Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering


Dr David Kerr BSc MSc PhD CPhys MInstP

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Senior lecturer


David Kerr received his BSc degree in Physics with Engineering Science at the University of Hertfordshire and his MSc. degree in Optoelectronics from the University of Northumbria, UK.

He joined the Mechanical Engineering department at Loughborough University in 1985, obtaining his PhD in Laser Metrology in 1992. Now a Senior Lecturer, his research includes Digital Image Processing, Computer Vision, Industrial Machine Vision, and Interferogram Analysis

Research Interests and Activities

David completed a major research project (funded by DEFRA/LINK) on the use of lasers and machine vision for sealing and inspection of polymer-based food packaging. A commercial prototype system was developed to exploit this new process. He is currently working with a local company to develop an automated cloud recognition system using advanced infra-red imaging. The system is designed for use at airports to continuously monitor cloud type and cover to assist air traffic control and safety.

His other recent activities have included: fast measurement of transient vibrations in engineering structures using speckle interferometry, object recognition and location using invariants, cutting tool condition monitoring, surface texture classification and measurement, Artificial Neural Networks for object recognition in industrial machine vision applications, eye-tracking and measurement to monitor driver alertness, processing of x-ray images to aid orthopaedic surgery, and the use of computer vision to measure ball spin and trajectory.

External Activities

Journal editorships

Guest Editor for special issue of Optics & Lasers in Engineering, on Fringe Analysis (Optics and Lasers in Engineering 41 (4) (2004) 597-599) Previously Guest Editor for same subject and journal in1993, 1995 & 1999

Guest Editor for special issue of Technologies (ISSN 2227-7080) on "Precision Measurements and Metrology Using Lasers" to be published 2014

Professional affiliations

MInstP, CPhys

Journal referee

Regular referee for: International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Applied Optics, Measurement Science & Technology, Optics & Lasers technology, Optics Letters, Optics & Lasers in Engineering

Collaborative Research

Lead Partner and Principal Investigator for DEFRA/LINK Advanced Food Manufacturing Programme, project AFM114, “An Intelligent package sealing and inspection system for semi-rigid food containers.” Companies contributing significant funding over the 3-year programme (2002-2005) were Recipe Dish (Pennine Foods) Ltd, RPC Containers Ltd, Packaging Automation Ltd, GSI Lumonics Ltd, FFP Packaging Solutions Ltd.

Lead Academic in 3-year KTP funded project (2009-2012) in association with Campbell Scientific ltd, to develop a ground-based, infra-red imaging system for cloud type and cloud cover assessment.

Commercialisation of Research

International Patent Application No. PCT/GB2005/004836, “Method and Apparatus for Verifying Seal Integrity” resulting from work on DEFRA project AFM114.

Teaching Responsibilities

Module MMC901 Digital Image Processing (responsible examiner)
Module MMC900 Computer Control & Instrumentation (co-tutor)
Module MMD900 Mechatronics (co-tutor)
Module MMB300 Engineering Computation (co-tutor)

University Administration

Member of University Senate (2011-2014)