Gordana Collier

Programme Lead for Postgraduate Taught Mechanical Engineering

Profile

Gordana Collier graduated from the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Faculty at the University of Nis, Yugoslavia. She then worked for the Yugoslav Department of Defence prior to her arrival to the UK, where she continued her education at the University of Southampton.

Gordana has held senior R&D and management roles in UK companies, including the position of Technical Manager for European Operations of a stock exchange-listed Singaporean company until 1999, when she moved to academia. She spent 8 years at Kingston University London, contributing to a range of academic and industry related developments. In addition to introducing innovative teaching methods, her enthusiasm and commitment to providing an exceptional student experience resulted in starting up a range of extra-curricular activities, including the Kingston University Robot Club, a Female Engineering Network and the Formula Student e-racing team. Gordana was a member of the University Industrial Control Research Group
and Educational Research Group. She also served on the University Academic Board
and was a
member of the IT Strategy Group and the School Senior Management Team. She was an Associate Professor and the Course Director for MSc Mechatronic Systems and MSc Automotive Engineering at Kingston University until 2014, when she moved to the Mechanical and Mathematics department at Oxford Brookes to take on the role of the Programme Lead for Postgraduate Taught provision in Mechanical Engineering.

Gordana is passionate about higher education and pursues research into innovative teaching methods in the Science and Engineering fields. For this work she received recognition from the major international industrial corporation National Instruments: “Award for contribution to Graphical Programming in the classroom”, which was published as a case study at the National Instruments Developer Zone (2012). Gordana has a national profile that includes serving on the IET Degrees Accreditation Panel and National Instruments Academic Council UK.

Professional Experience

  • 1996 - 1998 Technical Manager, Vikay Industrial, UK
  • 1990 - 1996 R&D Engineer, Uniqey Security, UK
  • 1989 - 1990 Specialist Equipment Engineer, Miloje Zakic, Yugoslavia

Membership

  • Member of the IET and an academic Accreditor for the IET
  • Member of the Institute of Physics and an invited member on the Instrument, Science and Technology Group
  • Founding member of the National Instruments Research Academic Council UK.
  • Associate Editor for The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society.
  • Reviewer for the IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies.

Teaching interests

  • Electronics,
  • Mechatronics,
  • Embedded systems and robotics.

Research and public engagement

As well as close collaboration with industry, relating to Gordana’s research interests in embedded systems and electric cars, she is passionate about applied learning in higher education, carrying out studies into innovative teaching methods in science and engineering and the promotion of STEM:
  • Electric vehicles
  • Embedded systems
  • Educating engineers
  • Women in engineering

Recent funding:

External“Improvement of accuracy of Chess Dynamics tracking systems” TSB, KTP Award with Chess-Dynamics Ltd, A. Ordys (PI), G Collier (CI), duration 30 months (2010 - 2013), value £200,000.

Recent publications

Book chapter

Collier, G., Augousti, A., Ordys, A. “Study of the Latest Developments in Technology-based Teaching for Implementation in Kingston University Engineering Programmes”, In: Benson, V. and Morgan, S, Cutting-edge technologies and social media use in higher education, USA, IGI-Global,
ISBN 978-1-4666-5174-6 (2014).

Journal papers

Shakouri, P, Ordys, A. and Collier, G, "Teaching Model Predictive Control Algorithm Using Starter Kit Robot", HEA Journal, Special Edition (2014).

Collier, G., Duran, O., Ordys, A., ‘Technology - centred Teaching Methods -Introduction to Programming and Robotics’, Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society (2013).

Kock, P., Weller, R., Ordys, A., Collier, G., "A Commercial Vehicle Analysis for Predictive Control in Common and Hybrid Vehicles", SAE Journal (2013).

Kock, P., Weller, R., Ordys, A., Collier, G., " Intelligent Predictive Cruise Control Application Analysis for Commercial Vehicles based on a Commercial Vehicles Usage Study", IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Transactions and Magazine (2013).

Kock, P., Weller, R., Ordys, A., Collier, G., " Validation Methods for Digital Road Maps in Predictive Control,", IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Transactions and Magazine (2013).

Hassan, A. and Collier, G. "Adaptive Cruise Control for a Robotic Vehicle Using Fuzzy Logic", In: Brezina, Tomas and Jablonski, Ryszard (eds.) Mechatronics 2013: International Conference, Brno, Czech Republic, October 2013 Proceedings, Berlin, Germany: Springer. pp. 535 - 543. ISBN 9783319022932.

Shakouri, P., Ordys, A. and Collier, G. "Robotic Implementation of the Adaptive Cruise Control: Comparison of Three Control Methods", In: Brezina, Tomas and Jablonski, Ryszard (eds.) Mechatronics 2013: International Conference, Brno, Czech Republic, October 2013 Proceedings, Berlin, Germany: Springer. pp. 633 - 640. ISBN 9783319022932.

Kock, P., Weller, R., Ordys, A., Collier, G., "A Validated Truck Model for Predictive Control", IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Transactions and Magazine (2012).

Naveenthiran, H., Collier, G., “Lego Mindstorm on Search and Rescue Mission”, SEC Journal of Undergraduate Research, Vol 1, September 2012.

Recent Conference papers

Masinghe, W., Collier, G, Nanayakkara, T. "Upper Limb Joint Torque Distribution resulting from the Flat Tennis Serve Impact Force" MEDICON 2013, Seville, Spain (2013).

Shakouri, P, Duran, O., Collier, G, and Ordys, A., "Teaching Fuzzy Logic Control Based on a Robotic Implementation", Automatic Control Education Conference 2013 (ACE 2013), Sheffield, UK.

Shakouri, P., Collier, G., Ordys, A., “Teaching control using starter kit robot”, UK Automatic Control Conference 2012 (UKACC 2012), Cardiff , UK, (2012).

Masinghe, W., Collier, G., Ordys, A., Nanayakkara, T. “A Novel Approach to Determine the Inverse Kinematics of a Human Upper Limb Model with 9 Degrees of Freedom”, IEEE EMBS conference on Biomedical Engineering and Sciences 2012 (IECBES 2012), Langkawi, Malaysia (2012).

Sharp, S., Collier, Wicks, A., Ordys, A., Collier, G., “Modelling of a pan and tilt servo system”, UK Automatic Control Conference 2012 (UKACC 2012), Cardiff , UK (2012).

Gordana Collier

CONTACT DETAILS

Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Oxford Brookes University
Wheatley Campus
Wheatley
OXFORD OX33 1HX
United Kingdom

gordanacollier@brookes.ac.uk

01865 483755

Room R2.05, Wheatley Campus