What's new in DIAL
November 2016
Welcome from Professor Duncan McFarlane 
 Welcome to the Autumn 2016 edition of the DIAL newsletter. The start of the academic year sees us in a busy phase from both a  research and teaching point of view.
Our research sees us involved in a new UK network on Digital Manufacturing, a European activity in advanced logistics based on a physical equivalent to the internet and several company supported initiatives in data analytics and advanced automation and much of DIAL’s annual teaching on automation and control systems engineering, supply chain and asset management occurs in November/early December which involves many of us.

On that note, however, we are very pleased to welcome new lecturer Alexandra Brintrup. Alexandra has been with us as a Senior Research Associate and previously held positions at Cranfield and Oxford. Alexandra is a Lecturer in Digital Manufacturing and much of her work will focus on data analytics, modelling and optimisation. Needless to say, she will be kept very busy too.

Physical Internet Workshop, Paris, October 2016

Prof Duncan McFarlane and Dr Vaggelis Giannikas participated in a recent workshop at MINES ParisTech launching a major new initiative in logistics. The programme is seeking to trial – on a large scale – the modelling of distribution logistics based on the principles of the internet.
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DIAL researchers present their latest work at the IFAC AMEST Workshop

Ajith Parlikad and Hao Li attended the 3rd IFAC workshop on Advanced Maintenance Engineering, Services and Technologies (AMEST) held at Biarritz, France last week.
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ETH-Cambridge Auto-ID lab demo on intelligent product
A demonstration of the concepts of intelligent products was developed as part of the collaboration between the Auto-ID labs in ETH-Zurich and Cambridge to illustrate how they can provide better and effective decision making capabilities product life-cycle management.
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YH Global CEO visits DIAL as part of the ITALI project

The CEO of YH Global, who currently sponsors the ITALI project investigating next generation warehousing and logistics information systems, visited Cambridge on 26th September.
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IET Factories of the Future Event

Prof Duncan McFarlane presented a talk at a workshop 'Automation and Factories of the Future - where Next', organised by IET's Control & Automation technical network at the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry.
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Construction as Manufacturing (CaM) Industrial Review

DIAL has continued visiting companies during the summer as part of the industrial review of Construction as Manufacturing (CaM) in collaboration with the Centre for Smart Infrastructure & Construction (CSIC) and Engineering Design Centre (EDC).
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Auto-ID lab presents in GS1 Industry and Standards Event
Prof Duncan McFarlane and Dr Vaggelis Giannikas visited Brussels to present the lab’s latest work at the GS1 Industry and Standards Event hosting 340 people from 32 countries.
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Customising with 3D printing
Dr Vaggelis Giannikas presented DIAL’s research on using 3D printing for manufacturing customised products at the 6th Workshop on Service Orientation in Holonic and Multi-Agent Manufacturing.
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EPSRC PhD Studentship in Industrial IoT/Asset Management

Project Title: Improving asset management through a social internet of things 

This is a PhD position starting October 2017 funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. The deadline for applications is 31 January 2017.

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DIAL awarded EPSRC Institutional Sponsorship Grant  

Ajith Parlikad has been awarded funding to explore how a social network for machines can enable collaborative fault detection and diagnosis. He will be working with Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery based in Lincoln on this project. Siemens currently collect health-related data from their installed fleet of gas turbines through their remote condition-monitoring program. A social network platform could enable Siemens to detect issues where they are not necessarily obvious, e.g., if one of the turbines reports on the SN platform that it is “feeling unwell” and reports its symptoms, then other turbines could either compare themselves against these symptoms leading to the early detection of a developing issue with them, or take on extra load from the suffering turbine potentially extending its life. This project will examine the feasibility of this scenario and develop algorithms for collaborative early fault detection.

Members News – new PhD Students in DIAL

James Heaton joined DIAL in October 2016 as a PhD Student.
He studied Architecture and design technology in Australia before continuing and completing his studies in Denmark at VIA University. 
After completing his studies, James moved to China and worked for an architectural firm, helping with the implementation of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and after one year he then moved to the UK and started working for Crossrail as a BIM Manager, focusing on the use of data within asset management.

Adrià Salvador Palau joined DIAL in October 2016 as a PhD Student.
Adrià (Barcelona, 1990) holds a BSc in Theoretical Physics from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and an MSc in Physics from the University of Bergen (Norway).  He has always focused on practical applications of mathematical models. During his Bachelor Thesis at the UAB, he explored randomness and stochastic processes, specifically regarding noise driven oscillators linked to electric capacitors. During his Master thesis he designed an optimization method for a new microscopy tool: a neutral helium atom microscope. Adrià’s research focuses on optimization and modelling of systems, usually governed by some degree of randomness.

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