The Centre for Precision Technologies (CPT) activities are focussed on research in the field of precision engineering. Within the CPT, research is split into three sub-groups: the Advanced Machine Technology Group, the Engineering Control and Machine Tool Performance Group, and the Surface Metrology Research Group.

The Centre for Precision Technologies (CPT) at the University, with its three specialist research groups, now houses some 30 scientists and carries out research on behalf of major multi-national companies.

With an excellent track record of working with industry, our Chair in Surface Metrology is sponsored by the world leading metrology instrument manufacturer Taylor Hobson and is currently held by Professor Liam Blunt, Director of CPT.

Most recently the University and National Physical Laboratory Ltd (NPL) signed a Memorandum of Understanding, which will provide a framework for collaborative research and business collaboration in the field of engineering measurement in support of the UK manufacturing industry.

Widely regarded as the best research facility of its type in the UK and one of the top three in Europe, the CPT acts as an 'umbrella' for three sub-groups, each leading the way in its field of expertise:

  • Advanced Machining Technology Group
  • Surface Metrology Research Group
  • Engineering Control and Machine Performance Group

Our staff: Leading experts

Our vibrant and rapidly growing research community is a major force in the areas of technical innovation and development. The Centre has internationally recognised expertise, synonymous with the field of areal surface metrology, machine tool error compensation and nanometrology.

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The following are examples of the most recent outputs produced by members of the group. 

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External Relationships

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Facilities and Equipment

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Technology Building
Rooms TC/10-12
Computing and Engineering
University of Huddersfield

Group Leader: Prof Alan Myers


01484 473660




Group Consultant: Prof Derek Ford


01484 472478




Group Secretary: Helene Pickles


01484 473266