I used to be a Senior Research Associate in the Digital Technology Group of the Computer Laboratory, but am now the Founder and CEO of Focal Point Positioning. I'm also a Bye Fellow of Queens' College, Cambridge, a Fellow of Royal Institute of Navigation (RIN), Associate Editor of the RIN journal, and a Chartered Physicist.
Previously I was a Principal Scientist at BAE Systems where I developed technologies such as the NAVSOP suite of positioning systems. I was also the real life Q, according to Top Gear magazine at least....
I hold three degrees in Physics from the University of Cambridge, including a PhD in the Effects of Multipath Interference on Radio Positioning Systems.
In 2015 I was awarded the Samuel Burka award from the Institute of Navigation.
My research during my time at the computer lab concentrated on Infrastructure-free Indoor Positioning,
Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping (SLAM), and Improvements to Smartphone Sensing.
My further interests include: Navigation using Signals of Opportunity, GPS-denied Navigation, Machine Learning, Digital Signal Processing, Computer Vision, Sensor Fusion,Wireless Security, Software-Defined Radio, and Autonomy.
- Infrastructure-free indoor positioning on a standard smartphone using SLAM and opportunistic sensing
- Reducing the computational load of smartphone SLAM schemes
- Gait recognition
- Fusing Pedestrian Dead Reckoning and strapdown processing for low-cost, high-accuracy indoor navigation and sensing
- The impact of Bluetooth Low Energy on indoor positioning
- An all-smartphone UAV
- Solutions to the E911 problem
I supervise seven courses for Computer Science students at Queens' College.
Cambridge CB3 9ET
Phone: +44 1223 769361
Email: rmf25 [at] cl.cam.ac.uk