GERI conducts world-leading research across a diverse range of engineering fields.

Since its formation in 2002, GERI has produced a huge breadth of innovative and high-impact engineering research. Recently, the Institute benefited from a £1.6 million investment, which has been used to enhance GERI’s buildings. Specialised equipment has also been bought.

GERI’s five major groups, which all have individual histories reaching back to the 1970s, conduct research into: optical metrology, mechanical engineering, electronic engineering and laser processing.

GERI has many key specialisms:

  • Coherent and electric-optics including UAV sensing
  • Bio-engineering
  • Advanced manufacturing technology
  • Electronic and ultrasonic engineering
  • Photonics

Although GERI houses a variety of specialist teams, the Institute’s research community work together to deliver engineering-based solutions for industry.

Consequently, the majority of GERI’s research is user-driven and the Institute’s business links range across the whole supply chain, from SMEs to international industry.

Collaboration is central to GERI’s work and the Institute works with individual researchers from institutes and companies in Europe, Asia and North America. Visits from national and international scientists, students and industrialists are also welcomed. In addition to this, GERI collaborates with several major industrial and medical partners, including the Christie Hospital NHS Trust, Rolls Royce and Airbus, as well as a number of patents.

One of GERI’s key pieces of work is the GERI Outreach Project – an ERDF-funded project that encourages regional SMEs to use GERI’s knowledge and state-of-the-art facilities. This support is offered to regional SMEs at no cost to the business. At the moment, GERI is working with many local companies on numerous innovative projects. In the future, GERI hopes to become a North West Centre of Excellence for engineering.


  • 1970

The Coherent and Electro-Optics Research Group (CEORG) and the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Research Laboratory (AMTReL) were established in the early 1970s.

  • 2002

In 2002 the Coherent and Electro-Optics Research Group and the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Research Laboratory merged and GERI was formed, amalgamating several existing research groups from the School of Engineering.

  • 2003

GERI’s continually evolving research interests led to the establishment of the Bio-Engineering Group – an innovative collaboration between CEORG/PiE researchers and staff from the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences.

  • 2008

In 2008, two further groups were created – the Electronic and Ultrasonic Engineering Research Group (EUE) and the Photonics in Engineering Research Group (PiE). The creation of these groups formalised 30 years of research activity and experience.

GERI has five distinct research groups that carry out pioneering and business-focussed research.

Each of GERI’s five Groups have access to GERI’s state-of-the-art facilities and, although each Group’s research specialism is distinct, all five Group’s work together, producing an ever-increasing portfolio of projects within engineering. Click on the panels below to find out more about the work each Group undertakes.

  1. CEORG
  2. Bi-Engineering
  3. AMTRel
  4. EUE
  5. PiE