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Prof Stuart Robson
Chadwick 108
Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering
Gower Street
  • 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

Professor Robson is known for his research in the field of dynamic 3D co-ordination and monitoring of engineering, medical and heritage structures using traceable optical metrology techniques. His reputation is built around low cost photogrammetric imaging networks and sequences where he has a key international profile. He leads the 3DImpact Research Group at UCL which comprises two academics, two teaching fellows, a senior research fellow, three Research Associates and 14 PhD and EngD students.
Robson’s primary research activity is to advance the science, capability and application of photogrammetric image networks and sequences. Key projects include: EPSRC funded Light Controlled Factory, to generate a next generation large volume optical measurement system that can mitigate for environmental variations within the factories of the future; EU EMRP project Luminar, led by NPL where Robson’s group are developing new photogrammetric sensors and fundamental understanding to evaluate environmental refraction over long sight lines. This work is sustained through £8M of EPSRC, EU and industrial funding secured for the next five years. He is CI on a £2.4M EPSRC robotic equipment award “Robotic Teleoperation for Multiple Scales: Enabling Exploration, Manipulation and Assembly Tasks in New Worlds Beyond Human Capabilities” winning £3M of funding for Robotic Teleoperation which forms the basis of new work around a large Kuka robot and a unique 2.5m snake arm robot developed by OCRobotics equipped for industrial inspection to UCL specifications. Recent industrial focussed work includes: aircraft wing structural testing (Airbus); wind tunnel and space structure photogrammetry (NASA); optimising metrology for jet engine manufacture (RollsRoyce); optical inspection of beryllium tile surfaces for the nuclear industry (UKAEA); optimising deformation monitoring for the railway industry (NetworkRail) and the creation of standards artefacts and metrology best practice (NPL). with established collaborations with NASA, NPL, Airbus, Philips, Network Rail, Leica Geosystems, EFTA JET, Faro, Nikon, Arius3D and with KTP supported technology transfer with SMEs 3DImpact research is also embodied in 3D imaging and digital recording for heritage, medical, earth science, fisheries and the creative industries. Digital heritage projects are centred on 3D colour artefacts and their dissemination to professionals and the public. Examples include: digitally preserving sculptures and artwork (Tate, Courtauld); producing digital models of complete gallery spaces (Science Museum, Petrie Museum); painted ceiling monitoring (Historic Royal Palaces); digital repatriation (British Museum) and; the improvement of accuracy and application of photogrammetry (English Heritage and Institute of Archaeology). This work will be augmented for the next eight years through the successful EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology between UCL, Oxford and Brighton where he is a C/I Professor Robson has successfully supervised over 30 PhD and MSc students and is currently supervising 10 PhD students in photogrammetry, metrology, cultural heritage imaging, engineering surveying, medical physics and archaeology. This includes 3 EngD students (VIVE & Secret DTCs). He has contributed to ~150 publications including several key textbooks on photogrammetry, one of which won the inaugural ISPRS Kraus Medal in 2010

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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