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Personal Statement

Ruaridh is a Research Associate in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering with a research focus on network analysis, consensus optimisation and swarm engineering. These foundations have found applications in wide variety of networked systems from brain connectomes, to starling flocks and multiple UAV control.

His research and studies have always been closely aligned with space technology and applications. Delivering horizon scanning for the UK Space Agency by assessing the potential of future space technology and applications, as well as managing and taking a technical lead in developing an experiment that was launched on a sounding rocket as part of ESA's REXUS programme. Other space related work has included leading the thermal analysis of the UK's first CubeSat and founding a student space organisation at the University of Strathclyde, StrathSEDS. 

He is currently developing Space Horizons, a fast-paced card game about future space technologies and missions, in association with the UK Space Agency.

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Engineering, University Of Strathclyde

30 Sep 200826 Jun 2013

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Projects 2013 2019

Research Output 2012 2016

  • 6 Paper
  • 3 Conference contribution
  • 1 Article
3 Citations (Scopus)

Autonomous and scalable control for remote inspection with multiple aerial vehicles

Clark, R. A., Punzo, G., MacLeod, C. N., Dobie, G., Summan, R., Bolton, G., Pierce, S. G. & Macdonald, M., 24 Nov 2016, In : Robotics and Autonomous Systems. 87, p. 258-268 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Experimental Validation
Path Planning

Consensus speed maximisation in engineered swarms with autocratic leaders

Clark, R., Punzo, G., Baumanis, K. & Macdonald, M., 13 Jul 2016, Proceedings of the International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics and the International Conference on Automation, Control and Robotics Engineering. New York, 5 p.

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

Directed graphs
Telecommunication networks
Genetic algorithms


Methodologies for scalable and responsive swarms and networked systems

Author: Clark, R., 1 Apr 2017

Supervisor: Macdonald, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


2013 IAC Student Paper Competition

Ruaridh Clark (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Engineering Leadership Advanced Award

Ruaridh Clark (Recipient), 2011

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)