Senior Lecturer
Engineering
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Room: Academic Office - B209
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Engineering East
Bay Campus

A long-term work, educational and cultural experience from the Czech Republic, Finland, Canada, the UK and China. Extensive portfolio of academic and industrial collaborative projects with a diverse range of institutions, small and large companies. Involved in the whole life-cycle of telecommunication products development, from specification, feasibility and proof-of-concept, to implementation, testing and business planning. Held consultancy contracts with several start-ups, SMEs and the Welsh Government. Served as the expert evaluator in H2020, and contributed to the standardization efforts of many telecommunication systems (e.g. 2G, 3G, 4G, Bluetooth, HiperLAN and WiMAX). Advanced knowledge and expert skills in signal processing, digital systems, computer programming, and applied mathematics. Recently, undergone intensive training in computational and molecular biology and biochemistry.

Current research focus in System Informatics utilizing (possibly data driven) mathematical models to design, understand and optimize systems and their underlying processes. Current projects specifically concerned about air and rail transport networks, mobile tactical networks, security of general networks, molecular biological circuits, renewable energy systems in developing countries, and the Internet in difficult environments.

Notable projects:

  • Next generation broadband networks (BT and Welsh Government, 2011-2012): informed superfast broadband roll-out in Wales in 2014 as well as scoped funding models between the Welsh Government and the Welsh Universites

  • Innovative Baggage Delivery for Sustainable (Air) Transport: (Innovate UK, spring 2014): first project on dissociating passengers from baggage

  • Swansea NRG (EPSRC/BTG, 2012-2013): well-attended seminars in networks research, raised awareness about the importance of networks in research as well as the emerging economic models

Co-authored papers in engineering, mathematical and biological journals.

Gained rich direct experience from various multi-disciplinary projects requiring highly asymmetrical skills usually with substantial knowledge in the target domain of the problem considered. 

Some of my presentations from about 30 keynotes and tutorials can be found here.

Current financial support: CSRC@Beijing, Aselsan@Ankara, SITA@London, and various scholarships supporting the research students

Current in-kind support: SITA/IATA, Red Hat Ltd., Thales Transport, Nokia Bell Labs

 

Areas of Expertise

  • Statistical signal processing
  • Digital signal processing
  • Data processing
  • Programming
  • Network Science
  • Security of Networks
  • Some areas of Computational Biology
  • Some areas of Applied Mathematics

Publications

  1. Enabling connectivity for tactical networks in mountainous areas by aerial relays. Telecommunication Systems
  2. & Elucidating effects of reaction rates on dynamics of the lac circuit in Escherichia coli. Biosystems
  3. Inferring distributions from observed mRNA and protein copy counts in genetic circuits. Biomedical Physics & Engineering Express
  4. Towards dissociation of passengers and baggage. Presented at Transportation Research Procedia,
  5. & How does supercoiling regulation on a battery of RNA polymerases impact on bacterial transcription bursting?. Physical Biology 15(6), 066007

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Teaching

  • AT-M51 Signals and Systems

    The module aims to introduce and strengthen the advanced engineering mathematical and numerical software skills as a prerequisite for other modules in the course. These skills are introduced through a systematic description of signals and systems by explaining their models and properties.

  • AT-M76 Wireless Communications

    The module introduces statistical signal processing. Specifically, one third is devoted to introduction of estimating random and non-random parameters. The second-third of the module introduces convex optimization. In the last part, signal processing techniques are illustrated on problems in optical wireless communications.

  • EG-150 Signals and Systems

    The module introduces mathematical description of signals in time domain. Basic properties of deterministic signals are defined. The concept of frequency and frequency domain is introduced using Fourier series of periodic continuous time signals. Finally, the concept of systems with ideal filters as an example is explained.

  • EG-351 Communication Systems and Networks

    The principles of the Internet are explained including the protocols, services and functions of its 6 out of 7 OSI layers from the application layer down to the link layer. Emphasis is on understanding the TCP/IP protocol stack. Such knowledge of the Internet is then extended to cover the principles of wireless and mobile networks, multimedia networking, security in computer networks, and telecommunication networks management.

Supervision

  • Renewable Energy for Solving the Energy Crisis in Nepal«br /» (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Grazia Todeschini
  • Maintenance Strategy Methods for Railway Signalling Systems (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Christopher Jobling
  • Computational Models in Genetic Network and Bayesian Big Data Analysis (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Paul Rees
  • Strategies and Technologies for Dissociating Passengers from their Baggage (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Lijie Li
  • Design and Deployment Issues of Mobile tactical Networks (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Stefano Taccheo
  • Internet Applications and Services in Telecommunication Networks with Limited Connectivity (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Karin Ennser
  • 'Spectroscopy modelling and investigation of energy transfer processes in Tm-doped glasses ' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Stefano Taccheo

Academic History

Date Qualification Location
March 2008 PhD Wireless Communications University of Alberta
June 1998 MSc(Hons) Radioelectronics Czech Technical University of Prague
June 1996 BSc(Hons) Biomedical Engineering Czech Technical University of Prague

Additional Information

Research interests:

  • statistical and digital signal processing involving signals as well as other discrete data structures (graphs, tensors)

  • distributed storage and processing (blockchain type of digital structures)

  • combining signal processing and programming models

  • Network Engineering and Internet-inspired technologies: scaling up and managing cyber-physical systems

  • network-based designs: redistributing and pooling virtual and physical resources over the network infrastructure

  • templates driven combinatorial research methods which are prone to automation

  • consequences of massive digitalization: automation, jump in complexity accompanied by drop in resilience, raise of ambiguity and uncertainty, the reality virtualization and randomization, distorted and modulated reality perceptions, reality projections and measurements

Other interests:

  • advanced Linux programming and administration

  • spent 1,000s of hours in flight simulators learning everything about flying

  • earned 3rd Kyu in competitive judo and 5 times participant in national competitions in clarinet/saxophone playing (both a quarter century ago though)

Teaching statement:

  • focusing on fundamental concepts is the best strategy to adapt to our ever more dynamic and noisy world

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