Curriculum Vitae (CV)
I am a telecommunications and IT systems specialist with an undergraduate Diploma in Electrical Engineering (telecom major), and a M.A.Sc. and Ph.D., both in wireless digital communications. I have over 10 years industrial experience in systems for advanced wireless applications.
Since December 2010 I have held a full-time role with a leading independent ships management company. As a member of the Technical Department, and recently as Head of the Electrical Engineering team, my duties encompass all things electronic automation, ICT, telecom-munications, radio navigation and telemetry for energy optimization.
Between September 2006 and July 2010 I lead the systems engineering effort and managed the development of wireless RFICs, for broadband (MIMO) and microwave back-haul (SISO) systems, for an RF design services & IP provider. This resulted in two successful chips, one for wireless HDTV transmission in the home under the WHDI standard, and one for fully integrated microwave-link transceivers. During these years I also served as the company-customer interface, managing interaction and chairing face-to-face meetings.
My involvement between 1998 and 2006 had been in state of the art wireless topics such as WiFi (IEEE 802.11 wireless LAN), WiMax (IEEE 802.16 wireless MAN) and BlueTooth (IEEE 802.15 wireless PAN), both as senior design engineer and as group manager.
Even though I do not hold a major in Computer Science, my working knowledge and experience of computing and networking is of the highest level, through involvement with computers and TCP/IP networks reaching back to mid 1990 and the infancy of the Internet and the World Wide Web as we know it today.
Since 2003 I have been regularly contracted by the European Commission as external consultant, and in particular as expert evaluator of projects submitted for funding under the EU 6th & 7th Framework Programme (FP6, FP7), in the Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) research programme. I currently maintain an active presence in ongoing project review teams.
Here you may find my detailed CV in PDF format, as well as my European Language Passport also in PDF format. My Ph.D. dissertation is also available on-line in HTML abstract or full PDF format. For contact information, please click on the business card above to magnify, or find me on LinkedIn
Free/Libre/Open Source Software (FLOSS)
I have been active in the Open Source movement since the end of 1990, contributing to GNU/Linux - its flag-ship operating system - and to core components such as the X-Windows system (or X11) pioneered by MIT, as well as writing stand-alone applications and utilities for solving problems ranging from generation of publication-quality scientific and 3-D visualization plots, to dial-up Internet connection control and management of multiple ISP accounts and associated call charges.
X-ISP is a visual, X11/XForms based, user-friendly interface to pppd/chat, i.e. a dialup TCP/IP tool with an X11 interface. It is also a small ISP and phone company (PTT) database manager, and a dialup costs and usage logging/statistics tool. It provides maximum feedback from dialing and login phases on a message browser, versatility in interrupting a call in progress, a manual login terminal window, as well as call-back and per-ISP DNS selection capabilities. While nearly obsolete today in a broadband-access dominated world, X-ISP had been featured in two Linux Journal, articles, in the December 1998 and December 1999 issues. For more details go to the official X-ISP site.
xmailbox started out as an enhancement to xbiff, the traditional visual mail-checking application included with even the earliest versions of the X-Windows system. In an early version it was included in the contributed applications and utilities of the X11R6 official distribution. In its present form it supports animation and a multitude of sound subsystems such as the NCD NAS server, the rplay sound server, the standard audio driver for SUN Sparc computers, Linux and FreeBSD audio drivers, and external sound players. xmailbox had been featured in the October 1995 issue of the Linux Gazette.
Xaw3D is a three-dimensional version of Xaw, the X11 widgets from MIT project Athena. A drop-in replacement in most architectures supporting shared libraries, it adds Motif® look-and-feel to the otherwise visually unappealing Xaw library. Having contributed extensively with functional and visual enhancements to the original code, I have been listed in Xaw3D's official group of authors.
My involvement with Unix & X11 since 1989 and Linux since 1992, and in particular my contribution to the the X-Windows system, continues to be rewarded with a complimentary developer's copy of the SuSE (now openSuSE) Linux distribution each time a new version is released, ever since November 1995.
Between 1991 and mid 1994 I served as President of the Amateur Radio Society (ARS) at the University of British Columbia. The UBC ARS is a non-profit, student organization governed by UBC's Alma Mater Society, with a mission to divulge Amateur Radio as a hobby to students, faculty, staff and the community. During these four years we greatly increased student membership, successfully completed ambitious infrastructure projects (radio repeaters in the 144/440 MHz bands, auto-tracking 144/440 MHz satellite station, experimental high-speed wireless digital links in the 220/440 MHz bands), and published two preparatory course books on obtaining an Amateur Radio Operator certificate, while augmenting the already very successful weekend courses offered for those planning to take certification exams. The two text-books ("Amateur Radio Basic Qualification Manual" & "Amateur Radio Advanced Qualification Manual" - of which I am a co-author) together with the weekend courses have since been the major source of income for the Society.
I have been awarded Advanced Theory and Morse Code certificates in Canada, where I am a licensed amateur radio operator and hold the call-sign VE7HDB. Since October 2010 I have also been assigned the Greek reciprocal call-sign SV0XCB.