Department of Engineering and Design

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Dr Phil Birch

Post:Senior Lecturer (Engineering and Design)
Other posts:Director of Admissions and Recruitment (School of Engineering and Informatics)
 Lecturer (Industrial Informatics and Signal Processing Research Group)
Location:SHAWCROSS 2B11
Personal homepage:tafj0

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 678553
International:+44 1273 678553

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BSc (Dunelm) PhD (Dunelm) CPhys CSci

I completed a PhD at the University of Durham in 1999 on Liquid Crystal Devices in Adaptive Optics. The systems built used a various liquid crystal spatial light modulators (SLMs) to correct for phase aberrations introduced by atmospheric turbulence. This is important for astronomical imaging and free space optical communications. 

I have worked in industry developing rapid prototyping equipment, optical metrology systems and software engineering.

Since working at the University of Sussex I have been researching computer generated holograms (CGH), correlation pattern matching, and optical microscopy, as well as computer vision. I have also worked with industrial partners in image processing, object detection and tracking. I have an academic interest in locating and tracking objects in difficult images using methods such convolutional networks.

 I am a member of the IET and IOP.


UG Admissions Tutor

Community and Business

I am a member of the Sussex branch of the IET.