|Although mainly comprising
academics from the School of Engineering and Physical
Sciences (EPS), HW-IMRC also involves strong staff
involvement from the Schools of Mathematics and
Computer Science and Life Sciences. We are a multi-disciplinary
organisation with active researchers based in Mechanical
Engineering, Electrical, Electronic and Computer
Engineering, Physics, Computer Science and Psychology.
The HW-IMRC was formed in 2003 by the consolidation
of a selection of existing EPSRC-funded manufacturing-related
research grant projects to form the embryonic centre.
For most of the research groups which formed this
IMRC, the research conducted within the Centre represented
only a sub-set of their overall research portfolio.
This situation prevails today, and a common strategy
is for research in more fundamental science areas
to be undertaken in projects funded ‘outside
the IMRC’, often providing the source of new
ideas and technology which are subsequently fed
into IMRC projects for joint industry work and commercial
exploitation in keeping with our mission to maintain
a strongly science-based approach to developing
new technology for manufacturing.