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Dr Craig Warren

Assistant Professor

Department: Mechanical and Construction Engineering

I joined Northumbria University in 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 Institution of Civil Engineers (FICE), Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (FHEA), Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (MIMechE), and Member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG).

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

Craig Warren

Campus Address

117 Wynne Jones Building



0191 227 3633

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.

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • 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

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • 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

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • 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

Dimitrios Angelis Wide Angle Reflection and Refraction Methods for Ground Penetrating Radar Start Date: 01/10/2018 End Date: 24/02/2023

  • 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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