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Dr Craig Warren

Senior Lecturer

Department: Mechanical and Construction Engineering

I joined Northumbria University in June 2017 following 7 years at The University of Edinburgh in which I held teaching and research roles. 

I hold degrees in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (BEng (Hons), 2003), and Civil Engineering (Ph.D., 2009) from The University of Edinburgh.

I have a specific interest in computational modelling and optimisation of electromagnetic (EM) sensing systems, such as Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR).

I am lead developer of open-source software - gprMax - which simulates electromagnetic wave propagation. It is the most widely used software for modelling GPR, and is also used for a diverse range of other applications in industry and academia.

I was a workgroup project leader in COST Action TU1208 “Civil Engineering Applications of GPR”.

I am a Chartered Engineer (CEng), Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (FHEA), and a member of both the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), and the Institution of Engineering Technology (IET).

I am also a petrol-head and wannabe rock drummer.

Craig Warren

Campus Address

117 Wynne Jones Building

0191 227 3633

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

I carry out fundamental and applied research on sensing technologies for infrastructure and geophysical applications. I have specific interests in computational modelling and optimisation of electromagnetic (EM) sensing systems, and am lead developer of gprMax – one of the most widely used simulation tools for EM subsurface modelling.

I also have research interests in the fields of engineering education and technology enhanced learning.

Key Publications

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  • Realistic FDTD GPR antenna models optimized using a novel linear/nonlinear Full-Waveform Inversion, Giannakis, I., Giannopoulos, A., Warren, C. Mar 2019, In: IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing
  • A Machine Learning-Based Fast-Forward Solver for Ground Penetrating Radar With Application to Full-Waveform Inversion, Giannakis, I., Giannopoulos, A., Warren, C. Jul 2019, In: IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing
  • A CUDA-based GPU engine for gprMax: open source FDTD electromagnetic simulation software, Warren, C., Giannopoulos, A., Gray, A., Giannakis, I., Patterson, A., Wetter, L., Hamrah, A. 1 Apr 2019, In: Computer Physics Communications
  • A Huygens subgridding approach for efficient modelling of Ground Penetrating Radar using the Finite-Difference Time-Domain method, Hartley, J., Giannopoulos, A., Warren, C. 23 Aug 2018, 2018 17th International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar, GPR 2018, IEEE
  • gprMax: Open source software to simulate electromagnetic wave propagation for ground penetrating radar, Warren, C., Giannopoulos, A., Giannakis, I. 8 Sep 2016, In: Computer Physics Communications

Current and Recent Projects

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  • Development of a new product that enables landmines and other underground anomalies to be easily and safely located and identified, Warren, C. (Principal Investigator), Newcastle Gateshead Initiative, 01/05/19 - 30/09/19, £10,633.00
  • Infrastructure assessment using AI: a machine learning framework for the full waveform inversion of microwave sensing data, Warren, C. (Principal Investigator), The Royal Society, 01/03/19 - 29/02/20, £9,850.00
  • Fast track consultancy - Ground Penetrating Radar simulations of snow pack densities”, Warren, C. (Principal Investigator), Avametrix LLC, 15/10/18 - 09/11/18, £2,657.00

Professional Activity

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  • Visiting an external academic institution: Jülich Research Centre 2017
  • Invited talk: Numerical modelling of Ground Penetrating Radar using the gprMax Finite-Difference Time-Domain simulator 2016
  • Membership of network: COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) (External organisation) 2014
  • Membership of council: Institution of Mechanical Engineers (External organisation) 2013
  • Membership of council: The Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) (External organisation) 2011

PGR Supervision

Dimitrios Angelis Wide Angle Reflection and Refraction Methods for Ground Penetrating Radar Start Date: 01/10/2018


  • Education PGCert May 01 2014
  • Civil Engineering PhD December 01 2009
  • Engineering BEng (Hons) June 01 2003
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy FHEA 2014
  • Chartered Engineer CEng 2014

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