Position: Senior Lecturer Field: Optics, time-of-flight 3D-cameras Organisation: University of Waikato
Dr Adrian Dorrington was attracted to studying science because of his interest in electronics and fibre optics, which led him to complete his PhD in optics. His background in electronics meant that he approached problems from a different perspective than other people in his field, with a creative approach when it came to solutions.
In his PhD, Adrian looked at the use of LiDARs (light detection and ranging), which operate in a similar way to radars but measure the properties of light to find out information about distant targets.
After completion of his PhD at the University of Waikato, Adrian continued to work in New Zealand for a few years before taking up postdoctoral research position at the NASA Langley Research Centre, where he was involved in the use of lasers for photogrammetry – a technique used to describe and measure the physical properties of an object in a three-dimensional space. He worked in a team that used this technology to help predict the behaviour of lightweight, inflatable space structures.
After this, Adrian returned to the University of Waikato where he is currently researching time-of-flight range 3D cameras).
It is clear that Adrian has a love for optical physics and research and will no doubt continue to make improvements to the concepts of applied physics.
This article is based on information current in 2012.