About us

The University of Birmingham has been active in the field of underwater sensors for over 100 years. Documented evidence shows our academics attempted to detect submarine-like objects in the local reservoir during the First World War (1914-1918). During the Second World War (1939-1945), they developed spectrum analysers as fitments to passive sonar systems on British vessels.

Our group builds on this past work. Today, our group focuses on both underwater and underground sensors. Applications for our research include tagging electrical power cables and detecting the extent of tree roots in urban environments.

Common characteristics of our team include:

  • A genuine love of science, physics, engineering, touching-real-things, building things and getting their hands dirty.
  • Highly self-motivated and do not need someone to tell them what to do.
  • Chaotically messy, but very efficient desks.
  • Enjoyment of teaching and being with young people.
  • Fulfilling private lives, often with a focus on helping others. Within our team we have a Departmental First Aider; St. John’s Ambulance volunteer; and a Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO) on-site inspection team volunteer.