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Centre for Electronic Systems

CES News

CES has recently acquired high performance test and measurement equipment from National Instruments. This equipment is part of the EPSRC Through-life Engineering Services studio laboratory facilities Durham University. These form part of a Collaborative Cranfield/Durham laboratory facility for engineering design and self-healing technologies with Industry partners Rolls Royce, Bombardier and BAE SYSTEMS. The equipment includes modular PXI chassis for monitoring the health of analogue and digital/FPGA electronics.

The 2013-2014 Annual Report for the EPSRC Through-life Engineering Services Centre is available at

A special session on Holographic Lithography (DW1B) was chaired by Prof. Purvis at the 2014 Digital Holography Conference, Seattle, Washington USA.

NMI Membership

The Centre for Electronics Systems has become a member of The National Microelectronics Instisute (NMI) under the auspices of The EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Through-life Engineering Services. This will allow the Centres to interact a world-leading industrial network specialising in electronic systems, microelectronics and manufacturing.

(21 Jan 2013)

USA trip to investigate self-healing technologies

USA Trip delegation at MIT campus

In September 2012 members of CES Alan Purvis, Regina Frei and Richard McWilliam recently joined a delegation on a trip to the USA to investigate concepts in Life Cycle Engineering and explore the extent to which self-healing concepts were being developed. Key centres included Georgia Tech, University of Maryland, MIT, NASA and NIST. A final report will be posted on the CES website soon.

(21 Jan 2013)

New Ph.D student

The Centre for Electronic Systems welcomes new Philipp Schiefer who is starting a Ph.D in reliable electronics. Philipp previously worked for Bosch GmbH, Germany and will be joining the Through-life Engineering Services Centre to look at how automotive electronic systems can be made more robust during their operational lifetime.

(16 Feb 2012)

Visiting senior scientist

The Centre for Electronic Systems would like to welcome Dr. Sam Drake, who is visiting Durham for 12 months as visiting scientist at the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences. Sam holds the position of Senior Research Scientist in Australian public service and will be conducting research focused on relativistic effects in Global Positioning Systems.

(16 Feb 2012)

A book chapter “Building Dependable Electronic Systems for Autonomous Maintenance”by Richard McWilliam, Philipp Schiefer and Alan Purvis has been published in the book “Through-life Engineering Services” (Eds. Redding L, Roy R), Springer International Publishing 2015. For more information see

[2nd Sept 2013] Dr Richard McWilliam has been awarded an Innovation award grant “Fault-tolerant strategies for printable electronics” from the EPSRC Through-life Engineering Services (ref. SC19). This project will investigate how printable electronics can be made more robust by functional design with input from the National Centre for Printable Electronics (CPI), Sedgefield. Funding: £20k.