News & Events

The Centre's latest news and events

Viva - John Hodgson

Jan 17th 2019

John has successfully defended his viva today which was based on the characterisation and simulation of 3D vision sensors for measurement optimisation

Staff and students from the Intelligent Automation Centre would like to convey their congratulations to Dr Hodgson.


New PhD Students

Jan 8th 2019

Two new PhD students join The Intelligent Automation Centre

This month the Centre has welcomed Myles Flanagan and Flavio Pascoa, who are undertaking their PhDs studies with us. Both are being supported by The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), Coventry.

Myles was awarded his Masters degree in Robotics Engineering by the University of Central Lancashire in 2018. His PhD will be based on multi-agent based systems within manufacturing.

Whilst Flavio was awarded his Masters degree in Electronic Engineering and Computers by Lisbon University in 2013. His PhD research will be based on real time agile control architecture over distributed modular assembly systems.


Viva - Ali Al-Yacoub

Nov 29th 2018

Ali has successfully defended his viva today which was based on robotic learning of force-based industrial manipulation tasks

Staff and students from the Intelligent Automation Centre would like to convey their congratulations to Dr Al-Yacoub.


Call for Papers: IEEE INDIN Conference - 23-25 July 2019

Nov 16th 2018

The call for papers is now open for the 17th IEEE INDIN International Conference on Industrial Informatics

The 2019 Conference is being hosted and organised by Aalto University, Helsinki-Espoo, Finland and will take place from 23-25 July 2019.

IEEE INDIN is a flagship Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society providing a forum for presentation and discussion of the state of art and future perspectives of industrial information technologies, where industry experts, researchers, and academics share ideas and report on recent developments, deployments, technology trends and research results, as well as initiatives related to industrial informatics and their application.

Prospective authors are invited to submit high-quality manuscripts presenting original results in all areas of Industrial Informatics. Full papers in PDF format, written in English, must be electronically submitted for peer-review following IEEE two-column manuscript style. For submission guidelines and detailed information on publication, please visit the conference website here.

Papers accepted for the INDIN 2019 Technical Program will be included in the Conference Proceedings to be published by IEEE and will be available in IEEE Xplore Digital Library. 

Important Dates

  •       Deadline for Submission of Special Sessions Proposals: 15th Jan 2019
  •       Deadline for Submission of Tutorials Proposals: 15th Feb 2019
  •       Deadline for Submission of Papers: 15th Feb 2019
  •       Notification of Acceptance: 22nd Apr 2019
  •       Deadline for Submission of Final Manuscripts: 5th Jun 2019


Viva - Spartak Ljasenko

Nov 9th 2018

Spartak has successfully defended his viva today which was based on self-organisation of mobile robots in large structure assembly using multi-agent systems

Staff and students from the Intelligent Automation Centre would like to convey their congratulations to Dr Ljasenko.


Smart Manufacturing Accelerator Launches New Website

Nov 8th 2018

The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), together with leading industrial technology providers, have developed the Smart Manufacturing Accelerator; a framework for planning, designing and implementing integrated manufacturing and supply chain solutions enhanced by digital tools.



The Smart Manufacturing Accelerator (SMA) has been designed to enable UK based businesses to catapult their expansion through the adoption of smart manufacturing techniques, I4.0 technology and the very latest remote manufacturing practices.

The SMA is a proven approach for the application of industrial digital technologies to help organisations optimise productivity, expand globally and bring products to market more rapidly. The impact the SMA could have on products and processes can be seen in the ‘Factory In A Box' demonstrator.

Robin Thatcher, Chief Programme Engineer at the MTC, said: “Many companies have problems with manufacturing integration and with their supply chains, and through the SMA, we want to help them improve their productivity and operational performance.”

The project is being delivered in partnership with the MTC and the Energy Research Accelerator (ERA) and is funded by Innovate UK.

The SMA has also engaged with a series of Technology Partners, who have provided products and/or services to support the development of ‘Factory In A Box’.

“We believe that our technology partners are ahead of the field,” said Robin. “They can see the potential here and the project not only provides them with a platform to showcase their solutions, but it also provides an opportunity for collaboration, not just with the MTC and SMA but also between the partners themselves.”

For more information, please visit the website here.

For more information about Factory In A Box, please click here.


UK-RAS Conference - 24th January 2019

Nov 7th 2018

The 2nd UK-RAS Conference for PhD Students & Early-Career Researchers on ‘Embedded Intelligence’ will take place in the West Park Teaching Hub at Loughborough University from 9am - 5.30pm on Thursday 24th January 2019



On behalf of the Organising and Advisory Committee we take great pleasure in welcoming scientists, researchers, students and experts in Robotics to Loughborough for the 2nd Robotics and Autonomous Systems Conference to foster the progress in the robotics field at what promises to be a very comprehensive and exciting meeting, specifically for PhD students & ealy-career robotics researchers of the UK-RAS Network. This year's theme covers 'Embedded Intelligence' and how it enables and supports RAS technologies.

The aim of the UKRAS19 is to promote quality research, networking and community building for PhD students and practitioners in the frontier of science and technology in intelligent robots and systems, by discussing the latest advancements in this fast growing and exciting field.

This year, the conference's focus is on Embedded Intelligence (EI) which is defined as the ability of a product, process or service to reflect on its own operational performance, usage load, or environment, to enhance the product performance and lifetime, to increase quality or to ensure customer satisfaction. This strategy, when applied to Robotics and Autonomous Systems, opens new avenues for the creation of knowledge and the acceleration of impacts across many sectors and industries.

The call for papers is now open and we are looking for submissions in four themes:

  •       AI & Robotics
  •       Service Robotics
  •       Extreme Environment Robotics
  •       Field Robotics

Submit Your Conference Paper Here

Important Dates

  •       Call for Papers1st Nov 2018
  •       Submission Deadline: 6th Jan 2019
  •       Acceptance Notification: 11th Jan 2019
  •       Camera Ready Paper Deadline: 17th Jan 2019
  •       Registration Close: 18th Jan 2019 

Further information on the Conference can be found here.

Register Here

Postgraduate Prospects Event - 5th December 2018

Nov 2nd 2018

Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering will be holding an event from 5pm - 7pm on Wednesday 5th December 2018 for Part C & D finalists and current MSc students to promote their PhD & MSc opportunities

Whether you want to improve your career options, specialise in a particular field or are simply curious about your postgraduate options, the Postgraduate Prospects event can help you find the right path.

Join them for refreshments and nibbles on Wednesday 5th December between 5.00pm and 7.00pm in DAV.1.101

Why attend?

The event offers an opportunity to:

  • Meet with representatives acaross a wide spectrum of study areas within the School
  • Benefit from presentations and talks from the School's Taught and Research Directors fo Studies and current PGT/PGR students
  • Find out more about the application process, funding opportunities, student support and life as a postgraduate student

Who is it for?

Anyone considering postgraduate study, including:

  • Final year undergraduate students thinking about your options beyond your degree
  • First or second year undergraduate students thinking ahead to what you can do after your first degree
  • Masters students thinking about specialising in a particular research area

Whatever stage you are at with your career planning, a visit to the Postgraduate Prospects Event will help you consider your next steps.

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Please register your interest via the link below by Wednesday 28th November 2018.

Register Here

If you have any queries about the event, please contact the Postgraduate Team at or visit them in the Postgraduate Hub - Room DAV.1.060.


Viva - Khaled El-Geneidy

Oct 25th 2018

Khaled successfully defended his viva today which was based on soft grippers for delicate and complex component manipulation

Staff and students from the Intelligent Automation Centre would like to convey their congratulations to Dr El-Geneidy.


Connected Everything Network Plus

Oct 3rd 2018

Newsletter - Autumn 2018


The Intelligent Automation Centre is involved in this project, which is being co-ordinated by the University of Nottingham.

Connected Everything’s latest newsletter announces the release of the full set of thematic area reports and gives details of plans for the year ahead.  It also includes news of a range of recent and forthcoming events and projects from within the Digital Manufacturing community.

To read the newsletter, please see here



Aug 1st 2018

Congratulations to Dr Niels Lohse

Niels has been awarded the personal title of Reader in Manufacturing 
Automation & Robotics.

Staff and students from the Intelligent Automation Centre and the School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering would like to convey their congratulations to him.


Summer Internships

Jun 25th 2018

The Intelligent Automation Centre is hosting a number of existing Loughborough University students on summer internships

Ningning Song, a current Masters student on the Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering and Management programme, will be undertaking research into 3D printing in the context of Cyber-Physical-Systems.

Yifu Liu, who is a current Masters student on the Mechancial Engineering programme, will be undertaking research on the design and evaluation of a test device to define a robotic co-ordinate system.

Whilst Matthew Lilley, a current undergraduate Mechanical Engineering student, will be undertaking research into robot arm calibration.

If you are interested in a summer internship with us, please contact us:


The Future of Robotics

May 31st 2018

Innovate UK have posted a blog about predictions for the future of robotics across the manufacturing, agricultural and energy industries

They state that several projects have recently received funding from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund as part of the government’s £93 million programme for robotics and AI in extreme environments.

To read the full blog, please see here


Automatica 2018 Exhibition

May 30th 2018

Automatica is the leading exhibition for smart automation and robotics and will take place on 19th - 22nd June in Munich, Germany

Meet the openMOS consortium at this year's Automatica, where they will be showcasing the concepts and current results of the project, which is supported by by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme. 

You can find the team at the VDMA Demonstrator stand (Hall B4, Stand 332), where Dr Pedro Ferreira from the Intelligent Automation Centre at Loughborough University will be giving a talk about the openMOS project on Friday 22nd June from 14.00 - 14.30h. 


Internship - City University of Hong Kong

May 29th 2018

The Intelligent Automation Centre is hosting a Mechatronic Engineering student, Benny Mak, from City University of Hong Kong (CityU) this summer

He will be working on developing Virtual Reality to simulate human and robot interactions in manufacturing. Benny will be here for 8 weeks from 29th May - 10th August 2018 and is sponsored by the City University of Hong Kong Overseas Internship Scheme.


Norddesign 2018, Linköping University, Sweden, 14 - 17 August

May 24th 2018

Tegan Forbes, an undergraduate studying Product Design Engineering, will present results from a recent project at Norddesign 2018, Linköping University in Sweden from 14th - 17th August

Tegan’s research project was undertaken as part of her 2017 summer internship within the Digital Automation Systems Design Lab with Dr Peter Kinnell and Dr Mey Goh. The work has investigated how advanced design tools, including virtual and augmented reality, can be used to improve product design.


Viva - Shreedhar Rangappa

May 23rd 2018

Shree successfully defended his viva today which was based on automated visual inspection using plenoptic cameras

Staff and students from the Intelligent Automation Centre would like to convey their congratulations to Dr Rangappa.


Internship - University of Caen, Normandy

May 21st 2018

The Intelligent Automation Centre is hosting a Mechatronics student, Claire Pottier, from the University of Caen, Normandy via the Erasmus programme this summer

She will be working on the creation of a measurement system to determine the position of objects in a manufacturing cell that could be found in a typical factory and will be here for 3 months from 21st May - 21st August 2018.


18th International Conference & Exhibition of The European Society for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology (EUSPEN)

May 15th 2018

Peter Kinnell, Ranveer Matharu and Tom Hovell will attend the 18th International Conference & Exhibition of The European Society for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology (EUSPEN) in Venice, Italy from 4th - 8th June 2018

They will be presenting the latest results from their work into On-Machine and In-Process Metrology using a Low Coherence Interferometric Fibre Based System for Making Measurements of Surface Roughness in Air and in Water.

Here is a small schematic of the system.


Collaborative Project between Siemens plc and the Intelligent Automation Centre - Early-Stage Decision Support for Factory Automation

May 15th 2018

Simon Micheler, from the Digital Automation Systems Design Lab within the Intelligent Automation Centre, led a workshop entitled ‘Factory Automation Opportunity Framework Hackathon' which was hosted by Siemens Plc and Loughborough University at the Siemens site in Congleton 

Experts listening to a presentation provided by the Intelligent Automation Centre, Loughborough University

Helping decision makers capture and visualise the complex implications of automation projects is key to maximising the success of these projects from the very beginning. The purpose of the workshop was to extract expert knowledge of how a decision support can be implemented to support the creation of a comprehensive decision-making framework.

Following an introduction by Dr Eugene Kalt (Siemens), the current Siemens automation decision framework and the most recent approaches to support this process were discussed by a cross disciplinary group of automation experts and users. During the workshop, the discussion of various processes and related automation opportunities helped to identify several crucial decision factors and challenges.

The feedback gained was very positive and the results encouraged participants to extend their research into other parts of the production industry.

For further information, please e-mail Simon here.


Light Controlled Factory - Technology Demonstrator

May 11th 2018

Tours and demonstrations of the Robust Intelligent Metrology Lab, part of the Intelligent Automation Centre at Loughborough University, will be given to visitors on Friday 25th May 2018 in conjunction with a Technology Demonstrator Day which is being organised by the EPSRC funded Light Controlled Factory project

There will be opportunities to discuss how our research might be applied to your requirements in the areas of non-contacting dimensional metrology and metrology-assisted assembly.

The event will be of interest to:

  • Optical metrology end users in the aerospace, automotive and related sectors
  • Robotic systems integrators
  • High value manufacturing companies
  • Academics and researchers working in the large volume metrology field

Please see here for further information.


Wolfson School Postgraduate Research Conference

May 1st 2018

This year's Wolfson School Postgraduate Research Conference is being held from 6th - 7th June 2018

The purpose of the Conference is to provide our Doctoral Researchers the opportunity to listen to and engage with current research taking place within the School, and also gain valuable experience in presenting their own research to experts and non-specialists.

Wolfson School PhDs will be asked to contribute by attending this Conference and/or submitting an oral or poster presentation.

There will be a number of prizes awarded for:

  •          Best oral student presentation
  •          Best poster
  •          Best abstract

For further information, please see contact Wolfson School PhD Admin here



May 1st 2018

Loughborough University is one of 16 European organisations that make up the openMOS consortium, which was established in 2015 and is supported by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme

The consortium is developing a common, openly accessible plug-and-produce (P&P) system platform allowing stakeholders in the automation system value chain to jointly develop and exploit solutions. Its  plug-and-produce solution allows quick and efficient integration of machines and automation systems within production environments, which is a prerequisite for the implementation of Industry 4.0 solutions. 

The vision of the consortium is to help companies manufacture faster, at a consistently higher quality and lower cost, in an agile environment in partnership with industry and academia.

For further information, please visit the openMOS website here



Viva - Thomas Bamber

Apr 24th 2018

Tom successfully defended his viva today which was based on a climbing advanced drilling robot (CADBOT)

He joined the Intelligent Automation Centre in January 2013 to study full time for his PhD and is now employed by the Centre as a Research Engineer.

Staff and students from the Intelligent Automation Centre would like to convey their congratulations to Dr Bamber.


Wolfson School PhD Open Evening

Feb 1st 2018

Wolfson School will be holding a PhD open evening event on Wednesday 21st February 2018 and will be offering the opportunity for prospective students to join them and explore postgraduate options within the School

There will be presentations from current PhD students who will talk about the research they are currently conducting and academics will be in attendance who are actively recruiting for new students to their open research projects.

Further information can be found here


Viva - William Eaton

Oct 5th 2017

Will successfully defended his viva today which was based on automated taxiing for unmanned aircraft systems

He studied full time for his PhD in the School of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering and joined the Intelligent Automation Centre in January 2016 as a Research Associate, whilst writing up his thesis.

Staff and students from the Intelligent Automation Centre would like to convey their congratulations to Dr Eaton.




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