Dr. Dewi Jones was born in Bangor in 1951. A former pupil of Ysgol Glan Clwyd, Rhyl, he studied Electronic Engineering at the University College of North Wales, receiving the BSc degree in 1972. After graduating, he spent three years as an Ionosphericist with the British Antarctic Survey, based at HalleyBay. He then studied for the MSc degree at the Inter-University Institute of Engineering Control and then a PhD degree in control systems at the University of Wales, Bangor. Following two years as a research engineer at the GEC Marconi Research Laboratory in Chelmsford, he returned to Bangor in 1980 as a Lecturer, then subsequently Senior Lecturer and Reader. From 1994 -1996 he was a Royal Society Industry Fellow based at EA Technology Ltd, Capenhurst. In 2002, he was awarded the DSc degree by the University of Wales. During 2005-6 he was on secondment to the Autonomous Systems Laboratory at CSIRO in Queensland, Australia as a visiting researcher.
His main area of research is control systems applications, particularly the control of electrical and electromechanical devices. He was an early advocate of the use of parallel computation for real-time control algorithms. Most of his work has been conducted in collaboration with industry, including vibration isolation for spacecraft with the European Space Agency, automation of power line inspection with EA Technology Ltd and hydroelectric plant control with First Hydro Company. Dr Jones is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology and Senior Member of the Institute of Electronic & Electrical Engineers.