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Ultra-precision engineering – from physics to manufacturing









The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG


Organised by Professor Xiangqian Jiang, Professor Paul Shore, Professor Pat McKeown OBE and Professor David Whitehouse

Ultra-precision engineering is a multi-disciplinary subject facilitating the transfer of fundamental physics into technology solutions. Numerous life-enhancing technologies, which harness the basic principles of physics, demand extreme levels of accuracy to enable practical realisation. This meeting will bring together scientists and engineers to review the evolution of ultra-precision engineering, to discuss scientific advances/challenges and set out a roadmap for the future.

Audio recordings of the meeting are now available below.

The proceedings of this meeting have been published in a dedicated issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A.

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Schedule of talks

Session 1

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Chair, Session 1 Evolutional precision engineering

Professor Pat McKeown OBE FREng, Professor Emeritus, Cranfield University, UK

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Dr Julie Maxton, Executive Director, Royal Society


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Precision engineering: an evolutionary perspective

Professor Chris Evans, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA

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Precision engineering of instrumentation for optical and infrared astronomy

Professor Colin Cunningham, UK Astronomy Technology Centre, Royal Observatory Edinburgh, UK

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Precision manufacturing for clinical quality regenerative medicines

Professor David J Williams, Loughborough University, UK

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Professor Xiang Jane Jiang, University of Huddersfield, UK

The engineering needed for particle physics

Stephen Myers

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Session 2

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Lithography enabling advances in integrated circuits and devices

Dr C Michael Garner

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Professor Ekkard Brinksmeier, Bremen University, Germany

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Ultra-precision engineering in lithographic exposure equipment for the semiconductor industry

Professor Robert H Munnig Schmidt, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

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Ultra precision technologies – ‘enabling our future’

Professor Paul Shore FREng, Cranfield University, UK

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Session 3

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Chair, Session 3 Challenges and potential solutions in precision engineering

Mr Philip Charles Ruffles CBE FREng FRS, formerly Rolls-Royce plc, UK

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Defining and measuring surface position at the sub-nanometre scale

Professor John Pethica FRS

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Mathematics for modern precision engineering

Professor Paul Scott, University of Huddersfield, UK

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Precision surface measurement

Professor Xiangqian Jane Jiang, University of Huddersfield, UK

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Surface geometry, miniaturisation and metrology

Professor David Whitehouse, Professor Emeritus, Warwick University, UK

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Session 4

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Chaired by Jane Jiang and Paul Shore, with Alistair Forbes

Panel discussion

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Panel Discussion, Future Directions

Professor Alistair Forbes, National Physical Laboratory, UK

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Precision engineering demands of ESO: the revolution in ground based astronomy

Dr Adrian Russell, European Southern Observatory, Germany

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Precision engineering for future propulsion & power systems

Dr C K (Sam) Beale, Rolls-Royce plc

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The National Ignition Facility: the path to a carbon-free energy future

Christopher J Stolz

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Ultra-precision engineering – from physics to manufacturing The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK
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