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Centre for Doctoral Training in Ultra Precision Engineering



James graduated from Durham University with an MPhys in 2013. After graduation, he undertook a MSc in Astronautics and Space Engineering at Cranfield University. Following the completion of his MSc, James joined the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Ultra Precision in 2014, under the supervision of Professor Paul Shore.

Research interests

  • Precision metrology for metre-scale non-specular surfaces
  • Silicon carbide space optics

Current Research

This PhD project aims to determine and implement a method for the measurement metre–scale non-specular freeform surfaces, with uncertainty significantly lower than the current state-of-the- art measurement systems, capable of measuring such surfaces. The new method involves the use of a number of laser trackers in a multilateration system to determine the coordinates of a surface.

James' project page

Other interests

James is a dedicated competitive swimmer and regularity competes at country, regional and national level.

Conference proceedings

  • A laser based multilateration system for measurement of low-slope surfaces

James Norman, Xavier Tonnellier, Paul Morantz

17th International Conference & Exhibition,
Monday 29th May to Friday 2nd June 2017
Hannover Congress Centre,
Hannover, Germany

Cranfield University
 James  Norman
Not available for consultancy