AMANDA MATTHES

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I am a PhD candidate at the University of Oxford with the AIMS CDT. I have an undergraduate degree in physics from the University of Heidelberg, where I wrote my thesis on superscalar out-of-order processors.
I am currently working on SnapperGPS, a small, low-cost, low-power GNSS location tracking system, specifically developed for wildlife tracking. My supervisor is Prof Alex Rogers.

SnapperGPS (in development)

SnapperGPS

SnapperGPS is an archival location tracking system, co-developed with Jonas Beuchert and Prof Alex Rogers. It comprises a small, low-cost, low-power data logger and a web application that is used to configure the device and handles the post-processing of the data. SnapperGPS achieves real-world accuracies of 10m - 20m and can run for over ten years on a coin cell. Despite its name, SnapperGPS actually uses multiple global navigation satellite systems (GNSS), not just GPS. It also uses Galileo and BeiDou.

SnapperGPS

In 2021 SnapperGPS was deployed on nesting loggerhead sea turtles in Cape Verde. Currently, a SnapperGPS variant is being trialled on Manx Shearwaters in Wales and Northern Ireland.

Loggerhead sea turtle (Cape Verde) Manx Shearwater (Skomer)

Follow the project on Twitter for updates. We are hoping to release a version later this year.

BSc Thesis: Exploiting Instruction Level Parallelism

Superscalar out-of-order execution has become the norm in modern processors. Yet there is little information in the literature about its implementation details. This thesis explores what new hardware structures superscalar out-of-order execution requires. It presents a design for a simple processor, implemented in SystemVerilog, that uses register renaming, reservation stations and a reorder buffer to dynamically schedule instructions.

You can access the whole thesis text here.

Updates

Date News
05/2022 Deploying SnapperGPS with Manx Shearwaters on Skomer, Wales.
03/2022 Giving a talk at the International Sea Turtle Symposium (ISTS) about tracking nesting sea turtles with SnapperGSP.
12/2021 Our SnapperGPS work is featured on the cover of the 2021 Winter edition of Inspired Research, the twice-yearly newsletter published by the Department of Computer Science at University of Oxford.
08/2021 On fieldwork in Cape Verde. Here to track endangered loggerhead sea turtles with FMB.
05/2021 I am now the Arts & Culture Officer of the Keble College MCR.
05/2021 Voted in as the new Novice Captain of the Powerlifting Club!
02/2021 This term, I will be hosting our Wednesday talks for the Physics Society.
11/2020 Jonas Beuchert and I won 2nd place at the local ActInSpace innovation contest.
09/2020 The OU Physics Society is part of the inaugural Varsity Sci.
07/2020 Began my second mini-project with Alex Rogers on Snapshot GPS receivers.
04/2020 Began a 10-week project with the Satellite Applications Catapult.
03/2020 I am now the new Publicity Officer for the Oxford University Physics Society!
10/2019 Started my 4-year PhD at the University of Oxford with the AIMS CDT.
08/2019 Went to QuID 2019, a summer school on quantum information at the ETH Zurich.
07/2019 Started working at the CERN data centre as part of their Summer Student programme.
06/2019 Defended my BSc thesis on superscalar out-of-order processing.


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