Location: D45a, Sackville Street Building
Time: 17:30 -18:30 on Tuesday 3 December
Networking time: 18:30-19:30 with pizza
Access to the building: The building will be closed around 17:30 and during 17:30-17:45 a door from Whitworth Street to the building will manned to those who arrive late for the seminar.
Professor Anthony Peyton, Department of EEE, the University of Manchester
Maxwell, Manchester and Me
This talk will take a look at the role of a research academic by tracking the journey of three different research programmes from their initial conception, through their various phases of fund raising and delivery, to their current position. The research is based on different aspects of electromagnetic inspection and in different industrial sectors, but conducted at the University of Manchester.
New non-destructive testing (NDT) system EMspecTM for monitoring the microstructure of steel during hot processing Monitoring the integrity of structure network cable Humanitarian demining.
Each example highlights the challenges of delivering research from initial conception, through proof of concept and converting the results to impact, and the nuances of the translating research into practice.
The talk will reflect on the nature of the academic mission against an environment of increasing corporate management, TEF, REF, pathway to impact, H-index, impact factor, league tables, student satisfaction, social responsibility etc, and ultimately our duty to the public that fund us; s well as touching on the changing nature of the role Universities are expected to play in today’s society. This will hopefully be an entertaining accompaniment to early evening pizzas.
Tony Peyton originally graduated from Manchester with a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and Electronics in 1983 and later a Ph.D. in medical instrumentation in 1986. After various positions in the scientific instrumentation industry and academia, he was appointed Professor of Electromagnetic Engineering in May 2004. Tony has over 30 years of experience in a diverse range of electromagnetic sensor systems and has been Principal Investigator of numerous national, international and industry funded projects, totalling several £10Ms. Tony has also been a partner on many major EU projects and co-author on almost 140 international journal papers related to electromagnetics and sensing. His group work extensively with industry, taking electromagnetic sensors from fundamental research in the laboratory through to final applications in a range of real world settings, from detecting meteorites in the Antarctic, to steel mills around the world and nuclear reactors in the UK. The research is focussed on the needs of end-user partners, in sectors including non-destructive testing, security, medical, food quality and humanitarian demining. All these areas of application are underpinned by the common theme of electromagnetics and exploit the similarities between them.