Dr David Gibson
Senior Research Fellow
This page last updated on 11-Sep-2019
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, and was involved in two previous RFCS projects at CSM: M-SMARTGRID (mine power engineering) and STAMS (monitoring of flooded shafts). See the Research tab for further information.
Summary of Career History
- By training, I am a mathematician and engineer. I hold an MA degree from the University of Cambridge.
- My early career was that of an electronic hardware development engineer, familiar with SMEs and manufacturing.
- My PhD thesis, at the University of Leeds, was a study of sub-surface radio communications.
- From 2003 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.
- From 2016 I have been working on EU-funded RFCS projects at the Camborne School of Mines.
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. See the Research tab for further information.
I am also involved with BCRA's project to set up a Cave Science Centre at Poole's Cavern in Derbyshire. The facility is being designed to encourage undergraduates to undertake projects relating to cave science, climate and environment. See the External Activities tab for further information.
I am a Trustee of the British Cave Research Association (BCRA; 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. See the External Activities tab for further information.