Mr David King

BEng(Hons) PgC(Comp) MBA CMgr MIET

Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre

Head of Digital Design

Co-director of the University of Sheffield INSIGNEO Institute smart devices and sensors theme.

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Mr David King
Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre
Design Prototyping and Testing Centre
Wallis Way
S60 5TZ

David has over twenty years of industrial experience in product design research and development (R&D). He began his career developing industrial control and instrumentation systems. This was followed by seventeen years working in R&D for a global OEM developing award winning industrial products for infrared non-contact temperature measurement and thermal imaging. David's engineering qualifications include Electronics and Control Systems Engineering and Computer Science. In addition to his engineering background, David obtained an MBA from the University of Sheffield and is a chartered manager. He has held senior leadership roles within industry with experience leading international engineering teams and global development programmes. In 2016 he joined the AMRC to form the Digital Design Team in the Design and Prototyping group and established the AMRC Digital Design Lab. The Digital Design team has grown significantly under David's leadership and delivers high TRL research outputs across various sectors, including Healthcare, Aerospace and Automotive. Whilst at the AMRC, David has led a team in developing a Digital Operating Theatre research platform. This platform is a demonstrates the translation of industry 4.0 technology to enable digital healthcare and provides a sandpit for research collaboration between industry and academia. David is also a researcher within the UoS EEE researching the application of Hyperspectral Imaging to the circular economy and healthcare. In addition to this David is also a Co-director of the UoS INSIGNEO Institute smart devices and sensors theme.

Research interests

Design methodologies, Digital Healthcare, I4.0 Technology, machine learning, robotics and telepresence, hyperspectral imaging.


Journal articles

Research group

Design and Prototyping (DPG)


PI - DASA SUPER, £408K, 2023-25

Co-Investigator- DASA/DSTL Medical Telexistence (MediTel), £400K, 2022-23.

Named researcher - NIHR Biomedical Research Centre, £12M , 2022-27

Research Support- NIHR Development and Skills Enhancement Award £65K, 2022-23

PI - HVM Catapult Virtual Prototyping for Accelerated Design £250K, 2022-23

Teaching interests

Guest lecturer AMRC Training Centre Industry 4.0.

Professional activities and memberships

Member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Chartered Member of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)