Our Team

Members of the Centre help to inform the global manufacturing industry in numerous ways. The Centre’s research is fully integrated into Loughborough University’s wider infrastructure, allowing academic members to collaborate closely with an influential group of industrial and academic Centres of Excellence. Centre members also communicate their research findings through publications, consultation with government and industry, engagement with small and medium enterprises and membership at influential Committees and Boards.

Management Team

Dr Niels Lohse

Centre Director & Reader in Manufacturing Automation and Robotics

Dr Peter Kinnell

Reader in Metrology & High Value Manufacturing Beacon Lead

Prof Mike Jackson

Visiting Professor of Machine Systems

Academic and Related

Dr Thomas Bamber

Lecturer in Robotics & Autonomous Systems

Dr Pedro Ferreira

Senior Lecturer in Manufacturing Systems

Dr Mey Goh

Senior Lecturer in Product Design

Dr Ella-Mae Hubbard

Senior Lecturer in Systems Engineering

Dr Laura Justham

Senior Lecturer in Manufacturing Processes and Director of Student Experience

Dr Andrea Soltoggio

Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor)


Dr Ali Al-Yacoub

Research Associate

Dr Achim Buerkle

Research Associate

Tom Hovell

Research Associate


PhD Students

A Systems Engineering Approach for Autonomous Technologies

James Dobrzanski

PhD Title:

Towards the Automation of TIG Welding Sensors and Control

Myles Flanagan

PhD Title:

Multi-Agent Based Systems within Manufacturing

Piotr Fratczak

PhD Title:

Robot Learning with Human Emotions by Means of Immersive Virtual and Augmented Reality

Connor Gill

PhD Title:

Creating Digital Twins using AI for Automation and Robotics

Jema Hewitt

PhD Title:

Representation of Female Stereotypes in Embodied AI and Robots

Exploring the Benefits of Applying a Symbiotic System during Ramp-up Time in Industry 4.0 Environments

Dominic McKean

PhD Title:

Novel Methods to Enhance Safe Physical Collaboration between Humans and Robots for Industrial Application

Claire Pottier

PhD Title:

Large Volume Digitalisation for Manufacturing Workspaces

Yash Sharma

PhD Title:

Smart Robotic Grasping

Peter Wilson

PhD Title:

Characterisation of Linear Friction Welding Machine Performance Variation and its Influence on Weld Properties