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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.



Conference Programme




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.

Topic: Additive Manufacturing of Mechanically Tailored Mesh for Compliant Wearable and Implantable Devices


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

Xichun Luo is a Professor in ultra precision manufacturing and technical director of Centre for Precision Manufacturing at the University of Strathclyde. He is an elected Fellow of the International Society for Nanomanufacturing, an Associate Editor for Proceedings of the IMechE Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science and Journal of Micromanufacturing, and an editorial board member for Nanomanufacturing and Metrology, Micromachines and International Journal of Extreme Manufacturing. He received the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Ludwig Mond Prize in 2015. 

He obtained his PhD at Harbin Institute of Technology (China). He has been working at Cranfield University as a research officer, a lecturer at Heriot-Watt University and a Reader at the University of Huddersfield before he joined the University of Strathclyde in 2013. 

His research interests include ultra precision machining precision motion control, micromachining and nanomanufacturing.

Topic: Ultra Precision single point diamond turning of GaAs


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.

Topic: Towards super resolution surface metrology


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

Kim Larsen 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). 

Topic: Nano-characterisation: Driving development and providing solutions for quality control


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.

Topic: Engineering Individual Photons


Dr Chris Proctor: Research Associate, University of Cambridge

Chris is a Borysiewicz Biomedical Sciences Fellow and Research Associate in the Engineering Department at the University of Cambridge. His research is focused on engineering devices and developing materials to enable a seamless connection between electronics and living tissue in order to address intractable disorders. Ongoing project themes include developing flexible implants for minimally invasive recording and stimulation as well as electrophoretic drug delivery for epilepsy and cancer.

Chris received a B.Sc. in Interdisciplinary Physics from the University of Michigan in 2008. Following two years as a general scientist at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, he earned a Ph.D. in Materials from the University of California, Santa Barbara where he investigated loss mechanisms in organic photovoltaics (2015). Subsequently, Chris was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from Whitaker International to develop implantable bioelectronic devices for treating neurological disorders at the Ecole des Mines de St Etienne. He has been continuing this work in Cambridge since joining the Engineering Department in 2017.

Topic: Engineering advanced neural interfaces


Dr Ian A. Robinson: Fellow, National Physical Laboratory

Dr Robinson is an NPL Fellow and, over the last 43 years, has pioneered the development of the Kibble balance, which underpins the redefinition of the kilogram. He has experience in making high precision measurements of voltage, resistance, velocity, mass and free-fall acceleration “g”, often using custom-built, highly-isolated, low-noise instrumentation.

Topic: The Kibble Balance: using virtual power to measure mass in the revised SI


Prof Chris Sansom: Professor in Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) and head of the Centre for Renewable Energy Systems, Cranfield University 

Prof Chris Sansom graduated in Physics from Liverpool University and studied for his PhD in Infrared detector technologies at Sussex University. He joined Cranfield University Precision Engineering Institute (PEI) in 2007 after over 20 years in industrial research labs with Plessey, GEC, Marconi, and Perkin Elmer. Within Cranfield PEI he was course director of the MSc in Ultra Precision Technologies and Knowledge Transfer Manager. He now leads the largest UK research team working solely on CSP and has recently been appointed head of renewable energy research at Cranfield

Topic: Precision Engineering for Concentrating Solar Power


Dr Martin Tolley: Target Fabrication Group Leader, Science & Technology Facilities Council

Target Fabrication Group Leader. Martin has held a permanent position in CLF since 2001 developing the group's capabilities across a​n integrated range of microfabrication techniques. His research interest include next generation targetry types and disruptive high repetition rate targetry solutions.​

Topic: Microtargetry – An Overview