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Ultra Precision Conference 2019

Organised and co-ordinated by the 2018/19 MRes cohort, this event is a collaboration between the University of Cambridge, University of Nottingham, and Cranfield University. This year's conference aims to bring together experts in both academia and industry to disseminate innovative and novel research under the theme of future trends and emerging technologies in ultra precision engineering. This symposium will take place on Monday 17th June 2019 from 9:00 to 16:30 at Cranfield University.



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Dr Sebastian Pattinson: University Lecturer, University of Cambridge  

Dr Pattinson is a Lecturer in Manufacturing Processes, Systems and Organisations at the University of Cambridge. His research interests include additive manufacturing, material chemistry, computational design as well as learning how to produce new devices and materials whose structures are controlled from the nano- to the macro-scale for enhanced function.

He was formally a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. He received his Ph.D. and Masters degrees in the Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy at the University of Cambridge. His awards include a US National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellowship; UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Doctoral Training Grant; MIT Translational Fellowship; and a (Google) X Moonshot Fellowship.


Prof Xichun Luo: Professor in Ultra Precision Engineering, University of Strathclyde

Xichun is a Professor in ultra precision manufacturing and technical director of Centre for Precision Manufacturing (CPM) at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow). He is an elected Fellow of the International Society for Nanomanufacturing and an editor for Proceeding of IMechE Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science, Advances in Mechanical Engineering, Nanomanufacturing and Metrology and Mechanical Sciences, Journal of Micromanufacturing.

He obtained his PhD in ultra precision manufacturing at Harbin Institute of Technology (China) and second PhD in Precision Engineering at Leeds Metropolitan University (UK).

He and his research group have established an international reputation in ultra precision machining, micromachining and nanomanufacturing research. He won Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) 2015 Ludwig Mond Prize for his work in the application of digital technology in micro- and nano-manufacturing.


Dr Samanta Piano: Assistant Professor in Metrology, Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham

Dr Piano is an Assistant Professor in Metrology and deputy director of the Manufacturing Metrology team at the University of Nottingham (UoN). Her research interests concern the development of innovative and unconventional optical techniques and 3D probing systems for high-precision coordinate metrology to be used in industrial applications. 

She is a former Marie Curie and UoN Advanced Research Fellow who has contributed to several forefront areas of experimental condensed matter physics, materials science, atomic and optical physics, metrology and nanotechnology. She has published in international peer reviewed journals, including two papers in the prestigious Physical Review Letters, one in Applied Physics Letters, and three refereed book chapters.

Recently, she has been awarded a Hermes Fellowship from UoN to work on applications of machine learning and CAD model recognition techniques to accelerate and optimise the performance of 3D measurement systems.


Kim Larsen: Senior Product Scientist within the Product Science Group at Oxford Instruments

Kim Larson joined HKL Technology A/S in January 2004. The company was acquired by Oxford Instruments in the following year. Through his history at HKL Technology A/S and then Oxford Instruments, Kim has worked in several areas including Customer Support, Development and Marketing; always with a strong focus on Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD). 


Dr Joanna Skiba-Szymanska: Senior Research Scientist, Toshiba Research Europe 

Joanna is a Senior Research Scientist at Toshiba Research Europe working on development of novel quantum light sources for quantum communication applications. 

Joanna received her B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree in Electronics Engineering and Optoelectronics from Wroclaw University of Technology in Poland. In 2008 she completed her PhD in Physics at The University of Sheffield where she was working on electron spin interactions in semiconductor quantum dots. Straight after she moved to Cambridge, where she has been working with Toshiba and collaborating with Semiconductor Physics Group at Cambridge University. Joanna’s work is focused on engineering of semiconductor based devices that produce single and entangled photons that can be used for Quantum Key Distribution systems.


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If you are interested in becoming a speaker or would like to exhibit at this event, please contact:

Henry De Fossard