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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 PhD

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

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Projects 2016 2021

Drill Guidance System in Orthopaedic Surgery

Du Bois, J. & Georgilas, I.


Project: Central government, health and local authorities

Techniques for Nonlinear Real-Time Hybrid Testing

Du Bois, J.


Project: Research council

Mechanical properties
Drawing (graphics)

Future Unmanned Aerial Systems Traffic Management (UTM)

Cleaver, D., Du Bois, J. & Iravani, P.


Project: Central government, health and local authorities

UK Beyond Visual Line of Sight Operations

Cleaver, D., Du Bois, J. & Iravani, P.


Project: Central government, health and local authorities

Research Output 2001 2018

1 Citations

Amplitude-cyclic frequency decomposition of vibration signals for bearing fault diagnosis based on phase editing

Barbini, L., Eltabach, M., Hillis, A. J. & du Bois, J. L., 15 Mar 2018, In : Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing. 103, p. 76-88 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Bearings (structural)
Failure analysis
Aircraft engines
Machine components

Hybrid Testing of an Aerial Refuelling Drogue

Bolien, M., 11 Jan 2018, 158 p.

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

Air refueling

Towards Accurate Drilling Guidance for Orthopaedic Surgery

Georgilas, I., Giddins, G. & Du Bois, J., 7 Aug 2018, (Accepted/In press) 8th Joint Workshop on New Technologies for Computer/Robot Assisted Surgery (CRAS).

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

Open Access

A comparison of analytical and empirical controllers for the SLIP hopper

Hale, M. F., du Bois, J. L. & Iravani, P., 20 Jul 2017, Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems - 18th Annual Conference, TAROS 2017, Proceedings. Germany: Springer Verlag, p. 79-85 7 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); vol. 10454 ).

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

Inverted Pendulum

Hybrid Tests of Contact Events in Air-to-Air Refuelling

Bolien, M., Iravani, P., Richardson, T. S., Robertsson, A. & Du Bois, J., Nov 2017, (Submitted) In : AIAA Journal of Aircraft.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle