The University of Sheffield is one of the UK’s leading Universities. It was named UK University of the Year in the 2011 Times Higher Education Awards. The University has produced five Nobel Prize winners, and many of its alumni have gone on to hold positions of great responsibility and influence around the world. USFD has also been among the top ten in the Russell Group, the association of leading UK research-intensive universities, according to the results of the independent 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).
USFD will participate in the project through the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering. ACSE is the largest department of its kind in Europe, dedicated to the study of control and systems engineering. The department collaborates with industry on cutting-edge research and can demonstrate a substantial portfolio of research topics in which its academic and research staff is currently actively involved including condition monitoring, vibration analysis, signal processing and computer modelling. In 2011, the total number of full-time research workers totalled around 115, made up of some 40 staff members and 75 PhD research students. Over the last decade, around 100 PhD students have graduated from the department, together with over 600 MSc students.