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Dr William E Crofts


BA, MSc by Research, PhD (Warwick), MIET, MIEEE, Chartered Engineer.

Director of the Warwick Engineering Satellite Programme

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 Lecturing/Tutorials

 Research

Publications 

 Career

 Education

Administration 


Warwick ESMO - European Satellite Project

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Student-Designed Space Technology

Space 08 - Exploring the Future (Sept 2008, Barbican Centre, London) - The importance of space is becoming more apparent, with the space industry now contributing around £7 bn to the UK economy, the global market in space systems and satellite-enabled applications due to increase by nearly tenfold from the present £62.5 bn to £543 bn, and the release of the UK Civil Space Strategy, 2008-2012 and beyond, which sets out the high level visions for UK civil space activity

ESA-Missions - European Space Agency - Student Satellite Missions

esmo - Warwick European Satellite - team website)


Administration

Module Leader - ES410 MEng Group Projects (2007 - 2011)

Module Leader - ES3C6 Software Engineering (2008 - 2011)

Module Leader - ES2A2 Computer Systems (2005 - 2011)

Chair - University Appeals Committee (2007 - 2011)

Module Leader - ES316 Analogue & Digital Design (2005-6)

Director of the Warwick/ITM programme in India (2002 – 2004)

Module Leader - ES21J Analogue Design (2001 - 2004)

Member - School of Engineering International Committee (2008 - 2011)

Manager of 'Project Squared' - collaborative project between Warwick, Bradford, and Nottingham Trent universities (2002 - 2003)

Student Advisor - for the Institution of Engineering & Technology (2004 - 2011)

Convenor - Electronics Staff Student Liaison Committee (2003 - 2005)

Member - Computer Systems Engineering Steering Committee (2004 - 2006)

Overseas Recruitment (2002 - present)

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Career

2011 - Present: - Director of the Warwick University Satellite Programme

2006 - 2011: - Principal Teaching Fellow, School of Engineering, University of Warwick

2001 - 2006: - Senior Teaching Fellow, School of Engineering, University of Warwick

1999 - 2001: - Research & Development Engineer - ITP Group, Rugby, UK

Collaborative research projects/submissions in the field of optical metrology. DTI SMART Award (£320,000) - developing an optical metrology-based system for the non-contact measurement of automotive flexible tube - in collaboration with The Optical Metrology Centre, London, and Toyoda Gosei Fluid Systems UK Ltd. Patent registered Sept. 2000.

1991 - 1999: - Senior Lecturer in Electronic Systems - Coventry University

Lecturing in electronics, digital systems, and engineering design. Staff member of Machine Vision Research Group - development of partnerships and facilities in pursuit of Medical Imaging projects in liaison with Walsgrave Hospitals, Coventry, and Guy's Hospital, London. Programme Manager for courses in electronic/computer engineering - responsible for management of programme team, curriculum development, quality approval, and overseas liaison with franchised course in advanced digital systems, Ruppin College, Israel.

1983 - 1990 - Chief Examiner - City & Guilds of London Institute

Electronics and Microprocessors in Automotive Engineering, Batteries & Charging Systems, Chair of Moderating Board,

1976 - 1991: - Lecturer in Industrial Electronics, City College, Coventry

Development of collaborative links, and on-site laboratory facilities at Jaguar, Courtaulds, Peugeot, and Dunlop for the design of electronic and microprocessor systems associated with their test/development programmes. Lecturer in Automotive Electronics.

1972 - 1976:- Electronics Technician, City College, Coventry

Design/build of electronic system test-rigs to incorporate fault simulation for laboratory investigation.

1967 - 1972:- Automotive Electronics Technician, British Telecom, Coventry

Electrical/Electronic system installation and maintenance on commercial fleet.

Membership of learned or professional societies:

Chartered Engineer – Engineering Council

Member of the Institution of Engineering & Technology (MIET)

Member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (MIEEE)

Member of the British Machine Vision Association

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Education

2007

PhD - University of Warwick

"The Generation of Depth Maps via Depth-from-Defocus" - Generating 3-dimensional maps from 2-dimensional images using single image acquisition, and projected structured light patterns.

1997 - 1998

MSc by Research in Medical Imaging - Coventry University

"An Improved Technique for Scaphoid Imaging" – in collaboration with Walsgrave Hospitals, Coventry, and Guy’s Hospital, London.

1995

Artificial Intelligence and Neural Networks – Open University

Project to develop a neural network system for the prediction of finish characteristics in relation to input parameters in a high-speed aluminium injection moulding process.

1984 – 1990

Open University Degree in Electronics and Science based subjects.

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Publications

 

Books:

The Generation of Depth Maps via Depth-from-Defocus, VDM-Verlag, ISBN 978-3-639-21259-4, 2010. (Obtainable via: http://www.amazon.co.uk/, http://www.librijournal.org/, http://www.barnesandnoble.com/).

Computer Systems - Hardware; Crofts W E; Compilation for course text in Second Year undergraduate degree module; Pearson Education Ltd; 2006; ISBN 1-84479-475-X

Technological Science 1 - Circuits & Systems; Crofts WE, Godfrey K; Compilation for course text in First Year undergraduate degree module; Pearson Education Ltd; 2006; ISBN 1-84479-476-8

Electrical Charge & Potential; Crofts W E; Open Learning book - published by Coventry University and sold nationally as part of an "Access to Engineering in Higher Education" course; 1991

Kirchhoff's Laws;  Crofts W E; Open Learning book - published by Coventry University and sold nationally as part of an "Access to Engineering in Higher Education" course; 1991

Capacitors in Circuits; Crofts W E; Open Learning book - published by Coventry University and sold nationally as part of an "Access to Engineering in Higher Education" course; 1991

Electromagnetic Induction; Crofts W E; Open Learning book - published by Coventry University and sold nationally as part of an "Access to Engineering in Higher Education" course; 1991

journal:

Giniotis V (70%), Hope T (10%), Crofts WE (10%), Stankunas J (10%); The Telemetric Means for 3-D Measurements; Fifth International Seminar on “Recent Research and Design Progress in Aeronautical Engineering and its Influence on Education”; Vol 7, No.2, ISSN 1648-7788, Vilnius, Lithuania; 2003; pp 35-44

Conference:

Parfitt, C.E.; Crofts W.E; Buckle R; An Adaptable Lithium-ion Battery Model, 217th Electrochemical Society Conference, Vancouver, April 2010.

 

Crofts, W.E. ; Cubillo, J.P. ; Curtis, T.A. ; Taylor, D . Seeking a Convenient Method of Improving the Diagnostic Accuracy of Scaphoid Imaging, The 4th Annual National Conference of The Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine, University of Sussex, Brighton, September 1998

Cubillo, J.P. ; Crofts, W.E. ; Curtis, T.A. ; Taylor, D . The Importance of Being Earnest in SPECT Imaging, The 4th Annual National Conference of The Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine, University of Sussex, Brighton, September 1998

Curtis, T.A. ; Crofts, W.E. ; Cubillo, J.P. ; Taylor, D. Automatic Classification of SPECT Bullseye Images, The 4th Annual National Conference of The Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine, University of Sussex, Brighton, September 1998

Crofts, W E; Project Partnerships – IPR Complexities: A Case Study; Aspects of Engineering Project Work Conference “Organising Successful Student Projects with Industry”; University of Warwick, March 2002

Crofts W E; The Management of Inter-Disciplinary Engineering Group Projects; Aspects of Engineering Project Work Conference “Managing Group Projects”; Bradford University, January 2003

 

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Contact Details

Office: WUSAT Lab D003
School of Engineering
University of Warwick
Coventry
CV4 7AL
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