Dr Graeme West

Senior Lecturer

Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Personal statement

I am a Senior Lecturer in the department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, having been appointed through the Chancellor's Fellowship scheme.  My research interests lie in the area of intelligent decision support, primarily for applications in the Energy Industry, and with a particular focus on through lifetime management of nuclear power generation assets.  This covers a broad range of disciplines ranging from artificial intelligence, machine learning, & data analytics through to image and video processing.  Application areas include inspection, condition monitoring, diagnostics and prognostics of plant items, both from individual asset and fleet wide perspectives.  I am an academic lead in the University’s Advanced Nuclear Research Centre (ANRC).

My current projects at the University include improving understanding of the graphite reactor cores of Advanced Gas-cooled Reactors (AGR) through analysis of refuelling data (EDF Energy), Automated sizing and classification of defects in CANDU reactor pressure tubes (Bruce Power), improved visual inspection of AGR fuel channel bricks (EDF Energy) and visual inspection of steel pipe work in the nuclear industry (NNL, Sellafield, WideBlue, Inspecta-hire).



Has expertise in:

    • Intelligent Systems and Artificial Intelligence
    • Data Analytics and Machine Learning
    • Condition Monitoring, Diagnostics and Prognostics
    • Nuclear power generation instrumentation and control


Data-driven analysis of ultrasonic inspection data of pressure tubes
Zacharis Panagiotis, West Graeme, Dobie Gordon, Lardner Timothy, Gachagan Anthony
Nuclear Technology Vol 202, pp. 153-160 (2018)
Automatic anomaly detection in fuel grab load trace data using a knowledge-based system vs. multiple deep autoencoders
Young A T, Aylward W, Murray P, West G M, McArthur S D J
11th Nuclear Plant Instrumentation, Control and Human-Machine Interface Technologies (NPIC&HMIT) 2019 (2018)
Fuel channel bore estimation for onload pressurised fuel grab load trace data
Young Andrew, Aylward William, Murray Paul, West Graeme, McArthur Stephen, Rudge Anna
6th EDF Energy Nuclear Graphite Conference (2018)
Synthetic aperture focusing technique for correction of poorly-focused ultrasonic pressure tube inspection data
Zhao Huan, Gachagan Anthony, Dobie Gordon, Wallace Christopher, West Graeme
9th European Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring Series (EWSHM) (2018)
Automated sizing and classification of defects in CANDU pressure tubes
Lardner Timothy, West Graeme, Dobie Gordon, Gachagan Anthony
Nuclear Engineering and Design (2017)
The influence of the spatial distribution of 2D features on pose estimation for a visual pipe mapping sensor
Summan Rahul, Dobie Gordon, West Graeme, Marshall Stephen, Macleod Charles, Pierce Gareth
IEEE Sensors Journal (2017)

more publications


I am 2nd Year Adviser of Studies for the BEng/MEng Electronic and Electrical Engineering undergraduate degree courses.

i am module registrar for EM501: Fifth Year Group Projects for the MEng Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Students.

I am responsible for the 2nd year EE/EM271 Sensor and Signal Processing Laboratory where the students design and build an instrument for measuring the thickness of steel using an ultrasonic transducer.

I am module registrar for the 3rd Year EM310: Signal and Systems course which covers the concepts and analysis of signals in both the time and frequency domains in the context of both analogue and discrete (digital) domains, baoth in terms of mathematical analysis and practical systems.

I teach a 5-week module on "Intelligent Condition Monitoring" as part of ME507 Machinery Diagnosis and Condition Monitoring.

Research interests

My research interests are in the design and application of artificial intelligence techniques to support the management of key engineering assets in a number of industries.  I have a particular focus in nuclear power generation applications and my research supports EDF Energy, who run and maintain the UK's Civil nuclear power stations, in analysing data that comes from their graphite reactor cores.  

Professional activities

Civil Nuclear Power: Opportunities for Scottish Engineering
Briefing for the Energy Policy Group - Scotland
Journal of Vibration and Acoustics (Journal)
Peer reviewer
IEEE Transactions on Reliability (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Early Career Mathematicians' Conference Autumn 2013
Invited speaker
Annual Conference of the PHM Society 2013
Invited speaker

more professional activities


ANRC -04 AGR Core inspection using down channel camera footage
West, Graeme (Principal Investigator) Murray, Paul (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2019
ANRC-19: R&D of a Suite of Data Analytics for Operational Support and Lifetime Extension
McArthur, Stephen (Principal Investigator) Wallace, Christopher (Co-investigator) West, Graeme (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2020
ANRC 001 Ext Automated Classification and Sizing of Pressure Tube Defects Phase IV - GATED - YEAR 2
West, Graeme (Principal Investigator) Dobie, Gordon (Co-investigator) Gachagan, Anthony (Co-investigator)
During routine inspections of CANDU nuclear reactors a selected subset of the pressure tubes which house the nuclear fuel are inspected ultrasonically. This generates a large volume of data which has to be manually assessed. In this project, we are examining the applicability of automated intelligent analysis techniques to support the manual sizing and classification of any observed defects.
01-Jan-2017 - 30-Jan-2019
Prosperity Partnership: Delivering Enhanced Through-Life Nuclear Asset Management
McArthur, Stephen (Principal Investigator) Dobie, Gordon (Co-investigator) Gachagan, Anthony (Co-investigator) Hamilton, Andrea (Co-investigator) Lunn, Rebecca (Co-investigator) Michie, Craig (Co-investigator) Pierce, Gareth (Co-investigator) Renshaw, Joanna (Co-investigator) West, Graeme (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2022
Mosaicing for Automatic Pipe Scanning (MAPS) (CR&D)
Dobie, Gordon (Principal Investigator) Marshall, Stephen (Co-investigator) West, Graeme (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2015 - 31-Jan-2018
EDF Energy Fuel Grab Load Trace Analytics for Reactor Monitoring
West, Graeme (Principal Investigator) McArthur, Stephen (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2014 - 30-Jan-2015

more projects


Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Royal College Building

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