Dr Nicholas Lawrence

Dr Nicholas Lawrence
 Position Postdoctoral Researcher - Visiting Scholar
 Org Unit School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
 Email nicholas.lawrence@adelaide.edu.au
 Telephone +61 8 8313 4707
 Mobile +61 4 5873 1096
 Location Floor/Room 3 28 ,  Ingkarni Wardli ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background

    With an extensive background in engineering and science, I demonstrate adaptability, whether in a team environment, or working alone. This aptitude is best demonstrated by my recent success in doctoral studies conducted at the University of Adelaide, Australia. My scientific output has been rewarded in the form of collaborative research with the Defence, Science and Technology Group (DSTG), a branch of the Australian Ministry of Defence. 

    Engineering/Scientific Keywords: Electrical and Electronic Engineering, RF/Microwave, Millimeter-Wave, Linear High Power, Amplifiers, Antennas, 5G Applications, Internet of Things (IoT), MIMO, Satellite Communications, Polarisation Techniques, Tri-orthogonal Polarisation, Wideband Design, Optical Fibre Networks, Distributed Optical Fibre Sensing, Brillouin Sensing, Passive Radar, Clutter Mitigation.

    General Keywords: Engineering, Science, Sales & Marketing, Civil Engineering, Project Manager, Residential Construction

    Avec plusieurs années d’expérience dans l’ingénierie et les sciences, je fais preuve d’adaptabilité, que ce soit en équipe, ou travaillant seul. Cette adaptabilité est bien démontrée par mon succès récent en études doctorales à l’Université d’Adelaïde, Australie. Grâce à ma recherche, je collabore avec le Groupe de Défense, Science et Technologie (DSTG), une filiale du Ministère de la Défense Australien. 

    Mots clés (ingénierie/science): Ingénierie Électrique et Électronique, RF/Micro-ondes, Haute Puissance Linéaire, Amplificateurs, Antennes, Applications de 5G, Internet des Objets (IoT), Communications par Satellite, MIMO, Techniques de Polarisation, Polarisation Tri-Orthogonale, Ultra Large Bande, Fibres Optiques, Détection Distribuée de Signaux Optiques, Détection à l’Effet Brillouin, Détection par Radar Passif, Méthodes Avancées d'Atténuation d'Interférence de Fouillis.

    Mots clés (généraux): Ingénierie, Science, Vente & Marketing, Ingénierie Civile, Chef de Projet, Construction Résidentielle

  • Qualifications

    (2013-2017) University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia.  PhD Electrical and Electronic Engineering

    ‘Tri-Orthogonal Polarisation Diverse Communications’. Awarded Dean’s commendation for doctoral thesis excellence.  

    (2003-2004) University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK.  Postgraduate Certificate of Teaching (PGCE) in Secondary Science.

    (2000-2002) Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC), University of Southampton, Southampton, UK. MPhil Optical Fibre Engineering

    ‘Microwave Detection Techniques Applied to Temperature and Strain Sensing of Optical Fibres’.

    (1997-99) Chichester College of Arts, Science & Technology, Chichester, UK. Diploma in French Translation, Institute of Linguists (level: BA degree).

    (1996-97) University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK. MSc Microwave Solid State Physics, Distinction

    Industrial project at Electrical Research Association (now Cobham plc), Leatherhead, UK: ‘Design of Hybrid Circuits Using Coplanar Waveguide’.

    (1995-96) Chichester College of Arts, Science & Technology, Chichester, UK.  Advanced (A)-level in French.

    (1992-1995) University of Leicester, Leicester, UK. BSc (Hons) Physics

    Final year project: ‘Characteristics of Semiconductors at Extremes of Temperature’.

    (1988-1991) Chichester High School for Boys, Chichester, UK. Advanced (A)-level in Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science

    General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, French, Spanish, English Language, English Literature, Business Studies, Design & Technology, Computer Science. 

    Additional: DELF B1 (Nov 2016) (writing 84%, reading 100%, speaking 94%, listening 88%: Overall 91.5%)

    DELF C2 (Nov 2018) (reading & writing 84%, speaking & listening 92%: Overall: 88%) 

    (2013-2017) Université d’Adelaïde, Adelaïde, Australie.  Ph.D., Études Doctorales en Ingénierie Électrique  et Électronique,

    ‘Communications Utilisant La Diversité de Polarisation Tri-Orthogonale’. Thèse conférée avec recommandation pour excellence en thèse doctorale.  

    (2003-2004) Université de Portsmouth, Portsmouth, Royaume-Uni.  PGCE Secondary Science, (équivalent CAPES-Science).

    (2000-2002) ORC (Centre de la Recherche en Optoélectronique), Université de Southampton, Southampton, Royaume-Uni. MPhil, Maîtrise de Recherche en Physique Appliquée,

    ‘Une Technique de Détection aux Hyperfréquences Appliquée aux Mesures de Température et de Tension le Long d’une Fibre Optique’. 

    (1997-99) Chichester College of Arts, Science & Technology, Chichester, Royaume-Uni. Diplôme de Traduction en Français, Institut des Linguistes (niveau: Licence).

    (1996-97) Université de Portsmouth, Portsmouth, Royaume-Uni.  MSc, Maîtrise en Physique de l’Etat Solide aux Hyperfréquences, Mention Excellente,

    Projet industriel: ‘La Conception des Circuits Hybrides à Ligne Coplanaire’.

    (1992-1995) Université de Leicester, Leicester, Royaume-Uni. BSc (Hons), Licence en Physique avec Mention,

    Projet: ‘Les Caractéristiques des Semi-conducteurs aux Extrèmes de Température’.  

    (1988-1991) Chichester High School for Boys, Chichester, Royaume-Uni.  A-levels et GCSEs (équivalence: Baccalauréat Scientifique, Mention Assez Bien).

    Divers: DELF B1 (Nov 2016) (Écrit: production 84%, compréhension 100%; Oral: production 94%, compréhension 88%. Note finale: 91.5%)

    DELF C2 (Nov 2018) (Écrit (production et compréhension) 84%; Oral (production et compréhension) 92%; Note finale: 88%)
     

  • Awards & Achievements

    • Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence, PhD Electrical and Electronic Engineering, ‘Tri-Orthogonal Polarisation Diverse Communications’, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia, (2017)
    • Australian Postgraduate Award (APA), (2013)
    • Chartered Engineer (CEng) Status, (2004)
    • Chartered Linguist (MCIL), (2000)
  • Teaching Interests

    Physics in Secondary (High) School. How to avoid pupils switching off in this subject, often perceived as the most complicated of the traditional school sciences.

  • Research Interests

    Antennas, Signal Processing, Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO), Polarisation Techniques, 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), Satellites (LEO), Novel Materials and Uses, Complex Systems

  • Publications

    Lawrence N. P., Ng B. W. H., Hansen H. J. and Abbott D., "5G Terrestrial Networks: Mobility and Coverage—Solution in Three Dimensions," IEEE Access, vol. 5, no. , pp. 8064-8093, 2017. doi: 10.1109/ACCESS.2017.2693375 

    Lawrence, N. P., Fumeaux, C. and Abbott, D., ”Planar slot antenna with circular and vertical polarization diversity,” Microwave and Optical Technology Letters, 2017.

    Lawrence, N. P., Fumeaux, C., Abbott, D., ”Planar tri-orthogonal diversity slot antenna,” IEEE Transactions on Antenna and Propagation, vol. 65, no. 2, 2016. doi: 10.1109/TAP.2016.2647719

    Lawrence, N. P., Hansen, H., Abbott, D., ”Tri-orthogonal polarization diversity reception for nongeosynchronous satellite orbit ionospheric channels,” International Journal of Satellite Communications and Networking, 2016. doi: 10.1002/sat.1203

    Lawrence, N. P., Fumeaux, C. and Abbott, D., ”Wideband substrate-integrated monopole antenna,” Microwave and Optical Technology Letters, 58(8), pp. 1855– 1857, 2016. doi: 10.1002/mop.29925

    Lawrence, N. P., Hansen, H. and Abbott, D., ”Triorthogonal polarization diversity for 5G networks,” Transactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies, 2016, pp. 992–999. doi: 10.1002/ett.3042

    Lawrence, N. P., Ng, B. W.-H., Hansen, H. J. and Abbott, D., ”Analysis of millimetre-wave polarization diverse multiple-input multiple-output capacity,” Royal Society Open Science, vol. 2, no. 12, art. no. 150322, 2015. doi: 10.1098/rsos.150322

    Lawrence, N. P., Hansen, H. J. and Abbott, D., ”3-D low earth orbit vector estimation of Faraday rotation and path delay,” IEEE Access, vol. 3, pp. 1684–1694, 2015. doi: 10.1109/ACCESS.2015.2479247

    Alahbabi, M., Lawrence, N., Cho, Y. T. and Newson, T. P., ”High spatial resolution microwave detection system for Brillouin-based distributed temperature and strain sensors,” Measurement Science and Technology, 2004. doi: 10.1088/09570233/15/8/019

    Lawrence, N. P., Hansen, H. J. and Abbott, D., ”Implications of polarization impurity on diversity for 5G networks,” 2016 41st International Conference on Infrared, Millimeter, and Terahertz waves (IRMMW-THz), Copenhagen, 2016, pp. 1-2. doi: 10.1109/IRMMW-THz.2016.7758493

    N. P. Lawrence, B. W. -. Ng, H. J. Hansen and D. Abbott, "Analysis of millimeter-wave polarization diverse MIMO capacity," 2014 39th International Conference on Infrared, Millimeter, and Terahertz waves (IRMMW-THz), Tucson, AZ, 2014, pp. 1-2. doi: 10.1109/IRMMW-THz.2014.6956121

    N. P. Lawrence, B. W. -. Ng, H. J. Hansen and D. Abbott, "Analysis of polarization diversity at terahertz frequencies," 2014 39th International Conference on Infrared, Millimeter, and Terahertz waves (IRMMW-THz), Tucson, AZ, 2014, pp. 1-2. doi: 10.1109/IRMMW-THz.2014.6956120

    N. Lawrence, L. M. Davis and D. Haley, "A polarimetric line-of-sight channel model for MIMO satellite communications," 2013 Australian Communications Theory Workshop (AusCTW), Adelaide, SA, 2013, pp. 99-104.
    doi: 10.1109/AusCTW.2013.6510052

    Alahbabi, M., Lawrence, N., Cho, Y.T. and Newson, T.P., "High spatial resolution microwave detection system for long range Brillouin-based distributed sensors," 2003, 16th International Conference on Optical Fiber Sensors (OFS-16) 16th International Conference on Optical Fiber Sensors (OFS-16). 13 - 17 Oct 2003, https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/41622/

  • Professional Associations

    Member of Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET) since 2004

    Chartered Engineer (Engineering Council) (CEng) since 2004

    Member of Chartered Institute of Linguists (MCIL) (expired) 

  • Professional Interests

    Science and Engineering. I have an expansive view of these two topics, and enjoy throwing myself into things that challenge perspectives. My professional profile, which demonstrates some of my interests, is given below:

    Postdoctoral Researcher, (Feb 2017-Present), University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia. Projects working in collaboration with Defence, Science and Technology Group (DSTG) for research into confidential novel secure RF/microwave systems and applications, as well as university-based collaboration on industrial projects.

    Researcher, (2011-2012), Institute for Telecommunications Research (ITR), University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia. Research into MIMO antenna systems and applications.

    Project Manager, (Sept 2005-Nov 2010), Dordogne, France. Residential building construction and renovation services, including complete electrical installation according to NF C 15-100 regulations.  

    Secondary (High) School Teacher (Sept 2004-July 2005) City of Portsmouth Girls School, Portsmouth, UK. Delivery of secondary science key stages 2 and 3 modules.

    RF/Microwave Engineer, (Oct 2003-Sept 2005), RFPA SA, Bordeaux, France.  Development of COFDM digital systems and RF linear power amplifier designs.

    RF/Microwave Engineer, (Aug 2002-Oct 2003), Wood & Douglas, Baughurst, UK.  Development of COFDM and DVB-T systems destined for BBC Formula One televisual coverage. Worked principally on 1.9-2.7GHz filter designs as well as power linearisation techniques and linear power amplifier designs to 24GHz. 

    RF/Microwave Engineer, (Apr 1998-Sept 2000), Milmega, Ryde, UK.  Design, production and characterisation of linear high power amplifiers destined for mobile telephone intermodulation characterisation and UK defence applications. Amplifiers ranged from 80MHz-10.5GHz and 300mW to 500W. Frequent use of French language required.

    Temporary Sales and Marketing Representative, (Apr 1996-Sept 1996), Zeneca Agrochemicals, Fernhurst, UK.  Northern and Eastern Europe office. Demand forecasting and supply chain allocation of agrochemical products. Frequent use of French language required.

    Civil and Coastal Engineer, (Sep 1995-Apr 1996), Lawrence & Davies Construction, Chichester, UK. Civil engineering works including sea defence implementation for local government.

    Chercheur scientifique, (02/2017-Présent), Université d’Adelaïde, Adelaïde, Australie. Recherche collaborative et confidentielle pour le DSTG (Groupe de Défense, Science et Technologie faisant partie du Ministère de la Défense Australien) dans des systèmes et applications de pointe aux hyperfréquences, aussi bien que la recherche collaborative universitaire sur des projets industriels.

    Chercheur, (2011-2012), ITR (Institut des Recherches en Télécommunications), Université d’Australie Méridionale, Adelaïde, Australie. Recherche aux antennes et aux applications <<entrées multiples, sorties multiples>> (MIMO).

    Chef de projet indépendant, (09/2005-10/2010), Dordogne, 24340, France. Constructions résidentielles et de rénovation, comprenant des installations électriques complètes conformant à la norme NF C 15-100.

    Professeur de science, (09/2004-07/2005), City of Portsmouth Girls School, Portsmouth, Royaume-Uni Enseignement de modules de science destinés aux élèves de 11-16 ans.

    Ingénieur électronique aux hyperfréquences, (10/2003-09/2005), RFPA, Bordeaux, France. Développement des systèmes de liaison numérique COFDM et des amplificateurs de puissance linéaire.

    Ingénieur électronique aux hyperfréquences, (08/2002-10/2003), Wood & Douglas, Baughurst, Hampshire, Royaume-Uni.  Développement des systèmes de liaison numérique destinés au marché télévisuel. Ce travail a consisté à développer des composants de 1.9GHz à 2.7GHz afin de les intégrer dans des systèmes DVB-T et COFDM. D’autres travaux ont consisté à développer des systèmes linéaires jusqu’à 24GHz. 

    Ingénieur électronique aux hyperfréquences, (04/1998-09/2000), Milmega, Ryde, Royaume-Uni.  Conception, production et caractérisation de nombreux amplificateurs linéaires de puissance de 80MHz à 10.5GHz et de 300mW à 500W. Ce poste a nécessité une utilisation fréquente du Français. 

    Représentant de vente, (04/1996-09/1996), Zeneca Agrochemicals, Fernhurst, Royaume-Uni.  Prévision et distribution de produits agrochimiques pour la région de l’Europe de l’Est et du Nord. Un usage fréquent du Français était essentiel.

    Ingénieur civil, (07/1995-04/1996), Lawrence & Davies Construction, Chichester, Royaume-Uni. Ingénierie civile côtière comprenant la construction de digues le long de la côte sud du Royaume-Uni.

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