Dr Nicholas Caldwell joined the Engineering Department in 1995 as a Research Student, eventually transforming into a Research Associate in 1998. Since October 2005, he has been working as a freelance web developer for Mitchell Web Design, a web solutions consultancy, and as a freelance writer/editor.
He remains a research collaborator with the Scientific Imaging Group and the Computer Vision and Robotics Group of the Machine Intelligence Laboratory in the fields of electron microscopy, applied artificial intelligence, web-based and educational technologies.
Dr Caldwell graduated in 1994 in Computer Science at Trinity College, Cambridge, and in 1998 gained a PhD in Engineering on the topic of "Knowledge-Based Engineering for the Scanning Electron Microscope". He continued his doctoral research as a Research Associate under Dr David Holburn and Bernie Breton, with funding from LEO Electron Microscopy and the Isaac Newton Trust, to develop knowledge-based systems to diagnose and achieve optimal performance from scanning electron microscopes.
From 1998 to 2000, he worked with the Engineering Design Centre to develop web-based tools (such as WebCADET, a decision support and knowledge management system)) to support design research. In this, he was assisting Dr Paul Rodgers (formerly of the Engineering Design Centre, now a Reader at Napier University) and Dr Avon Huxor (of the University of Middlesex).
From 2000 until its disbandment in May 2004, he was a member of the Multimedia Group. He assisted with the development of the Department's undergraduate prospectus in both paper and electronic formats. He was responsible as either lead supervisor or co-supervisor for all the fourth-year undergraduate engineering students who undertook final-year projects for the Multimedia Group in the areas of virtual lecture course development and information dissemination via emergent communications technologies. He also acted in an editorial capacity for the group's publications.
From 2004 until the expiry of his contract, he worked as a developer on the CMI-funded Online Tutor project, which aims to support the teaching of programming languages via practicals.
During his University career, he supervised many final-year engineering students, and is a software demonstrator for the second-year Engineering Integrated Design Project, MATLAB and C++ Computing practicals. He remains active as a mentor of doctoral students.