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Personal Statement

Professor Gareth Pierce leads a multidisciplinary team (currently 35 persons) at Strathclyde University comprising Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Mathematicians, Physicists and Bioengineers.  He promotes collaborative research through an international network of academic partners and promotes impact though relationships with multi sector industry partners and the High Value Manufacturing Catapult Centres in the UK.  His leadership values strive to embrace a person-centred approach.  

Based in the Centre for Ultrasonic Engineering, the focus of his work is robotics and autonomous systems for inspection, including non-destructive testing and evaluation (NDT&E) for manufacture, and structural health monitoring (SHM) for asset inspection. The multidisciplinary nature of his work brings together robotics, instrumentation and interfacing, applied optics, ultrasonics, 3D metrology and machine learning based data management.  These themes resonate closely with the fundamental concepts of Industry 4. 

 Notable achievements include: 

  • Track record of multidisciplinary, industrial knowledge exchange in sectors including aerospace, nuclear, oil & gas, energy, automotive, construction and healthcare. 
  • Proven capability to migrate university research into industry
  • Managing an applied NDT technology transfer laboratory (FIRST – Facility for Innovation and Research in Structural Testing) with £11M project portfolio.
  • Managing a flexible robotic inspection facility at the Advanced Forming Research Centre – part of the UK High Value Manufacturing Catapult
  • Visiting Professorship – Production Technology Centre, Högskolan Väst, Sweden
  • John Grimwade Medal -Recipient for best paper in Insight (British Institute of Non Destructive Testing) in 2015

 

Research Interests

My central research interest is in robotic and automated technologies for Non-Destructive Testing & Evaluation (NDT&E) - encompassing both traditional fixed industrial robotics, and mobile vehicle technologies (including UAVs) for applications in engineering inspection. Increasingly the automation of NDT is increasingly utilised in manufacturing, this includes ultrasonic, visual and electromagnetic testing. Modern additive manufacturing techniques in particular bring new challenges to both the measurement sensors employed, and real time deployment and feedback into manufacturing processes.  

My research embraces the concepts of through-life asset management where the boundaries between NDT&E and conventional Structual Health and Condition Monitoring (SHM) are increasingly being broken down; so my research also covers wider aspects of structural integrity in sectors including aerospace, energy, oil and gas, nuclear and healthcare.   

Positioning technologies have been identified as an obstacle to the effective uptake of robotic NDT technologies, and to this end I have initiated research into a fully probabilistic basis for the challenging problems involving robot location, data fusion between multiple sensors, and mapping problems.  This naturally extends into work for full 3D metrology systems where my work is closely linked into metrology at NPL to understand how technology can be translated into the challenging manufacturing environment to support new automated systems working safely with humans.  

The Facility for Innovation and Research in Structural Testing (FIRST) established at Strathclyde six years ago, provides our researcher teams a unique range of robotic, NDT and positioning technologies to underpin this research.  This laboratory is located in room 7.14 of the Technology Innovation Centre, and is complemented by a larger flexible robotics facility at the AFRC where our research is investigated at higher TRL levels (4-6).   

 

Industrial Relevance

My research is highly industrially relevant across multipe sectors including manufacturing, aerospace, energy, oil and gas, nuclear and healthcare.  As a member of the UK Research Centre in Non-Destructive Evaluation (RCNDE) consortium, I work closely with many industrial partners including aerospace, oil and gas, offshore, nuclear, civil and transportation.  My engagement is either direct, through focussed consultancy projects, or more long term strategic, either engaging through co-ordinated research programmes (EPSRC/ TSB/ EU) or through the national HVM Catapult centres. 

Teaching Interests

I am course organiser for EE312, Instrumentation & Microcontrollers which provides a challenging mix of measurement techniques, analogue and digital electronics, combined with computer programming and interfacing.  I also contribute as project co-ordinator and assessor for EM502 Advanced Systems Engineering as well as supervising, mentoring and grading students engaged in EEE, EME and CES individual and group projects.  

Academic / Professional qualifications

BSc (Hons) 1st Class, Pure and Applied Physics 1989, Department of Physics, University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology, UMIST.


PhD,“Development of Fibre-Optic Interferometers for the Measurement Of Laser-Generated Ultrasound” 1993, Department of Instrumentation and Analytical Science (DIAS), UMIST.
 
City & Guilds 2381, Electrical Installations, Requirement for IEE Regulations (BS7671), July 2008
 
City & Guilds 2391, Inspection, Testing and Certification of Electrical Installations, July 2009

Expertise & Capabilities

  • Robotics and autonomous systems
  • Non-destructive Testing and Evaluation (NDT&E)
  • Ultrasonics
  • Applied sensing/ instrumentation
  • Machine learning/ pattern recognition

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Manchester

Bachelor of Science, University of Manchester

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Projects 2005 2023

Research Output 1995 2019

A probabilistic compressive sensing framework with applications to ultrasound signal processing

Fuentes, R., Mineo, C., Pierce, S. G., Worden, K. & Cross, E. J., 15 Feb 2019, In : Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing. 117, p. 383-402 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Signal reconstruction
Glossaries
Signal processing
Ultrasonics
Composite materials
1 Citations

Novel algorithms for 3D surface point cloud boundary detection and edge reconstruction

Mineo, C., Pierce, S. G. & Summan, R., 31 Jan 2019, In : Journal of Computational Design and Engineering. 6, 1, p. 81-91 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Boundary Detection
Point Cloud
Polynomials
Fast Fourier transforms
Turbofan engines

Datasets

RoboNDT software

Mineo, C. (Creator), University of Strathclyde, 28 Jan 2015

Dataset

Thesis

Data-driven methodologies for bearing vibration analysis and vibration based fault diagnosis

Author: Al-Bugharbee, H. R. S., 1 Oct 2015

Supervisor: Trendafilova, I. (Supervisor) & Pierce, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Prizes

Knowledge Exchange Award

Carmelo Mineo (Recipient), Stephen Pierce (Recipient) & Charles Norman MacLeod (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Other distinction

Nondestructive examination
Robotics
Inspection
Composite materials
Industry

The John Grimwade Medal

Stephen Pierce (Recipient), 1 Jan 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2008 2018

Autonomous Systems Lab, Institute of Robotics & Intelligent Systems, ETH Zurich

Gareth Pierce (Visiting researcher), Charles Norman MacLeod (Visiting researcher), Gordon Dobie (Visiting researcher), Carmelo Mineo (Visiting researcher), Robert James Watson (Visiting researcher)
20 Nov 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

Member of International Scientific Committee - 9th European Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring

Gareth Pierce (Participant)
9 Jul 201813 Jul 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course