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James Watt Institute - Innovative Manufacturing Research Conference

As part of the process of communicating our research to the community, providing a forum for our industrial partners and showcasing some of our work to potential new industrial collaborators, the HW-IMRC has organised and hosted a focused 1-Day Research Conference each year since 2005.

2012 Conference-Laser Based Production Processes

Keynote I  Innovations in laser welding and brazing using high brightness lasers

Prof. Dr -Ing. Eckhard Beyer (Executive Director Fraunhofer IWS, Dresden, Germany)


Problems and solution in laser dissimilar welding

Professor Stewart Williams (Director, Welding Engineering and Laser Processing Centre, University of Cranfield, UK)


An overview of laser Surfi-Sculpt development

Dr Jon Blackburn (Manager of the Laser and Sheet Process Section, TWI, UK)


Application of laser and arc based hybrid process in pipeline welding

Dr Supriyo Ganguly (Lecturer, Welding Engineering and Laser Processing Centre, University of Cranfield)


KEYNOTE II High power ultra short pulse laser processing - a new approach for high precision manufacturing

Dr.-Ing. Arnold Gillner (Department Manager Micro-Technology, Fraunhofer-Institut für Lasertechnik, Aachen, Germany)


Micro-structuring of optical surfaces

Professor Duncan Hand (Director of Research & Deputy Head of School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh)


Applications of high-performance OEM CW and pulsed fiber lasers in precision manufacturing processes

Dr Paul Harrison, (Principal Engineer, Product Applications SPI Lasers)


Picosecond Laser Machining of Optical Fibre Based Cantilever Sensors

Frank Albri, (PhD Student, Heriot-Watt University)


Poster ‘Trailer’ Session (1 minute per person)


KEYNOTE III Computer-Aided Design for Additive Manufacturing: Can We Exploit Shape and Material Complexity Capabilities?

Professor David Rosen (Director of Rapid Prototyping & Manufacturing Institute,

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, US)


Selective Laser Melting, Challenges for the Next 5 Years

Dr Chris Sutcliffe (Senior Lecturer, Centre for Materials and Structures, University of Liverpool, Liverpool)


Additive Layer Manufacture for Healthcare Applications

Professor Kenny Dalgarno (Sir James Woodeson Professor of Manufacturing Engineering, University of Newcastle)


Additive Manufacturing for Material Functional Grading of Components

Dr Adam Clare (Lecturer, Nottingham University)

2011 Agile Manufacturing Conference

Dr Kevyn Jonas (Renishaw Plc)

Versatile automated gauging a new approach to component inspection

Prof. Clement Gosselin (Laval University Canada)

On the Use of UNDERACTUATION IN adaptive Robotic Grasping

Prof. Richard Hague (Loughborough University)

Additive Manufacturing - exploring the low carbon potential and the move to multifunctionality

Dr. Yvonne Huddart (Renishaw Plc.) and Prof. Andrew Moore (Heriot-Watt University)

Free form shape measurement

Dr. Stephanie Giet(Heriot Watt University)

YAGboss- Laser based micro-processing of metal surfaces

Dr Theo Lim (Heriot Watt University)

Knowledge-based rapid prototyping

Poster 'Trailer Session" + Research Posters

Prof. Duncan Hand (Heriot-Watt University)

How industry can interact with JWI

2010 Digital Tools in High Value Manufacturing Conference

Dr Jerry Duncan (John Deere Inc USA)

Evolution of Digital Tools Used in Complex Product Design

Dr Brian Gilhooley (Virtual Interconnectd lts, UK)

Interactions between IMRCs and SME’s

Prof Laurence Maloney (Department of Psychology New York University, USA)

Estimating and Discounting the light field: Perception of surface colour in three-dimensional virtual scenes Searching for 3D Models

Mr Robin Wilson (TSB Lead Technologist - High Value Manufacturing)

TSB High Value Manufacturing Strategy

2009 Photonics and Microsystems in High Value Manufacturing Conference

Prof Anton Muscatelli (Principal, Heriot-Watt University) Highvalue-added manufacture & the UK economy

Prof Andreas Tunnermann (Director, Fraunhofer Institut for Applied Optics & Precision Engineering, Jena, Germany)  Advanced solid state lasers: Status and perspectives

Prof Gerd Häusler (Institute of Optics, Information and Photonics, University of Erlangen-Nurenburg, Germany) Potential and limits of optical 3D-sensors

Prof Richard Syms (Dept of Electrical Engineering, Imperial College, London, UK)

MEMS – Boom after bust?

2008 Launch of Phase II Funding and HW-IMRC themes Conference

Prof Judy Vance (Iowa State University, &National Science Foundation, USA)

Virtual Reality – The Potential for Greatness

Prof Werner Jüptner (Applied Beam Technology Institute, Bremen U, Germany)

Laser Technology: Mission Possible

Prof Chris Bailey (Computer Systems Department, Greenwich University, UK)

Computational Mechanics: A key enabler

2007 Digital Tools; Microsystems and Photoncis for Manufacturing Conference

Prof Michael Pointer (Visiting Professor, University of Leeds)

Can We Measure What We See? Visual Appearance – ? A Framework for Measurement


Dr Phil Rumsby (Oerlikon Exitech Optics UK Ltd)

Laser Micro-machining in Production


Dr. Robert Barber (Daresbury Laboratory, Warrington, UK). Microfluidic Modelling for MEMS

2006 Digital Tools; Microsystems and Photoncis for Manufacturing Conference

Dr Willem F. Bronsvoort (Dept of Mediamatics, Delft University of Technology, Holland)

Developments in Feature Modelling

Prof Stewart Williams (School of Engineering, Cranfield University, UK)

Laser hybrid laser-arc pipeline welding using a fibre laser

Prof Deepak Uttamchandani (Dept of Electrical Engineering, Strathclyde University, UK)

Experience with commercial foundry in MEMS

2005 Digital Tools; Microsystems and Photonics for Manufacturing Conference

Prof Thomas Funkhouser (Dept of Computer Sciences, Princeton University, USA)

Searching for 3D models

Prof Pascal Nouet (Laboratoire de Robotique, Montpellier University, France)

Challenges in Manufacturing Test of Micro/Nano-Systems:

Prof Peter Loosen (Fraunhofer-Institute for Laser Technology, Aachen, Germany)

New lasers and Applications for Industrial Manufacturing




News Highlights, Prizes and Awards


Dr Kong Awarded 2012 Freudenstein/General Motors Young Investigator Award

Dr Jon Shephard appointed to EPSRC Early Career Forum in Manufacturing Research

Computer Science student becomes Google Scholar for the second year running 4 May 2012


Student shortlisted for award- 14 Sep 2011

Stanford University Fellowships for Heriot-Watt researchers 1 Aug 2011

Academics go back to school to get serious about gaming 20 Jun 2011

Engineering & Physical Sciences student wins Parliamentary award - 18 Mar 2011


Caledonian Alloys-Heriot-Watt University IMRC KTP, (March 2010), Prof Jim Ritchie (Digital Tools)

Royal Academy of Engineering ‘Engineering Excellence’ UK KTP Award Winner, Prof Jim Ritchie (Digital Tools)

Caledonian Alloys-Heriot-Watt University IMRC KTP (February 2010), Prof Jim Ritchie (Digital Tools)

Scottish KTP Best Partnership Award Winner, Prof Jim Ritchie (Digital Tools)


Best Paper Award. Prof Marc Desmulliez Microsystems

X. Xue, M. K. Patel, M. Kersaudy-Kerhoas, C. Bailey, M.P.Y. Desmulliez, David Topham Effect of Fluid Dynamics and Device Mechanism on Biofluid Behaviour in Microchannel Systems: Modelling Biofluids in a Microchannel Biochip Separator, 10th IEEE/CMPT International Conference Electronic Packaging Technology – High Density Packaging (ICEPT-HDP), Beijing, August 2009, pp. 179-186.

EPS Fellowship - Prof Denis Hall  Photonics elected as Fellow of European Physical Society (2009)

Best Paper Award and Outstanding Student Paper Award - Alberto Zatarian, (Photonics),& others

A.C. Zatarain, A. McKay, H.B.J. Baker, D.R. Hall, M. Desmulliez, High-quality CO2 laser machining of LTCC structures for thermal management of a group of single-emitter lasers, Proc. 42nd IEEE/CMPT IMAPS International Symposium on Microelectronics, San Jose California, November 2009, pp. 452-458

Outstanding Paper Award - Prof Jim Ritchie, (Digital Tools), & others

R C W Sung, J M Ritchie, T Lim, H J Rea, J R Corney Automated Capture of Design Knowledge using a Virtual Creature Environment” 40th Annual ISAGA (International Simulation and Gaming Association) Conference, 29 June- 3 July, 2009, National University of Singapore, Singapore, ISBN 978-981-08-3769-3.


AILU Young UK Laser Engineer’s Prize, Fraser Dear, Photonics

Awarded to Fraser Dear in recognition of his successful development of fine laser machining techniques for zirconia, primarily for application in dental restorations

Best Paper Award Prof Marc Desmulliez (Microsystems)

T. Tilford, C. Bailey, A. Parrott, J. Rizvi, C. Yin, K. Sinclair, M. Desmulliez ,Impact of assembly process technologies on electronic packaging materials, Electronic Packaging Technology & High Density Packaging,ICEPT-HDP2008,p 1-6. ICEPT.4607039 (2008).


Visiting Professorship Award Royal Society of London/Kan Tong Po . Prof Marc Desmulliez, Microsystems.

Best Paper Award Prof Jim Ritchie and Dr Ray Sung, Digital Tools

C Salamon, J R Corney, H Rea, J M Ritchie, R C W Sung,. “Watermarking 3D CAD Data 4th International CIRP-Sponsored Conference (DET2007); Proceedings of the 4th International CIRP-Sponsored Conference (DET2007) Digital Enterprise Technology, University of Bath, Bath, UK, 19-21 September, 2007.


William Penney Research Fellowship Award: Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE). Prof Andrew Moore, Photonics.

Finalists for the Research Council’s Business Plan Competition £10k prize Prof Mike Chantler, Digital Tools.

Prize Winner – Business Competition Prof Mike Chantler, Digital Tools


Annual Award of Association of the Industrial Laser Users (AILU) Award received byProf Denis Hall, (Photonics), for “pioneering innovations in industrial laser design”

Donald Julius Groen Prize

Received by Prof Jim Ritchie Digital Tools, (with I Egan and P D Gardiner) from the Manufacturing Division IMechE for the paper: ‘Measuring performance change in the mechanical design process arena’.  Proc IMechE, Journal of Engineering Manufacture, Published Dec 2005 Vol 219 No. B12 p85.




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