Engineering

University of Wollongong

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Biography

Chris Cook is an Electrical Engineer who graduated from The University of Adelaide with a BSc in 1971 and a BE in 1972. After working on the modelling and control of electrical machines he received his PhD from The University of New South Wales in 1976. He then went to the U.K. to work for Marconi Avionics on the design of computers for various aerospace applications. After three years he returned to Australia to work for GEC as Technical Manager of their automation and control division in the area of industrial automation.

In 1983 he joined The University of Wollongong and established and became Managing Director of a University non-profit company called The Automation Centre with the assistance of $750,000 funding from Commonwealth and State Governments. This Company has since installed several million dollars worth of robotic and other automation systems in Industry.

In 1989 he became Professor of Electrical Engineering at Wollongong University with research interests in industrial automation and power engineering. The University of Wollongong's School of Electrical and Computer Engineering has now built up one of the strongest power research groups in New South Wales. In 1990 he was involved in establishing, with Pacific Power, the Energy Efficient Research Centre Ltd., a nonprofit company which designs and installs variable speed drive and other power engineering systems in Industry. In 1996 he continued to develop joint Industry-University initiatives by assisting with the setting up and running of the 'Power Quality Centre' at the University of Wollongong with Integral Energy.

In 2002 he was appointed Dean of Engineering, and in 2013 he was appointed as Executive Dean, Faculty of Engineering & Information Sciences..

Research Interests

  • Superconductor Research

    The project is intended to strengthen expertise in Australia in the area of application of high temperature superconductors (HTSC's) to power engineering. HTSC material is likely to have substantial future impact in many areas of the power industry. It is predicted that by the Year 2000 there will be an annual market of about US$150 billion in superconductors, and a major segment of this is likely to involve HTSC's in the power industry. Significant applications of interest in this project include cables to achieve more power flow for the same duct size, fault current limiters to allow existing assets to be worked harder, and magnetic energy storage devices to even out peaks and troughs in loads. This project combines existing 'science' based knowledge about HTSC's with practical power engineering design and modelling skills to better understand and characterise the engineering properties of HTSC's. The intention is to develop the engineering knowledge of HTSC's to enable their incorporation into practical power engineering systems.

  • Industrial Automation Projects

    A number of industrial automation projects underway in collaboration with the Australian Cooperative Research Centre in Intelligent Manufacturing. For example one project involves the development of novel control schemes to improve the performance of servomechanisms in the presence of non-linearities such as friction and backlash. Low speed and very accurate position and velocity control for precision machine tools is of particular interest. Additional real-time control based projects include the control of robotic and other mechanisms, and the identification and control of welding processes.

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