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Dr Gareth Kennedy

Honorary Senior Lecturer

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Dr Kennedy is a Principal Engineer at the Mining Research and Development Centre, SIMTARS part of the Queensland Government, Australia, and is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Camborne School of Mines (CSM), University of Exeter. Previously, he was a Lecturer in Mining Engineering at CSM from 2008 - 2014. His main research interests are in underground wireless communications, instrumentation for improving mine safety, mining automation, electricity demand reduction strategies for mining operations, and energy management technology for domestic and industrial use. 


PREVIOUS PROJECTS

RFCS M-SMARTGRID (Smart Grid for Mining) - Lead scientific investigator for RFCS funded project. Research topics include: develop electrical demand response and management system for coal operations, satellite borehole development for grid expansion (secondary use including ventilation improvement), fully automated electrical control system including emergency response. This is a collaborative project with several other partners from across Europe.

RFCS LOWCARB (Low carbon mine site energy initiatives): Project lead/coordinator for ~€4m European Commission funded RFCS project, involving nine partners across Europe, set out to reduce the net carbon effect of coal mining operations on the environment. Our partners included universities, companies and coal-related research institutions from the UK, Poland, Spain and Slovenia. Initiatives include, demand side management/reduction strategies, on-site methane utilisation for electricity generation and compressed air energy storage (CAES). See the LOWCARB Website, and the Energy for Mining pages for further information. The published final report is available from the EU Bookshop.

Mines Rescue Service Ltd, UK. Contract research project around researching instrumentation for improving mine safety including fire detection, and further work on enhancing underground wireless tracking/location technology.

PhD Supervision:

Demand Reduction and Responsive Strategies for Underground Mining – Completed 2014 (Principle Supervisor)

Concepts in Coalmine Ventilation: Development of the VamTurBurner© for Extraction of Thermal Energy from Underground Ventilation Air Methane – Completed 2014 (Principle Supervisor)

An intelligent, fast-acquisition remote sensing system for locating and measuring burial of subsea power and telecommunication cables – Due to be completed 2015 (External Supervisor, Collaborative project with University of Plymouth)


ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering, first class, University of Hertfordshire, 2002.
PhD 'High resilience wireless mesh networking characteristics and safety applications within underground mines', CSM, University of Exeter, 2006.


PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS

Member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (MIET)
Master of the Camborne School of Mines (MCSM)
Committee member of the IET Devon and Cornwall Local Network
Organising committee member: 35th International Conference of Safety in Mines Research Institutes


PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

2014-date: Honorary Senior Lecturer, Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter.
2014-date: Principal Engineer, Mining Research and Development Centre, Simtars, Queensland Government, Australia.
2008-2014: Lecturer, Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter.
2005-2008: Project Manager, Mines Rescue Service Ltd
2000-2002: Electronic Design Engineer, Home Office (UK Government, Police Scientific Development Branch)


PUBLICATIONS

Bedford M.D and Kennedy G.A. (2014) Modeling Microwave Propagation in Natural Caves Passages. IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, 62(12) p. 6463-6471.

Kennedy G.A. and Bedford M.D. (2014) Underground Wireless Networking: A Performance Evaluation of Communication Standards for Tunnelling and Mining. Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology, 43, p.157-170.

Williams N., Kennedy G., Foster P. (2013) Electrical demand reduction and response strategies for underground mining, In: 23rd World Mining Congress, Montreal, 12th - 14th Aug 2013.

Cluff D.L., Kennedy G. & Bennett J.G. (2013) Capturing Energy from Ventilation Air Methane, In: 23rd World Mining Congress, Montreal, 12th - 14th Aug 2013.

Bennett J, Kennedy G, Foster PJ, Williams N, Cluff D, Clifford T. (2013) Low Carbon Coal Mining - A Contradiction or an Opportunity, In: 23rd World Mining Congress, Montreal, 12th - 14th Aug 2013.

Bedford M.D and Kennedy G.A. (2013) Long Range Wireless Links for Mines Rescue Communications. In: Proceedings of the 35th International Conference of Safety in Mines Research Institutes, 15-17 October, London, United Kingdom.

Szyrowski T, Sharma SK, Sutton R, Kennedy GA. (2013) Developments in subsea power and telecommunication cables detection – Part 1: visual and hydroacoustic tracking, Part 2 – Electromagnetic detection. Underwater Technology, 31 (3), p. 123-143.

Bedford M.D and Kennedy G.A. (2012) Evaluation of ZigBee (IEEE 802.15.4) Time-of-Flight-Based Distance Measurement for Application in Emergency Underground Navigation. IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, 60 (5), p. 2502-2510.

Kennedy G.A., Bedford M.D., Foster P. and Jones B. (2011) Underground tracking and positioning techniques using wireless mesh networking technology. In: Proceedings of the 34th International Conference of Safety in Mines Research Institutes, 7-10 December, New Delhi India.

Kennedy G.A., Bedford, M.D. and Jobling, S. (2011) Early-warning detection of fires in coal mines using POC sensors and merged visual-IR imaging technology. In: Proceedings of the 34th International Conference of Safety in Mines Research Institutes, 7-10 December, New Delhi India.

Kennedy G.A., Foster P.J., Faulks C.I., Brenkley D., Bedford M.D. and Gibson D. (2007) Improving underground mine safety with high resilience wireless mesh smart sensor networks. In: Proceedings of the 32nd International Conference of Safety in Mines Research Institutes, 27-29 September, Beijing, China.

Kennedy G.A. and Foster P.J (2006) High Resilience Networks and Microwave Propagation in Underground Mines. In: European Conference on Wireless Technology (ECWT 06), 10-12 September, Manchester, UK, p.193-196.

Foster P.J., Jobling-Purser J., Kennedy G. and Wetherelt A. (2005) Underground Void Visualization using a Low-cost Automated ROV. In: Proceedings of the 31st Biennial International Conference of Safety in Mines Research Institutes. Brisbane, Australia, p.285-288.

Kennedy G.A. and Foster P.J. (2005) Low-power Wireless Mesh Networks in Underground Mining. AusIMM Bulletin, March/April, p 60 – 67.

Kennedy G.A., Foster P.J. and Luke S.P. (2004) Low-power Wireless Mesh Networks in Underground Mining. In: Proceedings of the JKMRC International Student Conference 2004. Brisbane, Australia, p.361-365.