Professor Richard Mitchell

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Professor Richard Mitchell

BSc (Hons), PhD CEng, FIET, Sen Mem IEEE, Senior Fellow HEA, FRSA
Professor of Cybernetics; University Teaching Fellow
Department of Computer Science, University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading. RG6 6AY
Office : Room 135   Tel : +44(0)118 378 6790.
Email : Web :

Welcome to the home page of Professor Richard Mitchell. Use the images and links on the left to navigate my web pages, which give more details on my teaching, research, and other activities; though some explicit links are also given on this page. My biography says more of me and my family.

I am normally in my office from 9.00 to 5.00, with breaks for coffee and lunch. If you turn up at my office I may or may not be there - it is better to make an appointment.

My teaching includes courses on Cybernetics, AI, Robotics, Virtual Reality, Java, Neural Nets, Control Engineering and Gaia Theory. I am author of four text books and part of two custom text books. I have also developed javascript web pages to illustrate my teaching

I am lead educator for the FutureLearn MOOC Begin Robotics, for which I have developed some interactive web pages.

My research interests include Control Engineering, Robots, Neural Networks and Learning Systems and Educational aspects. I have written various articles about Teaching and Learning for the T&L Exchange.

I was academic supervisor for the KTP with Red-Whale which was the Best KTP in the UK, Sep 2021. Previously I was academic lead or supervisor of numerous TCS / KTPs since 1989.

As regards admin I have held many different roles at the University and Department level: currently I am Examinations Officer for the Department.

I am on the committee which organises lectures for EC3, the Specialised Section of the Thames Valley IET: I maintain its web pages, and was its Chairman from 2000 to 2002. In addition, I am a member and former Chair of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society Chapter, UK&RI Section .