Professor Duncan McFarlane

Professor of Service and Support Engineering at Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge

Professor of Service and Support Engineering, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge

Duncan McFarlane is Professor of Service and Support Engineering at the Cambridge University Engineering Department, and Head of the Distributed Information & Automation Laboratory within the Institute for Manufacturing. He is a lead investigator for the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction and from October 2011 will become Professor of Industrial Information Engineering at Cambridge.

Professor McFarlane has been involved in the design and operation of industrial automation and information systems for twenty years. His research work is focused in the areas of distributed industrial automation, reconfigurable systems, RFID integration, track and trace systems and valuing industrial information. Most recently he has been examining the role of automation and information solutions in supporting service environments and in addressing environmental concerns.

In 2004, he became head of the Cambridge Auto ID Lab and co-founded a series of programmes on information in the aerospace sector including the Aero ID Programme, examining the role of RFID in the aerospace industry. Professor McFarlane is also Co-Founder and Chairman of RedBite Solutions Ltd - an industrial RFID and track & trace solutions company.

His research interests include:

  • Industrial control & automation
  • Reconfigurable industrial systems design
  • Analysis and synthesis of intelligent control systems
  • Manufacturing systems integration
  • Automated identification systems
  • Value of industrial information & sensing
  • Track & trace systems
  • Information systems in complex service environments