Robin Langley is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the Department of Engineering, and he is Head of the Department's Division of Mechanics, Materials and Design. He was brought up in the North East of England and has previously held academic positions at the Cranfield Institute of Technology (1984-1991) and the University of Southampton (1991-1998). He holds a number of consultancy positions with industry and has been involved in the development of software for the analysis of noise and vibration in aerospace, automotive and marine structures. He enjoys supervising structures and mechanics for the College and interacting with Fitzwilliam's very talented and interesting cohort of Engineering undergraduates.
Research is centred on randomness and uncertainty in engineering dynamics. The randomness may occur in the loading acting on a system or in the system itself. In all cases the aim is to develop a fundamental understanding of the physics of the system behaviour and to develop mathematical and computational models that can be employed in engineering design. The research includes methodologies for quantifying uncertainties, probabilistic inference, and the propagation of uncertainties through linear and nonlinear dynamic systems.