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Abstract Submission (Poster Presentation)
Abstracts should be a maximum of 4 pages of A5 (as per the above template). Abstracts are expected to describe original work, previously unpublished and should indicate new and significant advances and their importance. Abstracts must be submitted in WORD or PDF format using the template provided.
On acceptance of the abstract the authors will be notified with instructions for their poster presentation. Abstracts will only be considered for poster presentations.
Prof. Adam Stokes
The University of Edinburgh, UK
Soft Robotics for hard problems
In this talk I will explore the fundamental science which underpins fluidic technologies, and I’ll describe how I borrow ideas from microprocessor design to develop systems and methods which allow system designers to engineer integrated biomedical devices which incorporate fluidic, electronic, and optical elements.
Two emerging and closely linked fluidic technologies—microfluidics and soft-robotics—hold particular promise for providing engineered-solutions in the development of biomedical devices: microfluidic systems have application in point-of-care diagnostics, and soft-robotic systems have application in assistive-robotics. Both technologies involve the control of fluids to engineer systems which contain mechanical, optical, electrical, chemical, and thermal sub-systems. Microfluidic systems are most-often implemented using 3D moulds of elastomers (soft-lithography), and in our pioneering work on soft-robotics we borrowed this technique to enable us to make elastomeric mechanical systems.
The relatively low-complexity of current systems is limited by our ability to “engineer” with them. The conventional engineering approach is to break a problem down into its constituent elements using hierarchy and abstraction, before using simulation to validate the design prior to manufacture. This approach relies upon the scientific understanding of the blocks that are being abstracted. Both microfluidics and soft-robotics involve an interplay between engineering and scientific disciplines, and across length-scales.
We have developed a hierarchy of abstracted “blocks” which can be rigorously studied in a scientific manner, and which system-designers can combine into robust integrated systems. Experimental-studies are informing the development of a new fluidic hardware description language and associated software tools which aim to enable the rapid design, simulation, and fabrication of significantly more-complex, integrated, fluidic systems than are currently available.
Prof. Alistair Forbes
Data Science Department, National Physical Laboratory, UK
Traceable coordinate measurement
The primary task of form and tolerance assessment in precision engineering is to estimate how close a manufactured workpiece is to its ideal geometry, as specified by a technical drawing or CAD specification. Traditionally, such assessment was made using hard gauges, but in recent decades coordinate measuring systems such as coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) are used extensively in industry for this task. While the traceable calibration of a hard gauge is often a straightforward task, establishing that the results derived from coordinate data are traceable to the metre is much more difficult. A necessary component of any statement of traceability is an evaluation of uncertainty associated with the measurement results. However, the evaluation of the uncertainty associated with CMM data is not straightforward. CMM measurement results are subject to a large range of influence factors including kinematic errors, probing effects and environmental effects, that are difficult to quantify. Coordinate metrology also has a significant computational component and issues to do with software correctness and its numerical accuracy are also important. In this talk, I will discuss various approaches to evaluating CMM uncertainty that have been developed in a number of national and international projects. In particular, I will look at the outputs of a recently completed European project on CMM uncertainty evaluation and also consider uncertainty evaluation for coordinate measurement using a comparator approach.
Since joining the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in 1985, Alistair Forbes has carried out research in mathematical and statistical modelling, algorithm design, uncertainty evaluation, numerical software development and validation with applications to metrology. Much of his work has been in the area of coordinate metrology, often undertaken in European collaborative projects, including
- Generation of test data for coordinate metrology software
- Parametrization of geometric elements
- Reference software for fitting geometric elements according to the Chebyshev criterion
- The Virtual CMM
- CMM calibration
- Traceability in computationally-intensive metrology
- Standards for the evaluation of uncertainty of coordinate measurements in industry https://eucom-empir.eu
He is a Fellow in the Data Science Department at NPL and a Visiting Professor at the University of Huddersfield and at the University of Strathclyde, UK, and a member of ISO TC 213, Geometric Product Specification
Dr Olivia Jones
UK Astronomy Technology Centre, Royal Observatory, UK
James Webb Space Telescope: Unlocking a new window on the universe
The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), launched from French Guiana on Christmas Day 2021, is the biggest space astronomy project for a generation. JWST, with its complement of near & mid infrared instruments (1 – 28 microns) offers an unparalleled combination of sensitivity and diffraction-limited performance, has opened a new window on the universe. The telescope will look for the first galaxies that formed and evolved in the universe; how stars and planets form, and for the chemical signatures of life on distant planets. JWST has a gold-coated 6.5 m mirror which is protected by a sunshield that’s the size of a tennis court; these were specially engineered to fold up and fit within the confines of Ariane 5 for launch. After deploying in space on its month-long journey to L2 and alignment and calibration of the mirrors and instruments, JWST started science operations in summer 2022. Here I will give an overview of JWST, the key phases during commissioning the science instruments, and highlights of the highly anticipated expected early science results from JWST.
Dr Olivia Jones is a STFC Webb Fellow, based at the UK Astronomy Centre at the Royal Observatory Edinburgh. She received her PhD from the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics in 2013, and then worked at the Space Telescope Science Institute (the home to Hubble and Webb mission operations) in America prior to moving to Scotland. She is an expert in infrared astronomy and researches the beginnings and ends of stellar evolution in nearby galaxies. She is currently a member of the Webb instrument team and supported its launch, commissioning and first observations in 2022.
Dr Simon Fletcher
University of Huddersfield, UK
ISO machine tools standards, progress report
This presentation will provide a short overview of the hierarchy of ISO technical committee TC39 and its sub committees working on machine tool standards. It will also cover the work programme of Sub-committee 2 focusing on Test conditions for metal cutting machine tools including a progress update of standards currently being worked on by the committee.
Simon Fletcher is a Principal Enterprise Fellow working within the Engineering Control and Machine Performance group (ECMPG), part of the Centre for Precision Technologies at the University of Huddersfield. With more than 25years’ experience in machine tool metrology including error identification, avoidance and compensation, he has helped establish the groups international reputation for research into machine tool precision.
Simon is currently working on collaborative research with industry primarily involving detailed geometric and thermal performance assessments for precision manufacturers. Recent work also includes machine tool and machining process simulation. This follows the co-creation of new Modular Machine and Process simulator software as part of a recently completed InnovateUK project. The combination of machine tool metrology and simulation work is now being used as part of a EPSRC RiR with the High Value Manufacturing CATAPULT, specifically working on traceable on-machine inspection on large machine tools in collaboration with the Nuclear AMRC.