Biography

Daniel Toal is Chair of Electrical Engineering and Robotics in the ECE Department at UL and Director of the Centre for Robotics & Intelligent Systems. Born in Dublin, Dan is a chartered engineer in Electrical and Systems Engineering: (Hons Dip Elec Eng, Dublin Institute of Technology; BSc (eng) University of Dublin (TCD) 1984; MSc - Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Cranfield University, UK, 1986; PhD Marine Robotics, University of Limerick (UL) 2004). He has worked in the Electrical Power and High Voltage sector with GEC in Britain. He has worked in Automation Research and Systems Engineering including major systems engineering reorganization projects in the UK and Ireland and has worked in AMT consultancy in the electronics industry sector. Dan has taught: Automation, Robotics, Instrumentation, Avionics, Sensors, Electrical Machines. His research interests include renewable energy integration and field robotics for challenging environments (land-based, marine, airborne / ROVs, AUVs, UAVs). Successes in research are the result of hard work driven by the vision that the Marine Technology, Ocean Environment; Renewable Energy Sectors will grow in crucial importance. Daniel is the founder and director of CRIS the Center for Robotics & Intelligent Systems at the University of Limerick and is Co PI of the SFI Centre MaREI - Marine and Renewable Energy Ireland www.marei.ie. With the CRIS research team, Dan has led the design/build and operation of robotic platforms in the field including smart vehicles, ROV Latis, ROV Étaín and ROV Éad, unmanned airborne systems and many other platforms. On-going research addresses unique challenges of operating in 'high energy' wind, wave and tidal regimes of marine renewable and airborne wind energy. Research also addresses robotic platform development for response in offshore marine incidents, search and rescue (SAR) and marine salvage. Dan is collaborating with research and industrial partners in Ireland, across Europe and North America. He has been chief scientist for numerous offshore research surveys on Celtic Explorer, Celtic Voyager, INS LÉ Eithne, and other vessels. Dan has been awarded the Denny Medal - best journal paper award 2007/2008 - Journal of Marine Engineering Technology. He has given numerous Plenary talks internationally. Dan has published numerous journal articles, books/book chapters, conference papers and conference proceedings, invention disclosures, and has granted patents in sonar technology and renewable energy. For more information on his publications, check his ORCID profile: Image removed.orcid.org/0000-0003-3601-9216.

Research Interests

Marine technology: Renewable ocean energy: Marine, airborne systems & land based robotics: Controller design; Controller & payload sensor systems development and integration; Obstacle avoidance & imaging sonar; Camera and vision systems, Seabed / Deep ocean mapping.Robot motion control - articulation of limbs and novel control approaches to their implementation. Intervention robotics (for inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) in challenging marine and remote environments. The emphasis of the research application domain focus is in the marine environment and other remote and challenging environments where robot deployment will enable access where not possible before.

Professional Activities

Employment

  • 2018 University of Limerick - Professor, Chair of Electrical Engineering & Robotics
  • 2015 University of Limerick - Associate Professor
  • 2007 ECE, UL - Senior Lecturer.
  • 1998 Wismar Hochschule, Germany. - Visiting Lecturer, Erasmus Mundus
  • 1996 University of Limerick - Lecturer
  • 1994 ECE, UL. - Assistant Lecturer
  • 1988 AMT Research Unit, UL. - Part-time Lecturer
  • 1988 AMT Research Unit, UL - Project Manager & AMT Consultant
  • 1985 GEC Switchgear, Manchester. - High Voltage Test Engineer & Manufacturing Systems Engineer

Patent

  • 2017 EP2647098. - Improvements in relation to wind farms
  • 2012 EP 2,165,214 - A method and apparatus for determining the topography of a seafloor and a vessel comprising the apparatus
  • 2012 US 8,305,841 B1 - Method and apparatus for determining the topography of a seafloor and a vessel comprising the apparatus

Award

  • 2008 - Denny Medal, Award for best paper 2007/'08 - Journal of Marine Engineering & Technology

Association

  • 2006 Member, IEEE, Institution of Electronic & Electrical Engineers
  • 1988 MIEI, CEng, Internatiuonal Register of Professional Engineers , Engineers Ireland

Education

  • 2004 University of Limerick - Ph.D.
  • 1986 Cranfield Institute of Technology - M.Sc.
  • 1984 TCD - B.Sc.(eng)
  • 1984 DIT - Hon Dip Elec Eng

Committee

  • 1899 IFAC TC on Marine Systems (International Federation of Automatic Control Technical Committee on Marine Systems),

Peer Reviewed Journals

2017

A secure end-to-end IoT solution

Mathur, A,Newe, T,Elgenaidi, W,Rao, M,Dooly, G,Toal, D (2017) A secure end-to-end IoT solution. Sensors And Actuators A-Physical :291-299

Books

Book Chapters

2016

Airborne wind energy - a review

Ebrahimi Salari, M., Coleman, J., Toal, D. (2016) Airborne wind energy - a review. Germany : Springer International Publishing 3rd International Congress on Energy Efficiency and Energy Related Materials (ENEFM2015) :81-92

2001

Autonomous Submersible Robots

Hanrahan, G; Toal, D; Flanagan, C (2001) Autonomous Submersible Robots. Manufacturing, Modelling Management and Control :383-386

Edited Books

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Conference Publications

2019

IFAC-PapersOnLine

Omerdic E.;Toal D.;Dooly G. (2019) IFAC-PapersOnLine. IFAC-PapersOnLine :277-282

2019

Procedia Manufacturing

O'Riordan A.D.;Toal D.;Newe T.;Dooly G. (2019) Procedia Manufacturing. Procedia Manufacturing :408-414

2019

Procedia Manufacturing

Coady J.;Toal D.;Newe T.;Dooly G. (2019) Procedia Manufacturing. Procedia Manufacturing :840-847

2019

Procedia Manufacturing

Lynch L.;McGuinness F.;Clifford J.;Rao M.;Walsh J.;Toal D.;Newe T. (2019) Procedia Manufacturing. Procedia Manufacturing :1683-1690

2014

Novel miniature pressure and temperature optical fibre sensor based on an extrinsic Fabry-Perot Interferometer (EFPI) and Fibre Bragg Gratings (FBG) for the Ocean environment

Duraibabu, DB,Poeggel, S,Omerdic, E,Kalli, K,Capocci, R,Lacraz, A,Dooly, G,Lewis, E,Newe, T,Leen, G,Toal, D, (2014) Novel miniature pressure and temperature optical fibre sensor based on an extrinsic Fabry-Perot Interferometer (EFPI) and Fibre Bragg Gratings (FBG) for the Ocean environment. 2012 Ieee Sensors Proceedings

2014

Proceedings of IEEE Sensors

Duraibabu, D.B.;Poeggel, S.;Omerdic, E.;Kalli, K.;Capocci, R.;Lacraz, A.;Dooly, G.;Lewis, E.;Newe, T.;Leen, G.;Toal, D.; (2014) Proceedings of IEEE Sensors. Proceedings Of Ieee Sensors

2014

IEEE Sensors 2014

2. Duraibabu D B, Poeggel S, Omerdic E, Kalli K, Capocci R, Lacraz A, Dooly G, Lewis E, Newe T, Leen G, Toal D (2014) IEEE Sensors 2014.

2011

2011 IEEE SENSORS

Toal, D,Omerdic, E,Dooly, G, (2011) 2011 IEEE SENSORS. 2011 Ieee Sensors :1897-1900

2011

IEEE Sensors

Toal D, Omerdic E and Dooly G (2011) IEEE Sensors. :1897-1900

2011

IEEE OCEANS

Omerdic E, Toal D, Nolan S, Ahmad H, Duffy G (2011) IEEE OCEANS.

2011

2011 IEEE - OCEANS SPAIN

Omerdic, E,Toal, D,Nolan, S,Ahmad, H,Duffy, G, (2011) 2011 IEEE - OCEANS SPAIN. 2011 Ieee - Oceans Spain

2005

Complexity Workshop

Van de Ven PWJ Hayes MJ Flanagan C and Toal D (2005) Complexity Workshop. :*-*

2000

Mechatronics

Leyden, M., Toal, D., Flanagan, C. (2000) Mechatronics. :*-*

1999

IEEE Oceans ¿04

Van de Ven P. Flanagan C. and Toal D. (1999) IEEE Oceans ¿04. :1198-1204

1999

GeoHAB

Riordan J., Toal D., Flanagan C (1999) GeoHAB. :*-*

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