Dr David Gibson

Senior Research Fellow


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From July 2017, I have been working on a three-year research project funded by the European Commission's Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS) to investigate "Information Driven Incident Response" (Project name: INDIRES). The objective is to enable critical information to be gathered during a serious mining incident, without reliance on a mine's fixed power or communication network, to aid personnel rescue and mine safety. My main role is to investigate resilient forms of through-rock radio data communication using novel antenna structures and mesh networks. I have been at the Camborne School of Mines since January 2016, working on two previous RFCS projects, M-SMARTGRID (mine power engineering) and STAMS (monitoring of flooded shafts).

Career History

By training, I am a mathematician and engineer. My career has been that of an electronic hardware development engineer, familiar with SMEs and manufacturing. My PhD thesis was a study of sub-surface radio communications. From 2003 to 2013 I was a research project manager at the UK’s Mines Rescue Service (MRSL). During this time, MRSL contributed to 19 research projects, most of them funded by the European Commission’s Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS). I contributed to some 14 of these, with a significant contribution to seven. I am now working on RFCS projects at the Camborne School of Mines.

Research Interests

My research interests are centred around sub-surface radio communications although, for various reasons, through-rock radio is not usually a high priority in the mining world. I am interested in applying the principles to sub-sea work and I have some ideas on non-conventional radio antennas for LF radio.

Other Activities

I am a Trustee of the British Cave Research Association (a registered charity) and am currently its secretary. Previous posts in BCRA have included administrator of its research fund, editor of its magazine, Speleology; and the technical editor of the journal of its Cave Radio & Electronics Group.


The list of publications includes a selection of the many articles I have written for the CREG Journal. To see a full list of my CREG articles, you can use my search engine by clicking here.