Sensor Enabled Automation
Robotics & Control Hub

Where sensing meets automation to deliver industry led applications

Our activities 

Manufacturing & Asset Inspection
In-Process Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE)

Who we work with.


Current vacancies and PhD studentships.


What we do.


Our history.

We are part of the
Centre for Ultrasonic Engineering in the
Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering.

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Our Research Themes


Novel transducers for in-process measurement

Deployment - Robotics & Automation

Advanced in-loop control for complex manipulation tasks

Data management, visualisation & AI

Interpreting large data sets 

Working in partnership

We are a highly multidisciplinary team including mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, physicists, mathematicians & manufacturing engineers. 

Together we are able to deliver sensor enabled automation projects to our partners. 

Meet the team

Gareth Pierce
Dr Charles MacLeod
Manufacturing Lead
Dr Gordon
Asset Inspection Lead
Dr Ehsan Mohseni
SPIRIT AeroSystems RAEng Lecturer - Sensor Systems
Dr Randika Vithanage
SPIRIT AeroSystems RAEng Lecturer - Robotic Systems
Dr Yashar Javadi
Strathclyde Chancellor’s Fellow
Welding Metallurgy 
Dr Theodosia Stratoudaki
Strathclyde Chancellor’s Fellow
Laser Ultrasonics

Our Projects

Dr Charles MacLeod
Babcock International Group / Royal Academy of Engineering Senior Research Fellow in Sensor-Driven Automated High-Integrity Welding

March 2022 · 

Traditionally, welding and inspection of high-integrity joints are separate, sequential processes, reducing productivity and increasing rework if defects are only detected at completion. This fellowship seeks to introduce the volumetric imaging capability of ultrasonics directly into the welding process and aims to deliver high-integrity welds right first time, every time. 

Professor Alastair Florence
Made Smarter Innovation - Digital Medicines Manufacturing Research Centre

September, 2021 · 

The Medicines Made Smarter Data Centre (MMSDC) looks to address the key challenges which are slowing digitalisation, and adoption of IDTs that can transform processes to deliver medicines tailored to patient needs.

Professor Gareth Pierce
Spirit AeroSystems / Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair in In-Process Non-destructive Testing for Composites

March, 2020 · 

Professor Pierce plans to revolutionise non-destructive testing (NDT) for composites throughout the aerosystems manufacturing process. As demand for composite parts in the sector increases, Professor Pierce’s research will increase the efficiency of NDT while maintaining and enhancing quality.


July, 2020 ·

Automated Welding Equipment System Inspection and Monitoring (AWESIM) Programme: the aim of AWESIM is to embed inspection, closed-loop control and automation directly at the point of welding to deliver high-quality welds right, first time.

Delivering Enhanced Through-Life Nuclear Asset Management

May, 2017 ·

Combined life extension and new build programmes in Civil Nuclear, running in parallel with life extension and new build in submarine nuclear programmes places a significant demand on asset integrity inspection. 

New Wire Additive Manufacturing (NEWAM)

June, 2018 · 

3D printing, or, Additive Manufacturing (AM), has rapidly come to prominence as a valid and convenient alternative to other production techniques. Integrating NDE inspection into the AM process is essential for production quality.

We work with partners all over the world.

Delivering world leading academic research, teaching and knowledge exchange  

SEARCH is based at The University of Strathclyde in Glasgow

  • Asset Inspection
  • In-process NDE
  • Manufacturing