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Dr Thomas Bamber MEng PhD

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Lecturer in Robotics and Autonomous Systems

Background:

Thomas Bamber was appointed to a Lectureship in the Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering in September 2019.

He achieved his MEng (Hons) in Aeronautical Engineering at Loughborough University in 2012, where he focused on Autonomous Systems including UAVs. After graduating, he continued his academic career by working as a Research Associate for the Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering Department on the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Taxi project.

Thomas Bamber remained at Loughborough to continue his Airbus UK sponsored postgraduate research studies in Structure Mounted Automation and continued working as a Research Engineer in the Intelligent Automation Centre on a number of High Value Manufacturing systems integration projects for project partners including Rolls-Royce. He was awarded his PhD in April 2018.

Thomas Bamber is also the COO of blockchain infrastructure company Cube 3 Technologies.

Qualifications:

  • Aeronautical Engineering MEng - Loughborough University
  • Mechanical and Manufacturing PhD – Loughborough University 

Key Awards:

Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics - inclusion in the exclusive ‘Highlights of 2016’ collection
On the Journal's 50th anniversary, ‘Investigation of relationship between interfacial electroadhesive force and surface texture’ was selected by the Editorial Board for inclusion in the exclusive ‘Highlights of 2016’ collection, chosen on the basis of novelty, scientific impact and broadness of appeal.

Research Student conference poster - 1st prize for best poster in Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering – 2013

 

 

 

Outline of main research interests:

  • High Value Manufacturing
  • Intelligent Automation
  • Collaborative Robotics
  • Autonomous Systems
  • IoT
  • Industry 4.0
  • Decentralised Organisations – Blockchain

 

Grants and contracts:

  • 2018 - MTC - TERA Extended Asset Strategy - £125k
  • 2017/2018 - Rolls Royce – MCRL 1/2 Gate Development £75k
  • 2018 - Rolls Royce – MCRL 2/3 Gate Development £75k
  • 2018/2019 - Rolls Royce - MCRL 3 Gate Development £200k (Loughborough University Enterprise)

 

Recent publications:

Building an electric model vehicle with obstacle avoidance system

A Fenesan, O Mcaree, WH Chen, T Pana, T Bamber

Automation and Computing (ICAC), 2012 18th International Conference on, 1-5

 

Investigation of relationship between interfacial electroadhesive force and surface texture

J Guo, M Tailor, T Bamber, M Chamberlain, L Justham, M Jackson

Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics 49 (3), 035303, 2015

 

Optimization and experimental verification of coplanar interdigital electroadhesives

J Guo, T Bamber, M Chamberlain, L Justham, M Jackson

Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics 49 (41), 415304, 2016

 

Towards Adaptive and Intelligent Electroadhesives for Robotic Material Handling

J Guo, TD Bamber, Y Zhao, M Chamberlain, L Justham, M Jackson

IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, 2016

 

Experimental study of relationship between interfacial electroadhesive force and applied voltage for different substrate materials

J Guo, T Bamber, J Petzing, L Justham, M Jackson

Applied Physics Letters 110 (5), 051602, 2016

 

Visualization methods for understanding the dynamic electroadhesion phenomenon

T Bamber, J Guo, J Singh, M Bigharaz, J Petzing, PA Bingham, L Justham, ...

Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics 50 (20), 205304, 2017

 

Experimental study of relationship between interfacial electroadhesive force and applied voltage for different substrate materials

J Guo, T Bamber, J Petzing, L Justham, M Jackson

Applied Physics Letters 110 (5), 051602, 2017

 

Experimental study of a flexible and environmentally stable electroadhesive device

J Guo, T Bamber, J Singh, D Manby, PA Bingham, L Justham, J Petzing, ...

Applied Physics Letters 111 (25), 251603, 2017

 

Symmetrical electroadhesives independent of different interfacial surface conditions

J Guo, T Hovell, T Bamber, J Petzing, L Justham

Applied Physics Letters 111 (22), 221603, 2017

 

 

Selected publications:

 

Visualization methods for understanding the dynamic electroadhesion phenomenon
T Bamber, J Guo, J Singh, M Bigharaz, J Petzing, PA Bingham, L Justham, ...
Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics 50 (20), 205304, 2017

 

 

External collaborators:

  • Rolls-Royce
  • Airbus UK
  • Ford
  • ABB
  • Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC)
  • Cranfield University
  • Innotec
  • Nottingham University
  • Bristol Robotics Laboratory