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Dr Tim Drysdale

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Senior Lecturer (Engineering/Electronics)
  • Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • School of Engineering & Innovation
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Professional biography

Timothy D. Drysdale graduated with his Ph.D. degree (2003) in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He was awarded a Royal Society of Edinburgh & Scottish Executive Personal Research Fellowship in 2004, which he took at the University of Glasgow, and was appointed as a lecturer in 2006. In 2015, he joined the Open University in Milton Keynes as a senior lecturer.

Teaching interests

Academic lead for the £1.5M openEngineering Lab. Tim is pioneering the use of peer-to-peer video techniques to give instant lag-free interaction with remote laboratory equipment, from a web browser, anywhere in the world, without having to download any software.

Academic lead on the two new electronics courses T212 and T312 that are a flavour for the general engineering degree Q65. T212 goes live in October 2017, and is titled 'sensors, logic and actuators'



Impact and engagement

Tim presented 'The beautiful equations' at Orkney International Science Festival in Kirkwall, Sept 2016. The trip was funded by OU Scotland. You can use the interactive simulator here:

Tim presented the opening talk at the UK open source hardware users' group event 'Wuthering Bytes' at Hebden Bridge, Sept 2016, discussing progress with LabRTC, an open source version of his remote laboratory software.

Tim presented progress with the openEngineering Lab at National Instrument's annual international conference NI Week 2016 in Austin, Texas, including a live demo of a link back to his lab in Milton Keynes.

On behalf of the University of Glasgow team, Tim received an NMI Award for a programme of joint industry-academic research with Freescale Semiconductor Ltd, in 2012.

Tim gave the Isambard Kingdom Brunel Award Lecture at the British Science Festival in Aberdeen 2012, speaking on the ethics and technology of seeing through clothes (using terahertz technology).

Tim was a finalist in the Air NZ New Zealander of the Year in 2007, following his exhibition on Superhuman Vision at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition in London and Glasgow in 2006, as well as special one-off event in Buckingham Palace 'Science Day'. 

External collaborations

Collaborations producing papers in 2016:

Ben Allen, University of Oxford and Network Rail

Johanna Virkki, Tampere University of Technology, Dan Harrison & Dene Taylor, IIMAK USA.

Clement Vourch, Monageng Kgwadi, University of Glasgow

Georgios Maniatis, Trevor Hoey, University of Glasgow


Visiting Associate Professor, City University of Hong Kong, Sept 2014.

Departmental Seminar, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, December 2014.

Research Activity

Externally funded projects

MALTS: Multiple Antenna Line-of-sight radio link testbed for Transport Systems

RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Lead19/Sep/201631/Mar/2017Department for Transport
1.1 The Transport Technology Research Innovation Grant (T-TRIG) is a scheme that enables the Department for Transport (DfT) to fully fund early-stage research projects in support of innovative ideas or concepts that facilitate a better transport system. 1.2 The scheme will fund research into a wide-range of novel and innovative solutions that use science, engineering and technology to advance the UK’s transport system. The purpose of T-TRIG is to stimulate ideas in transport technology and systems, encourage innovations, and support the advancement of technology-based transport products, processes and services. Funded projects may also have wider benefits for the Department, such as developing the evidence base for policies or informing decision-making. 1.3 T-TRIG will provide 100% funding and is open to micro, small and medium-sized businesses, academia and other organisations, to support research projects which could lead to enabling a safe, and efficient transport system. 1.4 The DfT is looking to explore and exploit technology, capabilities and knowledge that will address transport problems/issues and move transport forward in the UK. One way that we are approaching this is through delivery of short, sharp and potentially ambitious projects that are capable of delivering tangible benefits. 1.5 The Science and Research Division within the Department is running this competition. The division’s role is to support the Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) in raising the quality and use of analysis and research.


Prototype for multidisciplinary research in the context of the Internet of Things (2017-01-15)
López-Benítez, Miguel; Drysdale, Timothy D.; Hadfield, Simon and Maricar, Mohamed Ismaeel
Journal of Network & Computer Applications, 78 (pp. 146-161)
Possibilities of Fabricating Copper-based RFID Tags with Photonic-sintered Inkjet Printing and Thermal Transfer Printing (2017)
Rizwan, Muhammad; Adhur Kutty, Ajith; Kgwadi, Monageng; Drysdale, Timothy D.; Sydänheimo, Lauri; Ukkonen, Leena and Virkki, Johanna
IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters ((Early Access))
Performance comparison of inkjet and thermal transfer printed passive ultra-high-frequency radio-frequency identification tags (2016-11-24)
Kgwadi, Monageng; Rizwan, Muhammad; Adhur Kutty, Ajith; Virkki, Johanna; Ukkonen, Leena and Drysdale, Timothy D.
IET Microwaves, Antennas & Propagation, 10(14) (pp. 1507-1514)
Planar millimetre-wave antenna simultaneously producing four orbital angular momentum modes and associated multi-element receiver array (2016-11-19)
Vourch, Clement J.; Allen, B. and Drysdale, Timothy D.
IET Microwaves, Antennas & Propagation, 10(14) (pp. 1492-1499)
V-band Bull's eye antenna for multiple discretely steerable beams (2016-02-19)
Vourch, Clement J. and Drysdale, Timothy D.
IET Microwaves, Antennas & Propagation, 10(3) (pp. 318-325)
Diode-switched thermal-transfer printed antenna on flexible substrate (2016-02-01)
Kgwadi, M. and Drysdale, T. D.
Electronics Letters, 52(4) (pp. 258-260)
Nanoantenna enhancement for telecom-wavelength superconducting single photon detectors (2015-01-09)
Heath, Robert M.; Tanner, Michael G.; Drysdale, Timothy D.; Miki, Shigehito; Giannini, Vincenzo; Maier, Stefan A. and Hadfield, Robert H.
Nano Letters, 15(2) (pp. 819-822)
Rapid, energy-efficient synthesis of the layered carbide, Al4C3 (2015-01-01)
Kennedy, Jennifer L.; Drysdale, Timothy and Gregory, Duncan H.
Green Chemistry, 17(1) (pp. 285-290)
V-band Bull's eye antenna for CubeSat applications (2014-06-18)
Vourch, C. J. and Drysdale, T. D.
IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, 13 (pp. 1092-1095)
Multi-Spectral Materials: Hybridisation of Optical Plasmonic Filters and a Terahertz Metamaterial Absorber (2014-02-14)
McCrindle, Iain J. H.; Grant, James; Drysdale, Timothy D. and Cumming, David R. S.
Advanced Optical Materials, 2(2) (pp. 149-153)

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