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Research interests


Dr Jonathan du Bois is a lecturer in electromechanical engineering, specialising in dynamic systems.

Jonathan's primary research interests lie in active vibration control and hybrid testing, encompassing hydraulic and electromechanical actuation technologies, robot kinematics, modal analysis and adaptive control, with a strong focus on aerospace applications.

Jonathan obtained his Master's degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Bristol in 2002. In 2004 he returned to the University of Bristol to pursue a PhD in adaptive fuselage response suppression for rotorcraft.

Following a brief period as a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, San Diego in 2008, he returned to the University of Bristol to take up a postdoctoral position on the Rotor Embedded Active Control Technologies (REACT) programme with AgustaWestland Helicopters.

Upon completion of this post he was appointed as a Research Associate on the Autonomous Systems Technology Related Airborne Evaluation & Assessment (ASTRAEA) project, developing advanced test facilities for autonomous air-to-air refuelling systems with Cobham Mission Equipment.

Jonathan moved to the University of Bath in 2012 to take up a Lecturing position in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.


Jon's research is in the area of aerospace dynamics and control. His background is grounded in structural dynamics and rotorcraft vibration control, while active research spans the topics of hybrid testing and UAV control, configuration and automation. Details of his ongoing projects are periodically updated at


Willing to supervise doctoral students

  • Active vibration control
  • Smart structures
  • Rotorcraft dynamics
  • Hybrid testing (model-in-the-loop/real-time dynamic substructuring).

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Research Output

Power-flow-based Stabilization for Adaptive Feedforward Filters in Hybrid Testing

Bartl, A., Peiris, H., Du Bois, J., Rixen, D. & Plummer, A., 3 Jun 2020, In : Experimental Techniques.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
3 Downloads (Pure)

Accuracy Evaluation of a Drill Guidance System for Orthopaedic Surgery

Sell, N., Georgilas, I., Bridgwater Court, J., Giddins, G. & Du Bois, J., 2019, (Acceptance date).

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Open Access
40 Downloads (Pure)


Cleaver, D., Du Bois, J. & Iravani, P., 21 Nov 2019, IPC No. B64C39/00; G01C21/00; G05D1/00; G08G5/00;, Patent No. WO2019220130A1, 16 May 2019, Priority date 18 May 2018, Priority No. 1808158.8

Research output: Patent

Agile and Adaptive Hopping Height Control for a Pneumatic Robot

Hale, M., Du Bois, J. & Iravani, P., 21 May 2018, 2018 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA). IEEE, p. 5755-5760 18096047. (IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation. ).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


Dataset for BathRC Ventilation model

Du Bois, J. (Creator), Plummer, A. (Creator), Gill, R. (Creator), Flynn, J. (Creator), Roesner, J. (Creator), Lee, S. M. (Creator), Magee, P. (Creator), Thornton, M. (Creator) & Padkin, A. (Creator), University of Bath, 16 Jun 2020



An Empirical Approach for the Agile Control of Dynamic Legged Robot

Author: Hale, M., 24 Jun 2020

Supervisor: Iravani, P. (Supervisor) & Du Bois, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Hybrid Testing of an Aerial Refuelling Drogue

Author: Bolien, M., 15 May 2018

Supervisor: Du Bois, J. (Supervisor) & Iravani, P. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Passivity based methods in Real-time Hybrid Testing

Author: Peiris, H., 13 May 2020

Supervisor: Plummer, A. (Supervisor) & Du Bois, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Techniques for condition monitoring using cyclo-non-stationary signals

Author: Barbini, L., 19 Mar 2018

Supervisor: Du Bois, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD