Dr Andrew Ambrose-Thurman MIET

This is a platform for links to my CV and examples of my work

I am a Research and Development Electronic Engineer based in North East England. I have particular interest in autonomous technology and designing for harsh environments. I have strong embedded systems design and implementation experience. I am a competent programmer in several languages (Embedded C, Python, PHP, among others), and can acquire new ones quickly.

My PhD in Electronic Engineering from the University of Durham was titled 'Autonomous, Collaborative UAVs for Search and Rescue'. My Masters thesis focussed on compression in stereo display systems. Throughout my time at university I was heavily involved with Durham University Solar Car, racing across America in 2008 and Australia in 2011.

My CV gives a summary of my skills and qualifications, but fuller information and links to examples of my work are given below. To get in contact, please email me at andrew@ambrose.thurman.org.uk

Professional Experience

I've worked for Tracerco, a subsidiary of Johnson Matthey, as a Research and Development Electronic Engineer since completing my PhD in December 2012. Here is a summary of the main projects I've worked on.

Discovery

Discovery is a novel subsea pipe scanner that is capable of giving a high resolution image of the structure and contents of a pipe from the outside, without requiring a stop in the flow and without requiring any removal of pipe coatings. It can be used at depths of over 3,000m (1,000m for Generation 1), and is designed for both pipe integrity (checking for damage of pipe walls) and flow assurance (checking for blockages). It has a very high resolution for identification of wall damage, and can detect gas pressure changes. It can easily cope with complex layouts such as pipe-in-pipe. We worked closely with two major oil company clients for the development of the two generations of Discovery. Sales page, Video, Video, Video.

Hyperion

Hyperion is a family of level and density gauges for the oil and gas industry, used to measure the contents of pipes and vessels, usually in harsh and hazardous environments.

Training courses

Voluntary Experience

Durham University Solar Car

Durham's School of Engineering has been designing and building a solar powered racing car as a student group since 2004. I worked on the car from this date until my graduation; taking an active role until the race in 2011, and after this taking an advisory role while completing my PhD.

Durham University Solar Car (DUSC), since renamed Durham University Electric Motorsport, has taken part in a number of international races. At the time of my graduation it had entered two, and I was heavily involved in both. In 2008 we took the car to America for the North American Solar Challenge, racing from Dallas in Texas to Calgary in Canada, a distance of over 2400 miles. I was at the time the Motor Development Leader, and was part of the small Race Team - keeping the car running through the long journey. We came 14th, out of 23 entrants, and won the 'Best Rookie Team' award for new entrants.

In 2011 we took the car to Australia for the World Solar Challenge, the oldest and foremost solar race in the world, driving over 3000km coast to coast from Darwin to Adelaide along the Stuart Highway. I was again part of the Race Team, managing telemetry (transmitting battery and sensor data from the solar car to the support vehicles, as well as fitting the support cars with CB radios, a wireless network, and 240v electricity for powering laptops). As well as this I wired the electrical power for our trailer, wiring solar panels on the roof into control circuitry to charge batteries, supplying light and mains electricity (UK, US and Australian) both day and night.

We had a lot of publicity, including a piece on the BBC's Inside Out following us across Australia, and several articles on the online magazine The Register, amongst others.

Durham Go Club

Go (also known as Weiqi and Baduk) is an ancient oriental board game, with some similarities to Chess. It's played more traditionally in China, Japan and Korea than in Western countries, but there are several clubs in the UK.

Durham Go Club is one of the largest in the UK. I've been playing Go since 2004, learning at the Durham club, and am currently around 7-kyu. You can see my rank on the Go Club website and on the European Go Database.

I've been helping to run the club since 2006 - initially as a Training Committee member, then as as Secretary from 2007-2012, and finally taking over the day to day running of the club in 2011 - teaching new players, arranging our bi-weekly meetings, and organising tournaments (including the major British Open Go Tournament).

I also maintain the website, including the ranking ladder - a computer system which keeps a record of all games played and calculates rank changes.

Websites

I've designed and maintained various websites. A selection are shown below, although several are no longer maintained by me.

Wedding website
I used a mixture of PHP and CSS to create an authentic looking book layout for the website for my wedding, which had an Alice in Wonderland theme.
Inclusive Advent
An online Advent Calendar designed for the Durham branch of the Inclusive Church movement. Each day focussed on a different marginalised group. The calendar received a reasonable amount of media attention, including a mention on the BBC's 'Ouch!' podcast.
Inclusive Lent
Not yet publically available, this followup project is due to be released for Lent 2017. It can be demonstrated on request.
It is considerably more accessible, with a number of features to make it easier to use for people who are partially sighted. It has a responsive design that is designed to work well with mobile devices as well as desktops.
Durham Go Club
I maintain the website for the Durham Go Club, including the ranking ladder - a computer system which keeps a record of all games played and calculates rank changes. This has included adding statistics for club attendance and individual rank improvement. The website has a PHP front end and a PostgreSQL backend.
Maps
I've created a number of websites which use the Javascript based Google Maps API. These are no longer live but can be demonstrated on request.
Durham University Ecumenical Christian Council
I redesigned the site from scratch, including a header that shows a random themed image on every page. This website is no longer maintained by me.

Societies

I was heavily involved in a number of societies and other groups during my time at the University of Durham. Here are some of the more notable experiences.

Academic Qualifications

I am currently working towards Chartered Engineer status through the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and am a Member of the IET

Doctoral thesis

I graduated with my PhD in Autonomous, Collaborative, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Search and Rescue from the University of Durham.

Abstract:
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.

Masters dissertation

I did my Masters at Durham, with a final year project on Stereo Display Systems (Appendices).

Abstract:
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.

Technical Skills

Programming skills

I am an experienced programmer and have used a variety of languages. I have picked up new languages in short timeframes where necessary, and have experience of reworking other people's code. Here is a summary of the most recent languages I have used:

Electronics skills

Software packages

I am a competent user of the following software packages under Windows, amongst others

I also have extensive experience with Apple OS-X and with Linux

Other Information

I have a full, clean driving licence, and my own car.

In my spare time I enjoy playing Go, an oriental board game similar to chess. I also enjoy DIY, and my wife and I are currently undertaking a minor renovation of our new house.