As manufacturing enters the digital-age, Scotland is extremely well-positioned to produce major socio-economic benefits generated from the digitalisation of manufacturing and the ongoing innovation and technical advances being made across its underpinning technology areas.
Scotland's universities undertake internationally leading research in a number of areas within advance and digital manufacturing. Our nation has a strong heritage in manufacturing and our research community boasts significant strengths across the key underpinning technology areas within advanced manufacturing (AM) / digital manufacturing.
Our sub-themes align with the grand challenges and opportunities within the Advanced Manufacturing theme and its industrial application sectors. They also align with the strengths and capabilities of Scotland in Advanced Manufacturing, and the opportunities for growth and synergy which can be catalysed via pan-Scotland SRPe collaboration across the university research sector and with industry and the public sector. They reflect the challenges and opportunities that exist today and that are anticipated for the future based on knowledge of megatrends (e.g. population growth, growing demand for customised products; ageing population and workforce; changing skills needs), technological trends and innovations (emerging and disruptive technologies e.g. the Internet of Things (IoT); digitalisation and scale-up), emerging policies, and opportunities for economic growth and socio-economic impact.
SRPe's Sub-Themes within the Advanced Manufacturing theme:
Digitalisation in Manufacturing
Advanced Manufacturing for Medical Applications
Advanced Materials for Energy Applications
Photonics and Precision Manufacturing
Key Research & Technology Areas:
Advanced Forming & Forging
Advanced Machining & Fabrication
Precision Manufacturing / Advanced Micro & Nano Subsystems
Laser Enabled Manufacturing / Industrial Photonics
Automation & Robotics
Sensing & Measurement Technologies
Data & Internet of Things (IoT) Technologies
Simulation & Modelling
Advanced Processes & Systems
Advanced Systems Integration
Thematic Leadership Group
The SRPe Advanced Manufacturing Thematic Leadership Group (AM-TLG) is a national strategic research resource that provides expertise to government and industry, as well as to the wider UK and international research communities.
We promote and support the growth and development of advanced manufacturing research and its key industrial sectors of application which will underpin Scotland's future.
The AM-TLG membership comprises key experts from across Scotland's leading universities delivering research and development in advanced and digital manufacturing and its underpinning technology areas.
Leadership and membership details of the AM-TLG are provided below:
Professor Bill Ion
Director of Research / Deputy Head of Design, Manufacturing & Engineering Management / Projects Director Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC)
University of Strathclyde
Professor Duncan Hand
Director of Research / Deputy Head of School of Engineering & Physical Sciences
Dr Amir Siddiq
Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering
University of Aberdeen
Dr Keith Wilcox
Head of Research Postgraduate Studies of the School of Science & Engineering
University of Dundee
Dr Edward McCarthy
Lecturer in Composites, Design & Testing
University of Edinburgh
Prof Chris Pearce
Dean for Research in the College of Science & Engineering
University of Glasgow
Prof James Njuguna
Strategic Lead Engineering Research / Professor in Composite Materials & Structures for Centre for Advanced Engineering Materials
Robert Gordon University
Dr Caroline Cantley
Scottish Research Partnership in Engineering (SRPe)