NICOLAS BANTIN – MANAGING DIRECTOR
Nicolas Bantin is a former investment banker who worked in the City of London for more than 30 years with Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and Bank of America. As an international corporate lending banker, Nicholas has wide experience in all aspects of corporate finance including trade finance and the securitisation of assets. After 15 years in corporate finance, Nicholas moved to manage CIBC’s proprietary portfolios. Whilst running the portfolios, Nicholas became an expert in assessing market trends and risk management, a skill demonstrated by his development of a liquidity fund designed to protect the Bank against catastrophic events such as those witnessed in 2007-8. This fund generated returns in excess of 30% on capital employed.
After a successful market navigation of Quebec Referendum in 1995, he moved to Bank of America to run the London proprietary portfolios.
Nicholas retired from the City in 2001 to work with small technology companies using his finance and funding knowledge to help them achieve their ambitions. He is focused on building new circular business models through which businesses calculate and manage commercial risks from concept to product development to product launch to commercial sales. This involves early engagement and working closely with major corporates to ensure requirements are fully understood and that they participate in market launches.
Additionally, given the lack of support from Banks towards growing SMEs, Nicholas is now developing alternative and new funding structures to enable SMEs to obtain development capital and manage potential funding gaps.
DR BENJAMIN CRUTCHLEY – SENIOR MACHINE VISION & HARDWARE ENGINEER
Dr Benjamin Crutchley is an optical engineer who leads research into innovative technology at i3D robotics. His main focus is on developing 3D systems for machine vision applications. In this role, he expands the hardware capabilities of the company by advancing the optical and imaging technologies, He is also improving state-of-the-art 3D reconstruction software with academic partners, University College London and Joanneum Research, which have used the software on projects such as the Mars Rover. Dr Crutchley has also worked with partners including multinational corporations and SMEs on developing technology in collaborative R & D projects awarded by InnovateUK, as well as European projects including Eurostars and EMRP.
BENJAMIN KNIGHT – SOFTWARE ENGINEER
Benjamin Knight is a software engineer with a 1st Class Bachelor of Science degree in Robotics. background in machine learning and automation. His work includes the creation of a digital twin of an operating theatre requiring the integration of 3D imaging hardware with virtual reality equipment. He also works on ground-breaking projects providing technologically advanced solutions to real-world industrial challenges in a variety of sectors including Steel Manufacturing and Nuclear Decommissioning. Benjamin is working with large corporations and academic partners including AMRC Medical in collaborative R & D projects awarded by InnovateUK.
DR RICHARD FRENCH – SENIOR SYSTEMS SCIENTIST
Dr Richard French has been the leader of highly successful international interdisciplinary teams since 2003. He constructed the world’s largest, most complex experiment at CERN’s LHC – ATLAS, and was the Principle Investigator of a >£16m grant portfolio for multiple EU, Innovate-UK, EPSRC & STFC collaborative R&D grants. Whilst based at the University of Sheffield, Dr French was the group leader for an independent research team ESIM, “Enabling Sciences for Intelligent Manufacturing”. Working at an interdisciplinary fusion point, he built industry-academia collaborations, interpreting industrially relevant challenges to deliver disruptive cutting edge solutions driving growth in sectors which rely on advanced manufacturing has generated significant impact. Dr French works closely with other R & D companies including IS-Instruments to develop compact, remote sensing instrumentation and intelligent vision systems for application in Robotics, Nuclear Decommissioning, Industrial Biotech, Welding & Additive Manufacturing, and Construction & Rail sectors.
DR LAHIRU LAKSHAN LULBADDA – SENIOR SCIENTIST & ELECTRONICS ENGINEER
Dr Lahiru Lulbadda graduated from the University of Greenwich a PhD in Engineering. He has a wide range of research interest in electrical and electronics engineering such as optical methods and sensor development for particle technology applications, and as such, his thesis was: “A modelling approach to predict spatially distributed fine particle concentrations during the filling process of a cylindrical silo”. He joined i3Dr in July 2019 to further our work in electronics and 3D vision engineering. He continues to lecture at the University of Greenwich on a range of subjects including Materials for Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Control engineering, Mathematics, Statistics, Computer programming (C and C++ languages) and Computer Hardware Systems. He is a Member of the Institution of Engineering & Technology and a Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
SARAH MARSH-COLLINGS – INFORMATION & DISSEMINATION MANAGER
Sarah Marsh-Collings was brought onboard to help raise the profile of i3Dr, to highlight the R&D advances taking place and their significance across multiple industries. With a BSc (Hons) in Natural Sciences and fourteen years-experience in Communications, her knowledge of online engagement platforms coupled with her ability to communicate complex innovative technologies to a wider audience brings additional and valuable exposure to the research being conducted.