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Nicholas Watson

Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering

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Biography

Nik is a Chartered Engineer with a MEng in Mechanical Engineering (University of Hull, 2006) and PhD in Chemical Engineering (University of Leeds, 2010). Nik Joined the University of Nottingham in 2014 and is an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering. Since joining the University of Nottingham Nik has published over 35 journal articles and led projects funded by Innovate UK, EPSRC, STFC and the Royal Academy of Engineering. Nik is currently the deputy director of the Horizon Centre for Doctoral Training and on the Food Standards Agency register of Experts.

Nik is a member of the Food, Water, Waste (FWW) Research Group and associate member of the Advanced Manufacturing Technologies (AMT) Research Group.

Nik is a member of the Food, Water, Waste (FWW) Research Group and associate member of the Advanced Manufacturing Technologies (AMT) Research Group.

Teaching Summary

Module Convener:

·CHEE4061: Food Processing

Research Summary

Nik's research is primarily focussed on data-driven in-process sensing to deliver sustainable, safe and productive current and future food manufacturing systems. Data-driven sensing combines… read more

Recent Publications

Data Driven Resource Optimisation in the Barley Supply Chain: BARIToNE Project 03 - Data driven resource optimisation in the barley supply chain at University of Dundee on FindAPhD.com

Sensor Fusion for Sustainable Process Technologies (Industry Partner Schlumberger): https://jobs.nottingham.ac.uk/ENG1533

Horizon Centre for Doctoral Training: Apply : Horizon CDT

Midlands Centre for Data Driven Metrology: Index (mcddm.ac.uk)

Current Research

Nik's research is primarily focussed on data-driven in-process sensing to deliver sustainable, safe and productive current and future food manufacturing systems. Data-driven sensing combines cost-effective in-process sensors (e.g. optical and ultrasonic) with machine learning techniques and overcomes many of the challenges associated with utilising sensors to produce actionable information to monitor processes (e.g. mixing, cleaning and fermentation) and materials (e.g. online quality and safety inspection) within challenging manufacturing environments. Nik has broader expertise and research interests in Digital Manufacturing within the food and drink sector with projects exploring the use of data and digital technologies including robotics and the Industrial Internet of Things.

Current research projects include:

EATS (Enhancing Agri-Food Transparent Sustainability) (EPSRC) EATS (ukri.org)

Horizon: Trusted Data-Driven Products (EPSRC) Horizon: Trusted Data-Driven Products (ukri.org)

Horizon Centre for Doctoral Training: Creating our Lives in Data (EPSRC) Horizon Centre for Doctoral Training : Horizon

Connected Everything 2: Accelerating Digital Manufacturing Research Collaboration and Innovation (EPSRC) Connected Everything II: Accelerating Digital Manufacturing Research Collaboration and Innovation

Trustworthy Human Robot Teams (Trustworthy Autonomous Systems Hub) Trustworthy Human-Robot Teams - UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems Hub (tas.ac.uk)

Future Research

I welcome enquires from potential PhD candidates from Home, EU and international countries who are interested in the following research areas: Digital Food and Drink Manufacturing, Machine Learning, Sensor Fusion, Food Safety and Quality, Sustainable Food Systems.

Manufacturing Metrology Team

Room B38 Advanced Manufacturing Building
Jubilee Campus
Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB



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