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Department of Engineering

Prof. Robin Langley FREng


Robin Langley


Academic Division: Mechanics, Materials and Design

Research group: Applied Mechanics (Head of Group)

Telephone: +44 1223 7 48242


Research interests

Much of Robin Langley’s research is centered on randomness and uncertainty in engineering dynamics.  The randomness may occur in the loading acting on a system (examples include random wave loading on marine structures and turbulent boundary layer excitation of aerospace and automotive structures), or in the system itself (for example manufacturing imperfections and uncertain system properties).  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.  Particular applications of the research include:

  • The dynamics of marine systems
  • Noise and vibration in aerospace and automotive structures
  • Broadband energy harvesting
  • Impact dynamics of drilling systems
  • High frequency electromagnetic compatibility

Robin Langley has extensive contacts with industry and he has been involved in the development of engineering software for noise and vibration analysis that is used by a wide range of industries.

Strategic themes

Complex, resilient and intelligent systems

The development of mathematical and computational models to predict the performance and reliability of engineering systems in the presence of uncertainties.

Other positions

  • Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering
  • Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America
  • Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications
  • Fellow of the International Institute of Acoustics and Vibration
  • Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society
  • Chartered Engineer
  • Chartered Mathematician


1984-1991 Lecturer in Offshore Structures, Cranfield Institute of Technology

1991-1997 Senior Lecturer in Aerospace Structures, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, University of Southampton

1997-1998 Professor of Structural Dynamics, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, University of Southampton

1998-present Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge

1998-present Professorial Fellow, Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge

1999-2002 Deputy Head of Department (Graduate Studies), Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge

2007-present Head of the Division of Mechanics, Materials and Design, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge