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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

Qualifications

  • Education PGCert Academic Practice (University Teaching) May 01 2014
  • Civil Engineering PhD Numerical modelling of high-frequency Ground Penetrating Radar antennas December 01 2009
  • Engineering BEng (Hons) Electrical and Mechanical Engineering June 01 2003
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy FHEA 2014
  • Chartered Engineer CEng 2014

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. 31 Jan 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, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
  • 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

Professional Activity

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  • Visiting an external academic institution: Research Centre Julich (FZJ) 20171127
  • Invited talk: Numerical modelling of Ground Penetrating Radar using the gprMax Finite-Difference Time-Domain simulator 20161025
  • Membership of network: COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) (External organisation) 201421

Current and Recent Projects

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  • Infrastructure assessment using AI: a machine learning framework for the full waveform inversion of microwave sensing data, Warren, C., 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., Avametrix LLC, 15/10/18 - 09/11/18, £6,200.00

PGR Supervision

Dimitrios Angelis Start: 01/10/2018


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