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Prof Stuart Robson
  • Professor of Photogrammetry and Laser Scanning
  • Dept of Civil, Environ &Geomatic Eng
  • Faculty of Engineering Science
Head of Department

Education / Qualifications
1987         BSc.(1st Class) Photographic Sciences, Polytechnic of Central London
1991         PhD in Photogrammetry (Civil Engineering), City University, London
Professional History
1991         Research Fellow, City University, London
1992-94    Leverhulme Research Fellow, City University, London
1993         Research Assistant,  University of Newcastle, Australia
1993-98    EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow, City University / UCL (1996)    
1995-98    Visiting Research Fellow,  University of Melbourne, Australia
1996-98    Senior Research Fellow, UCL
1999-03    Lecturer, UCL
2003-08    Senior Lecturer, UCL
2008-        Professor, UCL
2014-        Head of Department, Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering
Appointments and Affiliations
1989-on    Member of the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetric Society
1998-on    Member of the UK Machine Vision Association
1999-on    UK Photogrammetric Society Librarian
1998-00    ISPRS Working Group Co-chair V WG/2, Photogrammetry and CAD/CAM
2000-04    ISPRS Working Group Chair V WG/1, Automation for Vision Metrology
2000-06    Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES): Photogrammetric and Remote Sensing Panel Member
2001-07    Member International Editorial Board of the Photogrammetric Record
2002-on    Member Finnish Journal of Photogrammetry Editorial Board
2005-on    Member of the Geomatics World Editorial Panel
2006         Programme Committee ISPRS, Commission V, Dresden, September 2006
2006-08    International Scientific Committee Member, Digital Enterprise Technology
2007-on    Member of the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetric Society Awards Panel.
2007-11    Programme Committee Member (SPIE) Videometrics
2007         Programme Committee Member 3DIM 2007, 6th International Conference on 3D     Imaging and Modelling
2008         Programme Committee Member, RSPS Annual Conference
2009 - 11  Programme Committee Member, SPIE 3D Imaging Metrology Conference
2013-        Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors

Research Summary

Stuart Robson is Head of Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering at UCL. His research is in the field of the traceable on-line dynamic 3D co-ordination and monitoring of engineering, medical and fine art structures using photogrammetry, vision metrology and colour laser scanning.  Stuart Robson founded and now leads the cross-faculty UCL 3D scanning initiative, stimulating pan-London and international research projects and providing a strategic vision of the significance of 3D imaging technologies to heritage, medical, engineering and creative sectors. He has a track record in engineering measurement working with NASA, Airbus, UK Atomic Energy Authority (JET) and NPL, in medical physics where he collaborates to optimise optical tomography and x-ray tomography for clinical and security purposes. Current funding includes EU Luminar and EPSRC Light Controlled Factory projects which seek to improve the performance of optical metrology through the refinement of photogrammetric technology and techniques.  Stuart is one of the UCL leads in a £3M EPSRC robotics initiative with focus on micro, human and large volume robotic sensing.
Digital heritage projects are centred on 3D colour artefact and environment scanning with UCL Museums and Collections, Institute of Archaeology, The Slade, and The Bartlett founded on corporate agreements with Arius3D, Faro and Leica Geosystems along with funding from AHRC, JISC and EPSRC. Examples of recent projects include: E-Curator which draws on UCL's expertise both in curatorship and in e-Science. It takes advantage of the presence at UCL of world class collections across a range of disciplines to capture, share and explore very large high resolution 3D datasets about museum artefacts in a secure computing environment; Solomon Islands Canoe - 3D digital documentation of a Melanesian Southwest Pacific war canoe situated in the British Museum. In collaboration with the Bergen Pacific Study Group the 3D laser scanning is paired with anthropological research which aims to deliver a holistic virtual reconstruction, multimedia interactive delivery, and a 3D printed colour replica of a detail of the boat for the digital repatriation to the source community; Gabo sculpture conservation - Accurate recording of a series of transparent sculptures by Hume Gabo for the Tate Gallery Sculpture Conservation Unit, carried out with Plowman Craven Ltd. Digital records of the rapidly degrading sculptures have been produced and exhibited so that accurate replicas could be made for future generations.
Stuart is Co-I on the recently announced EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Science, Engineering, Arts, Heritage and Archaeology, a five year EngD Centre distributed between UCL, Oxford and Brighton Universities.
 Stuart Robson has successfully supervised over 30 PhD and MSc students and is currently supporting 9 PhD students in the area of close range image measurement and analysis and 3D imaging and recording for both engineering and heritage sectors. He has contributed to over 130 publications including several key photogrammetric textbooks.

Teaching Summary

Stuart Robson was one of four undergraduate programme directors who merged departmental undergraduate degree programmes following the merger between Civil & Environmental Engineering and Geomatic Engineering Departments. At undergraduate level he took a key role in redesigning the Geoinformatics degree course to incorporate a common first year and half of a second year with the existing Civil and Environmental undergraduate degree programmes. He has been joint leader on a one week 2nd year teaching scenario on the development of an off shore wind farm for the combined year two undergraduate cohort for the past four years. This scenario brings in experts from industry (RES and Arup) and augments undergraduate GIS skills. He has lectured on a two week undergraduate residential field course held in Wales for the past eight years, and undertook a successful academic redesign of the field course to reflect an increasing requirement for undergraduate skills in GIS and field engineering techniques for the combined student cohort. Prior to the departmental merger he led a one term course unit in “Measurement Design Strategies (Y2)” and contributed for three years to a similar sized unit “Measurement Systems (Y1)” which included a one week residential field course in Spain where undergraduate students worked in small groups to establish essential surveying capabilities and group skills.
At MSc level he has designed, delivers and is responsible for MSc Modules in “Terrestrial Data Acquisition” and  “Aerial Data Acquisition”.

Academic Background
1991 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Civil Engineering City University
1987 BSc Hons Bachelor of Science (Honours) – Photography University of Westminster
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