Curriculum Vitæ

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James Mardell PhD DIC MEng ACGI


United Kingdom


+44 (0)79 4167 7691




  • Information Engineering PhD DIC, Imperial College London, 2009–2014

    Thesis Title

    Assisting Search & Rescue through Visual Attention


    To locate a lost individual in the wilderness, an unmanned aerial vehicle is flown to provide a live camera view of the terrain. Through the use of several user-experience experiments involving eye-tracking technology, a series of presentation methods that exploit the human visual system were developed and documented. The eye-movement data was ruthlessly analysed.


    Python, R, MySQL, UNIX, C, UX, Visualisation, Human–Computer Interaction, Shell Scripting

  • Information Systems Engineering MEng, Imperial College London, 2005–2009

    Key Modules

    Artificial Intelligence, Computer Architecture, Computer Graphics, Digital Systems Design, Human–Computer Interaction and Software Engineering

    Project Title

    Search & Rescue: how can eye-gaze assist in a rescue scenario?


    MEng & ACGI—Second Class Honours (Upper Division)

  • Further & Secondary Education


    St. Mary’s Catholic School, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire

    4 A-Levels

    Art (grade B), Physics (B), Mathematics (B), and Chemistry (D)

    10 GCSEs

    Grades A–C: including Mathematics (grade A), Double Science (AA), English Language (B) and English Literature (A)

Work Experience

  • Research Associate, Circuits & Systems Research Group, Imperial College London, 2013–2014

    Managed and developed part of an ongoing European Union funded project creating an intelligent diabetes monitoring system. Represented the university at regular international meetings and collaborated with multiple consortium members of various disciplines. Developed and methodically researched a series of low-power signal filtering algorithms for the wireless physiological monitoring aspect of the project.

  • System Administrator, Circuits & Systems Research Group, Imperial College London, 2010–2012

    Maintained and documented the group's eclectic infrastructure of various Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux and Solaris servers. Helping and advising students and staff with configuration and general help-desk tasks. Liaised with the college for the procurement and configuration of additional server capacity and the relocation of existing systems. Developed and procured a custom electronic noticeboard to advertise the group to visitors and remind members of meetings and documentation updates. Trained and continue to advise my replacements.

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London, 2009–2011

    Created a two week laboratory course to teach second year undergraduates how to turn an individual microcontroller into a wireless power monitoring system, involving breadboard prototyping, embedded C programming, Python programming and wireless system debugging. In a team, the laboratory, instruction manual and assessment criteria were developed. Part of the team who taught, assessed and interviewed students for this course.

  • Internal Application Development, GlaxoSmithKline, Harlow, Essex, 2003

    Worked individually on a web-server performance monitor for the department. Involved liasing with across the international company and continually demonstrating my progress to the department and other teams.

  • Research & Development Placement, SmithKline Beecham, Harlow, Essex, 2001

    Learnt how research and development is performed in laboratories, and the importance of both security and health and safety in the workplace.


  • Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London—Head of Departments' prize for producing the best individual project, 2009

  • The Royal Academy of Engineering Prize for Technical Communication—Best Technical Report, 2006

  • Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London—Best 1st Year Group Project in Information Systems Engineering, 2006

  • Gold Crest Award—Development of a Web Server Performance Monitor, 2003

  • Bronze Crest Award—Creative Science, 1998


  • "A Comparison of Image Inspection Modes for a Visual Search and Rescue Task"—Taylor & Francis Group, Behaviour & Information Technology, 2013

  • "An Interface for Visual Inspection based on Image Segmentation"—Advanced Visual Interfaces (ACM), Capri, Italy, 2012

  • "Gaze-contingent Enhancements for a Visual Search and Rescue Task"—Applied Perception in Graphics and Visualisation (ACM), Toulouse, France, 2011

  • "The Effects of Image Speed and Overlap on Image Recognition"—Information Visualisation (IEEE), London, United Kingdom, 2011

  • "Detecting Search and Rescue Targets in Moving Aerial Images using Eye-gaze"—Communication by Gaze Interaction, Lyngby, Denmark, 2009



English (native), German (grade A at GCSE and three further years of study at university)


Proficient in both high and low level programming languages, and user-focused software engineering—particularly C, Python, Markdown, MATLAB, MySQL, shell scripting (e.g. ZSH) and LaTeX.

Highly competent with almost all operating systems and common applications—such as Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux and Mac OS X. Particuarly keen on using command-line tools.

Confident with most common development tools—such as Git, Subversion, XCode, Microsoft Visual Studio, Blender, ImageMagick, SDL and Vim.

Continually learning and expanding my skill-set—currently studying R (statistical computing), Java (for Android), Ruby on Rails and re-visiting embedded C development.

Interests and Activities


I enjoy taking architectural photographs with antique cameras. I develop and print the photographs myself using traditional techniques, and I have demonstrated my photography in several small exhibitions over the past few years.

As the Darkroom Manager of the Imperial College Union Photographic Society for two years, I maintained the darkroom (involving the procurement, storage and safe handling of photographic chemicals) and taught darkroom skills to classes and offered advice to both students and staff. I was an active member of the committee and the Media Group and still try and help to this day.


I enjoy tinkering with anything electronic, such as modifying equipment to suit my needs. I accomplish this by a mixture of coding solutions or designing and implementing hardware around micro-controllers to produce something new and easy to use. For example, my workstation currently indicates its load on an analogue dial while a LED display indicates the current Bitcoin exchange rate.