James Richard Goodwin

TCS Associate, University of the West of England

SEA, Systems Engineering and Assessment Ltd,
SEA House
PO Box 800, Bristol BS16 1SU

Email: James.Goodwin@sea.co.uk



Research Interests

Currently involved in the development of a test-bed for Intelligent System Architectures. This encompasses ideas from Software, Robotic and Biological systems.

Main Areas of research and interest are:

  • Intelligent System Architectures

  • Vehicle Dynamics

  • Specifically Model Helicopter Dynamics

  • Application of Biological TechnologyPlanetary Landing Systems

  • UAVs (Uninhabited Air Vehicles)

  • UUVs (Uninhabited Underwater Vehicles)

  • Application of Engineering to Medicine and the benefit of the environment



"MPhil/PhD, "A Generic Architecture for Autonomous Landing Systems""

MPhil/PhD University of the West of England 2002-Present.




Date of Birth: 12 August 1978

Nationality: British

Website: http://jamesrichardgoodwin.tripod.com



2002-Present University of the West of England MPhil/PhD.

“A Generic Architecture for Autonomous Landing Systems”

1996-2000 University of Sheffield Grade 2.1. MEng Systems and Control Engineering. Graduated July 19th 2000.

Subjects studied include: Engineering Mathematics, Mechanics, Professional Skills in Engineering, Modelling, Simulation and Control System Design, System Technologies, Digital Systems, Software Engineering, Hydraulics & Pneumatics, Management skills, Computer Control, Real-Time System Design, State-Space Design, System Identification, Fuzzy Logic, Robust Control, Non-linear Systems, Information Planning and Management, Intelligent Systems, Discrete Event Systems, Robot Technology, Pattern Recognition, Image Processing, Medical Engineering, Adaptive Control. Research Projects: Digital Signal Processing and Control Relating to Patient Fitness Tests. Investigating the behaviour of physiological variables, such as heart rate, blood pressure, respiration rate, in athletes, who normally undergo endurance tests using a fitness bicycle. The project also involves designing a strategy, based on Fuzzy Logic theory, which will enable one to control the profiles of the various workloads these volunteers may be subjected.

1994-1996 Malbank Sixth Form Centre, Nantwich, Cheshire

3 ‘A’ Levels - Pure and Applied Mathematics (A) Computing (A) Physics (B)

1989-1994 Shavington High School, Shavington, Cheshire 9 GCSEs

Grades A* - C (including English and Maths) RSA, Word Processing Level 1



2002 - Present Associate Project Manager, SEA ltd, Bristol, UK · Full life-cycle support for the development of autonomous systems and unmanned vehicles.

Apr-Jul 2001 Database Administration, Argus Telecommunications, Sydney, Australia · Lotus notes database administration for communications links throughout NSW.

Oct-Dec 2000 Data Analysis, HIH Insurance Ltd, Melbourne, Australia · Data Entry for insurance applications through Gen+ and Connect + · Validation and correction of policies for new computer system

Summer 2000 Systems Engineer. BAE Systems Advanced Technology Centres, Chelmsford. · Radar Research and DSP using Matlab.

Summer 1999 Volunteer Research Scientist. Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece, Crete. · Monitoring and public relations work

Summer 1999 Systems Engineer. DERA, Farnborough, UK. · Propulsion Technology Research into thrust estimation and FADEC production. · Use of Fuzzy toolbox and DSPACE for engine control.

1997-1998 Student Union tour guide, University of Sheffield · Organising guided tours for groups of 20 prospective students. · Informal discussion groups, question and answer sessions.

Summer 1997 Photographer (Part Time), Bailey’s Photographs, Ocean City, Maryland, USA · Developing and Processing of film, stock control · Served the public, answered enquiries

1996-1997 Computer Department Technician, Malbank School, Nantwich, Cheshire · Maintenance of Computer Hardware/ Network Links · General Clerical Work assisting teaching staff



Sheffield University Mappin Award. Award for Engineering Success. ·

Engineering Council. Yearly Bursary for University Career

Malbank Sixth Form ‘A’ Level Computing Award · Iain Thomasson Science and Technology Award, Awarded at Shavington School



University of Sheffield Officer Training Core (Division of the TA). Organise Leadership, Teamwork and Military Training for University Undergraduates. Awarded MTQ 1 (Military Training Qualification) in Spring 1998.

Course Representative for the Department of Automatic and Control Systems Engineering. It is my responsibility that the various teaching committees hear the feelings of undergraduates. Course Reps are also members of the Academic council.

Canoeing standard BCU 2* (British Canoe Union).

Open water diving.

Laser dinghy racing



Competent in using Matlab (+Toolboxes), Simulink, DSPACE , Borland C++, Topspeed, Netscape, Microsoft Word, Excel and related software. Also experience using UNIX, VAX/VMS, WindowsNT/95/98, Linux, Visual C++, Lotus notes, Gen+, Connect +.