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Professor Martin Howarth

Director of the National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering (NCEFE)


Summary

Martin Howarth is Director of the NCEFE at Sheffield Hallam University. The NCEFE is a hub for collaboration between the food and drink industry and academia, developing innovative engineering solutions for the industry and supporting the development of critical skills, which are currently in short supply. The NCEFE aims to help realise the food and drink industry's and Government's ambitious visions for growth in the UK and address the urgent challenges the industry faces. The NCEFE is supported by £6.9m from HEFCE and £2.8m from ERDF, the Food and Drink Federation, the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink, and many key companies, from multi-nationals to SMEs, working in the sector.

About

Martin has a PhD in Robotics from Nottingham Trent University and is a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and a Chartered Engineer. Previously, Martin was Head of Department of Engineering and Mathematics at Sheffield Hallam University where he was responsible for leading the strategic development of Engineering and Mathematics in the College of Business, Technology and Engineering, as well as for overseeing the delivery of excellent education in these disciplines. He was responsible for managing 85 academic staff across a range of disciplines from Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Mathematics.

Teaching

  • Robotics and Automation
  • Manufacturing Processes
  • Industrial Projects

Research

  • National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering
  • Materials and Engineering Research Institute

Research and technology transfer work led by Martin at the NCEFE includes a focus on improving sustainability and reducing waste in the food and drink sector, and assisting manufacturers with efficient food processing techniques. Recent projects address the health agenda through the reduction of the salt and fat content of food, sustainability through novel processing techniques to increase yield and quality, and new control techniques to increase the availability of autonomous systems.   

Over recent years, Martin has led and supported EU, EPSRC and Innovate UK projects and has contributed to the Knowledge Transfer Partnership programme within engineering at Sheffield Hallam University. Martin has authored and refereed technical publications in manufacturing, automation and robotics in a range of industrial sectors.

Publications

Journal articles

Meng, Q., Zhang, H., & Howarth, M. (2022). Comparison between Real-Time Auto-Tuning PID and Conventional PID Controller for a Dairy Industrial Evaporation Process. International Journal of Modelling, Identification and Control, 40 (1).

Paximada, P., Batchelor, M., Lillevang, S., Evageliou, V., Howarth, M., & Dubey, B.N. (2021). Impact of lipophilic surfactant on the stabilization of water droplets in sunflower oil. Journal of Food Processing and Preservation. http://doi.org/10.1111/jfpp.15757

Zhang, H., Mohamed, A., Breikin, T., & Howarth, M. (2021). Modelling and Simulation of an Ohmic Heating Process. Open Journal of Modelling and Simulation, 9 (1), 26-42. http://doi.org/10.4236/ojmsi.2021.91002

Shenfield, A., & Howarth, M. (2020). A Novel Deep Learning Model for the Detection and Identification of Rolling Element-Bearing Faults. Sensors, 20, 5112.

Mukherjee, S., Asthana, A., Howarth, M., & Chowdhury, J.I. (2020). Techno-Economic Assessment of Waste Heat Recovery Technologies for the Food Processing Industry. Energies, 13 (23), e6446. http://doi.org/10.3390/en13236446

Paximada, P., Howarth, M., & Dubey, B. (2020). Double emulsions fortified with plant and milk proteins as fat replacers in cheese. Journal of Food Engineering, 288, 110229. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jfoodeng.2020.110229

Dubey, B., Fitton, D., Nahar, S., & Howarth, M. (2019). Comparative study on the rice bran stabilization processes: A review. Research & development in material science, 11 (2). http://doi.org/10.31031/RDMS.2019.11.000759

Mukherjee, S., Asthana, A., Howarth, M., McNeil, R., & Frisby, B. (2019). Achieving operational excellence for industrial baking ovens. Energy Procedia, 161, 395-402. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.egypro.2019.02.100

Karim, A., Islam, M.A., Mohammad Faizal, C.K., Yousuf, A., Howarth, M., Dubey, B., ... Rahman Khan, M.M. (2018). Enhanced biohydrogen production from citrus wastewater using anaerobic sludge pretreated by an electroporation technique. Industrial & engineering chemistry research, 58 (2), 573-580. http://doi.org/10.1021/acs.iecr.8b03586

Dubey, B., Howarth, M., & Paximada, P. (2018). Electrosprayed particles derived from nano-emulsions as carriers of fish oil. TechConnect Briefs, 3 (3), 1-4. https://briefs.techconnect.org/papers/electrosprayed-particles-derived-from-nano-emulsions-as-carriers-of-fish-oil/

Lopez-Juarez, I., Rios-Cabrera, R., Hsieh, S.J., & Howarth, M. (2017). A hybrid non-invasive method for internal/external quality assessment of potatoes. European Food Research and Technology, 244 (1), 161-174. http://doi.org/10.1007/s00217-017-2936-9

Lockwood, A.J., Wedekind, J., Gay, R.S., Bobji, M.S., Amavasai, B., Howarth, M., ... Inkson, B.J. (2010). Advanced transmission electron microscope triboprobe with automated closed-loop nanopositioning. Measurement Science and Technology, 21 (7), 075901.

Hovsepian, P., Luo, Q., Robinson, G., Pittman, M., Howarth, M., Doerwald, D., ... Zeus, T. (2005). TiAlN/VN superlattice structured PVD coatings: A new alternative in machining of aluminium alloys for aerospace and automotive components. Surface and Coatings Technology, 201 (1-2), 265-272. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.surfcoat.2005.11.106

Hovsepian, P., Luo, Q., Robinson, G., Pittman, M., Howarth, M., Doerwald, D., ... Zeus, T. (2005). TiAIN superlattice structured PVD coatings: a new alternative in the machining of aluminium alloys for aerospace and automotive components. Surface and coatings technology, 201 (1-2), 265-272. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.surfcoat.2005.11.106

Luo, Q., Robinson, G., Pittman, M., Howarth, M., Sim, W.M., Stalley, M.R., ... Hovsepian, P. (2005). Performance of nano-structured multilayer PVD coating TiAlN/VN in dry high speed milling of aerospace aluminium 7010-T7651. Surface and Coatings Technology, 200, 123-127. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.surfcoat.2005.02.017

Lopez-Juarez, I., & Howarth, M. (2002). Knowledge acquisition and learning in unstructured robotic assembly environments. Information Sciences, 145 (1-2), 89-111. http://doi.org/10.1016/S0020-0255(02)00225-6

Lopez-Juarez, I., & Howarth, M. (2000). Learning manipulative skills with ART. IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, 1, 578-583. http://doi.org/10.1109/IROS.2000.894666

Lotfi, A., Howarth, M., & Hull, J.B. (2000). Orthogonal fuzzy rule-based systems: Selection of optimum rules. Neural Computing and Applications, 9 (1), 4-10. http://doi.org/10.1007/s005210070029

Mitchell, M., Howarth, M., & Gentle, C.R. (1998). Production and evaluation of textured polymer sheets as optical pressure-sensing interfaces. Journal of Materials Processing Technology, 300 (3-4), 129-133. http://doi.org/10.1016/s0924-0136(97)00410-x

Lotfi, A., & Howarth, M. (1998). Industrial application of fuzzy systems: Adaptive fuzzy control of solder paste stencil printing. Information Sciences, 107 (1-4), 273-285. http://doi.org/10.1016/s0020-0255(97)10053-6

Lotfi, A., & Howarth, M. (1997). Noninteractive fuzzy rule-based systems. Information Sciences, 99 (3-4), 219-234. http://doi.org/10.1016/S0020-0255(96)00271-X

Lotfi, A., & Howarth, M. (1997). Experimental design with fuzzy levels. Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing, 8 (6), 525-532. http://doi.org/10.1023/A:1018582921530

Conference papers

Meng, Q., Zhang, H., & Howarth, M. (2019). Performances Comparison between Real-Time Auto-Tuning PID and Conventional PID Controller for a Dairy Industrial Evaporation Process Control. 2019 International Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Control and Automation Engineering (AICAE 2019). http://doi.org/10.12783/dtcse/aicae2019/31462

Dubey, B., Roncato, P., & Howarth, M. (2019). Easy flowing emulsion (o/w) based spray-dried powder produced using dietary fiber as a wall material. ILASS-Americas 2019. http://www.ilass.org/2/conferencepapers/80_2019.pdf

Mukherjee, S., Asthana, A., Howarth, M., Mcneill, R., & Frisby, B. (2019). Achieving operational excellence for industrial baking ovens. Energy Procedia, 161, 395-402. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.egypro.2019.02.100

Mukherjee, S., Asthana, A., Howarth, M., McNeil, R., & Frisby, B. (2018). Achieving operational excellence for industrial baking ovens. In 2nd International Conference on Sustainable Energy and Resource Use in Food Chains, ICSEF 2018, Paphos, Cyprus, 17 October 2018 - 19 October 2018.

Asthana, A., Mukherjee, S., & Howarth, M. (2018). Evaluation of waste heat recovery technologies for industrial food manufacturing process. In International Conference on Sustainability, Energy and Environmental Sciences (ICSEES), 16 July 2018 - 18 July 2018.

Mukherjee, S., Asthana, A., Howarth, M., & Mcneill, R. (2017). Waste heat recovery from industrial baking ovens. Energy Procedia, 123, 321-328. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.egypro.2017.07.259

Asthana, A., Mukherjee, S., & Howarth, M. (2017). Waste heat recovery from baking ovens. In 11th European Conference on Industrial Furnaces and Boilers, 18 April 2017 - 21 April 2017.

Mukherjee, S., Asthana, A., & Howarth, M. (2016). Waste Heat Recovery in Food and Drinks Industry (Abstract only). Journal of Food Process Technology, 7 (12). http://doi.org/10.4172/2157-7110.C1.056

Lockwood, A.J., Wedekind, J., Gay, R.S., Wang, J.J., Bobji, M.S., Amavasai, B., ... Inkson, B.J. (2011). NanoLAB triboprobe: Characterizing dynamic wear, friction and fatigue at the nanoscale. Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings, 1297, 65-70. http://doi.org/10.1557/opl.2011.596

Brignone, L., & Howarth, M. (2003). ART-R: A novel reinforcement learning algorithm using an art module for state representation. Neural Networks for Signal Processing - Proceedings of the IEEE Workshop, 2003-January, 829-838. http://doi.org/10.1109/NNSP.2003.1318082

Brignone, L.M., & Howarth, M. (2002). A geometrically validated approach to autonomous robotic assembly. IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, 2, 1626-1631.

Chmielarczyk, P., Howarth, M., & Brignone, L. (2001). Learning manipulative skills using an ANN approach based on sensorial and descriptive information sources. ADVANCES IN MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY-XVI, 509-513.

Brignone, L., Sivayoganathan, K., Balendran, V., & Howarth, M. (2001). Contact localisation: A novel approach to intelligent robotic assembly. Proceedings of the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks, 3, 2182-2187.

Lopez-Juarez, I., & Howarth, M. (2000). Force control in robotic assembly under extreme uncertainty using ANN. IECON Proceedings (Industrial Electronics Conference), 1, 590-595. http://doi.org/10.1109/IECON.2000.973216

Howarth, M., Silvester, S.A., Lacey, M., & Sivaygonathan, K. (1999). Investigation into the printing characteristics and mechanical dynamics of advanced squeegee mechanisms. Proceedings of the IEEE/CPMT International Electronics Manufacturing Technology (IEMT) Symposium, 178-184.

Howarth, M., & Lotfi, A. (1999). Adaptive fuzzy control of solder paste printing: The identification of deposit defects. Proceedings of the IEEE/CPMT International Electronics Manufacturing Technology (IEMT) Symposium, 102-107.

Lopez-Juarez, I., Howarth, M., & Sivayoganathan, K. (1998). Adaptive learning approach to control contact force in assembly. IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, 3, 1443-1448.

Lotfi, A., & Howarth, M. (1998). An intelligent closed-loop control of solder paste stencil printing. Proceedings of the IEEE/CPMT International Electronics Manufacturing Technology (IEMT) Symposium, 87-91. http://doi.org/10.1109/IEMT.1998.731039

Lotfi, A., Howarth, M., & Thomas, P.D. (1997). Orthogonal fuzzy model of the solder paste printing stage of surface mount technology. IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems, 3, 1433-1437.

Howarth, M., Sivayoganathan, K., Thomas, P.D., & Gentle, C.R. (1995). Robotic task level programming using neural networks. IEE Conference Publication, (409), 262-267. http://doi.org/10.1049/cp:19950565

Theses / Dissertations

Wedekind, J. (2012). Efficient implementations of machine vision algorithms using a dynamically typed programming language. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Dutton, K., Penders, J., & Howarth, M.

Chmielarczyk, P. (2006). Learning manipulative skills using an artificial intelligence approach. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Howarth, M.

Presentations

Dubey, B., Roncato, P., & Howarth, M. (2019). Easy flowing emulsion (o/w) based spray-dried powder produced using dietary fiber as a wall material. Presented at: ILASS-Americas 2019, Arizona, 2019

Dubey, B., Paximada, P., & Howarth, M. (2018). Electrosprayed particles derived from nano-emulsions as carriers of fish oil. Presented at: TechConnect World 2018, California, USA, 2018

Posters

Dubey, B., Nahar, S., & Howarth, M. (2019). Ultrasound-assisted extraction of rice bran protein and its functional properties. Presented at: Physics in Food Manufacturing Conference, Campden BRI, Chipping Campden, UK, 2019

Dubey, B., Howarth, M., & Paximada, P. (2018). Protein enrichment by microencapsulation for dairy products. Presented at: 3rd Food Structure and Functionality Forum Symposium - From Molecules to Functionality, Montreal, Canada, 2018

Nahar, S., Howarth, M., & Dubey, B. (2018). Study of interfacial properties and bulk rheology of emulsion using RBP. Presented at: 3rd Food Structure and Functionality Forum Symposium - From Molecules to Functionality, Montreal, Canada, 2018

Paximada, P., Batchelor, M., Lillevang, S., Howarth, M., & Dubey, B. (2018). Fat-based submicron emulsions using high pressure homogenizer. Presented at: 17th Food Colloids Conference : Application of Soft Matter Concepts, Leeds, United Kingdom, 2018

Paximada, P., Dubey, B., & Howarth, M. (2017). Designing W/O emulsions with enhanced properties. Presented at: 3rd UK Hydrocolloids Symposium, Nottingham, UK

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