Contact Dr Argyrios Zolotas

Areas of expertise

  • Autonomous Systems
  • Instrumentation, Sensors and Measurement Science
  • Mechatronics & Advanced Controls
  • Systems Engineering
  • Vehicle Health Management


I have 20+ years R&D experience in academia and collaboration with industry. Established strong quantitative background and expertise in Systems and Control engineering on applications that are dynamically complex, typified by the kinds of systems in the Rail, Aerospace, process and energy industry.

Project lead (and co-Lead) on research projects funded by the public sector and by industry. Fellow of the (UK) Higher Education Academy and Senior Member of the IEEE. Awarded a Visiting Professorship with Grenoble INP (hosted by GIPSA lab) in 2018.

Recipient (together with co-authors) of IMECHE’s Railway Division John Jarrett Davis Prize 2015 for the research paper “Passive suspensions for ride quality improvement of two-axle railway vehicles”.
Recipient (together with co-authors) of ICSAE 2016’s Best Paper Award –in topic Control Systems Engineering- for paper title “Improved PID control for Tilting Trains”.

Dr Zolotas was Associate Editor on the IEEE Transactions Control Systems Technology (for 6-year term, 2012-2018), on IET Proceedings Control Theory and Applications (5-year term, 2013-2018), on IEEE CSS Letters (4-year term,  2017-2021). He is currently Associate Editor on the journals of Sustainability (MDPI) and Vibration (MDPI). He is Member of the IEEE CSS Technical Committee on Smart Cities, and of the IEEE CSS Technical Committee on Robust and Complex Systems.

Research opportunities

We are always keen to hear from interested candidates in advanced control for Autonomous and Cyber-physical Systems. Candidates interested in control, autonomy and intelligence is recommended to contact me and have a discussion.

Current activities

My expertise is on Systems and Control Engineering, includes robust control and fault tolerant control,  system architecture, AI-based and data-driven control. Since joining Cranfield University he is leading work in autonomous systems for ground, aerial and and rail related concepts. I am also Course Director of the world renowned MSc in Autonomous Vehicle Dynamics and Control programme. Since January 2021 I am leading the Autonomous Systems Dynamics and Control research group within the Thematic area of Autonomy&AI (Prof G. Inalhan) of the Centre for Autonomous and CyberPhysical Systems (Prof A. Tsourdos).

To date, I have graduated (as first supervisor) 6 PhD students (co-supervised a further 5 PhD students to completion) and advised 5 Research fellows on a variety of funded research projects. In 2018 I was hosted by GIPSA lab, Grenoble INP, on a short-term visiting Professorship award.


Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl)

BI Expertise


Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL)

Outsmart Insight

Rolls Royce (via collaboration with Cranfield's Centre for Propulsion)


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