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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

Research Output 2001 2019

Accuracy Evaluation of a Drill Guidance System for Orthopaedic Surgery

Sell, N., Georgilas, I., Bridgwater Court, J., Giddins, G. & Du Bois, J., 2019, (Accepted/In press).

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Open Access

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

8 Citations (Scopus)

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 tests of contact events in air-to-air refueling

Bolien, M., Iravani, P., Du Bois, J. L., Richardson, T. & Robertsson, A., 30 Sep 2018, In : Journal of Aircraft. 55, 5, p. 2092-2103 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Passivity Control in Real-time Hybrid Testing

Peiris, L., Plummer, A. & Du Bois, J., 31 Oct 2018, 2018 UKACC 12th International Conference on Control (CONTROL). IEE, p. 317-322 6 p. 8516814

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


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


Techniques for condition monitoring using cyclo-non-stationary signals

Author: Barbini, L., 19 Mar 2018

Supervisor: Du Bois, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD