Ben Parslew, Ph.D.


Dr Ben Parslew BEng, MSc, PhD, MRAeS



2008-2012       The University of Manchester: PhD Aerospace Engineering
                        Thesis title: Simulating Avian Wingbeats and Wakes

2004-2005       The University of Manchester: M.Sc. Theoretical and Applied Fluid Dynamics
                        Degree classification: pass with distinction

2000-2003       UMIST: B.Eng. (Hons.) Aerospace Engineering
                        Degree classification: 1st class


Research Interests

Animal locomotion – avian flight, diving and swimming; animal jumping
Unmanned aerial vehicles – design, simulation; applications in air quality monitoring
Experimental aerodynamics of air and ground vehicles
Robotic locomotion – design, dynamic systems modelling, optimisation; applications in lunar exploration



Adjunct Professor, International School of Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University Courses taught: Biomimetics and Bioinspiration;

Senior Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering, School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, The University of Manchester Courses taught: Aerospace Group Design Project (UAV design)

Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering, School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, The University of Manchester Courses taught: Modelling and Simulation (Flight Simulation); Introduction to Aerospace Engineering;

Honorary lecturer and research associate, School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, The University of Manchester

Postdoctoral Researcher on UAV design and simulation, funded by BAE Systems, The University of Manchester

EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellow, The University of Manchester

Academic Editor and Instructor. Kasetsart University, Thailand.


Selected Grants

Fair-Space – future artificial intelligence and robotics for space (EPSRC hub) Novel robotic locomotion for lunar exploration. (Co-I)
UoM/EPSRC Global Challenges Research Fund Using Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Sensing Aerial Pollutants
Samsung Electronics AirVision: Combining Unmanned Air Vehicles with Computational Fluid Dynamics simulations to visualise local localised wind
Solomons Commercials Vehicles Drag reduction strategies for commercial freight vehicles
EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account Developing testing facilities for insect-scale robotic air vehicles

Newton Fund, British Council Researcher Links Travel Grant Using Unmanned Air Vehicles as Educational Tool in Rural Communities; King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand
Newton Fund, British Council Research Links Workshop Roboshop: A Robotics Works for Terrestrial and Aerial Robotics; King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand
BAE Systems Design and performance modelling of novel unmanned air vehicles



Selected Publications

Parslew, B. Sivalingam, G. Crowther, W. 2019 A dynamics and stability framework for avian jumping take-off. Royal Society Open Science
Contreras, F. Parslew, B. Sellers, W. 2019. A Quantitative and Comparative Analysis of the Muscle Architecture of the Forelimb Myology of Diurnal Birds of Prey (Order Accipitriformes and Falconiformes). The Anatomical Record.
Parslew, B. 2015 Predicting Power Optimal Kinematics of Avian Wings. Journal of the Royal Society Interface.
Nabawy R. A., Parslew, B. & Crowther, W. 2014 Dynamic Performance of Unimorph Piezoelectric Bending Actuators. Sensors and Actuators. Journal of Systems and Control Engineering.
Parslew, B. & Crowther, W. 2013. Theoretical Modelling of Wakes from Retractable Flapping Wings in Forward Flight. PeerJ. 2013.
Parslew, B. & Crowther, W. 2010. Simulating Avian Wingbeat Kinematics. Journal of Biomechanics.

Research Esteem

Invited to consult on the 2014 Blockbuster “Noah”, starring Russel Crowe (grossed $360 million). Credited as “Ben Parslew – Bird Consultant”
Invited speaker at 7 international research seminars: Khalifa-UAE (2015,2016); Chulalongkorn-Thailand (2012); AIT-Thailand (2012); KMUTT-Thailand (2012, 2013, 2014), and 1 UK Seminar (Dundee, 2017)
Interviewed by The Telegraph and Channel 3 News Thailand for research on Biomimetics & Robotics (2015, 2013)


Internationalisation and Outreach

Newton Fund, British Council Researcher Links Workshop RoboShop: a Workshop for Research into Aerial and Terrestrial Robotics; King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand Role: Lead organiser

British Council Exhibit for the National Science and Technology Fair, Thailand Live demonstrations of cutting edge technologies in aerial robotics

Visiting Lecturer Scholarship at King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand Lecture Series on Micro Air Vehicles for undergraduate and postgraduate students

The University of Manchester Dean's Fund Developing an Unmanned Systems Field Course

Foreign and Commonwealth Office Collaborative Development Award Award to establish research collaborations between The University of Manchester and, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Asian Institute of Technology and Chulalongkorn University in Thailand



Selected Conferences

Conference Presentations on Flight Biomechanics at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (2013, 2014, 2015), Society for Experimental Biology (2014), and the European Congress on Biomechanics (2010, 2012)
Invited Seminars at Chulalongkorn University Aerospace Engineering Department (2012, 2013), King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi (2012, 2013) and Asian Institute of Technology (2013) in Thailand.


Recent Awards

Manchester Better World Award for Outreach projects: Educational Tools for Robotics Teaching in Rural Thai Communities (2018)
Royal Academy of Engineering Research Poster Competition (2015)
EPSRC Doctoral Prize (2012)