Dr Russ Coggrave

MEng, PhD

  • Senior Research Associate - Optical Metrology


  • Graduated from Loughborough University with MEng Hons in Electronics and Electrical Engineering.
  • Research Associate in Sonar and Signal Processing Research Group at Loughborough University to investigate passive 3D tracking of sonar targets using hydrophone arrays.
  • Research Associate in Optical Engineering Research Group at Loughborough University to develop a real-time temporal phase unwrapping processor based on pipeline image processing. Application to electronic speckle pattern interferometry (ESPI) for real-time measurement of surface displacement, and high-speed optical profilometry for 3D surface shape measurement.
  • PhD awarded from Loughborough University in real-time optical metrology.
  • Gatsby Fellow (Optical Engineering) at Loughborough University to develop business case and attract investment for commercialisation of high-speed optical 3D shape measurement technology.
  • Joint Founding Director, Managing Director and later Chief Technology Officer of Phase Vision Ltd established to develop optical 3D shape measurement instruments for industrial metrology and provide associated consulting services.
  • Senior Research Associate in Optical Engineering Research Group at Loughborough University. Develop synthetic aperture interferometer based on large array of NIR fibre optic sources and phase-locked compact digital holographic cameras. Develop a high-speed 3D metrology-grade robot vision system to enable robots to work in challenging dynamic environments. Evaluation of novel waveguide devices based on MZI optical switching for high-speed frequency scanning interferometry applications.

Main research interests

  • Optical 3D shape measurement based on projected structured light and photogrammetry
  • Robot control, with particular emphasis on robot vision and industrial metrology applications
  • Electronic speckle pattern interferometry
  • Synthetic aperture interferometry and digital holography
  • Design and manufacture of diffractive optical elements (DOE)
  • Real-time image processing and GPU acceleration
  • Waveguide inspection and evaluation


Current teaching responsibilities

  • WSB300 Engineering Computation
  • WSD902 Laser and Optical Measurements
  • WSP102 Electronic Speckle Pattern Interferometry
  • WSA508 Digital Drawing

Recent publications

Guo, W, Huntley, J, Coggrave, R, Ruiz, P (2022) High speed fringe projection for dynamic shape measurement using binary phase mask. Part 1: theory and simulationOptics and Lasers in Engineering, 154, 107021, ISSN: 0143-8166. DOI: 10.1016/j.optlaseng.2022.107021.

Guo, W, Coggrave, R, Huntley, J, Ruiz, P (2022) High speed fringe projection for dynamic shape measurement using binary phase mask. Part 2: manufacture and testOptics and Lasers in Engineering, 154(2022), 107022, ISSN: 0143-8166. DOI: 10.1016/j.optlaseng.2022.107022.

Garcia-Armenta, J, Ruiz, P, Coupland, J, Coggrave, R, Middleton, RJC (2020) Coherent imager module with a large field of view for synthetic aperture interferometry applicationsOptics Express, 28(6), pp.8574-8588, ISSN: 1094-4087. DOI: 10.1364/OE.383912.

Park, I, Middleton, RJC, Coggrave, R, Ruiz, P, Coupland, J (2017) Characterization of the reference wave in a compact digital holographic cameraApplied Optics, 57(1), ISSN: 1559-128X. DOI: 10.1364/AO.57.00A235.

External collaborators 

  • Huddersfield University
  • Sheffield University
  • Bath University