Andrew Markham

Computer Scientist and Engineer

I grew up in Zimbabwe before completing my Bsc and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. I have been working for the past 10 years in the Cyber Physical Systems group at the University of Oxford, firstly as a postdoc and more recently as an associate professor. I am motivated by seemingly impossible problems that typically involve some aspect of sensing or measurement. For example, how can we find out where a badger is if it is underground and GPS does not work? How can we make sure that workers on a construction site are safe? Do lions have unique roars? How can a robot move around without crashing into things or people? The solution to these and many other problems involves making new physical sensing systems (the engineering part) and developing new algorithms (the science part). I am fortunate to work with some very smart people, both within Computer Science and in different disciplines, ranging from Zoology to Earth Sciences.