Research and Development


Advanced Control R&D

We provide independent, high quality control engineering R&D services to the automotive industry.

Funded Research

In addition, we participate both technically and as programme managers in government and EU funded research projects, including:

  • DCS for the training of diving supervisors
  • SmartCPM (smart control performance monitoring for industrial processes)
  • SENSE (Self Erecting Nacelle and Service System)
  • Aeolus
  • PAM

Technology Review

From time to time ISC is asked to undertake reviews of technologies related to automation and control. We use our first-hand knowledge of the needs of industry to provide an impartial assessment of a technology, either for a potential end-user or for a vendor looking for technical endorsement.

Research Links with Academia

We also support research projects through our Applied Control Technology Consortium and its links with academia and in particular with the Industrial Control Centre (ICC) at the University of Strathclyde.


Our R&D services are available to a range of industries:

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Control-in-the-Field Benefits Study

This study commissioned by Fieldbus Foundation was to quantify the control loop performance benefits of using Control-in-the-Field where control blocks reside within field devices, over traditional schemes where control is executed in the DCS. Careful consideration was given to ensure a fair comparison, and results have been published within an ARC white paper.

Read Fieldbus Foundation Press Release >

Nonlinear Compensation for Sensors

A bespoke algorithm was developed and analysed for the online compensation of sensor nonlinearities.

As well as accuracy and computational burden, data diversity issues were paramount in this safety critical application.

Automotive Engine Control Research

ISC has undertaken a rolling programme of research for a major automotive company. This has investigated the use of modelling, estimation and control techniques to enhance engine control systems while meeting the increasingly tight emission regulations.

Several of the developed schemes have been tested on real engine drive cycles.