Professor Paul Newman elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering

Many congratulations to Professor Paul Newman, the Department’s BP Professor of Information Engineering and Fellow of Keble College, who has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE). The Academy's Fellows represent the nation’s best engineering researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, business and industry leaders.

Professor Paul NewmanThis prestigious award is in recognition of Professor Newman’s internationally recognised work in ‘long-term, infrastructure-free, reliable navigation for mobile robots and autonomous vehicles’. His world-class reputation in research has led to collaborations with major organisations including Google; the US Navy; BAE Systems; Sonardyne; the European Space Agency; Nissan and Guidance Ltd.

At the Department of Engineering Science, Professor Newman heads up with Professor Ingmar Posner the vibrant and innovative Oxford Mobile Robotics Group. MRG researches many aspects of mobile autonomy with a particular emphasis on navigation, perception and understanding of large workspaces. One of its flagship projects is the self driving "RobotCar" -

Professor Newman obtained a MEng in Engineering Science from Oxford University, Balliol College in 1995 and then undertook a PhD in autonomous navigation at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics, University of Sydney, Australia. In 1999, he returned to the United Kingdom to work in the commercial sub-sea navigation industry. In late 2000, he joined the Department of Ocean Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2003, he returned to Engineering at Oxford as a departmental Lecturer before becoming a Fellow of New College and University Lecturer in 2006. In 2012, he became BP Professor of Information Engineering and Fellow of Keble College.

Saturday, 20th September 2014

We are delighted that this Saturday Professor Newman will be speaking at Oxford University’s Alumni Weekend about “The Oxford RobotCar”.  More about the Alumni Weekend at:

Also elected Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering:

  • Congratulations also to the Department’s former Deputy Head, Professor Alistair Borthwick, (now Professor of Applied Hydrodynamics, Institute of Energy Systems at The University of Edinburgh) on his Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering. Professor Borthwick is a world authority on environmental fluid mechanics and internationally renowned for his outstanding contributions to computational hydraulics.
  • Dr Andrew Fitzgibbon who was a Royal Society University Research Fellow at the Department (now a Principal Researcher with Microsoft Research) has also been awarded a RAE Fellowship. Dr Fitzgibbon is an internationally leading researcher in the field of computer vision. His research has led to significant commercial products, which have impacted the film and video games industries.

About the RAE

The Royal Academy of Engineering provides leadership and promotes excellence across all fields of engineering, to the benefit of society.

The Academy’s activities are shaped, led and delivered by its exceptional Fellowship, which represents the nation’s best practising engineers, innovators and entrepreneurs, often in leading roles across business and academia.

Fellows of the UK's national academy of engineering, which was founded in 1976, include leading industrialists, pioneering inventors and top academics. HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh is the RAE’s Senior Fellow. HRH The Princess Royal and HRH The Duke of Kent are Royal Fellows.

Acknowledgements: The Royal Academy of Engineering