News and Events - Annual Conference

The Annual Conference is held in early summer, in the lead-up to the annual registration event in September. The conference provides an opportunity for the Research Engineers to present their research work in the form of a poster or oral presentation. Topics typically include: optoelectronics, laser development, biophotonics, diffractive non-linear optics and sensors and signal & image processing. If you are interested in taking part in a future EngD programme, either as a student or as an industrial sponsor, please come along.

Past Conferences

2016 - School of Physics and Astronomy, University of St. Andrews

The conference took place on 24th June 2016. Our keynote Speaker was Dr. Tom Brown of the University of St. Andrews. Dr. Brown talk was based on the reasearch he has been conducting in Antacrctica imaging zooplankton. You can view his full keynote here

The majority of the conference comprised of presentations conducted by our third and fourth year Research Engineers about their research. A prize was awarded to Howard Moshtael-Oskui for his presentation entatled 'Smart glasses as a reading aid for the partially sighted.’

Our second year research engineers produced posters and each gave a one minute pitch about their research. Aneta Lisowska was awarded a prize for her poster & pitch on ‘Deep learning in medical image analysis’.

First Year Research engineers produced posters based on group Systems Engineering Projects. The prize winners were Thomas Dyer, Neil Stevenson and Michael Reilly for their project ‘Optical interrogation of a MEMS-based spectroscopic gas cell’.

CDTAP handbook 2016 .pdf

2016 Conference Image Gallery

2015 - Postgraduate Centre, Heriot-Watt University 

The 1st Centre for Doctoral Training in Applied Photonics Annual Conference took place on 26th June 2015. Invited speakers were Prof Harold Haas, Chair of Mobile Communications at the University of Edinburgh, Dr Alex Ward of Razorbill Instruments, and Dr Stephen Webster of M Squared Lasers.

Research Engineers in first year prepared group posters based on Systems Engineering projects they had worked on at the University of Strathclyde. The group prize winners were Jamie Coyle, Calum Hill and Russell Gordon for their project on 'Closed Loop Control of Optical Fibre Intreferometer using myRIO/ PXI Hardware for Optical Sensing Applications.'

Second year Research Engineers prepared a poster and delivered a one minute pitch. The winner of the Best Poster prize was James Morris for his poster on 'Microfabrication of Photonic Devices in Chalcogenide Glass Substrates.'

Oral Presentations comprising the core of the conference were delivered by third year Research Engineers covering topics from micro-optics, quantum control, laser machining, optical sensing and metrology. The Best Presentation prize was awarded to David Webb for 'Quantum Dot Applications in Lightning.'

2015 Conference Handbook

2014

The Industrial Doctorate Centre in Optics and Photonics Technologies Conference took place on 17 July 2014. Over 100 delegates attended the conference where the first year Research Engineers presented a poster and the 22 second and third year Research Engineers gave presentations.
The winner of the Best Poster prize was Gediminas Sumskis and the Best Presentation prize was awarded to Howard Moshtael-Oskui.
The key note speaker was Dr Fumi Kitagawa from Manchester Business School.

2014 Conference Handbook

2013 Conference Handbook

2012 Conference Handbook

A set of photos taken on the day at the 2011 Conference is available and includes photos from some of the talks and poster sessions.

EngD Conference July 2011 Discussions at EngD Conference July 2011 People at EngD Conference July 2011

For more information on the Conference or Appraisals, please contact the Centre Administrator.