Invited speakers

Freeform surfaces with structure; characterization, functionality and manufacture

Professor David Whitehouse
David is a world authority on surface and nanometrology - theoretically and practically. He has a B.Sc. in Physics, a Ph. D. in Surface Tribology, and D.Sc. in Metrology (The first D. Sc awarded by the University of Warwick) he also has an Honorary D.Sc.  Professor Whitehouse has published over 250 papers on surface and nanometrology, has 23 patents and has written six books including the definitive ‘Handbook of Surface Metrology’ and ‘Handbook of Surface and Nanometrology’.  In 1979 he started the first ‘Centre for Micro and Nano Engineering.’ And in 1990 he initiated the world’s first Journal of Nanotechnology published by the Institute of Physics. He is also a joint Founder in 2002 of the Chinese Journal of Nanotechnology and Precision Engineering. The first 20 years of his career were spent in industry including 10 years as Chief Research Engineer at Taylor Hobson Ltd. UK. After this he spent 23 years as Full Professor of Engineering Science at the University of Warwick UK, for the last 5 of which he was Chief Scientist in the School of Engineering.

Forensic surface metrology

Dr Theodore Ted Vorburger currently guest researcher in the Surface & Nanostructure Metrology Group in the Engineering Physics Division of the Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).  Dr. Vorburger has been closely involved in management of projects to develop standard bullets and standard casings for forensics laboratories. Dr. Vorburger has also led the development of a calibrated atomic force microscope for calibrations of surface nano-scale length specimens, the development of a light scattering system for measuring surface roughness, and collaborated in the development of the world’s first sinusoidal-roughness Standard Reference Materials. He has been working in Surface Metrology since 1976. He is the author or co-author of approximately 120 publications in the fields of surface metrology, surface physics, atomic physics, chemical physics, and automated measurements.

Additive manufacturing surfaces -the "true" story

Professor Richard Leach
Richard is a Professor of Metrology at the University of Nottingham and prior to this was at the National Physical Laboratory (1990 to 2014). 
His research themes include the measurement of surface topography, development of methods for measuring 3D structures for precision and additive manufacturing, development of methods for controlling large surfaces to high resolution in industrial applications and x-ray computed tomography. He has particular interests in developing optical techniques.
He has over 240 publications including three textbooks.

Novel surface areal filtering

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Professor Hassan Zahouani at University of Lyon and ENISE S:t Etienne. Author of more than 150 international Publication and conferences.  Hassan is a specialist on surface engineering and Tribology and his research has been concentrated to Surface science and Tribology of solids, Abrasion of materials, Mathematical morphology and 3-D imaging of surface Topography, Tribology of Skin, Mechanical and sensorial Properties of Skin.  He is also President of the French Cutaneous Engineering Society as well as Member of The European Institute of Tribology and Member of the International Society of Skin Imaging.

"In-line" optical metrology

Professor Xiangqian Jane Jiang Xiangqian (Jane) Jiang FREng is professor of Precision Metrology at the University of Huddersfield’s Centre for Precision Technologies.
Jane’s research involves two major aspects: mathematical models and algorithms for geometrical products specification and metrology, including geometric shape, tolerancing, and surface texture analysis, filtration and parametric characterisation; and optical interferometry technology for fast on/in-line surface/geometry measurement, including wavelength scanning interferometry, dispersive spectra interferometry and optical chip interferometry.
Jane has published over 330 papers, is the author/co-author of 8 books and has several patents in the field of measurement science/surface metrology.

Scales and manufacturing tribology

Professor Mohamed El Mansori from the Department of Mechanical, Material Science and Manufacturing Engineering at the Arts et Métiers ParisTech
(  The research activities have engulfed to the problems concerning the tribological characteristics of engineering systems and multiscale advanced manufacturing processes. These activities have led to the creation of a team who conceived and developed the concept of multiscale process signature in conjunction with a new tribo-energetic approach for the fundamental understanding of advanced and sustainable manufacturing processes. The interests of this approach are in its capability to "bridge the gap" between the traditional approach of academia and the industrial requirements.  Mohamed has published  more than 100 papers in international journals and more than 150 publications in international and national conference proceedings.

Surface Metrology in Roll to Roll Manufacture; A case study in In process metrology

Professor Liam Blunt, Director of the  Centre for Precision Technologies at University of Huddersfield, England.   Within the Centre for Precision Technologies his specific areas of research include surface metrology, the development of standards for 3D surface measurement, manufacturing processes and precision environment design and metrology in Roll2Roll manufacture.

Past success has include obtaining £1.1M EC funding for the development of written standards in 3D surface topography, where Huddersfield is the co-ordinator of an multinational project and within this project is investigating nanoscale surface finishes produced on orthopaedic implant bearing surfaces.

Prof Blunt has published over 250 papers in Journals and Conferences including the Procceedings of  the Royal Society.