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Biography

  • Research Assistant UCL 1979-82
  • Experimental Officer UCL 1982-88
  • Director Optical Investments Ltd 1994-2015
  • Associate Research Fellow UCL 1988-95
  • Lecturer UCL 1995-97
  • Reader in Optical Science UCL 1997-2008
  • Royal Society Industry Fellow UCL 2003-07
  • Principal Research Associate UCL 2008-09
  • Professorial Research Associate UCL 2009-15
  • Visiting Professor Huddersfield 2015-16
  • Professor of Ultra Precision Surfaces,   Huddersfield 2016 - present
  • Honorary Senior Research Associate UCL 2016 - present

Major achievements:

  • Development of cryogenic CCD cameras
  • Developed novel Echelle Spectrograph and commissioned at the 3.9m AAT (Australia); design principles adopted for Utrecht Echelle Spectrograph on 4.2m William Herschel Telescope - Acted as consultant to Utrecht group.
  • Commercialisation of research in computer controlled polishing
  • Several Large Telescope design studies; Korean space camera tech. development
  • Formative research in CNC polishing; Gemini High-Res spectrograph studies
  • Developed High Res Optical Spectrograph and commissioned at 8m Gemini telescope (Chile)
  • Successful delivery of new 1.8m mirror and auxiliary optics for Birr Telescope refurbishment.
  • Bi-directional tech-transfer with Zeeko Ltd
  • Established National Facility for Ultra Precision Surfaces at OpTIC Centre, N. Wales
  • Successful technical proposal leading to securing of €5m E-ELT prototype mirror-segment contract
  • Advanced polishing and metrology research and its exploitation
  • Establishing new research programme under Huddersfield University

Research and Scholarship

  • Research in manufacture and metrology of precision and ultra-precision surfaces for optics and other precision applications.
  • Research into process-automation and robotics, as applied to iterative rather than deterministic processes; leading towards the ultimate vision of a fully-autonomous manufacturing cell.
  • Research into optical instrumentation techniques in general and astronomical instrumentation in particular

Publications and Other Research Outputs

Article

Yu, G., Walker, D., Li, H., Zheng, X. and Beaucamp, A. (2017) ‘Research on edge-control methods in CNC polishingJournal of the European Optical Society-Rapid Publications , 13 (24). ISSN 1990-2573

Faehnle, O., Reynolds, C., Yu, G. and Walker, D. (2017) ‘Machine acceleration effects on computer controlled polishingOptical Fabrication and Testing Conference Proceedings 2017 .

Kovacicinova, J., Zhang, P., Li, J., Yu, G. and Walker, D. (2016) ‘Development of swinging part profilometer for opticsProceedings of SPIE , 10151, p. 101510B. ISSN 0277-786X

Walker, D., Yu, G., Li, H., Reynolds, C. and Bibby, M. (2016) ‘Closing the Metrology – Process Loop in CNC PolishingSPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering. Proceedings , 10009. ISSN 0277-786X

Walker, D., Yu, G., Bibby, M., Dunn, C., Li, H., Wu, H., Zheng, X. and Zhang, P. (2016) ‘Robotic automation in computer controlled polishingJournal of the European Optical Society: Rapid Publications , 11, p. 16005. ISSN 1990-2573

Walker, D., Yu, G., Gray, C., Rees, P., Bibby, M., Wu, H. and Zheng, X. (2016) ‘Process automation in computer controlled polishingAdvanced Materials Research , 1136, pp. 684-689. ISSN 1662-8985

Walker, D., Davies, G., Fox-Leonard, T., Gray, C., Mitchell, J., Rees, P., Wu, H., Volkov, A. and Yu, G. (2014) ‘Advanced abrasive processes for manufacturing prototype mirror segments for the world’s largest telescopeAdvanced Materials Research , 1017, pp. 532-538. ISSN 1662-8985

Li, H., Zhang, W., Walker, D. and Yu, G. (2014) ‘Active edge control in the precessions polishing process for manufacturing large mirror segmentsProceedings of SPIE: Sixth International Symposium on Precision Engineering Measurements and Instrumentation , 9280. ISSN 1996-756X

Wang, W., Yu, G., Xu, M. and Walker, D. (2014) ‘Coordinate transformation of an industrial robot and its application in deterministic optical polishingOptical Engineering , 53 (5), p. 055102. ISSN 0091-3286

Beaucamp, A., Namba, Y., Messelink, W., Walker, D., Charlton, P. and Freeman, R. (2014) ‘Surface integrity of fluid jet polished tungsten carbideProcedia CIRP , 13, pp. 377-381. ISSN 2212-8271

Walker, D., Beaucamp, A., Bibby, M., Fox-Leonard, T., Gray, C., King, C., Rees, P. and Yu, G. (2014) ‘Interactions between manufacture and measurement of off-axis aspheresProceedings - ASPE/ASPEN Summer Topical Meeting: Manufacture and Metrology of Freeform and Off-Axis Aspheric Surfaces , pp. 72-77. ISSN 9781887706650

King, C., Davies, G., Mitchell, J., Mitchell, P., Rees, P. and Walker, D. (2014) ‘Fusing data from multiple interferometers for the measurement of off-axis aspheresProceedings - ASPE/ASPEN Summer Topical Meeting: Manufacture and Metrology of Freeform and Off-Axis Aspheric Surfaces , pp. 28-33. ISSN 9781887706650

Gray, C., Baker, I., Davies, G., Evans, R., Field, N., Fox-Leonard, T., Messelink, W., Mitchell, J., Rees, P., Waine, S., Walker, D. and Yu, G. (2013) ‘Fast manufacturing of E-ELT mirror segments using CNC polishingProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering , 8838. ISSN 0277-786X

Li, H., Walker, D., Yu, G. and Zhang, W. (2013) ‘Modeling and validation of polishing tool influence functions for manufacturing segments for an extremely large telescopeApplied Optics , 52 (23), pp. 5781-5787. ISSN 1559-128X

Li, H., Walker, D., Yu, G., Sayle, A., Messelink, W., Evans, R. and Beaucamp, A. (2013) ‘Edge control in CNC polishing, paper 2: simulation and validation of tool influence functions on edgesOptics Express , 21 (1), pp. 370-381. ISSN 1094-4087

Yu, G., Walker, D. and Li, H. (2012) ‘Research on fabrication of mirror segments for E-ELTProceedings of SPIE , 8416. ISSN 0277-786X

Yu, G., Walker, D. and Li, H. (2012) ‘Implementing a grolishing process in Zeeko IRP machinesApplied Optics , 51 (27), pp. 6637-6640. ISSN 1559-128X

Takahashi, T., Civitani, M., Citterio, O., Campana, S., Conconi, P., Mattaini, E., Pareschi, G., Tagliaferri, G., Parodi, G., Burwitz, V., Hartner, G., Arnold, J., Schuler, S., Combrinck, H., Freeman, R., Morton, R., Simpson, P., Walker, D., Murray, S. and den Herder, J. (2012) ‘Thin glass shell oriented to wide field x-ray telescopeProceedings of SPIE , 8443, p. 84430Q. ISSN 0277-786X

Walker, D., Yu, G., Li, H., Messelink, W., Evans, R. and Beaucamp, A. (2012) ‘Edges in CNC polishing: from mirror-segments towards semiconductors, paper 1: edges on processing the global surfaceOptics Express , 20 (18), pp. 19787-19798. ISSN 1094-4087

Walker, D., Beaucamp, A., Evans, R., Fox-Leonard, T., Fairhurst, N., Gray, C., Hamidi, S., Li, H., Messalink, W., Mitchell, J., Rees, P. and Yu, G. (2012) ‘Edge-control and surface-smoothness in sub-aperture polishing of mirror segmentsProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering , 8450. ISSN 0277-786X

Walker, D., Atkins, C., Baker, I., Evans, R., Hamidi, S., Harris, P., Li, H., Messelink, W., Mitchell, J., Parry-Jones, M., Rees, P. and Yu, G. (2011) ‘Technologies for producing segments for Extremely Large TelescopesProceedings of SPIE , 8126. ISSN 0277-786X

Li, H., Yu, G., Walker, D. and Evans, R. (2011) ‘Modelling and measurement of polishing tool influence functions for edge controlJournal of the European Optical Society: Rapid Publications , 6 (ARTN 1). ISSN 1990-2573

Walker, D., Citterio, O., Civitani, M., Arnold, J., Campana, S., Combrinck, H., Conconi, P., Cotroneo, V., Freeman, R., Mattaini, E., Morton, R., Motta, G., Pareschi, G., Parodi, G., Proserpio, L., Schuler, S., Simpson, C. and Tagliaferri, G. (2011) ‘Progress on precise grinding and polishing of thin glass monolithic shell (towards WFXT)Proceedings of Optical Manufacturing and Testing IX conference .

O'Dell, S., Citterio, O., Pareschi, G., Civitani, M., Arnold, J., Campana, S., Combrinck, H., Conconi, P., Cotroneo, V., Freeman, R., Mattaini, E., Morton, R., Motta, G., Pareschi, G., Parodi, G., Proserpio, L., Schuler, S., Simpson, P., Tagliaferri, G. and Walker, D. (2011) ‘Progress on precise grinding and polishing of thin glass monolithic shell (towards WFXT)Proceedings of SPIE , 8147, p. 814714. ISSN 0277-786X

Yu, G., Li, H. and Walker, D. (2011) ‘Removal of Mid Spatial-Frequency Features in Mirror SegmentsJournal of the European Optical Society: Rapid Publications , 6 (ARTN 1). ISSN 1990-2573

Song, C., Walker, D. and Yu, G. (2011) ‘Misfit of rigid tools and interferometer subapertures on off-axis aspheric mirror segmentsOptical Engineering , 50 (7). ISSN 0091-3286

Walker, D., Beaucamp, A., Yu, G. and Li, H. (2010) ‘Edge-control on mirror segmentsOptics InfoBase Conference Papers . ISSN 2162-2701

Walker, D., Jing, H. and King, C. (2010) ‘Alignment and arm length measurement of the Swing Arm Profilometer using a laser trackerSPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering. Proceedings . ISSN 0277-786X

Hongwei, J., King, C. and Walker, D. (2010) ‘Simulation and validation of a prototype swing arm profilometer for measuring extremely large telescope mirror-segmentsOptics Express . ISSN 1094-4087

Walker, D (2010) ‘The large optics opportunity in the UK - an updatePublic Service Review: Devolved Government (20), pp. 12-13. ISSN 1470-5257

Hongwei, J., King, C. and Walker, D. (2010) ‘Measurement of influence function using swing arm profilometer and laser trackerOptics Express . ISSN 1094-4087

Walker, D., Beaucamp, A., Dunn, C., Evans, R., Freeman, R., Morton, R., Wei, X. and Yu, G. (2008) ‘Active Control of Edges and Global Microstructure on Segmented MirrorsSPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering. Proceedings . ISSN 0277-786X

Walker, D (2008) ‘Announcement of 5M Euro contract to produce seven prototype mirror segments for the European Extremely Large TelescopeWelsh Optoelectronics Newsletter .

Dunn, C. and Walker, D. (2008) ‘Pseudo-random tool paths for CNC sub-aperture polishing and other applicationsOptics Express , 16 (23), pp. 18942-18949. ISSN 1094-4087

Tonnellier, X., Morantz, P., Shore, P., Baldwin, A., Evans, R. and Walker, D. (2007) ‘Subsurface damage in precision ground ULE (R) and Zerodur (R) surfacesOptics Express , 15 (19), pp. 12197-12205. ISSN 1094-4087

Walker, D., Freeman, R., Morton, R., McCavana, G. and Beaucamp, A. (2006) ‘Use of the 'Precessions'(TM) process for prepolishing and correcting 2D & 2 1/2 D formOptics Express , 14 (24), pp. 11787-11795. ISSN 1094-4087

Walker, D., Freeman, R., Morton, R., McCavana, G. and Beaucamp, A. (2006) ‘Use of the ‘Precessions’™ process for prepolishing and correcting 2D & 2½D formOptics Express , 14 (24), pp. 11787-11795. ISSN 1094-4087

Callender, M., Efstathiou, A., King, C., Walker, D., Gee, A., Lewis, A., Oldfield, S. and Steel, R. (2006) ‘A swing arm profilometer for large telescope mirror element metrologySPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering. Proceedings . ISSN 0277-786X

Tonnellier, X., Shore, P., Luo, X., Morantz, P., Baldwin, A., Evans, R. and Walker, D. (2006) ‘Wheel Wear and Surface/Subsurface Qualities when Precision Grinding Optical MaterialsSPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering. Proceedings , 6273, pp. 8-16. ISSN 0277-786X

Walker, D (2006) ‘£1m Zeeko Machine will Help OpTIC Polish up the Opto-electronics SectorWelsh Optoelectronics Forum Newsletter .

Walker, D., Beaucamp, A., Doubrovski, V., Dunn, C., Freeman, R., Hobbs, G., McCavana, G., Morton, R., Riley, D., Simms, J. and Wei, X. (2006) ‘New developments in the Precessions process for manufacturing free-form, large-optical, and precision-mechanical surfacesSPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering. Proceedings . ISSN 0277-786X

Walker, D., Beaucamp, A., Doubrovski, V., Dunn, C., Freeman, R., Hobbs, G., McCavana, G., Morton, R., Riley, D., Simms, J. and Wei, X. (2005) ‘Recent advances in the control of form and texture on free-form surfaces (invited paper)SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering. Proceedings , 5965. ISSN 0277-786X

Walker, D., Beaucamp, A., Doubrovski, V., Dunn, C., Freeman, R., McCavana, G., Morton, R., Riley, D., Simms, J. and Wei, X. (2005) ‘New results extending the Precessions process to smoothing ground aspheres and producing freeform partsSPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering. Proceedings , 5869, pp. 79-87. ISSN 0277-786X

Walker, D., Beaucamp, A., Doubrovski, V., Dunn, C., Freeman, R., Hobbs, G., McCavana, G., Morton, R., Riley, D., Simms, J. and Wei, X. (2005) ‘New Developments in the Precessions process for Manufacturing Freeform, Large-optical, and Precision-mechanical SurfacesSPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering. Proceedings , 6148, p. 614805. ISSN 0277-786X

Walker, D (2005) ‘OpTIC Hosts New National Centre for Ultra Precision SurfacesWelsh Optoelectronics Forum Newsletter .

Peggs, G., May-Miller, R., Walker, D., Atad-Ettedgui, E., Shore, P. and Smith, D. (2004) ‘Dimensional metrology of mirror segments for extremely large telescopesSPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering. Proceedings , 5382, pp. 224-228. ISSN 0277-786X

Walker, D., Beaucamp, A., Brooks, D., Doubrovski, V., Cassie, M., King, A., Libert, M., McCavana, G., Morton, R., Riley, D. and Simms, J. (2004) ‘Recent developments of precessions polishing for larger components and free-form surfacesSPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering. Proceedings , 5523, pp. 281-289. ISSN 0277-786X

Yang, H., Kim, S. and Walker, D. (2004) ‘A novel profilometer for nanometric form assessment for large machined surfacesKey Engineering Materials, Advances in Abrasive Technology VI , 257, pp. 225-230. ISSN 1013-9826

Walker, D., Beaucamp, A., Brooks, D., Doubrovski, V., Cassie, M., Dunn, C., Freeman, R., King, A., Libert, M., McCavana, G., Morton, R., Riley, D. and Simms, J. (2004) ‘New results from the Precessions polishing process scaled to larger sizesSPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering. Proceedings , 5494, pp. 71-80. ISSN 0277-786X

Walker, D., Soon, Y. and Sug-Whan, K. (2003) ‘Novel hybrid stylus for nanometric profilometry for large optical surfacesOptics Express , 11 (15), pp. 1793-1798. ISSN 1094-4087

Lu, Y., Doel, A., Walker, D. and Zhao, X. (2003) ‘Dynamic measurement of displacement with a phase-shifting techniqueOptical Engineering , 42, pp. 2006-2009. ISSN 0091-3286

Walker, D., Brooks, D., King, A., Freeman, R., Morton, R., McCavana, G. and Sug-Whan, K. (2003) ‘The precessions tooling for polishing and figuring flat,spherical and aspheric surfacesOptics Express , 11 (8), pp. 958-964. ISSN 1094-4087

Yang, H., Kim, S. and Walker, D. (2003) ‘A novel laser datum series for nanometric profilometry for large optical surfacesOptics Express , 11 (6), pp. 624-631. ISSN 1094-4087

Kim, S., Walker, D. and Brooks, D. (2003) ‘Active profiling and polishing for efficient control of material removal from large precision surfaces with moderate asphericityMechatronics , 13, pp. 295-312. ISSN 0957-4158

Cropper, M., Barlow, M., Perryman, M., Horne, K., Bingham, R., Page, M., Gutteridge, P. and Walker, D. (2003) ‘A concept for a superconducting tunneling junction based spectrographMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society , 344, pp. 33-44. ISSN 0035-8711

Lu, Y., Doel, A. and Walker, D. (2003) ‘The Measurement of Small Displacements with a New Phase Shifting MethodSPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering. Proceedings , 42 (7). ISSN 0277-786X

Lavrynenko, S., Nixon, G., Puttick, K. and Walker, D. (2002) ‘Accidental and methodical defects of generation of precision and ultraprecision surfaces of polymer opticsProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering , 4411, pp. 102-105. ISSN 0277-786X

Yang, H. and Walker, D. (2002) ‘Progress on development of prototype laser reference system for stylus profilometry of large opticsProceedings of SPIE , 4411, pp. 161-170. ISSN 0277-786X

Kim, S. and Walker, D. (2001) ‘Measurement of Two-dimesional Distribution of Pure Axial Force in Active PolishingMeasurement Science and Technology , 12, pp. 1976-1982. ISSN 0957-0233

Lee, J., Bigelow, B., Walker, D., Doel, A. and Bingham, R. (2000) ‘Why adaptive secondaries?Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific , 112 (767), pp. 97-107. ISSN 0004-6280

Lee, J., Doel, A. and Walker, D. (2000) ‘Adaptive secondary mirror demonstrator: construction and preliminary evaluationOptical Engineering , 39 (4). ISSN 0091-3286

Doel, A., Lee, J. and Walker, D. (2000) ‘Adaptive secondary mirror developments at UCLProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering , 4007. ISSN 0277-786X

Lee, J., Walker, D. and Doel, A. (2000) ‘An Adaptive Secondary Mirror demonstrator: Construction and Preliminary EvaluationOptical Engineering , 39, pp. 1057-1062. ISSN 0091-3286

Szumski, R. and Walker, D. (1999) ‘The Immersed Echelle - I Basic PropertiesMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society , 302, pp. 139-144. ISSN 0035-8711

Diego, F., Brooks, D., Charalambous, A., Crawford, I., D'Arrigo, P., Dryburgh, M., Jamshidi, H., Radley, A., Savidge, T. and Walker, D. (1997) ‘Conceptual design of the high-resolution optical spectrograph for the Gemini South TelescopeProceedings of SPIE , 2871, pp. 1126-1134. ISSN 0277-786X

Han, W., Clayton, M. and Walker, D. (1996) ‘Steps toward efficient mosaic CCD system designPublications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific , 108 (729), pp. 1028-1032. ISSN 0004-6280

D'Arrigo, P., Diego, F. and Walker, D. (1996) ‘Active Compensation of Flexure on the WHT ISIS SpectrographMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society , 281, pp. 679-686. ISSN 0035-8711

Han, W., Clayton, M. and Walker, D. (1996) ‘Steps Towards Efficient Mosaic CCD SystemPublications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific , 108, pp. 1028-1032. ISSN 0004-6280

Walker, D. and D'Arrigo, P. (1996) ‘On the Stability of Cassegrain Spectrographs'Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society , 281, pp. 673-678. ISSN 0035-8711

Diego, F., Fish, A., Barlow, M., Crawford, I., Spyromolio, J., Dryburgh, M., Brooks, D., Howarth, I. and Walker, D. (1995) ‘The Ultra-High-Resolution Facility at the Anglo-Australian TelescopeMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society , 272 (2), pp. 323-332. ISSN 0035-8711

Rozelot, J., Bingham, R. and Walker, D. (1994) ‘Lightweight Telescopes for Lunar ObservatoriesAdvances in Space Research , 14 (6), pp. 129-135. ISSN 0273-1177

Walker, D., Sandford, P., Lyons, A., Fordham, J., Bone, D., Walker, A. and Boksenberg, A. (1985) ‘The UCL Charge-Coupled Device Camera at the South African Astronomical ObservatoryAdvances in Electronics and Electron Physics , 64 A, pp. 185-192. ISSN 0065-2539

Diego, F. and Walker, D. (1985) ‘On the possibility of increasing the throughput of astronomical spectrographs by overfilling the dispersing elementMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society , 217, pp. 347-354. ISSN 0035-8711

Walker, D. and Diego, F. (1985) ‘Design Philosophy of the forthcoming echelle spectrographs for the AAT and LPOMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society , 217, pp. 355-365. ISSN 0035-8711

Book Section

Walker, D., Yu, G. and Li, H. (2011) ‘Research in new polishing techniques for off-axis mirror segments’. In: Proceedings of: The Twenty-sixth Annual Meeting of The American Society for Precision Engineering. Denver Marriott City Center Hotel Denver, Colorado: American Society for Precision Engineering. pp. 31-34. ISBN 9781887706582

Walker, D (1993) ‘Optical Instruments - Where We Go From Here’. In: Optics in Astronomy. : Cambridge University Press. .

Walker, D (1988) ‘Overall Philosophy of the Echelle Spectrographs for the Anglo-Australian Telescope and William Herschel Telescope’. In: Instrumentation for Ground-Based Optical Astronomy. New York, USA: Springer. pp. 21-32. ISBN 978-1-4612-8387-4

Conference Item

Zhang, P., Li, J., Yu, G. and Walker, D. (2016) ‘Development of Swinging Part Profilometer’. In: Optics and Measurement 2016, 11th-14th October 2016, Liberec, Czech Republic

MacEwen, H., Fazio, G., Lystrup, M., Batalha, N., Siegler, N., Tong, E., Veenendaal, I., Naylor, D., Gom, B., Gunuganti, S., Winter, C., Jones, M. and Walker, D. (2016) ‘Performance of a cryogenic test facility for 4 K interferometer delay line investigations’. In: Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016, June 26 2016, Edinburgh , p. 99045E

Navarro, R., Burge, J., Yu, G., Wu, H., Walker, D., Zheng, X., Li, H., Dunn, C. and Gray, C. (2016) ‘Optimisation of grolishing freeform surfaces with rigid and semi-rigid tools’. In: Advances in Optical and Mechanical Technologies for Telescopes and Instrumentation II Ramón Navarro; James H. Burge, June 26 2016, Edinburgh , p. 99123Q

Rascher, R., F�hnle, O., W�nsche, C., Schopf, C., Faehnle, O., Yu, G. and Walker, D. (2016) ‘Analysis of tool-mass-acceleration effects onto sub-aperture computer controlled polishing (CCP)’. In: Third European Seminar on Precision Optics Manufacturing, , , p. 1000903

Walker, D (2016) ‘CNC Polishing and Metrology – from E-ELT Segments to Commercial Optics’. In: Academic seminar by Prof David Walker: The Institute of Optics And Electronics, The chinese Academy of Sciences:, 6-8 June 2016, Chengdu, China

Swinyard, B., Auriacombe, O., Bradshaw, T., Brooks, D., Charlton, J., Crook, M., Davies, G., Ellison, B., Emes, M., Friend, J., Gerber, D., Gray, C., Henry, M., Hunt, T., Linfield, E., Navarathinam, N., Parks, S., Rawlings, T., Rea, S., Saunders, C., Savini, G., Tun, S., Walker, D., Wang, H. and Winter, B. (2016) ‘The LOw Cost Upper atmosphere Sounder: the "Elegant Breadboard" programme.’. In: Millimeter Waves and THz Technology Workshop, ,

Walker, D., Dunn, C., Yu, G., Bibby, M., Zheng, X., Wu, H., Li, H. and Lu, C. (2015) ‘The role of robotics in computer controlled polishing of large and small optics’. In: Optical Manufacturing and Testing XI, August, 2015, San Diego, CA

Bracken, C., O'Sulllvan, C., Donohoe, A., Murphy, A., Savini, G., Juanola-Parramon, R., Baccichet, N., Guisseau, A., Ade, P., Pascale, E., Spencer, L., Walker, I., Dohlen, K., Lightfoot, J., Holland, W., Jones, M., Walker, D. and McMillan, A. (2015) ‘Optical and Quasi-Optical Analysis of System Components for a Far-Infrared Space Interferometer’. In: , ,

Savini, G., Ade, P., Baccichet, N., Bracken, C., Dohlenh, K., Donohoe, A., Gom, B., Griffin, M., Holland, W., Iafolla, V., Ivison, R., Jones, M., Juanola-Parramon, R., Lightfoot, J., Liu, S., McMillan, A., Murphy, J., Naylor, D., O'Sullivan, C., Pascale, E., Pezzutto, S., Rakotonimbahy, E., Schito, D., Spencer, L., Spinoglio, L., Swinyard, B., Venendaal, I., Vives, S., Walker, D., Leisawitz, D., Shi, S. and Matsuo, H. (2015) ‘Progress in the critical assessment for a far-infrared space interferometer with double fourier modulation (FP7-FISICA)’. In: , ,

Navarro, R., Walker, D., Cunningham, C., Beaucamp, A., Evans, R., Prieto, E., Fox-Leonard, T., Fairhurst, N., Gray, C., Hamidi, S., Li, H., Messelink, W., Mitchell, J., Rees, P. and Yu, G. (2012) ‘Edge-control and surface-smoothness in sub-aperture polishing of mirror segments’. In: Modern Technologies in Space- and Ground-based Telescopes and Instrumentation II, , , p. 84502A

Tonnellier, X., Shore, P., Morantz, P., Baldwin, A., Evans, R. and Walker, D. (2007) ‘Comparison of the subsurface damage induced when precision grinding ULE® and Zerodur® surfaces’. In: , , , pp. 279-288

Tonnellier, X., Shore, P., Morantz, P., Baldwin, A., Walker, D. and Evans, R. (2006) ‘Subsurface damage caused during rapid grinding of Zerodurâ’. In: , , , pp. 543-549

Walker, D., Freeman, R., Hobbs, G., King, A., McCavana, G., Morton, R., Riley, D. and Simms, J. (2005) ‘Zeeko 1 metre polishing system’. In: , ,

Walker, D. and Hutchinson, M. (2005) ‘Matching Manufacturing and Measurements-solutions for Free-Form Surfaces’. In: , ,

Monograph

Walker, D., Doel, A., Bingham, R., Brooks, D., King, A., Peggs, G. and Hughes, B. (2002) Design Study Report-The Primary and Secondary Mirrors for the Proposed Euro50 Telescope. Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (Submitted)

Esteem

  • Election to SPIE Senior Membership 2014
    Citation, “In recognition of significant achievements within the optics and photonics community’”
  • IOP Optics and Photonics Prize 2014.
    Citation, “For his work on astronomical optics, and for commercialising his university research to help produce an international optics-based manufacturing company.”
  • Member of the UK Government Parliamentary and Scientific Committee, Westminster, 2011-present
  • Member of the International Committee on Abrasive Technology, 2006-present
  • A founder and Research Director of Zeeko Ltd, Coalville, Leicestershire, 2000-present
  • Member of Glyndwr University Senate, 2014-15
  • Member of International Programme Committee for 4th Conference on Manufacturing and Testing of Optical Components (EOSMTOC), European Optical Society, Munich, June 2015
  • Member of Organising Committee for International Society for Advanced Abrasives Technology, S. Korea, October 2015
  • Member of Organising Committee for SPIE Optical Manufacturing and Testing Conference, San Diego, USA, August 2015
  • Member of organising committee for Second Fisica workshop, Dublin, 28,29 Jan 2015
  • Member of Glyndwr University Research and Enterprise Committee, 2011-14
  • Member of Euspen Conference Scientific Committee, 2014
  • Member of Euspen Conference Scientific Committee 2013
  • Member of Euspen Conference Scientific Committee 2012
  • ITV interview in the presence of Leighton Andrews, Minister of Education and Skills, Dec 2012
  • Member of Euspen Conference Scientific Committee 11th International Conference, 2011
  • Member of the Steering Committee for The 6th International Congress on Precision Machining, September, 2011, John Moores University
  • Member of European Optical Society conference organising committee,“Manufacturing of Optical Components 2011 (EOS MOC 2011)", Munich May 23 - 26, 2011.
  • Live interview on BBC Wales news, Nov. 2011
  • Film interview for Barn Media for distribution to news programmes, March 2011
  • Article in Financial Times after interview, ‘How to turn a scientist into an entrepreneur’, March 1 2010
  • Interview for BBC Wales Radio “Science Café” programme, July 2010
  • Member of the Higher Education and Funding Council Wales (HEFCW), Research, Innovation and Engagement Committee (RIE), 2009-12
  • Member of the Higher Education and Funding Council Wales (HEFCW), Third Mission Committee, 2008
  • Member of the Steering Committee for the Engineering Metrology Awareness Network of the UK National Physical Laboratory, 2003-2009
  • Chair of the EMAN Form Metrology Special Interest Group, under the UK National Physical Laboratory, 2003-2009
  • Member of programme committee for the 4th International Symposium on Advanced Optical Manufacturing and Testing Technologies’, 19-21 November 2008, Chengdu, China
  • Organising committee for Lamdamap conference Cranfield University 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
  • Programme Facilitator for Knowledge Transfer Partnership between UCL and Zeeko Ltd, 2008
  • A founder and current director of Zeeko Research Ltd, St Asaph, N. Wales, 2008-2011
  • Organising committee for Euspen conference, Bremen, 2007
  • Member of Steering Committee for Integrated Knowledge Centre in Ultra-precision and Structured Surfaces, 2007
  • Invited member of UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory Dstl-Fellowship Board ( promotion board for senior Dstl staff member), 2007
  • Member of the Higher Education Funding Council Wales  ‘Research, Innovation and Engagement Committee (formerly, Third Mission Committee’), 2007-2012
  • Member of EPSRC Peer-Review College, 2006
  • Invited participant OST Horizon Scanning workshop, ‘Future of Science & Technology Expert Workshop’, 30/31 January 2006, Royal Horse Guards Hotel, London
  • Programme committee for SPIE conference on Advanced Optical Manufacturing and Testing Technologies, Xian, China, 2005
  • Invited member of Critical Design Review of the High Resolution Spectrograph project for the 11 metre South African Large Telescope, at University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, April 2005
  • National delegate on the DTI Global Watch Mission to Country France: “Looking to the stars: optical fabrication and metrology – lessons from France”, November 2004
  • Member of Steering Committee for Cranfield Precision Engineering Network, 2004
  • Organiser of the UCL-Zeeko ‘Freeform Conference’ on producing freeform surfaces, Coalville, 26-30 Jan. 2004
  • Principal Scientist (formerly System Scientist) for the Gemini High Resolution Optical Spectrograph, 1996 to delivery in 2003
  • Member of Large Optics Manufacturing Study team, (Cranfield University) on behalf of Thales Optics Ltd, OpTIC Technium and DTI, 2003
  • Invited member of the Preliminary Design Review panel for the High Resolution Spectrograph project for the 11-metre South African Large Telescope, Southampton, Sept. 2003
  • Member of the EPSRC Basic Technology Peer Review Panel 2001
  • Co-organiser of the Large Lenses and Mirrors conference, UCL (spon. SPIE, IOP), March 2001
  • Radio interview on the Birr Telescope project: London Radio Service (formerly the Gov. Central Office of Information) for broadcast from stations throughout the world.  June 21 1999
  • Co-chair of EurOpt Series SPIE conference on Specification, Production and Testing of Optical Components and Systems, Glasgow, May 1996
  • Member of scientific committee organising the `International Workshop on Mirror Substrate Alternatives', Grasse, France, October 1995
  • A founder and director of Optical Investments Ltd (holding IP in automated polishing), 1994-2015
  • Member of PPARC Panel assessing the Durham University Astronomy Rolling Grant, 1995
  • Organiser of Workshop on `Secondary Mirrors for IR Chopping and Active and Adaptive Optics', UCL, August 19 1993
  • Radio interview on occasion of the Metal Mirrors Conference, UCL, 1992
  • Co-organiser of the international SPIE/IOP conference on `Metal Mirrors', held at UCL, November 1992
  • Member of the UK Large Telescope Instrumentation Working Group, 1990
  • Member of review panel assessing instrument proposed for the ESA-SOHO space mission, 1989
  • Visiting Consultant to the Korean Institute of Space Science and Astronomy, advising on the formation and instrumenting of a new observatory, 1987
  • UK representative on the Utrecht Echelle Spectrograph and Roden Acquisition and Guiding Facilities projects, attending project meetings at one to two month intervals in Holland, throughout 1984-9

Research Degree Supervision

Enterprise Activities

  • Director Optical Investments Ltd (holder of IP in computer controlled polishing) 1994-2015
  • Research Director of Zeeko Ltd 2000-present
  • Numerous consultancies with government laboratories (UK and abroad), and industry

Administrative Responsibilities

Research Leader at the National Facility for Ultra Precision Surfaces, OpTIC Centre, N. Wales

Teaching and Professional Activities

  • Supervised 26 successful UCL PhD students.
  • Supervised 3 successful UCL MSc project students
  • Supervising one UCL and two Glyndwr PhD students currently in progress