Duncan McFarlane is a Professor of Industrial Information Engineering at the Cambridge University Engineering Department, and Head of the Distributed Information & Automation Laboratory within Institute of Manufacturing. He has been involved in the design and operation of industrial automation and information system for twenty years.
Professor McFarlane completed a B Engineering Degree at Melbourne University in 1984, a PhD in the design of robust control systems at Cambridge in 1988, and worked industrially with BHP Australia in engineering and research positions between 1980-1994. Prof. McFarlane joined the Department of Engineering at Cambridge in 1995 at a Lecturer in the area of industrial automation systems. His research work is focused in the areas of distributed industrial automation, reconfigurable systems, RFID integration, track and trace systems and valuing industrial information. Most recently, he has been examining the role of automation and information solutions in supporting service environments and in addressing environmental concerns.
Between 2000 - 2003 he was the European Research Director f the Auto-ID Centre. From 2001-2011 he was a co-investigator in the EPSRC funded Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre, based in the Institute of Manufacturing. In 2005, he became Head of the Cambridge Auto ID Lab and co-founded a series of programmes on information in the aerospace industry. Professor McFarlane is also Co-Founder and Chairman of RedBite Solutions Ltd - an industrial RFID and track & trace solutions company. He was Professor of Service and Support Engineering between 2006 -2011, which was supported by both Royal Academy of Engineering and BAE Systems. From October 2011, he became Professor of Industrial Information Engineering at Cambridge. Prof. McFarlane is also a lead investigator for the Centre of Smart Infrastructure and Construction.