News & Events

The Centre's latest news and events

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.

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

 

 

openMOS

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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