The MAPP Lecture Series [#MappLecture] began in November 2017 with a lecture by Prof. Richard Leach, University of Nottingham, and will continue in Sheffield in 2019 with regular one-hour lunchtime lectures, from experts in the field of AM. All lectures are open to external attendees and will be followed by lunch and an opportunity to speak with the lecturer.

The ninth lecture in the series will be given on Thursday 12th December, in Hadfield Building Lecture Theatre 20 by Dr Phillip Stanley-Marbell, University of Cambridge.

Phillip Stanley-Marbell is a University Lecturer in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge where he leads the Physical Computation Lab ( His research focus is on exploiting an understanding of properties of the physical world to make computing systems more efficient. Prior to joining the University of Cambridge, he was a researcher at MIT, from 2014 to 2017. He received his Ph.D. from CMU in 2007, was a postdoc at TU Eindhoven until 2008, and then a permanent Research Staff Member at IBM Research—Zurich (2008-2012). In 2012 he joined Apple where he led the development of a new system component now used across all iOS, watchOS, and macOS platforms. Prior to completing his Ph.D., he held positions at Bell-Labs Research (1995, 1996), Lucent Technologies and Philips (1999), and NEC Research Labs (2005).

Augmenting Raw Materials with Sensing and Computation


Materials and manufacturing processes can be made to adapt to the way in which their end-products are used, by imbuing raw materials with sensing and computation elements. By making the algorithms that run on these computing elements aware of the physics of the objects in which they are embedded, computation-and-sensing augmented materials could change the way we think about the border between inanimate objects and computing systems. This talk will highlight research that builds on these observations.

The lecture will be followed by lunch in the Turner Museum.


MAPP Lecture Series - Dr Phillip Stanley-Marbell