Ross Dickie

PhD Student
Earl Mountbatten Building, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, EH14 4AS
Sponsoring Company: MacTaggart Scott

Ross is a PhD Student within Smart Systems Group. He graduated in 2014 from the University of Edinburgh with a BEng degree with joint honours in Electrical & Mechanical Engineering. He then went on to further study for an MSc in Renewable Energy & Distributed generation at Heriot Watt University graduating in 2016 with distinction. His MSc dissertation was “Control Algorithms for Distributed Energy Demand Response”, this dealt with the control of large collections of devices to provide demand response services to the electricity grid.

His PhD project aims to use fusion prognostic methods for analysis of condition monitoring data from maritime assets, essentially dealing with predicting failure of system components. This project is in partnership with MacTaggart Scott (established in 1898 and based in Loanhead, Scotland). It aims to develop accurate and useful information and predictions about the condition of their maritime assets, specifically targeting “remaining useful life” metrics aiming to provide valuable predictions to aid decision making and asset management. This has a focus on the high value mission critical hydraulic systems manufactured by MacTaggart Scott.