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
Has expertise in:
- Robotics and autonomous systems
- Non-destructive Testing and Evaluation (NDT&E)
- Applied sensing/ instrumentation
- Machine learning/ pattern recognition
Prizes and awards
- The BINDT Annual Conference Award
- Knowledge Exchange Award
- The John Grimwade Medal
More prizes and awards
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
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.
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).
- National Centre for Nuclear Robotics (External organisation)
- Correction of B-Scan Distortion for OptimumUltrasonic Imaging of Back Walls with ComplexGeometries
- IEEE international ultrasound symposium (IUS) 2019
- Autonomous Systems Lab, Institute of Robotics & Intelligent Systems, ETH Zurich
- Visiting researcher
- Workshop on multicopters for inspection - British Institute of NDT -
- Member of International Scientific Committee - 9th European Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring
More professional activities
- Doctoral Training Partnership 2020-2021 University of Strathclyde | McInnes, Martin
- Mohseni, Ehsan (Principal Investigator) Pierce, Gareth (Co-investigator) McInnes, Martin (Research Co-investigator)
- 01-Jan-2021 - 01-Jan-2025
- Doctoral Training Partnership 2019-20 University of Strathclyde | McInnes, Martin
- Mohseni, Ehsan (Principal Investigator) Pierce, Gareth (Co-investigator)
- Automated In-Process Inspection of Additively Manufactured Components Using Eddy Currents and Ultrasound Testing
- 01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2025
- Made Smarter Innovation: Digital Medicines Manufacturing Research Centre (DM2)
- Florence, Alastair (Principal Investigator) Johnston, Blair (Co-investigator) Markl, Daniel (Co-investigator) Pierce, Gareth (Co-investigator)
- 01-Jan-2021 - 28-Jan-2025
- Doctoral Training Partnership 2020-2021 University of Strathclyde | Gover, Harry
- Pierce, Gareth (Principal Investigator) MacLeod, Charles Norman (Co-investigator) Gover, Harry (Research Co-investigator)
- 01-Jan-2021 - 01-Jan-2025
- EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA)-New Organisation Engagement
- Mohseni, Ehsan (Principal Investigator) MacLeod, Charles Norman (Co-investigator) Pierce, Gareth (Co-investigator) Gachagan, Anthony (Co-investigator)
- "Automated non-destructive testing of high value additive manufactured components": The IAA application is geared towards how to commercialise the in-process NDT technology (ultrasonic and electromagnetic approaches).
- 01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2021
- BH As-Clad Bond Integrity V1
- MacLeod, Charles Norman (Principal Investigator) Gachagan, Anthony (Co-investigator) Javadi, Yashar (Co-investigator) Lines, David (Co-investigator) Mohseni, Ehsan (Co-investigator) Pierce, Gareth (Co-investigator) Wathavana Vithanage, Randika Kosala (Co-investigator)
- 02-Jan-2020 - 01-Jan-2022
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