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PhD - Autonomous, Collaborative, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Search and Rescue
Search strategy path optimisation example
I have a PhD from the University of Durham. The title of my doctoral thesis was Autonomous, Collaborative, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Search and Rescue.
Search and Rescue is a vitally important subject, and one which can be improved through the use of modern technology. This work presents a number of advances aimed towards the creation of a swarm of autonomous, collaborative, unmanned aerial vehicles for land-based search and rescue. The main advances are the development of a diffusion based search strategy for route planning, research into GPS (including the Durham Tracker Project and statistical research into altitude errors), and the creation of a relative positioning system (including discussion of the errors caused by fast-moving units). Overviews are also given of the current state of research into both UAVs and Search and Rescue.
MEng - Stereo Display Systems
Stereo image pair - Durham Castle gatehouse
I have an MEng (Masters in Engineering) from the University of Durham. The title of the dissertation for my final year project was Stereo Display Systems (Appendices).
People have always wanted to obtain increasingly accurate sensory information. In the
future it may be possible to record sensory inputs and replay them directly to the brain
for a complete experience, but although that’s not yet possible we can reproduce parts of
the experience. Tactile sensory inputs are in their infancy, and olfactory inputs are not
yet available. Surround sound can reproduce audio almost perfectly from life. This project
focuses on the major human sense - sight - to raise the viewing of still images and video
from a 2D image to a realistically 3D one.
Stereo imaging has been around for well over a century. Taking good quality stereo
photographs, however, has only been possible for those with the correct equipment to take
them. ’Home made’ stereo images are difficult to align correctly and this misalignment will
break down the stereo effect, often causing headaches.
This project shows that using Fourier transforms to align stereo images can improve
usage for casual users, bringing headache free stereo images to the mass market. It also
demonstrates that it is possible to greatly reduce file size with no noticeable loss of stereo
effect, by reducing the amount of data repeated between images.
I'm undertaking a part time MBA with the triple accredited Durham University Business School. This course will help to improve my understanding of how R&D fits into a wider company setting and increase my skills in areas such as project management, budgeting, and leading teams.
I wrote the Strategic Case Analysis element of the course on Leadership and Management of Change in the British Go Association, a volunteer led organisation.
I am a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and am working towards chartered status.