Dr Josh Robertson
I am a Lecturer in the School of Energy and Electronic Engineering. I also organise Student Voice, Personal Tutorials and assist the Student-led societies in running events over the year.
From Kent originally, I studied my BEng degree in Computer Systems Engineering with a foundation year at the University of Kent. After I completed my A-Levels I was unsure what I wanted to do next and I ended up meeting some friends from my part-time job work who studied at university. After exploring campus for the first time I decided to put an application in through UCAS.
During my time as an undergraduate, I joined many societies such as Snowboarding, Rowing and LGBT groups. I also worked part-time in the campus shop, as a university ambassador, a subject tutor to A-level students and eventually in the university sports centre.
I helped to establish an Electronics Society at the University of Kent where I was active in creating and promoting events such as workshops, guest speakers and electronic-based projects.
My third-year dissertation looked at the characteristics of a swipe gesture against a signature. This eventually led into a stronger desire to study biometrics and to applying to continue studies as a PhD student.
Throughout my PhD studies, I had opportunities to present at conferences in countries like Hong Kong and visit Purdue university in Indiana US to collaborate with projects within my area.
I teach on several modules within the school with a focus on programming languages and electronic skills. For Engineering & Technology studies, I am the Module coordinator for Electrical Engineering and I also teach Google Script in the Computing for Engineers module. First-year students on the Electronic Engineering based courses will see me as the Module coordinator for Introduction to Programming and Algorithms. I also supervise a number of third-year projects based around smart products, biometrics and information processing.
My research interests lie in biometrics and human-system interaction. My PhD focuses on assessing interactions within border control scenarios, but generally, the principle of creating and applying frameworks to identify and automatically analyse interactions is a key area. More recently I have begun supervising research in the area of prosthetic limbs and illusionary feedback.