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Dame Xiangqian (Jane) Jiang DBE, DSc, FREng is a Professor of Precision Metrology at the University of Huddersfield’s Centre for Precision Technologies.  She is the Director of the EPSRC Future Metrology Hub and is the Renishaw/Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Precision Metrology.  In 2017 she was recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours list and was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to Engineering and Manufacturing.

Jane started her career as an apprentice. She spent twenty years in the Chinese automotive industry moving from an apprentice to a qualified engineer. 

In 1990, Jane started her academic life as an MSc student in measurement science, and transferred directly to a PhD programme where she focused on measurement instruments research. Jane obtained her PhD in 1995 with a thesis entitled “Theory and method for measurement of curved surface topography”.

In 1994-1995, she became a visiting scholar at the Measurement and Instrumentation Centre at City University with Professor Ken Grattan FREng. 

In 1996, Jane joined the Centre for Metrology at the University of Birmingham with the late Professor Kenneth Stout. In 1997, the research group moved to the University of Huddersfield, where the Centre for Precision Technologies was founded. She first worked as a Research Fellow on the development of standards for areal surface metrology. She was awarded a Chair in Precision Metrology in 2003 and a DSc for precision metrology in 2007. She became the Director of the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Advanced Metrology in 2011 which ran until early 2017. She was awarded the Renishaw/Royal Academy Chair in Precision Metrology in 2016 and became the Director of the EPSRC Future Metrology Hub, one of eight EPSRC funded Future Manufacturing Research Hubs, in 2017.

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Projects 2011 2023

ESPRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Advanced Metrology

Jiang, X., Blunt, L., Longstaff, A., Towns-Andrews, L., Scott, P., Myers, A., Fletcher, S. & Ball, A.


Project: ResearchResearch Council - AHRC

Miniature Flexible & Reconfigurable Manufacturing System for 3D Micro-products

Jiang, X., Luo, X., Dunningan, M., Ion, W., Qin, Y. & Kong, X.


Project: ResearchResearch Council - AHRC

Future Advanced Metrology Hub

Jiang, X., Martin, H., Longstaff, A., Kadirkamanathan, V., Turner, M. S., Keogh, P., Scott, P., McLeay, T., Blunt, L., Zeng, W., Huntley, J. M., Bills, P., Fletcher, S., Gao, F., Coupland, J. M., Kinnell, P., Mahfouf, M. & Mullineux, G.


Project: ResearchResearch Council - AHRC

Research Output 1999 2019

2 Citations (Scopus)

Accurate and efficient height extraction in chromatic confocal microscopy using corrected fitting of the differential signal

Chen, J-C., Yang, W., Wang, J., Lu, W., Liu, X. & Jiang, X., Mar 2019, In : Precision Engineering. 56, p. 447-454 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Confocal microscopy
Computational efficiency
Differential equations
Open Access
Coordinate measuring machines
X rays
Measurement errors

A search algorithm for accuracy improvement of holistic calibration of stereo stereo deflectometry

Xu, Y., Gao, F. & Jiang, X., 16 Jul 2019, (Accepted/In press) International Conference on Optical and Photonic Engineering: icOpen Proceedings. SPIE, (Proceedings of SPIE).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Function evaluation
Imaging systems
1 Citation (Scopus)

Characterisation methods for powder bed fusion processed surface topography

Lou, S., Jiang, X., Sun, W., Zeng, W., Pagani, L. & Scott, P., 1 May 2019, In : Precision Engineering. 57, p. 1-15 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Surface topography
Fusion reactions
3D printers
3 Citations (Scopus)

Corrected parabolic fitting for height extraction in confocal microscopy

Chen, J-C., Wang, J., Leach, R., Lu, W., Liu, X. & Jiang, X., 4 Feb 2019, In : Optics Express. 27, 3, p. 3682-3697 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
systematic errors
signal processing
differential equations

Activities 2006 2018

  • 13 Oral presentation
  • 2 Invited talk
  • 1 Poster presentation

Effect of the Form Estimation on the Areal Texture Parameters for X-Ray Computed Tomography Measurement

Luca Pagani (Speaker), Shan Lou (Speaker), Wenhan Zeng (Speaker), Jane Jiang (Speaker), Paul Scott (Speaker)
7 Feb 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Advanced Cutting Tools and Process Optimization Strategies for Ultra-Precision Machining of Functional Surfaces

Zhen Tong (Invited speaker), Jane Jiang (Invited speaker), Liam Blunt (Invited speaker)
21 Feb 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

A Novel Surface Characterisation Strategy for the X-Ray Computed Tomography Measurement of Complex Additively Manufactured Parts

Shan Lou (Speaker), Wenhan Zeng (Speaker), Hussein Abdul-Rahman (Speaker), Xiangqian Jiang (Speaker), Paul Scott (Speaker)
13 Jul 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Matching Algorithm for Tolerance Specification and Measurement

Qunfen Qi (Speaker), Paul Scott (Speaker), Xiangqian Jiang (Speaker)
27 Jun 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Metrology in Bio-Applications

Jane Jiang (Keynote speaker), Paul Bills (Contributor to Paper or Presentation), Radu Racasan (Contributor to Paper or Presentation), Liam Blunt (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)
13 Jul 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

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