CDT Applied Photonics - Launch Event - 27 March 2019

Centre for Doctoral Training in Applied Photonics - Launch Event

The launch event for the new EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Applied Photonics taking place on 27 March 2019, at Heriot-Watt University, 11:30 to 13:30. The new centre focuses on industrially-inspired Photonic Imaging, Sensing and Analysis - technologies which are transforming modern life, from self-driving cars (lidar) and smartphone interfaces (laser gesture-recognition) to smart buildings (distributed fibre and LED sensors) and bio-imaging (super-resolution microscopy).

Blog post: Hollie Wright, Women in STEM

We are pleased to announce that third year Research Engineer, Hollie Wright has been appointed Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Representative to the CDT. Hollie has also been admitted to the WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) Young Members Board. She has written a short piece on the representation of Women in STEM:- 


According to 2016 research by the Women in Engineering Society, women make up just 11% of engineers in the UK.1

CDT Renewal Bid Successful!

We are delighted to advise that our CDT renewal bid was successful and will be funded by EPSRC and our Industrial Partners until 2028. The Centre will continue operating under the title "CDT Applied Photonics" but will be focusing on imaging, sensing, analysis and the underpinning device technologies in its research and training remit. Our first students will begin in September 2019. This is part of £446 million investment in 75 new CDTs announced by @UKRI_CEO. For a full list of centres click here:

AEngD appoints Vladimirs Horjkovs to Steering Group

Research Engineer Vladmirs Horjkovs has been appointed as the new Researcher Representative on the Association of Engineering Doctorates (AEngD) Steering Group. Vladimirs in in his fourth year of the programme and his research project, 'robust high dynamic range transducers for surface form and finish' is with Taylor Hobson and Heriot-Watt University. 

For more information about the AEngD, visit:




Graduations at Heriot-Watt University

Congratulations to Dr Ioannis Bitharas and Dr James Morris who graduated with an EngD at the ceremeony held at Herriot-Watt University on 12 November!

We were delighted when James and his wife Marion visited the CDTAP office after the ceremony.

EngD Viva Success

Congratulations to our research engineer Aneta Lisowska who had a successful EngD viva! Best wishes for the future to Aneta from all at the CDT! Aneta's project was sponosored by Canon Medical.

Tri-CDT Careers Event

The Tri-CDT careers event 'Photonics Meets Real World Applications' organised by the EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) Photonic Integration & Advanced Data Storage, Intelligent Sensing & Measurement and Applied Photonics took place on 22 October 2018 at the Technology and Innovation Centre at the University of Strathclyde. Hollie Wright who was the CDT in Applied Photonics student representative on the organising committee. The #pmrwa event today was a success! This is the first time we have done a joint CDT event, just shows what we can achieve when we work together!

Industrial Fellowship Award for Mariastefania De Vido

Congratulations to Mariastefania De Vido who is just one of 12 recipients of the prestigious Industrial Fellowship from the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851. Mariastefania who is in her 3rd year of an Engineering Doctorate at the Centre for Doctoral in Applied Photonics based at Heriot-Watt University, was selected for her groundbreaking work in developing a new type of high-energy laser that is far more efficient than current standards.

Welcome Event - 2018/19 Cohort

On Wednesday 12th September we welcomed our 5th cohort of Research Engineers onto the programme. The new cohort are currently completing taught courses at the University of St Andrews. 

During lunch break the new cohort were visited by a couple of members of previous cohorts and some of their academic and industrial supervisors. Two supervisors for this years' cohort are almuni of our Centre - Prof. Daniel Esser and Dr. Alison O'Neil. 




Gabriel Reines March - IEEE EMBS Summer School

Research Engineer Gabriel Reines March had a paper accepted for the IEEE EMBS international Summer School which took place in June. Gabriel is currently in his fourth year of the programme based with the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. his project title is 'An investigation and development of techniques to improve cancer treatment through multi-modality image registration using a non-linear deformable model'.

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