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Amin Amiri

Amin Amiri profile

Ph.D TITLE

Landmine, IED, UXO Detection using Ground Penetrating Radar from an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

FIRST DEGREE

MEng in Electronic Engineering with Communications Engineering - University College London

PREVIOUS JOBS

Summer Internship at London Centre Nanotechnology (LCN): Data acquisition and monitoring of semiconductor devices

Summer work at London Zoo: Design of a multi-channel logging device for Komodo dragons UVB exposure

I'M ORIGINALLY FROM...

Hamadan, Iran

WHY I APPLIED TO THE SECURITY SCIENCE DTC

The Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) programme has been welcomed by leading scientists in the field of multidisciplinary research. Because of the nature of problems and their multi dimensionality aspects, one may gain the fundamental multidisciplinary and translational skills to provide dynamic solutions in the emerging area of Security and Crime Science. I look forward to train my research aspirations, undertake strategic and coherent research and bring about expertise in academia and industry.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

There are over 100 million undetected terrestrial landmines scattered in approximately 70 countries including Europe. 70 people are injured every day of which 90% of the victims are civilians. There are emerging threats from more sophisticated explosive devices such as Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) and Unexploded Ordnance (UXO), which tend to diminish the entire fabric of society. The overall political and legal framework covered by several treaties and conventions emphasise in eliminating explosive devices including IED and Landmines around the world, therefore a global effort in a multidisciplinary manner is required to address this issue. This ranges from improving quality of the information on the threat and its impact, developing new survey and clearance procedures and deploying better equipment including improved sensors.

My research aims at investigating the use of Multi Frequency Ground Penetrating Radar (MFGPR) with Software Defined Radio (SDR) technique for detection of surface and buried explosive devices in different environmental conditions. The use of multi frequency radar with reconfigurable antenna elements allows the system to perform wide area scanning as well as high resolution imaging for classification. In addition, the system is to be mounted on an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for a contactless remote sensing in aggressive media as well as rapid and mobile surveying. Therefore the hardware design must be compact, lightweight and low power consumption. Furthermore, the Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) antenna configuration on the UAV will enable the MFGPR to adapt to surrounding environment such as earth conditions and inhomogeneity, target size and shape.

WHAT I DO WHEN I'M NOT STUDYING

I love travelling and adventure and like to explore different cultures. I also enjoy reading on history, universe and to exercise, I practice archery,running and martial arts.

MY CAREER ASPIRATIONS

Being from engineering background I always look forward to place theory and designs into practice. I would like to further my knowledge and explore different disciplines, contributing scientifically to my areas of interest.

WHAT KIND OF PARTNER ORGANISATION I'D LIKE TO WORK WITH AND WHAT I'D LIKE FROM THEM

I would like to work with industries and companies that are willing to provide support and expertise. Their collaboration and co-supervision to ensure the validity and reliability of my research would be valued.

LIST OF PUBLICATIONS

1) Amin Amiri et al, "Development of a Quadrocopter UAV for Surveillance and Monitoring", National Instruments 2010

2) Amin Amiri, Kin Fai Tong, Kevin Chetty, “Reconfigurable Multiband Patch Antenna for Ground Penetrating Radar Applications”, International Conference on Electromagnetics in Advanced Applications, IEEE APCW, September 2012

3) Amin Amiri, Kin Fai Tong, Kevin Chetty, “Feasibility study of multi-frequency Ground Penetrating Radar for rotary UAV platforms”, IET Radar, International conference on radar systems, October 2012

CONFERENCES ATTENDED

• The annual European Security Research Conference
• Global Security Challenges annual conference
• National Instruments annual conference
• IET conferences
• UCL Security and Crime Research Network Conference