Software, Web Design

Why Designing This Website Took 5 Years

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Personal branding is hard. Like, really hard. I’ve been trying to come up with a personal website since around 2010 (although I guess in 2010 I would’ve just had a few crappy websites, a non-functioning version of lawyer guy and some nice pictures of Welsh rocks). Regardless, I thought it would be a bit of fun to look through all of the past attempts at personal branding and personal websites, what led me to the one I’m on, and the logic behind it.

Posted December 4, 2016

Physics, Software

Releasing FFEA

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FFEA is a biophysics simulation package designed to simulate large, complex biomolecules. It had been in internal use at Leeds for a few years (mostly for simulations of the motor protein Dynein), but the team wanted to release it as free software, in the hope that it would be used for other molecules as well. This article details my role in cleaning up the FFEA codebase, developing a Python API, and adding some much-needed features for data visualisation.

Posted October 1, 2016

Music

Fake Christ Teardrop Girl LED Star

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Fake Christ Teardrop Girl LED Star is my first album, released in mid-2016. It’s inspired by chiptune, demoscene and early synth music. It was written very, very sporadically between 2009 (2 years after I began writing music) and 2016. You can download and listen to it for free!

Posted June 25, 2016

Physics, Software

Will It Bend?

 

That is the question. A look at using bleeding-edge simulation techniques to understand the inhibition behaviour of Myosin-VII. I gave this presentation as part of my undergraduate final project in early 2016. It’s aimed at people who are familiar with basic physics concepts, but not biology or biophysics. You can find more technical information about the project here (LINK).

Posted May 18, 2016

Physics, Software

Coarse-grained Simulations of Myosin-VII Inhibition using FFEA

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Myosin-VII is part of the Myosin family of motor proteins. It has a key role in the operation of biological structures in the eye and inner ear. Unfortunately, the dynamics of Myosin-VII and its inhibition are poorly-understood. This article details my use of FFEA (Fluctuating Finite Element Analysis), a coarse-grained continuum simulation package, to model the motion of Myosin-VII, and understand its inhibition behaviour.

Posted February 16, 2016

Engineering, Software

Developing Better Tools for LCD Quality Control

Designing modules to house LCD screens is a surprisingly tricky and labour-intensive process. The tiniest error in the measurements or assembly can result in a pattern of light-and-dark patches on the screen, known as ‘mura’. How do you know if you’ve got it right? In this article, I’ll be taking a look at my experiences of developing software to analyse the uniformity of light produced by LCD screens, using nothing more than consumer-grade digital cameras and Python.

Posted September 28, 2015

Engineering, Physics

The Physics and Thermal Characterisation of Sharp LEDs

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As you probably know, halogen light bulbs are incandescent: they produce light as a side effect of being heated up. Conversely, LEDs are semiconductor devices, and prolonged heat can be very damaging to them. LED devices tend to be cooled in a similar way to computer CPUs – using a thermal interface (like thermal paste) a heatsink, and sometimes a fan as well. However, the effectiveness of these cooling methods can vary wildly, depending on the operational limits of the LED and the type of thermal interface being used. In this article, I’ll discuss the experimental methods I designed to characterise the thermal performance of LEDs using a variety of cooling methods.

Posted September 3, 2015

Engineering, Software

The Sharp Colour Science Tool

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One of my responsibilities at Sharp was testing and analysing the type and quality of light produced by LED devices using an integrating sphere. I developed a graphical tool in Python that would automatically interpret spectral power distributions, read metadata from files, compute a large variety of colour metrics, and automatically generate PDF reports.

Posted September 3, 2015

Writing

Memories for Sale

A short story I wrote in 2015 that can be loosely classified as speculative fiction. The story is about a man who sells his memories for money. You can also find this story on Reddit’s ‘nosleep’ forum.

Posted June 18, 2015

Engineering, Software, Web Design

Information Engineering

 

I gave this presentation at the STFC in Harwell and at ARUP in London as part of the Engineering Development Trust’s ‘Future Industry Leaders Award’ competition. Although I didn’t win, I was offered a job as a result, which makes me feel better about not winning. This presentation focuses on how to design user experiences (UX) for highly technical websites, and why it’s important to do so.

Posted May 18, 2015