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Communications and Navigation: Driven by Mathematics

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19:30 – 20:30 2 Dec 2013
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William Penny Theatre, AWE, Aldermaston,
Reading, RG7 4PR

Speakers: Edward Stansfield

Abstract

This talk will explain the basic principles of modern communications and navigations systems. It will first be shown how the way in which humans produce speech is exploited in the digital age, leading to today’s proliferation of mobile telephones. It will then be shown how the methods used by the early mariners have been updated in modern navigation aids to provide safer transport on land, at sea and in the air. Attention will be drawn to the fact that that although these two distinct technologies are seemingly very different, they actually require similar mathematical algorithms for their operation. The talk will finish with a short demonstration to provide some mathematical entertainment.

Speaker biography

After gaining a BSc in electrical engineering from UCL, Edward spent a summer vacation working on an aircraft blind landing system. He then studied speech recognition at Imperial College for his PhD. For the next 9 years he was in The Netherlands, working on military voice and data communications. He then joined Racal Research (now Thales) in Reading, where for more than 31 years he worked on the design and analysis of algorithms for communications, navigation and other systems. During this period, he also studied pure and applied mathematics for his BA from the Open University. Now retired, he continues to be active as an IMA Councillor and a Visiting Professor at Reading University in the School of Systems Engineering. He is a Chartered Engineer, Mathematician and Scientist.

Coffee from 7pm.

The theatre entrance can be found on the A340 Basingstoke to Newbury road, just before the Heath End Roundabout at Tadley.

Event type: Lecture/Talk
Organised by: IOP: London South East Branch and IMA
Contact details: E-mail iop.lectures@awe.co.uk for further information

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William Penny Theatre, AWE, Aldermaston,
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