Bringing researchers together
To tackle the challenges of coating process digitalisation
Funded feasibility projects 2020
Robert Gordon University, Queen’s University Belfast, Loughborough University, University of Manchester and University of Nottingham
Network Launch Event was held on 4 March 2020
Attended by Universities, Industries, Funding agencies, Professional bodies and over 70 delegates
Contributing to Covid-19 related research
A publication followed by a research grant from RAEng towards Covid-19 solutions
UK-wide coverage and already engaging with world-leading research labs across 3 continents
The Network promotes equality, diversity and inclusiveness
All partner universities are Athena SWAN recognised

The DSM NetworkPlus is a £1million investment by the EPSRC to bring together the diverse expertise and capabilities in UK academia to enhance digitalisation in surface manufacturing and to move the sector forward to meet the Industry 4.0 challenges.

29 April 2021, 1 pm, UK BST

Machine Vision techniques for composite part inspection

Dr Gary Atkinson, was appointed as a permanent lecturer in 2012 and has a range of teaching duties in the areas of computer vision, component inspection, and stress and dynamics theory for Engineering. In the 2019-20 academic year he took a secondment at the National Composites Centre to work in the Automation Systems group – mostly for composite part inspection. Other notable achievements include delivering a computer vision programme at the University of Qiqihar in Heilongjiang Province, China and acting as UK and EU co-convenor for the 2010 International Conference and Exhibition on Biometrics Technology held in Coimbatore, India.

The School of Engineering at London South Bank University is an ambitious and progressive centre of research strength, ranked 25th nationally for research power in the last Research Excellence Framework. We have a fabulous central London location and are looking for talented potential students interested in research to work with our academic faculty in areas of strength. We are offering a number of funded PhD scholarships below. These studentships are available to UK nationals & EU
citizen’s and overseas applicants*. Those in possession of their own funding (e.g. via a non-EU government scholarship) are also welcome to apply for a place of study. A total of 8 scholarships are available. 

LSBU Research Centres Website:, please click on the link here to see the specific PhD posts available.

  • Closing date for applications: April 2020
  • PhD Start: October 2021
  • Closing date: 2 April 2021. The Impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on Research and Innovation Practices- LINK
  • Closing date: 26 May 2021. Mechanochemistry with Mechanical Bonds- LINK

The title of the Course is “The Smart Enough Factory: Achieving Low Cost, Low Skill, Low Risk Industry 4.0”.

We are delighted on completion of a free on-line course on Digitalisation and Industry4.0. The course was delivered in 3 parts by Dr Steve Dowey. First part of the course was delivered on Tuesday 22nd December 2020, the second part was delivered on 25 February 2021 and the third (last) part was delivered on 8 April 2021. 

RECORDINGS OF PARTS could be accessed via our MEMBERS AREA on the network website, which will be accessible once you have registered.

  • More information- LINK
  • Recordings of both parts- LINK

Closing date: 10 March 2021, 5 pm

  • Round Two Feasibility Studies- Resilient bio-safe surface technologies.

Thanks to those who submitted applications for the second round of feasibility. Selection has been made and 4 projects have been funded. The Universities funded are- Northumbria University, LSBU, University of Sheffield and The University of Birmingham.

More information- LINK

Introductory video

Prof Matthews talks about the DSM Network
Prof Matthews introduces the EPSRC NetworkPlus in Digitalised Surface Manufacturing at MRE2020

Presentation slides

Digitalised Surface Manufacturing
Prof Allan Matthews discussed aim and ambitions of the DSM Network at IOM3 Surface Engineering Workshop


We are thankful to our valued partners for their Unconditional commitment and proactive participation

DSM Network strives to Take the Coatings and Surface Manufacturing Sector Towards Digitalisation by bringing people and capabilities together to address the challenges of Industry 4.0.