Invited speakers


Ultrasonic spectroscopy for particle sizing and characterisation of liquid-based systems

M J Holmes, University of Leeds, UK 

Dr Mel Holmes (Leeds) has been a Lecturer in Food Science in the School of Food Science and Nutrition since 2008 and has a PhD in applied mathematics from the University of Leeds in 2000 and have now over 40 research publications over a wide range of research areas.

After completion of my PhD I undertook a Post-Doc with Professor Malcolm Povey investigating perturbation solutions of ultrasonic propagation through oil-in-water emulsions.  Since 2000 I have collaborated with Prof Povey and other researchers specialising in ultrasound measurement and have worked with other applied mathematicians in the development of new approaches for multiple scattering problems.  Also, using ultrasonic techniques together with theoretical models I have investigated non-destructive, non-invasive testing of food-based materials, enzyme activity determination in food grade gels, bulk viscosity measurement of fluids and its use in monitoring crystallisation, solubility and phase change processes.


Multi-scale acoustics of granular media: from probing to pumping

X Jia, Institut Langevin, ESPCI Paris, France

Prof. Xiaoping Jia obtained a BSc in Physics from Nanjing University, China and MSc and PhD in Physical Acoustics from the Université Pierre & Marie Curie (Paris 6), France. Appointed as an Assistant Professor in Physics at the Université Paris 7, he has worked in the Groupe de Physique des Solides from 1989 to 2002, in laser ultrasonics, guided waves, non-destructive evaluation and acoustics of granular media. Since 2003, he is a Professor of Physics at the Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée where he was the head of the granular acoustics team from 2002 to 2012. He joined the Institut Langevin at the ESPCI Paris since mid-2012. He has published over 70 papers including those in Nature, Phys. Rev. Lett., Appl. Phys. Lett. His current research involves granular acoustics and mechanics, multiple scattering of ultrasound in heterogeneous media, nonlinear acoustics, friction and adhesion.


Ultrasound in coarse grained materials: NDE and characterisation

M Lowe, Imperial College London, UK

Michael Lowe holds a BSc degree in Civil Engineering and MSc and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering. He worked in engineering consultancy from 1979 to 1989, specialising in the application and development of numerical methods for the solution of problems in solid mechanics. His principal clients were in the nuclear power and offshore oil industries. Since 1989 he has worked in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London, where his appointment is Professor of Mechanical Engineering. His research expertise is in the use of ultrasound for Non Destructive Evaluation (NDE), with specialist interests in guided waves, the interaction of waves with defects, material structure, and structural features, and numerical modelling. He has published over 280 indexed papers relating to ultrasound, guided waves, wave scattering, numerical modelling and NDE. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2014 for his research contributions to NDE.

Key date:

  • Registration deadline:
  • 15 September 2017