I enjoy working with students in a practical context, and watching their progress from novices to skilled and knowledgeable practitioners.
By using issues from my research I give focus to the general principles I teach undergraduates. I'm also keen on the use of animation and simulation. However, nothing beats really engaging with a class and cooperatively solving a problem.
I enjoy working with students in a practical context, and watching their progress from novices to skilled and knowledgeable practitioners. It is crucial they gain independence of thought, based on scientific and logical principles. The ability to formulate solutions in theoretical terms and then to be able to carry through to implementation, in hardware and software, is another measure of their success.
The School’s wide research base, coupled with its focus on teaching excellence, is highly distinctive. We offer students excellent, intensive experiences of practical, project-based engineering that are unique, whilst maintaining the highest standards of theoretical rigour in our presentation of course material.
In terms of research I'm interested in electronic and electro-mechanical systems with embedded intelligence, provided by software. My work focuses on Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) and small autonomous vehicles (AVs). WSNs are typically used for monitoring the physical environment, via the use of small sensor 'nodes' that comprise a sensor suite, a microcontroller and a radio transceiver. My work on AVs has been concerned with their design from the mechanical, electronic and software perspectives.