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Prof. Andrew Moore


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Andrew Moore received his BSc in Engineering Science and PhD in Optical Metrology from Loughborough University in 1988 and 1992 respectively. From 1992 to 1997 he worked at the Centro de Investigaciones en Optica, Mexico. He joined Heriot-Watt University in 1997 and is currently a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He was an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow (October 2000 to September 2005) and is currently an AWE William Penney Fellow (August 2006 to March 2015). His research interests include dynamic, full-field optical instrumentation and its application to scientific and engineering measurement.


Dr. Wei Wang


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Wei Wang received his BSc and DSc in Physics from University of Science and Technology of China, in 1997 and 2001, respectively, and his PhD with summa cum laude in Optics from the University of Electro-Communications, Japan, in 2006.  He was a Japanese Government (MONBUKAGAKUSHO) Scholar from 2002 to 2003, Research Fellow of the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) from 2003 to 2006, and COE (Center of Excellence) Post-Doctoral Research Fellow from April 2006.  He joined Heriot-Watt University as a lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in 2007.


Dr. Wang’s research interests include statistical optics, optical information processing, imaging science and their applications to optical metrology and sensing. He has published over 60 papers in journals and conference proceedings, and was awarded the best science paper award of the Japanese Society for Applied Physics in March 2007 (the highest research award of the Optical Society of Japan). He is a member of the SPIE, OSA, and JSAP.


Dr. Vivien Beyer


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Vivien Beyer received his BSc in Instrumentation and Measurement from Sheffield Hallam University, and his PhD in Optical Diagnostics from Cranfield University, in 2002 and 2006 respectively. From 2005, he was involved in various industrial projects designing medical sensors for Servomex plc, before joining the change management team of the Royal London Hospital in 2007. He joined Heriot-Watt University in 2008 and is currently a Research Associate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.


His research interests are the development of measurement techniques for physical systems with multiple degrees of freedom, nanoparticle physical properties and optical instrumentation.


Dr. Jesus Valera


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Jesus Valera received his BSc in Physics from San Diego State University in 1980 and his PhD from the Optical Sciences Center at the University of Arizona in 1986.  He has worked as an Associate Professor at the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, JDSU in Silicon Valley, California and as an Invited Professor at the University of Gunma in Japan. In 2004 he joined Heriot Watt University as a Research Associate.


His work has resulted in approximately 45 journal publications and 38 conference presentations, in the areas of deformation and vibration analysis with speckle pattern interferometry; the optomechanical design of athermal DWDM components for optical fiber communications; the design and development of high power laser diode pumped YAG lasers; and in nonlinear optical waveguides.


Steven Earl


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Stephen Gaffney


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Ning Ma


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Ning Ma received his BSc from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 2005 and his MPhil from China University of Petroleum in 2010. He is currently studying for his PhD in optics signal processing concerned with the structural phase information in statistical optical fields and its applications to optical metrology.


Thi-Dinh Nguyen


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Thi-Dinh Nguyen received her BSc from the Vietnam National University in Hanoi in 2006. She was awarded a scholarship by the French government to study an MSc in Physics and Chemistry of Solid Materials at Nancy University in France, which she received in 2008. From 2008 to 2009, she worked as a graduate research associate in CEA, France (Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission). She is currently studying for her PhD in THz applications in engineering measurement.


Daniele Santonocito


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Daniele Santonocito received his MSc in Electronic Engineering (Automatic Controls and Robotics) from the University of Catania, Italy in 2009. He is currently studying for his MPhil in vibration measurements by using speckle pattern interferometry with novel CMOS detectors.


Rong Wang


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Rong Wang graduated from Ocean University of China in Optical Engineering with a MSc degree in 2004. She is currently studying for a PhD in the application of fibres to full-field optical metrology techniques.


Juan Zhao


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Juan Zhao received her MSc in Optical Engineering from Beijing University of Technology in 2009. She is currently studying for her PhD in coherence holography techniques.



Former group members



Yvonne Huddart


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Since leaving Heriot-Watt, Yvonne has been working for Renishaw in Edinburgh, UK, where she is leading the development of CMM-mounted optical instrumentation for shape measurement.



Stefan Knupfer


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Since leaving Heriot-Watt, Stefan has worked as a project manager in camshaft research and development for ThyssenKrupp in Liechtenstein. He is currently working in CO2-laser development for TRUMPF at their headquarters in Ditzingen, Germany.



Dr. Mark Reeves


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Since leaving Heriot-Watt, Mark has worked in orthopaedic research at Edinburgh University, applying optical techniques to biomechanical problems, while co-developing a high performance optical wavegauge with Laser Imaging Sciences Ltd. Following periods at Oxford Lasers and Quanta Fluid Solutions, Mark set up MRA Technology Ltd. in Oxford, which specialises in problem-solving in medical device development. Recent medical projects include the development of advanced fluidics for dialysis, novel X-ray positioning accessories, a photonic device for assisting vein-viewing for cannulation, a low-cost fibre-delivered laser for photodynamic therapy, and modelling / micro machining for a disposable drug implantation device. Non-medical activities include fuel cells material characterisation and fluid handling for beverage dispensing machines.


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