School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering


Dr Laura Justham Pronouns: She/her PhD, MPhys DIS

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Senior Lecturer

Co-Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Academic Liaison Officer for the Women’s Engineering Society (WES)


Laura graduated from Loughborough University in 2003 with a Masters of Physics degree and Diploma of Industrial Studies. She completed her PhD at Loughborough University, graduating in 2007. The focus of the project was the development of a novel, integrating training device for cricket. She completed a number of Post Doctoral research positions before taking up her lectureship in 2012. Throughout her postgraduate studies and academic career, her research focus has been on the development of advanced manufacturing processes which has focused on novel system integration; developing individual components and integrating them together with machine vision, computer control and instrumentation to develop superior systems.

Laura is currently a Senior Lecturer at Loughborough University and an academic member of the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Intelligent Automation. She is the lead academic for the advanced manufacturing processes within the Centre. She leads the adaptive Welding and Cladding research work as well as fundamental research into the phenomenon of electro-adhesion for mobile robotic systems. She also has a particular interest in automation through robotics, methods of adopting better human-machine co-operation and advanced machine vision systems.

Grants and contracts:

  • 2017 – 2018 Innovate UK CONFIGURE project LU Principal Investigator
  • 2018 – 2020 Innovate UK AutoTIG project LU Principal Investigator
  • 2018 – 2021 EPSRC DigiTOp project LU Co-Investigator

Current teaching responsibilities:

Module Leader for:

  • WSA015 – Industrial Group Project for Electrical, Electronics and Electrical Engineering,
  • WSA017 – Industrial Group Project for Electronic and Computer Systems Engineering,
  • WSA018 – Industrial Group Project for Robotics, Mechatronics and Control Engineering

Part C Project Supervisor and Moderator


Current administrative responsibilities:

  • Co-Director of Undergraduate Admissions for the Wolf School
  • Personal Best Champion and Module Leader

Recent publications:

  • Ljasenko, S., Ferreira, P., Justham, L. M., & Lohse, N. (2018). Decentralised vs partially centralised self-organisation model for mobile robots in large structure assembly. Computers in Industry, 141-154. doi:10.1016/j.compind.2018.09.002
  • Guo, J., Elgeneidy, K., Xiang, C., Lohse, N., Justham, L. M., & Rossiter, J. (2018). Soft pneumatic grippers embedded with stretchable electroadhesion. Smart Materials and Structures, 27(5). doi:10.1088/1361-665X/aab579
  • Guo, J., Bamber, T., Singh, J., Manby, D., Bingham, P. A., Justham, L., . . . Jackson, M. R. (2017). Experimental study of a flexible and environmentally stable electroadhesive device. Applied Physics Letters, 111(25). doi:10.1063/1.4995458
  • Guo, J., Hovell, T., Bamber, T., Petzing, J., & Justham, L. (2017). Symmetrical electroadhesives independent of different interfacial surface conditions. Applied Physics Letters, 111(22). doi:10.1063/1.5000715
  • Kinnell, P., Rymer, T., Hodgson, J. R., Justham, L. M., & Jackson, M. R. (2017). Autonomous metrology for robot mounted 3D vision systems. CIRP Annals - Manufacturing Technology, 66(1), 483-486. doi:10.1016/j.cirp.2017.04.069
  • Bamber, T., Guo, J., Singh, J., Bigharaz, M., Petzing, J. N., Bingham, P. A., . . . Jackson, M. R. (2017). Visualization methods for understanding the dynamic electroadhesion phenomenon. Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 50(20), 205304. doi:10.1088/1361-6463/aa6be4
  • Guo, J., Bamber, T., Zhao, Y., Chamberlain, M. R., Justham, L. M., & Jackson, M. R. (2017). Toward adaptive and intelligent electroadhesives for robotic material handling. IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, 2(2), 538-545. doi:10.1109/LRA.2016.2646258
  • Hodgson, J. R., Kinnell, P., Justham, L. M., Lohse, N., & Jackson, M. R. (2017). Novel metrics and methodology for the characterisation of 3D imaging systems. Optics and Lasers in Engineering, 91, 169-177. doi:10.1016/j.optlaseng.2016.11.007
  • Experimental study of relationship between interfacial electroadhesive force and applied voltage for different substrate materials (2017). Applied Physics Letters, 110(5). doi:10.1063/1.4975602
  • Guo, J., Bamber, T., Chamberlain, M. R., Justham, L. M., & Jackson, M. R. (2016). Optimization and experimental verification of coplanar interdigital electroadhesives. Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 49(41), 18 pages. doi:10.1088/0022-3727/49/41/415304

External collaborators:

  • Weir Minerals, Todmorden
  • Loop Technology
  • TTL
  • Network Rail
  • The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC)
  • Rolls Royce, Derby
  • The Welding Institute (TWI)
  • Graham Engineering
  • CyberWeld
  • Nottingham University
  • Cranfield University
  • Bristol Robotics Lab

Athena Swan Bronze award

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