We have sought to extend our research user base laterally by participating in research centres. Group leader Professor Billings also heads the Centre for Signal Processing and Complex Systems (CSPCS) and the group is also actively involved in the Solar Physics and Space Plasma Research Centre (SP2RC).
The Centre for Signal Processing and Complex Systems develops system identification, signal processing, modelling, and analysis methods to address the challenging problems and highly complex behaviours in the life sciences, medicine, and other related fields.
The Centre is at the forefront of addressing theoretical and observational issues in solar and solar system physics that include solar magneto-seismology, dynamics of the solar atmosphere, solar wind, magnetosphere and Space Weather.
Our Space Systems Laboratory (SSL) conducts world class research in the field of experimental and theoretical space plasma and solar physics. Our aim is to investigate the physical processes in the solar atmosphere and the effect this has on our local geospace environment. We are also involved in the design, manufacture, and operation of satellite borne instrumentation and have a long history of involvement in high profile space missions.
SSL’s collaboration with the Complex Systems and Signal Processing Research group has enabled members of SSL to apply data analysis and modelling methods developed within the field of Systems Engineering to problems within the field of Space Plasma Physics.
We have also established a new High Performance Computing Lab equipped with £150k FPGA, GPU and SpiNNaker hardware.
Photo: Venus Express spacecraft
Our impact culture encourages all staff to seek out collaborations independently and to respond flexibly to emerging opportunities. An example of impact from this research group is Professor Balikhin’s work with ESA and NASA that led to the development of algorithms to clean magnetic field observations from the Venus Express spacecraft that were previously unusable owing to the lack of shielding.