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The Centre's latest news and events

IEEE International Conference on Industrial Cyber-Physical Systems (ICPS2019)

May 17th 2019

Melanie Zimmer, one of the Intelligent Automation Centre's PhD students, attended the joint IEEE International Conference on Industrial Cyber-Physical Systems (ICPS2019) and IEEE International Conference on Multisensor Fusion and Integration for Intelligent Systems (MFI2019) in Taipei, Taiwan from 6 - 9 May 2019


 

The main areas covered at the conference were:

  • The design, implementation and deployment of Industrial Cyber-Physical Systems and Services in industry
  • How the communication between the systems as well as humans can be facilitated
  • The enrichment of real-time analytics through Big Data across the value-chain

Besides the ICPS2019 and MFI2019 conference sessions, a well thought-through programme relevant for both research and industry was provided. The event opened with the IEEE International Industrial Summit on Robot Operating System (ROS) 2.0. A variety of keynote speakers from companies such as ADLINK Technology, NVIDIA, Microsoft and academic representatives from the National Taiwan University or Fraunhofer IPA presented outlooks on current and future developments for ROS with an emphasis on industrial applications. An exciting announcement was the official release for ROS on Windows to enable additional opportunities for ROS developers.

On the first half of the second and third day, further industry-led events had been arranged to reflect on the topics “AIOT and Robotics Activating Industrial Cyber-Physical Systems on Intelligent Manufacturing New Biz” and “Engineering Systems of Cyber-Physical Systems”. The respective afternoon sessions on those days, as well as the entire last day, were focused on conference presentations.

Melanie presented some of the research she is undertaking with the Intelligent Automation Centre and the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Embedded Intelligence (CDT-EI) at the Conference. She said: “It was a great experience being able to show a wider audience part of the work we have been doing in the Centre. The feedback from attendees was very encouraging and in particular it was important for me to hear that my PhD research is seen as having potential to help operators on the shop floor with their processes.”

More information about the conference or the CDT-EI can be found here:


 

Connected Everything Conference 2019: 25 - 26 June 2019

May 8th 2019

Registration is now open 


 

The 2019 Conference - "Designing a Connected Future" - will take place at Jubilee Conference Centre, Jubilee Campus, University of Nottingham on Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 June 2019.

Register here

Submit a poster abstract here

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:

Keynote Speakers include Professor Jan Godsell (University of Warwick) and Carol Brigley (Mondelez International)

The programme includes sessions on the value of design, digital technologies mapping, current digital manufacturing projects and industry perspectives.  Delegates will also be offered the opportunity to tour the University’s new Advanced Manufacturing Building and Mixed Reality Lab. 

SOCIAL PROGRAMME:

The conference dinner will take place on the evening of Tuesday 25 June at the Council House, Market Square, Nottingham.  This is included in the delegate fee.

ACCOMMODATION:

Information on accommodation can be found here

 

For general enquiries please contact:

Internship - Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

May 2nd 2019

The Intelligent Automation Centre is hosting a student from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur on a summer internship


Poojan Shah is currently a third year undergraduate student who is enrolled on a Manufacturing Science and Engineering course in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at IIT.

His research interests lie in robotics, dynamics and control, machine design, CAD, FEA and additive manufacturing.

During his 9 week internship with the Centre (from 13 May - 12 July), Poojan will be undertaking research into flexible gripper technology for picking up fabrics.


 

Wolfson School Postgraduate Research Conference 2019

Feb 21st 2019

This year's Wolfson School Postgraduate Research Conference is being held on Wednesday 6 June 2019 at the West Park Teaching Hub, Loughborough University


Each year Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering holds a Conference specifically for Doctoral Researchers within the School. The event is an excellent opportunity for PhDs to present their research and benefit from collective discussion and feedback from a diverse audience, including peers, academics and non-specialists. For those PhDs who are not presenting, the Conference will provide the opportunity to listen to and engage with current research taking place within the School.

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

 

 

Delegate Registration/Call for Poster Abstracts: Connected Everything Conference 2019

Feb 7th 2019

Delegate registration and the call for abstracts for poster presentations are now open


The 2019 Conference - "Designing a Connected Future" - will take place at Jubilee Conference Centre, Jubilee Campus, University of Nottingham on Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 June 2019.

Funded through the EPSRC Manufacturing the Future challenge theme, Connected Everything: Industrial Systems in the Digital Age aims to identify the key challenges we face as digital technologies transform our industrial systems and to highlight related research excellence.  It is creating and supporting new collaborations between academics from diverse discipline areas to address these challenges and provides a forum for discussion and knowledge exchange, as well as funding for early-stage research projects in partnership with industry.

To register, please see here.

Delegate fees:

  • Early bird rate - £75 (available until 28 May 2019)
  • Full rate - £100

Fees include 2 days at the conference, plus conference dinner. (Please note that accommodation is not included).

Call for abstracts for poster presentations:

The Conference Organising Committee are delighted to invite submission of abstracts for poster presentations. Submissions should be made via EasyChair. Only one poster abstract may be submitted per individual.

Submit an abstract

Best Posters Awards: The conference will award three best posters: 1) best industry poster 2) best education poster 3) people’s choice. Award certificates will be presented to the winning presenters in the closing ceremony.

Key themes:

  • Creativity and product design
  • Industrial Internet of Things
  • Data analytics and decision making
  • Service design and customisation
  • Design for future manufacturing
  • Cyber-physical production systems
  • The future industrial worker
  • Regulations and standards

Key dates:

  • Closing date for abstract submissions - 8 May 2019
  • Notification of abstract acceptance - 22 May 2019
  • Closing date for early bird registration - 28 May 2019
  • Closing date for registration, and for receipt of posters - 14 June 2019
  • Conference - 25-26 June 2019

For general enquiries please contact:

Call for Papers: ICINCO 2019 Conference - 29-31 July 2019

Jan 31st 2019

The call for papers is now open for the 16th International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics (ICINCO)


The 2019 Conference is sponsored by the Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication (INSTICC) and will take place in Prague from 29-31 July. It will bring together researchers, engineers and practitioners interested in the application of Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics. 

When submitting papers, authors should highlight the benefits of Information Technology (IT) in one of the four areas listed below: 

Full instructions for paper submissions can be found here.

Ideas on how to solve problems using IT, both in R&D and industrial applications, are welcome. Papers describing advanced prototypes, systems, tools and techniques and general survey papers indicating future directions are also encouraged. Papers describing original work are invited in any of the areas listed above. Accepted papers presented at the conference by one of the authors will be published in the Proceedings of ICINCO, with an ISBN. Acceptance will be based on quality, relevance and originality. Both full research reports and work-in-progress reports are welcome. There will also be both oral and poster sessions.

Special sessions dedicated to case-studies and commercial presentations, as well as tutorials dedicated to technical/scientific topics, are also envisaged. Companies interested in presenting their products/methodologies, or researchers interested in holding a tutorial, workshop or special session, are invited to contact the conference secretariat or visit the conference website.
  

 Keynote Speakers

Important Dates

  • Regular Paper Submission: 28 February 2019
  • Regular Paper Authors Notification: May2019
  • Regular Paper Camera Ready and Registration: 16 May 2019 

Connected Everything Network Plus

Jan 30th 2019

Newsletter - Winter 2018/19


 

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

Connected Everything is looking forward to continuing its work in 2019, supporting and strengthening the Digital Manufacturing community. We are now an inclusive network, engaging representatives from over 90 organisations, with nearly 250 registered members, from both academia and industry. The Winter 2018/19 Newsletter includes news of projects and events contributed from the wider community and also gives a flavour of Connected Everything’s recent activities and details of future events.

To read the newsletter, please see here

 


 

UK-RAS Conference - 24 January 2019

Jan 25th 2019

The 2nd UK-RAS Conference for PhD Students & Early-Career Researchers on ‘Embedded Intelligence’ took place in the West Park Teaching Hub at Loughborough University on 24 January 2019


The aim of the Conference was 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.

Two PhD students from the Intelligent Automation Centre presented papers at the conference, which was well attended by both PhD students and practitioners alike:

  • Danny De-Becker: 'Evaluation of U-Shaped Weld Prep Idenitifcation and Tracking'
  • Jim Dobrzanski: 'In Process Monitoring and Control of Automated TIG Welding Processes'

A further two PhD students from The Centre gave a poster presentation on their research, as did one of our Research Associates:

  • Achim Buerkle: 'Towards Symbiotic Human-Robot Collaboration: Human Movement Intention Recognition with an EEG'
  • Melanie Zimmer: 'Trajectory Creation Towards Fast Skill Deployment in Plug-and-Produce Assembly Systems: A Gaussian-Mixture Model Approach'
  • Will Eaton: 'Development of a Simulated Production Environment for Plug-And-Produce Architecture Testing'

A tour of the Intelligent Automation Centre also took place at which delegates were given demonstrations of various research topics that are currently being undertaken.

 

For further information, please contact our Centre Director, Dr Niels Lohse (N.Lohse@lboro.ac.uk).


 

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: 15 Jan 2019
  •       Deadline for Submission of Tutorials Proposals: 15 Feb 2019
  •       Deadline for Submission of Papers: 15 Feb 2019
  •       Notification of Acceptance: 22 Apr 2019
  •       Deadline for Submission of Final Manuscripts: 5 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 - 24 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 24 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 Papers1 Nov 2018
  •       Submission Deadline: 6 Jan 2019
  •       Acceptance Notification: 11 Jan 2019
  •       Camera Ready Paper Deadline: 17 Jan 2019
  •       Registration Close: 18 Jan 2019 

Further information on the Conference can be found here.

Register Here


Postgraduate Prospects Event - 5 December 2018

Nov 2nd 2018

Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering will be holding an event from 5pm - 7pm on Wednesday 5 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 5 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 28 November 2018.

Register Here

If you have any queries about the event, please contact the Postgraduate Team at wspgsupport@lboro.ac.uk 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


 

Readership

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.


 

DigiTOP Project

Jul 30th 2018

£1.9m EPSRC Funded DigiTOP Project 


Today saw the kick-off meeting for a new project funded by the EPSRC: Digital Toolkit for Optimisation of Operators and Technology in Manufacturing Partnerships (DigiTOP), which took place at Thrumpton Hall, Nottingham.

This project is one of seven new Digital Manufacturing projects being funded by EPSRC.

Led by Professor Sarah Sharples at the University of Nottingham, this project involves nine partners - one of which is Loughborough University - and looks to develop a suite of tools to allow digital technology to be optimised for manufacturing system performance.

For further information, please see the EPSRC website here.


 

 

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:
connect@intelligent-automation.org.uk


 

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.


 

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