Publications Awards

Institute Awards 

The Institute presents the following three publications awards:


The William Gardner Award
The
William
Gardner Award is for the best paper published in the Proceedings of the Institute’s Annual Conference on NDT by a person in the early stages of their career.

Details of award: A certificate, a cash sum of £250 and free Institute membership for one year.
Eligibility: Anyone who is either a student or within the first five years of full-
time employment, who presents a paper at the NDT Annual Conference and has the paper published in the proceedings.
Nomination arrangements: Anyone who notifies the Conference organisers when submitting their paper that they meet the criteria.

Committee responsible: NDT Technical Committee.

2018 winner: Don Pieris

A list of all previous winners of the William Gardner Award can be found here.

The John Grimwade Medal
The John Grimwade Medal is for the best paper published in Insight in the preceding year.

Details of award:
An engraved silver medal plus certificates to author and co-authors. (A restricted fund covers the cost of the medal.)
Eligibility:
Any Institute member who has published in Insight will be automatically considered (co-authors need not be members but only the lead author receives a medal).
Nomination arrangements: Automatic. Shortlist prepared by Technical Committee.

Committee responsible: NDT Technical Committee.

2017 winners: Professor Peter Charlton, Dr Stephen Mosey, Dr Miles Weston and
Dr Mark Sutcliffe


The recipients of the John Grimwade Medal for 2017 are Professor Peter Charlton,
Dr Stephen Mosey, Dr Miles Weston and Dr Mark Sutcliffe for their paper, titled: ‘Virtual source aperture imaging and calibration for ultrasonic inspections through dual-layered media for non-destructive testing’, which was published in Insight, Vol 59, No 11, November 2017
(DOI: 10.1784/insi.2017.59.11.596).

Professor Peter Charlton is currently Professor in Applied NDT at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. He has 30 years of industrial and academic experience in the research and development of advanced automated electromagn
etic and ultrasonic NDT imaging systems for the petrochemical, power generation and aerospace industries. He is responsible for engagement with key industrial partners and PhD and MSc research supervision within the School of Engineering.

Dr Stephen Mosey is a senior lecturer in the school of applied computing at the University o
f Wales Trinity Saint David. He has over 15 years’ industrial and academic experience in the development of advanced ultrasonic imaging equipment for NDT inspection applications in oil & gas, nuclear, aerospace, manufacturing and rail. In 2013, he gained a doctorate in signal and image processing for NDT (resolution enhancement of B-mode ultrasound images) with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

Dr Miles Weston is currently the NDT Product Development Team Manager at TWI Technology Centre (Wales) and is responsible for the development of novel non-destructive testing and evaluation technologies from concept through to commercialisation. With over ten years of industry experience he has managed teams delivering inspection solutions in sectors including military, aerospace, oil & gas and power generation. In 2012, Miles gained his engineering doctorate in advanced ultrasonic digital imaging and signal processing for applications in the field of non-destructive testing.

Dr Mark Sutcliffe is a senior project leader with TWI, specialising in novel ultrasonic data acquisition and imaging solutions. With over 20 years of industrial experience, in 2015 he gained a doctorate in NDT (time-critical synthetic transmit aperture ultrasound imaging) with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Mark has developed and delivered NDT inspection systems for use in nuclear, aerospace and space exploration.

A list of all previous winners of the John Grimwade Medal can be found here.

The Ron Halmshaw Award
Established in 1994 through the generosity of Dr R Halmshaw MBE, The Ron Halmshaw Award is for the best paper on radiography published in Insight in the preceding year.

Details of award: Certificate and a cash sum of £350 from trustee fund set up by Dr Ron Halmshaw.
Eligibility:
Anyone who has published a radiography paper in Insight will be considered.
Nomination arrangements: Automatic. Shortlist prepared by Technical Committee.
Committee responsible: NDT Technical Committee.

2017 winners: Domingo Mery, Vladimir Riffo, Irene Zuccar and Christian Pieringer

The 2017 winners are Domingo Mery, Vladimir Riffo, Irene Zuccar and Christian Pieringer for their paper, titled: ‘Object recognition in X-ray testing using an efficient search algorithm in multiple views’, which appeared in Insight, Vol 59, No 2, February 2017
(DOI: 10.1784/insi.2017.59.2.85).

Vladimir Riffo is Full Professor in the Department of Computer Engineering and Computer Science at Universidad de Atacama, Copiapó, Chile, where he has been Director twice, once from 2006 to 2008 and currently, a position he has held since 2016. Vladimir received a BScEng degree in electronic engineering from Universidad de Antofagasta in Antofagasta, Chile, in 1998. He also gained an MEng degree in 2011 and a PhD degree in engineering sciences in 2016, both from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (UC) in Santiago, Chile.

Vladimir is a Fellow of GRIMA, a Machine Intelligence Group at UC. His current research interests include pattern recognition, object detection, automatic visual inspection, computer vision using multiple views and X-ray testing, as well as methods of combining these approaches.

Vladimir received a scholarship for his PhD studies from Comisión Nacional de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica (CONICYT). He was a recipient of the Ron Halmshaw Award in 2012 and the John Grimwade Medal in 2013, from the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT).

Domingo Mery is Full Professor with the Department of Computer Science at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (UC), Chile. He received a Diploma (MSc) in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Karlsruhe, Germany, in 1992, and a PhD with distinction from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany, in 2000. He was then a Research Scientist with the Institute for Measurement and Automation Technology at the Technical University of
Berlin, in collaboration with Yxlon X-Ray International. Domingo was the recipient of scholarships from both the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for his PhD work. In 2001, he became Associate Research in the Department of Computer Engineering at the University of Santiago, Chile.

Before taking up his current position at UC, Domingo was Chair of the Computer Science Department at UC from 2005 to 2009, Associate Visiting Professor with the Computer Vision Research Lab at the University of Notre Dame from 2014 to 2015 and Director of Research and Innovation with the School of Engineering at UC between 2015 and 2018.

Domingo currently serves as Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security and the International Journal of Fuzzy Logic and Intelligent Systems. In addition, he is the Editor of I3 Journal for Research, Interdiscipline and Innovation at the School of Engineering, UC. His research interests include image processing for fault detection in aluminium castings, X-ray imaging, real-time programming and computer vision and he is the author of more than 60 technical SCI publications and over 70 conference papers. Domingo served as Local Co-Chair for the 2015 International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV15), Programme General Chair for the 2007 Pacific-Rim Symposium on Image and Video Technology (PSIVT 2007), Programme Chair for PSIVT 2009 and General Co-Chair for PSIVT 2011 and the 2007 Iberoamerican Congress on Pattern Recognition.

A list of all previous winners of the Ron Halmshaw Award can be found here.


Details of all Institute Awards can be found here.