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William MacPherson is a Associate Professor in Physics and a member of the Applied Optics and Photonics research group in the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences. His research interests are centred around the application of optical and fibre-optic techniques for measurement and instrumentation. This work includes high bandwidth temperature and pressure sensors for aerodynamic measurements, novel fibres for structural monitoring, vibration and acceleration measurement, and studies into potential sensing applications of novel microstructured fibres. Recent work includes monitoring in remote environments, including sub-sea hydrodynamic flow measurement.  Current projects include biomedical applications of optical fibre sensors, and condition monitoring in harsh environments.

Many of these projects have been in colaboration with industry (such as QinetiQ, Rolls-Royce, Land Rover, Image Automation, AWE plc, Renishaw, Atlas Electronik), and other Universities (including Oxford, Bath, Sheffield, Aston, Birmingham, Leeds, Tallin, Groeninig Universities).

He has published over 120 journal and conference papers in this area, and was on the technical committee for the 2023 European Workshop on Optical Fibre Sensors.

Roles & Responsibilities

Associate Editor IEEE Sensors Journal, IEEE Sensors Council (2012-2016).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water


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