CDT Events

EPSRC CDT in Intelligent Sensing and Measurement Annual Conference

The conference will be co-located with the SPIE Photonex conference and exhibition at The SEC Centre, Glasgow on Thursday 30th September

The programme can be found here: 2021 Programme

The Future of ISM – Student Conference

The Future of ISM Conference 2020 will be an online student-led conference organised by CISMA. This conference takes place the day before the CDT ISM Annual Conference, on Tuesday 3 November. Further information about the event can be found here.

EPSRC CDT in Intelligent Sensing and Measurement Annual Conference

The CDT ISM Annual Conference will take place online via Zoom on Wednesday 4 November 2020, starting at 9am. The conference programme will consist of oral presentations by researchers across the sensing and measurement community. The programme will also include 3-minute thesis presentations from our 2018/19 cohort and oral presentations from our 2017/18 cohort. Please register here to attend.


2020 ISM conference programme

CISMA – Optical Sensing Technologies Online Webinar

Tuesday 26 May, Microsoft TEAMS


This event has been organised by CDT ISM students

This online webinar will be composed of four talks from Prof Robert Hadfield, Dr Adam Polak, Michele Lacarenza, and a representative from M Squared Lasers who will introduce their cutting edge research and development in the field of optical sensing with consideration of future challenges to be addressed. There will be ample time for questions and audience discussion following each presentation.

Join here: Microsoft Teams

For more information here is the PDF: Programme

The Future of ISM – Student Conference

Monday 4th November 2019, The Royal Society of Edinburgh

This event had been organised by University of Edinburgh CDT ISM students and the University of Glasgow Optical Society student.

The event will consist of two sessions:

  • Challenging Metrology
  • Biomedical Imaging

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​There will also be presentations and a poster session for early stage researchers. The full programme will be available in due course.

Please click here to register

CDT – Intelligent Sensing and Measurement Annual Conference 2019

Tuesday 5th November 2019, The Royal Society of Edinburgh

Our programme will consist of oral presentations by researches across the sensing and measurement community as well as poster pitches from our second year CDT student, 3 minute thesis presentations from third year students and oral presentations from our fourth year CDT students.

Please click here to register

TRI CDT Careers Event – Photonics Meets Real World Applications

Monday October 22, 2018
TIC at Strathclyde University, Glasgow

Welcome to Photonics Meets Real-World Applications, first event by the TriCDT collaboration of the following EPSRC-funded CDTs:

  • Photonic Integration and Advanced Data Storage (CDT PIADS) – Queen’s University Belfast and University of Glasgow
  • Applied Photonics (CDT AP) Herriot-Watt University, University of Glasgow, University of Strathclyde, University of St Andrews, University of Dundee
  • Intelligent Sensing and Measurement (CDT ISM) – University of Glasgow and University of Edinburgh

Click here for more information about this event.

CDT-Intelligent Sensing and Measurement Annual Conference – 28 November, 2017

This conference will consist of a programme of oral presentations by researchers across the sensing and measurement community. Our programme will also include poster pitches from our 2016/17 cohort, 3 minute thesis presentations from our 2015/16 cohort and oral presentations from our 2014/15 cohort.

Please click here to see the full programme.

The conference will be held at:

The Royal Society Of Edinburgh, West Lecture Theatre, 22-26 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PQ

2nd Year CDT ISM Student Posters

Gigapixel Microscopy via Computational Imaging by Tomas Aidukas

Detection of Thermal Neutrons with MAPMTs and Novel Glass Scintillator by Laura Boyd

Gigapixel microscopy via computational imaging Photonic Crystal Fibres for Chemical Sensing and Photochemistry by Sergio Bermudez

Structured Light for Microscopy by Ryan Hawley

Understanding Vapour Etching To Improve Sensor Manufacturing by Markus Ronde

Sensing and Measurement of Redox Modifications in Proteins by Lavrentis Galanopoulos

Towards Imaging Cell Metabolism in the Retina by Julia McFarlane

CMOS Sensor Technology for the Detection of the Metabolome by Jose Cortes Guzman

Development of a Point-of-care Sensor for Thyroid Disease Monitoring by Giulia Deiana

Chiral Metamaterials for Biological Sensing by Cameron Gilroy

Electrochemical Detection of Dopamine using a Paper-Based by Anastasios Vilouras


Precision Measurement Conference – 7 December 2016

A one-day conference was held in the James Watt South Building, University of Glasgow on Wednesday 7th December in collaboration with the College of Science and Engineering of Glasgow University. Please see the event programme for more details.

To View the Conference Speakers and presentations please visit out Youtube site, a full list of speakers and talk titles are available when you click on the information box.

CDT Annual Conference – 9 November 2016

The CDT ISM Annual Conference will take place on Wednesday 9th November in University of Glasgow, Main Building (Gilbert Scott Building),  Senate Room. Please see the full programme for more information and slides.

Haptics: Science, Technology, and Applications – 29 September 2016

Lecture from Prof. Mandayam Srinivasan, Director of Touch Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. University College London, UK. Thursday 29th September 2016, from 2:00pm – 2:45pm – Room 407, Boyd Orr Building, University of Glasgow.

CDT ISM Symposium in Microfluidics and Optics (Student-organised) – 7 July 2016

The CDT Intelligent Sensing and Measurement Symposium in Microfluidics and Optics will be a one-day event involving speakers from various different disciplines and institutes. This will be a good opportunity to hear talks about interesting research in these areas, and network with individuals who conduct research in the fields of microfluidics or optics. This event will take place in the University of Glasgow Kelvin Building, Lecture theatre 312. CDT ISM Symposium in Microfluidics and Optics Student Conference Programme

Human-Robot Interaction and Whole-Body Robot Sensing – 1 July 2016

Lecture from Professor Vladimir Lumelsky, Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison on Friday 1st Julyfrom 11am – 12pm. Room 526 – James Watt (South) Building, School of Engineering, University of Glasgow. Please register here.

Partner Events


25 March 2021, University of Glasgow
The meeting will be a one-day event allowing local attendees the convenience and economy of a one day excursion to the venue. Optical design professionals, University of Glasgow academics and students, and other interested persons are welcome to attend. There will be a minimal registration fee (TBD) with an exception for speakers.

The day following UKODM-2021, 26 March 2021, the university will sponsor a meeting on “Optics for Intelligent Sensing and Measurement.” This optional meeting will be free to UKODM-2021 attendees should they wish to attend.

Seminar: Processing Data with Nanoscale Memristors

Wednesday 7th February 2018, 1200-1300hrs, seminar room 514, Rankine Building, University of Glasgow

Host: Dr Vihar Georgiev

CDT Co-sponsored Event

Seminar: Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) sensors for the detection of pollutant in water

Tuesday 28th November 2017, 1400-1500hrs, seminar room 514, Rankine Building, University of Glasgow

Host: Dr Caroline Gauchotte-Lindsay

CDT Co-sponsored Event

Seminar: Implantable and Wearable Wireless Medical Sensors

Thursday 2nd November 2017, 1300-1400hrs, Room 514, Rankine Building, University of Glasgow

Host: Dr Qammer Abbasi, x5586

CDT Co-sponsored Event

CENSIS Technology Summit – 6 October 2016

The third annual conference CENSIS looks at how sensor and imaging systems (SIS) are being used in our increasingly connected ‘Internet of Things’ world to help deliver specific, real time information to help us better understand ourselves, our communities and our environment. The conference will take place at the Technology and Innovation Centre, 99 George Street, Glasgow. Please the Agenda for more details and information on Exhibitors can be found here. Please register here

Colloquium Series

To join the colloquium series webinar please follow the instructions below


For your first attempt you may want to start this process ten minutes in advance of the meeting:

Desk Computer:

  • To join as a first-time user from your desktop, click here using Firefox, IE, Safari.
  • If you use Chrome, please add the VidyoWebConnector extension to your Chrome first, then click here.
  • If you cannot install the plugin in the browser properly, then download the VidyoDesktop software and install it.  After the software installation, open the software, then click here from your browser.  Then the system will launch VidyoDesktop automatically to connect!  Please enter your name to join the meeting room.
  • Please mute your microphone during the presentation.

Mobile Device:

  • Download VidyoMobile app iOS or Android. After the software installation, then clickhere from your mobile device.
  • Please mute your microphone during the presentation.

14th June 2017 1200-1230 – Single-photon three-dimensional imaging at up to 10 km

Dr Agata Pawlikowska, Airborne & Space Systems Division, Senior Systems Engineer – Leonardo MW Ltd

Abstract:Depth and intensity profiling of targets at a range of up to 10 km is demonstrated using time-of-flight time-correlated single-photon counting technique. The system comprised a pulsed laser source at 1550 nm wavelength, a monostatic scanning transceiver and a single element InGaAs/InP single-photon avalanche diode (SPAD) detector. High-resolution three-dimensional

images of various targets acquired over ranges between 800 metres and 10.5 km demonstrate long-range depth and intensity profiling, feature extraction and the potential for

target recognition. Using a total variation restoration optimization algorithm, the acquisition time necessary for each pixel could be reduced by at least a factor of ten compared to a pixel wise image processing approach. Kilometer range depth profiles are reconstructed with average signal returns of less than one photon per pixel.

To view Agata’s  talk please follow

14th June 2017 1230-1300 : “Multiparametric microendoscopic physiological sensing”

Dr Tushar Choudhary, EPSRC IRC Research Associate, Heriot-Watt University

Abstract:Physiological environments critically regulate many biological processes in health and disease. Even minor perturbations can drastically impact cellular metabolism and tissue viability. As such, eukaryotic and prokaryotic systems have adapted to buffer and respond to fluctuations in pH and oxygen. Despite the presumption of tightly regulated levels of key physiological parameters such as levels of [H+] hydrogen ions and oxygen in health, in many areas of the human body, the environmental physiology is currently unknown due to the paucity of miniaturised clinically compatible technologies.

This talk will cover the development and validation of a fibre based microendoscopic optrode for the accurate, robust and multiplexed optical sensing of pH and oxygen in vivo. The optrode consists of fluorophore loaded silica microspheres sensors selectively deposited at the distal tip of a flexible multicore optical fibre and facilitates unprecedented advantages over other fibre optic physiology sensing platforms through rapid response times and resistance to photobleaching. This microendoscopic optrode could be passed into remote regions of the human body. We demonstrate this in the distal acinar gas exchanging units of the lung, although clearly the platform technology is widely applicable.

To view Tushar’s talk joint this link at 26.58 at the following link

12 October 2016 at 14:00 – Mid infrared photonics: route to low cost portable breath analysis sensor for diagnosis/ management of chronic respiratory conditions


Professor Des Gibson 

Des Gibson holds a BSc (hons 1st class) physics and a PhD in thin film optics, both from the Queen`s University, N Ireland.   He has a thirty year track record in industry, academic based research & development and successful physics based product commercialisation, gained globally with technical and managing director roles within blue chip organizations, small to medium sized companies, start-ups and close associations with academia. He has co-founded four  successful physics based technology companies focussing on thin film & sensor technologies. Two most recent are; Gas Sensing Solutions Ltd – co-founded 2006 and a winner of an Institute of Physics Innovation Award 2014 – and Applied Multilayers Ltd, co-founded 2002 and acquired 2010 by Telemark Inc, USA. Motivated by fresh challenges and a desire to focus on research, September 2014 he joined the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) as professor in thin film & sensor technologies and is research director of the Institute of Thin Films, Sensors & Imaging.

Des is a chartered engineer and physicist, Fellow of the Institute of Physics , senior member of the Optical Society of America  and  a named inventor on eighteen patents with over eighty technical publication and articles in thin films, sensors and optoelectronics. He is principal investigator of a new company spin out from UWS, researching and commercialising a novel miniaturised infrared spectrophotometer.


There is an increasing number of papers in peer-reviewed medical journals relating to a need for widened usage of exhaled breath measurement, including waveform biomarker analysis for diagnosis/ management of respiratory disease conditions.  In particular published work has concentrated on the characteristics of these under-used biomarkers in respiratory conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, congestive heart failure, pulmonary embolism and emphysema. Relevant exhaled biomarkers such as carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and ammonia have unique mid infrared optical absorption features which can be used  to quantify such biomarkers. Measurement is typically based on absorption of infra-red light by the biomarker molecule using an emitter and detector pair matched to the principal gas absorption peaks. This presentation provides an overview of relevant research & development in mid-infrared photonics and application to next generation, low cost and portable breath analysis sensors with a focus on chronic respiratory conditions such as COPD with results from early stage clinical trialing.

30 August 2016 at 12:30 – The Role of Sensing in Bioinspired Soft Systems Engineering

Dr Adam Stokes, School of Engineering, University of Edinburgh

This talk will focus on the challenges and opportunities in analysing, sensing, and controlling the flow of energy in complex systems, and on developing new manufacturing tools and processes for building from soft materials to yield machines with improved dynamics and efficiency. We, along with a growing international community, are developing a new field of multidisciplinary research—bioinspired soft systems engineering. Soft systems combine electronics with robotics; materials-science; and biology. This approach is not predicated on any one discipline but instead combines ideas which are abstracted from nature with experimental science and engineering. In this talk I will highlight the opportunities and challenges for sensing and measurement in this new class of machines.