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I carry out fundamental and applied research on sensing technologies for infrastructure and geophysical applications. I have specific interests in computational modelling and optimisation of electromagnetic (EM) sensing systems, and am lead developer of gprMax – one of the most widely used simulation tools for EM subsurface modelling.

I also have research interests in the fields of engineering education and technology enhanced learning.


I joined Northumbria University in June 2017 following 7 years at The University of Edinburgh in which I held teaching and research roles. 

I hold degrees in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (BEng (Hons), 2003), and Civil Engineering (Ph.D., 2009) from The University of Edinburgh.

I have a specific interest in computational modelling and optimisation of electromagnetic (EM) sensing systems, such as Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR).

I am lead developer of open-source software - gprMax - which simulates electromagnetic wave propagation. It is the most widely used software for modelling GPR, and is also used for a diverse range of other applications in industry and academia.

I was a workgroup project leader in COST Action TU1208 “Civil Engineering Applications of GPR”.

I am a Chartered Engineer (CEng), Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (FHEA), and a member of both the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), and the Institution of Engineering Technology (IET).

I am also a petrol-head and wannabe rock drummer.

Education/Academic qualification

Education, PGCert, Academic Practice (University Teaching), University of Edinburgh


Award Date: 1 May 2014

Civil Engineering, PhD, Numerical modelling of high-frequency Ground Penetrating Radar antennas, University of Edinburgh

1 Oct 20051 Oct 2009

Award Date: 1 Dec 2009

Engineering, BEng (Hons), Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, University of Edinburgh

1 Oct 199831 May 2003

Award Date: 1 Jun 2003


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