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Dr Steven Grainger

Telephone +61 8 8313 6937
Position Director of Learning and Teaching
Email steven.grainger@adelaide.edu.au
Fax +61 8 8313 4367
Building Engineering South
Floor/Room 2 04
Campus North Terrace
Org Unit School of Mechanical Engineering

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Biography/ Background

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 practised 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.

Qualifications

BA Computing; BSc Hons Electronic Engineering; PhD (Signal Processing), Glasgow Caledonian University

Awards & Achievements

ALTC Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, 2010

Teaching Interests

Advanced Digital Control
Microcontroller Programming

Research Interests

Nanopositioning

Black-box modelling of piezoelectric actuators, sensorless control

Autonomous Robotics 

Constructive neural networks
Cognitive and Behavioural Robotics
Autonomous underwater vehicles

Collaborations

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 

Postgraduate Students

Mr Toby Lightheart
Mr Mohsen Bazghaleh
Ms Ladan Sahafi
Ms Xue Jin
Mr Boyin Ding
Mr Di Gao
Ms Zahra Bagheri
Mr Francesco Larizza
Mr Sammuel Sobey
Mr Alireza Moazen Ahmadi
Mr John James

Publications

Books

Grainger, S., Kestell., C., (2011), ‘Engineering Education - An Australian Perspective', Multi-Science Publishing 

Journals (since 2010)

Bagheri, Z., Wiederman, S., Cazzolato, B., Grainger, S., O'Carroll, D. (2015) ‘Properties of neuronal facilitation that improve target tracking in natural pursuit simulations', Royal Society Interface
Ding, B., Cazzolato, B., Stanley, R., Grainger, S., Costi, J. (2014) 'Stiffness Analysis and Control of a Stewart Platform-Based Manipulator With Decoupled Sensor-Actuator Locations for Ultrahigh Accuracy Positioning Under Large External Loads', ASME Journal of Dynamics, Measurement and Control
Bazghaleh, M., Grainger, S., Cazzolato, B., Lu, T.-F., Oskouei, R. (2014) 'Implementation and analysis of an innovative digital charge amplifier for hysteresis reduction in piezoelectric stack actuators', Review of Scientific Instruments
Ding, B., Cazzolato, B., Grainger, S., Stanley, R., Costi, J. (2014) ' Active preload control of a redundantly actuated Stewart platform for backlash prevention', Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing, Volume: 32 Pages: 11-24
Gao, D., Lu, T.-F., Grainger, S. (2014) 'A new method of feature extraction and location derivation in vineyards using point clouds', Applied Engineering in Agriculture
Lightheart, T., Grainger, S., Lu, T.-F. (2013) 'Spike-timing-dependent construction', Neural Computation
Mohammadzaheri, M., Grainger, S., Bazghaleh, M., (2013) 'A System Identification Approach to the Characterization and Control of a Piezoelectric Tube Actuator', Smart Materials and Structures
Bazghaleh, M., Grainger, S., Mohammadzaheri, M., Cazzolato, B., Lu, T-F., (2013) 'A Digital Charge Amplifier for Hysteresis Elimination in Piezoelectric Actuators', Smart Materials and Structures
Bazghaleh, M., Grainger, S., Mohammadzaheri, M., Cazzolato, B., Lu, T-F., (2013) ‘A Novel Digital Charge-based Displacement Estimator for Sensorless Control of a Grounded-load Piezoelectric Tube Actuator', Sensors & Actuators: A. Physical
Bazghaleh, M., Mohammadzaheri, M., Grainger, S., Cazzolato, B., Lu, T-F., (2013) ‘A New Hybrid Method for Sensorless Control of Piezoelectric Actuators', Sensors and Actuators A:Physical
Willis, C., Kestell, C., Grainger, S., Missingham, D., (2013) 'Encouraging the Adoption of Education Technology for Improved Student Outcomes', Australasian Journal of Engineering Education, Vol. 19, No. 2
Mohammadzaheri, M., Grainger, S., Bazghaleh, M., (2012), ‘A Comparative Study on the Use of Black Box Modeling for Piezoelectric Actuators', Int'l Journal of Advanced Manuf. Technology, Vol.63, Issue 9
Mohammadzaheri, M., Grainger, S., Bazghaleh, M. (2012), ‘Fuzzy Modeling of a Piezoelectric Actuator', Int'l Journal of Precision Engineering and Manuf., Vol.13, Issue 5
Mohammadzaheri, M., Chen, L., Grainger, S. (2012), ‘A Critical Review of Neuro-Control', Asian Journal of Control, Vol.14, Issue 1
Anvar, A., Garcha, M., Saliba R., Singh,T., Anvar A., Grainger, S., (2012), ‘Intelligent Condition Monitoring Systems for an AUV Robot', Journal of Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vol.152
Minase, J., Lu, T-F., Cazzolato, B. and Grainger, S., (2010), ‘A review, supported by experimental results, of voltage, charge and capacitor insertion method for driving piezoelectric actuators', Precision Engineering, Volume 34, Issue 4
Minase, J., Lu, T-F., Cazzolato, B. and Grainger, S., (2010), ‘Adaptive identification of hysteresis and creep in piezoelectric stack actuators', International J. of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Volume 46, Issue 9, Page 913-921

Conference Papers (since 2010)

Mohammadzaheri, M., Grainger, S., Bazghaleh, M., Tafreshi, R., Hassan, M. (2015) ‘Evaluation of the Induced Voltage in Driven Electrodes of Piezoelectric Tube Actuators for Sensorless Nanopositioning', 8th IEEE GCC Conference, Oman
Bagheri Z, Wiederman S.D, Cazzolato B.S, Grainger S, and O'Carroll D.C (2014) ‘Performance Assessment of an Insect-Inspired Target Tracking Model in Background Cutter', ICARCV 2014, Singapore
Bagheri Z, Wiederman S.D, Cazzolato B.S, Grainger S, and O'Carroll D.C (2014) ‘A biologically inspired facilitation mechanism enhances the detection and pursuit of targets of varying contrast', Dicta 2014, Wollongong
Bagheri Z, Wiederman S.D, Cazzolato B.S, Grainger S, and O'Carroll D.C (2014) ‘An Insect Inspired Object Tracking Mechanism for Autonomous Vehicles", ICINCO 2014, Vienna (best PhD student award)
Bagheri Z, Wiederman S.D, Cazzolato B.S, Grainger S, and O'Carroll D.C (2014) ‘A Bioinspired Facilitation Mechanism Improves the Successful Pursuit of Small Sized Targets", NeuroEng 2014, Adelaide (best student poster award)
Ding, B., Cazzolato, B., Grainger, S., Stanley, R., Costi, J. (2013) ‘Active preload control of a redundantly actuated Stewart platform for backlash prevention', ICRA, Karlsruhe
Mohammadzaheri, M., Grainger, S., Kasaee Kopaei, M., Bazghaleh, M. (2013) ‘IMC-based feedforward control of a piezoelectric tube actuator', ISSNIP, Melbourne
Miri, N., Mohammadzaheri, M., Chen, L., Grainger, S., Bazghaleh, M. (2013) ‘Physics-Based Modelling of a Piezoelectric Actuator Using Genetic Algorithm', ISIEA, Kuching
Gao, D., Lu,T-F., Grainger, S. (2013) ‘Post identification and location derivation in vineyards through point clouds using cylinder extraction and density clustering', RAM, Manila
Minase, J., Lu, T-F., Cazzolato, B., Grainger, S. (2012) ‘A comparison between PI & identification based inverse control for precise operation of a piezoelectric actuator for use in micro positioning applications', Proceedings of the 1st International Symposium on Physics and Technology of Sensors, Pune, India
Bazghaleh, M., Grainger, S., Cazzolato, B., Lu, T., (2012), ‘Using Frequency-weighted Data Fusion to Improve the Performance of a Digital Charge Amplifier', IEEE CRA, Minnesota
Mohammadzaheri, M., Grainger, S., Bazghaleh, M., (2012), ‘Intelligent modeling of a piezoelectric tube actuator', INISTA 2012, Turkey
Kestell, C., Willis, C., Grainger, S., Missingham, D., (2012), ‘Are online learning modules the kiss of life or death for lecture attendance?', AAEE, Melbourne
Sahafi, L., Grainger, S., Kestell, C., (2011), ‘Highlighting the Practical Limitations of IMUs for AUVs', ICMT, Melbourne
Jin, X., Kestell, C., Grainger, S., Bridges, G., (2011), ‘Agile Motion of a Differential Thrust AUV', ICMT, Melbourne
Lightheart, T., Grainger, S., Lu, T., (2011), ‘Constructive Network Reinforcement Learning for Autonomous Mobile Robots', ICMT, Melbourne
Bazghaleh, M., Grainger, S., Cazzolato, B., Lu, T., (2011), ‘Model Based Drift Correction of a Digital Charge Amplifier', ICMT, Melbourne
Anvar, A., Garcha, M., Saliba R., Singh,T., Anvar A., Grainger, S., (2011), ‘Intelligent Condition Monitoring Systems for an AUV Robot', ICMEM, Melbourne
Mohammadzaheri, M., Grainger, S., Bazghaleh, M., (2011), ‘A Critical Review on Black Box Modeling of Piezoelectric Actuators', ICMT, Melbourne
Grainger, S., Kestell, C., (2011), ‘Staff and Student Perceptions of the Effective use of Contemporary Lecture Theatre Technology', AAEE
Kestell, C., Grainger., S.; "Sustainable lessons through problem based learning", submitted to AAEE2011
Lightheart, T., Grainger, S., Lu, T. (2010), .'A Constructive Spiking Neural Network for Reinforcement Learning in Autonomous Control', ACRA 2010
Bazghaleh, M., Grainger, S., Cazzolato, B., Lu, T. (2010), ‘An innovative digital charge amplifier to reduce hysteresis in piezoelectric actuators', ACRA 2010
Minase, J., Lu, T., Cazzolato, B., Grainger, S. (2010), ‘Inverse Control of a Piezoelectric Actuator for Precise Operation of a Micro-motion Stage', ACRA 2010

Professional Associations

Chartered Engineer

Member of the IEEE
Member of the IET
Member of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE)
Member of the Australian Robotics and Automation Association (ARAA)

Professional Interests

Signal Processing, Embedded Systems, Data Acquisition, Condition Monitoring, Control Systems, Sensorless Drives

Entry last updated: Thursday, 22 Sep 2016

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