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Biography

I joined the School of Engineering and Applied Science as a lecturer in February 2017, having previously held the position of lecturer at Birmingham City University and Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise fellow at the University of Bristol.

I started my research career at the University of Bristol by developing novel high-speed and high-resolution timing instruments for Quantum Key Distribution systems being developed (the “cheap and cheerful” BB84 system and the reference frame independent system that was developed in conjunction with Nokia). This work has now been taken further and is progressing towards a more multi-purpose timing system and the development of novel applications.

Currently open to supervising PhD students in the following topics:

  • Photon counting instrumentation and applications.
  • Internet of Things and Wireless Sensor networks.
  • Hardware random number generation.

 

Research Interests

Novel Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) based instrumentation (primarily photon counting), time-to-digital converters, LiDAR, Quantum Key Distribution and The Internet of Things.

Teaching Activity

  • Module leader - EE2EDP (Electronics Group Design Project) - 2017 to 2019.
  • Module leader - EE3IOT/EE4IOT (Internet of Things) - 2017 to present.
  • Module leader - EE3AES (Advanced Embedded Systems) - 2020 onwards.
  • Project supervision - EE3PRJ/EE4PRJ (Final Year Project) - 2017 to present.

Administrative Roles

  • FInal year tutor for all EAS EEPE programs.

Qualifications

  • PGCert in learning and teaching in higher education with distinction (2017) , Aston University.
  • Entrepreneurial training "Ignite" (2015), Cambridge Judge Business School.
  • PhD "Flexible precision timing instrumentation and Quantum Key Distribution" (2014), University of Bristol.
  • MSc "Communication Systems and Signal Processing" (2007), University of Bristol.
  • BSc "Computing and Electronics" (2006), University of Central England.

Funding Applications and Awards

  • “NeXt Generation of Time to Digital Converters – NXGTDC” (2019), Attract project (H2020).
  • “Low cost multichannel time tag technology” (2017), UK Quantum Technology Hub (QuantIC).
  • “Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Fellowship” (2014). Was awarded based upon the photon counting instruments developed during my PhD.

Awards

  • Staff-Student partnership Academic Award (2019), Aston University Student Union.
  • “Precision event timing for today and tomorrow” (2014), awarded by Bristol University Research and Enterprise Development (RED). 3rd prize, awarded funds and support.
  • Texas Instruments European Analog Design Contest (2013). Team member of a group representing the University of Bristol in a project titled "Automotive anti-collision lidar". The project ranked No. 12 out of 200+ submissions. The prize of €1000 was donated to cancer research UK.

Contact Details

Phone number: +44 (0)121 204 4402

Email: r.nock@aston.ac.uk

Room number:NW409

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Flexible precision timing instrumentation and Quantum Key Distribution, University of Bristol

Award Date: 17 Jul 2014

MSc, Communications and Signal Processing, University of Bristol

Award Date: 23 Nov 2007

BSc, Computing and Electronics, Birmingham City University

Award Date: 14 Jun 2006

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