Colloquium Series

Jointly organised by the CDT, College of Science and Engineering (University of Glasgow) and SUPA. These seminars will be available in person at both Glasgow and Edinburgh University, in the SUPA video conference rooms.

  • University of Glasgow – Kelvin Building Room 255a
  • University of Edinburgh – James Clerk Maxwell Building Room 6224
  • This is also available as a webinar at your desk computer or mobile phone, through a browser.  It will be interactive (that is, you can ask questions).
To join the webinar please follow the instructions below

For your first attempt you may want to start this process ten minutes in advance of the meeting:

Desk Computer:

  • To join as a first-time user from your desktop, click here using Firefox, IE, Safari.
  • If you use Chrome, please add the VidyoWebConnector extension to your Chrome first, then click here.
  • If you cannot install the plugin in the browser properly, then download the VidyoDesktop software and install it.  After the software installation, open the software, then click here from your browser.  Then the system will launch VidyoDesktop automatically to connect!  Please enter your name to join the meeting room.
  • Please mute your microphone during the presentation.

Mobile Device:

  • Download VidyoMobile app iOS or AndroidAfter the software installation, then click here from your mobile device.
  • Please mute your microphone during the presentation.
12 October 2016 at 14:00 - Mid infrared photonics: route to low cost portable breath analysis sensor for diagnosis/ management of chronic respiratory conditions

Professor Des Gibson 


Des Gibson holds a BSc (hons 1st class) physics and a PhD in thin film optics, both from the Queen`s University, N Ireland.   He has a thirty year track record in industry, academic based research & development and successful physics based product commercialisation, gained globally with technical and managing director roles within blue chip organizations, small to medium sized companies, start-ups and close associations with academia. He has co-founded four  successful physics based technology companies focussing on thin film & sensor technologies. Two most recent are; Gas Sensing Solutions Ltd – co-founded 2006 and a winner of an Institute of Physics Innovation Award 2014 – and Applied Multilayers Ltd, co-founded 2002 and acquired 2010 by Telemark Inc, USA. Motivated by fresh challenges and a desire to focus on research, September 2014 he joined the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) as professor in thin film & sensor technologies and is research director of the Institute of Thin Films, Sensors & Imaging.

Des is a chartered engineer and physicist, Fellow of the Institute of Physics , senior member of the Optical Society of America  and  a named inventor on eighteen patents with over eighty technical publication and articles in thin films, sensors and optoelectronics. He is principal investigator of a new company spin out from UWS, researching and commercialising a novel miniaturised infrared spectrophotometer.


There is an increasing number of papers in peer-reviewed medical journals relating to a need for widened usage of exhaled breath measurement, including waveform biomarker analysis for diagnosis/ management of respiratory disease conditions.  In particular published work has concentrated on the characteristics of these under-used biomarkers in respiratory conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, congestive heart failure, pulmonary embolism and emphysema. Relevant exhaled biomarkers such as carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and ammonia have unique mid infrared optical absorption features which can be used  to quantify such biomarkers. Measurement is typically based on absorption of infra-red light by the biomarker molecule using an emitter and detector pair matched to the principal gas absorption peaks. This presentation provides an overview of relevant research & development in mid-infrared photonics and application to next generation, low cost and portable breath analysis sensors with a focus on chronic respiratory conditions such as COPD with results from early stage clinical trialing.

30 August 2016 at 12:30 - The Role of Sensing in Bioinspired Soft Systems Engineering

Dr Adam Stokes, School of Engineering, University of Edinburgh

This talk will focus on the challenges and opportunities in analysing, sensing, and controlling the flow of energy in complex systems, and on developing new manufacturing tools and processes for building from soft materials to yield machines with improved dynamics and efficiency. We, along with a growing international community, are developing a new field of multidisciplinary research—bioinspired soft systems engineering. Soft systems combine electronics with robotics; materials-science; and biology. This approach is not predicated on any one discipline but instead combines ideas which are abstracted from nature with experimental science and engineering. In this talk I will highlight the opportunities and challenges for sensing and measurement in this new class of machines.

CDT Events

Precision Measurement Conference - 7 December 2016

A one-day conference was held in the James Watt South Building, University of Glasgow on Wednesday 7th December in collaboration with the College of Science and Engineering of Glasgow University. Please see the event programme for more details.

To View the Conference Speakers and presentations please visit out Youtube site, a full list of speakers and talk titles are available when you click on the information box.

CDT Annual Conference - 9 November 2016

The CDT ISM Annual Conference will take place on Wednesday 9th November in University of Glasgow, Main Building (Gilbert Scott Building),  Senate Room. Please see the full programme for more information and slides.


Haptics: Science, Technology, and Applications - 29 September 2016

Lecture from Prof. Mandayam Srinivasan, Director of Touch Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. University College London, UK. Thursday 29th September 2016, from 2:00pm – 2:45pm – Room 407, Boyd Orr Building, University of Glasgow.

CDT ISM Symposium in Microfluidics and Optics (Student-organised) - 7 July 2016

The CDT Intelligent Sensing and Measurement Symposium in Microfluidics and Optics will be a one-day event involving speakers from various different disciplines and institutes. This will be a good opportunity to hear talks about interesting research in these areas, and network with individuals who conduct research in the fields of microfluidics or optics. This event will take place in the University of Glasgow Kelvin Building, Lecture theatre 312. CDT ISM Symposium in Microfluidics and Optics Student Conference Programme

Human-Robot Interaction and Whole-Body Robot Sensing - 1 July 2016

Lecture from Professor Vladimir Lumelsky, Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison on Friday 1st Julyfrom 11am – 12pm. Room 526 – James Watt (South) Building, School of Engineering, University of Glasgow. Please register here.

Partner Events

CENSIS Technology Summit - 6 October 2016

The third annual conference CENSIS looks at how sensor and imaging systems (SIS) are being used in our increasingly connected ‘Internet of Things’ world to help deliver specific, real time information to help us better understand ourselves, our communities and our environment. The conference will take place at the Technology and Innovation Centre, 99 George Street, Glasgow. Please the Agenda for more details and information on Exhibitors can be found here. Please register here