School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering


Dr John Hodgson MEng, PhD

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Research Associate in Multi-sensor Metrology


After studying for my undergraduate degree at Loughborough University in Mechanical Engineering I continued as a PhD student at the Intelligent Automation Centre, studying the sensitivities of 3D Vision Sensors to various factors in the industrial environment. Since 2018 I have been a research associate in multi sensor metrology at the IAC.

My research interests focus on data fusion in the industrial environment to aid in the automation of  robotic metrology and inspection tasks, but also in the development of technology to aid in human- robot collaboration which is essential to the development of future flexible manufacturing.

  • 3D vision sensor modelling and performance verification
  • Hybrid AI and photogrammetry based skeletal tracking
  • Machine vision

Recent publications:

  • Hodgson J. The characterisation and simulation of 3D vision sensors for measurement optimisation (Doctoral dissertation, Loughborough University).
  • Hodgson JR, Kinnell P, Justham L, Lohse N, Jackson MR. Novel metrics and methodology for the characterisation of 3D imaging systems. Optics and Lasers in Engineering. 2017 Apr 1;91:169-77.
  • Kinnell P, Rymer T, Hodgson J, Justham L, Jackson M. Autonomous metrology for robot mounted 3D vision systems. CIRP Annals. 2017 Jan 1;66(1):483-6.
  • Hodgson JR, Kinnell P, Justham L, Jackson MR. Characterizing the influence of surface roughness and inclination on 3D vision sensor performance. In Eighth International Conference on Machine Vision (ICMV 2015) 2015 Dec 8 (Vol. 9875, p. 98751L). International Society for Optics and Photonics.