Dr Darren F Kavanagh

PhD, BEng (Hons) Nat Dip Eng MIEEE MIEI

Lecturer & Researcher, Faculty of Engineering
  • Research Interests
  • Publications
  • Research Supervision

Broadly, his research interests encompass the applied engineering field of Signals and Systems.

He received the Ph.D. degree in advanced signal processing and pattern recognition for acoustic signals from Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland, in 2011. He is a Lecturer with the Institute of Technology Carlow, Carlow, Ireland. He was a Postdoctoral researcher with the University of Oxford, Oxford, U.K., investigating the area of degradation and failure analysis of electric machines with specific applications in electric vehicles. He has gained valuable academic experience at educational institutions such as the University of Oxford; Trinity College Dublin; and the Institute of Technology Tallaght, Dublin, Ireland. He has also benefited greatly from industrial experience at Alcatel Lucent-Bell Laboratories, Intel, and Xilinx. Dr. Kavanagh was awarded an EMBARK Scholarship in 2006-2010 by the Irish Research Council to pursue a Ph.D. degree in acoustic signal processing for applied industrial problems. He was the recipient of the prestigious Minister’s Silver Medal for Science from the Minister for Education (Ireland) in 2004.

Industrial applications of his research include:

  1. Audio/Acoustic Signal Processing (DSP, Embedded Systems, Mixed-Signal ICs, Microphone Arrays, MEMS)
  2. Renewable Energy Technologies (Electric Machines, Generators)
  3. Electrification of Transport (Traction Motors)
  4. Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IoT based Smart Plant Equipment)


“The Impact of Thermal Degradation on Properties of Electrical Machine Winding Insulation Material,” IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, Volume: 52, Issue: 4, July/August 2016

“Dielectric Characteristics of Electric Vehicle Traction Motor Winding Insulation Under Thermal Aging,” IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, Volume: 52, Issue: 2, March/April 2016

“Equivalent Circuit Model Estimation of Induction Machines under Elevated Temperature Conditions,” UKACC (United Kingdom Automatic Control Council) -- 10th International Conference on Control (CONTROL 2014)

“Residual Life Prediction of Rotating Machines Using Acoustic Noise Signals,” IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement, Volume: 62, Issue: 1, Pages 95 – 108, 2013

“Estimation of Temperature Dependent Equivalent Circuit Parameters for Traction-based Electric Machines,” HEVC -- 5th IET Hybrid and Electric Vehicles Conference, 2013

“An Applied Laboratory Characterisation Approach for Electric Machine Insulation,” SDEMPED 2013 -- 9th IEEE International Symposium on Diagnostics for Electrical Machines, Power Electronics & Drives

“Rogue Femtocell Owners: How Mallory Can Monitor My Devices,” the 5th IEEE International Traffic Monitoring and Analysis Workshop, TMA 2013

“Audio Signal Classification Using Mel-Spectrum Teager Energy Coefficients,” published in IEEE TENCON 2010 Fukuoka City, Japan 21-24 November 2010

“Envelope Analysis and Data-Driven Approaches to Acoustic Feature Extraction for Predicting the Remaining Useful Life of Rotating Machinery,” published in IEEE ICASSP Las Vegas, March 30 to April 4, 2008

“A Non-Linear Operator Based Method for Harmonic Feature Extraction from Speech Signals,” published in IEEE ICSPC Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 24-27 November 2007

“A System - Intelligently Associate Audio Recordings of Speech with Associated Text - Content Generator and Player – Audio/Text Synchronization," preliminary patent application - initial filing in Ireland

“Classification and Segmentation Methods with Application in Audio and Acoustic Signal Processing,” Ph.D. Thesis, Department of Electronic Engineering, Trinity College Dublin, 2011

Research Supervision

  • Currently supervising a Postgraduate student at IT Carlow, the title of the thesis is: “Acoustic Sound Source Localisation for Machines”
  • Another postgraduate (MEng/Ph.D.) research position is currently advertised, titled: “Thermo-Mechanical Stress Analysis of Electromagnetic Coils in Electric Machines with Applications in Renewable Energy Systems”
  • Supervised a visiting student from the University of Angers for an internship in a research laboratory (engCORE) at IT Carlow, April 2016.
  • Supervised two to EPSRC Bursary Students at the University of Oxford, in 2012 & 2013.
  • Supervised two visiting students from ENSEIRB-MATMECA, Bordeaux, France for internships in a research laboratory at Trinity College Dublin in 2009.