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Dr Philip J Basford MEng, PhD, MIET

Senior Research Fellow

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Philip Basford is a Senior Research Fellow in the Computational Engineering and Design group in Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton. He is currently employed on the FrµIT project looking at how distributed single board computers (SBCs) can be managed and used to provide efficient compute resources for distributed applications.

Having completed a MEng in Computer Science with Distributed Systems and Networks at the Department of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS), University of Southampton. He decided to continue studying and undertook a PhD within the same department.  During this time, he worked on the Glacsweb project, developing technologies to enable more detailed studying of the behaviour of glaciers. 

During his PhD, he was awarded a ‘Vice Chancellors Award’ as part of the team that created Erica the Rhino.  Erica is a fibreglass rhinoceros, modified to include 5 Raspberry Pi computers to control her eyes, and ears as well as touch screens, speakers, and LEDs, which respond to external stimuli.

Having completed his PhD in 2015; he stayed within ECS and worked on the Mountain Sensing project, investigating how Internet of Things (IoT) technologies can be applied to the challenges posed by environmental monitoring in harsh environments.

At the end of the Mountain Sensing project, he was given the opportunity to commercialise some research into archaeological imaging he had undertaken whilst doing his PhD. This has led to the development of a Geodesic RTI dome.  This system enables photos of an object to be taken under different lighting conditions providing highly detailed image of ancient engravings, which can be used for study and translation.

Research interests

  • Internet of Things
  • Wireless Sensor Networks
  • Distributed Systems
  • Archaeological Imaging Systems

Phd research

Using an energy aware adaptive scheduling algorithm to increase sensor network lifetime

Research group

Computational Engineering and Design

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Dr Philip J Basford
Engineering, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton. SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

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