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Digital Engineering

Working with world leading companies/universities and supported by state-of-the-art facilities, the research in digital engineering is characterised by its user-led, application-driven, multi-disciplinary and cross-sector approach, with a distinguished track record on transforming data to information through signal and image processing.

Digital Engineering

Overview

Digital engineering encompasses two research centres, namely, Applied Digital Signal and Image Processing Research Centre (ADSIP) established in 2001 to reflect the unique reputation in cross-sectoral research and development of innovative signal and image processing, computer vision and 3D/4D technologies, and Advanced Digital Manufacturing Technology Research Centre (ADMT) established in 2008 by expanding the research of ADSIP in the manufacturing sector.

Research in digital engineering has enjoyed:

  • Successful collaborations with more than 200 organisations in 20 countries in multiple sectors which include many top research centres and world leading companies;
  • Major funding from a diverse range of grant bodies such as ARC, EPSRC, ERDF, EU Framework Programmes (from FP4 to FP7), HEFCE, MOD, MRC, STFC, TSB and RGF; and
  • State-of-the-art specialist facilities from high fidelity 2D/3D/4D imaging systems and virtual reality environment to the factory of future based on tele-immersive digital manufacturing.

To find out more about research in Digital Engineering, contact Professor Lik-Kwan Shark
Email: LShark@uclan.ac.uk

Impact

With research in Digital Engineering focused on technology development for a wide range of applications, it has directly benefited economy, people and society, in addition to generating new knowledge and stimulating further research in the academic communities.

In digital manufacturing, an affordable factory of the future based on tele-immersive digital manufacturing (TiM) has been developed in partnership with world-leading prime manufacturers and digital technology providers, providing not only an environment for close interaction between ICT technology push and industrial application pull for our region as a major manufacturing area in the world, but also a new manufacturing image in young people and in society through outreach activities and the visit by HM The Queen with HRH Duke of Edinburgh in The Queen’s diamond jubilee tour.

In industrial non-destructive evaluation, our collaboration with world leading aerospace companies has improved the safety and competitiveness of European aircrafts through increased defect detectability and assessment reliability at reduced inspection time and costs.

In medical non-invasive diagnosis, we lead a large European network and have pioneered a new set of clinical measurement modalities to improve the efficacy of assessment, monitoring and treatment of cancer and stroke which are two leading causes of death, and arthritis which is a major cause of disability.

Our work in radiation effects has influenced the development of STFC ISIS neutron test facilities, design optimisation of future avionics systems, and international standards; and our collaboration with NASA in coronal imaging has led to the highest ever resolution images of the sun for improved understanding of solar dynamics and space weather.

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