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Dr Stephen Kyle
Aube House, Route de Cobo
Tel: 441481253057
  • Principal Research Fellow
  • Dept of Civil, Environ &Geomatic Eng
  • Faculty of Engineering Science

I have a degree in engineering from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in engineering measurement from UCL.

Following a period working as a land surveyor and making maps in remote regions I became involved in industrial applications of surveying and photogrammetry via an NPL-sponsored project at UCL into high-precision photogrammetry. 

I subsequently spent a number of years working with Leica Geosystems (now part of Hexagon MI) on a range of industrial developments including industrial photogrammetry systems, video theodolites and laser trackers. During this time I took a break back in the UK to study for my PhD in industrial measurement at UCL.

In my final job at Leica I was responsible for the sensitivity analysis, measurement simulation and calibration strategy for the 6DOF laser tracking system. Here the calibration of the vario zoom camera was done in cooperation with Stuart Robson at UCL and his colleague Mark Shortis at RMIT in Melbourne.

Since leaving Leica I have been working independently in LVM but mostly in association with UCL.

Research Summary

I work in precise 3D measurement, primarily large volume metrology (LVM) requiring sub-millimetre measurements for the manufacture and assembly of large components. However, the techniques apply at both larger and smaller scales, e.g. the built environment and coordinate measuring machines (CMMs).

My research background has included 15 years working for Leica Geosystems (now Hexagon MI) on measurement system development for industrial applications. This has included developments in industrial photogrammetry, video theodolite systems and laser trackers.

At UCL I work with Stuart Robson, Professor of Photogrammetry and Laser Scanning. Most recently this has involved working for Airbus UK on topics such as state-of-the-art technology reviews, laser scanner analyses and the specification of production-line metrology.

Independently I have been working on measurement system concept development, such as 6DOF laser tracking and the use of smartphones and their cameras for measurement applications. 

Principal development work in summary:
  • PhD in engineering measurement (UCL)
  • 59 publications exclusively related to LVM, including two Leica patents relating to laser tracking
  • Working on funded research projects for Airbus UK 2008 – 2012, 2016

  • Team member on Luminar and Light-Controlled Factory projects
  • Currently (March 2016 - March 2017) developing an online knowledge base of LVM

Teaching Summary

I do not currently have teaching duties at UCL, although I created and delivered introductory lectures in large volume metrology for students of surveying and photogrammetry a few years ago.

Most of my "teaching" is concerned with knowledge transfer in general. Together with Stuart Robson and Jan Boehm of UCL, and Thomas Luhmann of the Jade Hochschule in Oldenburg, we have completed the second English version of Thomas' book Nahbereichsphotogrammetrie (Close-Range Photogrammetry) now published (2014) by Walter de Gruyter as "Close-range photogrammetry and 3D imaging".

I am also promoting the concept of an online knowledge base of LVM which is attracting interest although no funding as yet.

A summary of my knowledge transfer activities is as follows:
  • Wild Herrbrugg Industrial Measurement Book, 1987
Unpublished but complete first draft
Optics, optical alignment, industrial surveying and photogrammetry, maths
  • Robot Calibration, 1993 (Chapman and Hall)
Ch. 6 - Non-contact measurement for robot calibration
  • Axyz Dictionary of LVM, 2000 (Leica Geosystems - free for further use)
Exists in electronic format as a Windows HELP file
  • Axyz Mathematics, 2000 (Leica Geosystems)

  • UCL introductory lectures in LVM, 2004

  • Wiley Handbook of Measuring System Design, 2005
Article 194: Large Scale Metrology
  • Close Range Photogrammetry, 2006 (Whittles)
Co-translator and co-author of original German textbook by Luhmann
  • Photogrammetry: Geometry from images and laser scans, 2007 (de Gruyter)
Co-translator of original German textbook by Kraus
  • Content for NPL’s training courses in PCM levels 1 and 2, 2010

  • Revision of Faro’s Quality on Tour seminars, 2010
Two 1-day seminars, one on CMM arms, one on laser trackers
  • LVM learning material for internal use at Faro, 2012
Learning material on CMM arm, laser tracker, polar and line scanners
  • Handbook of Optical Dimensional Metrology, 2013 (CRC Press/Taylor & Francis)
Ch. 3 - Laser Tracking Systems (S Sandwith, S Kyle)
  • Close Range Photogrammetry, 2014 (de Gruyter)

  • European Portable Metrology Conference organization (EPMC - www.epmc.events)

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