Research Interests

Robin Aspey is a Research Scientist with the Saudi Aramco-KAUST Marine Research project within the Red Sea Research Center. His work involves data analysis for HF radars and development of new instrument concepts, platforms and sensors.

Selected Publications

  • Reverse Glacier Motion during Iceberg Calving and the Cause of Glacial Earthquakes
    T.Murray, M.Nettles, N.Selmes, L.M.Cathles, J.C.Burton, T.D.James, S.Edwards, I.Martin, T....
    Accepted JGR . Science 17 Jul 2015: Vol. 349, Issue 6245, pp. 305-308. DOI: 10.1..., (2015)
  • A High-Resolution Sensor Network for Monitoring Glacier Dynamics
    I.Martin, T. O’Farrell, R.Aspey, S. Edwards, T. Murray, I. Rutt, P. Loskot, N.Selmes, S.Be...
    IEEE Sensors Journal,Manuscript No. Sensors-9780 , (2014)
  • LabVIEW Graphical User Interface for Precision Multi-channel Alignment of Raman Lidar at JPL Table Mountain Facilit...
    R.A.Aspey, I.S.McDermid, T.Leblanc, D.Walsh & J.W.Howe
    Review of Scientific Instruments, 79 (1), (2008)
  • First year operation of a new water vapor Raman lidar at Table Mountain Observatory, California
    T.Leblanc, I.S.McDermid, R.A.Aspey
    J. Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, (2008)
  • New Raman Water vapor and Temperature Lidar at JPL Table Mountain Facility: Optimization, Validations, Sonde and GS...
    R.A.Aspey, I.S.McDermid, T.Leblanc, T.D.Walsh , J.W.Howe
    SPIE Lidar technologies, techniques, and measurements for atmospheric remote sen..., (2006)
  • Multi-Wavelength Sensing of Smoke using a Polychromatic LED: Mie Extinction Characterization using HLS Analysis
    R.A.Aspey, K.J.Brazier & J.W.Spencer
    IEEE Sensors Journal. Vol. 5, No. 5, pg 1050-1056 , (2005)
  • Anatomy of cirrus clouds: Research from the Emerald airborne campaigns
    J.Whiteway, C.Cook, M.Gallagher, T.Choularton, J.Harries, P.Connolly, R.Busen, K.Bower, M....
    Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 31, L24102, (2004)
  • Optical Sensing of Smoke using a Polychromatic LED: Combustion Material Identification using Chromatic Processing
    R.A.Aspey, K.J.Brazier , J.W.Spencer
    Sensor Review SR Vol. 24, Issue 2, (2004)
  • In-Situ Optical Sensing of Diesel Exhaust Particulates using a Polychromatic LED
    R.A.Aspey , K.J.Brazier
    Measurement Science and Technology, (2003)
  • Linearization of Chromatic Change in a Polychromatic Current Transformer
    R.A.Aspey, K.J.Brazier K.J., G.D.Li , J.W.Spencer
    IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, Vol. 18, No. 1, (2003)

Education Profile

  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering and Electronics, The University of Liverpool, UK, 2001
  • MSc., with Distinction in  Microelectronics and Information Engineering, Liverpool Polytechnic and Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory, UK, 1993 
  • B.Eng. with Distinction in Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Completed MSc direct from 3rd year instead of Hons year, Liverpool Polytechnic, 1990

Professional Profile

  • ​2015-Present: Research Scientist, Instrumentation, Sensors and Control Systems, Red Sea Research Center, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2014: Visiting Fellow, The University of Sheffield, Communications Research Group, Sheffield, UK
  • 2011-2014: Research Associate, The University of Sheffield, Communications Research Group, Sheffield, UK
  • 2008-2011: Experimental Officer, Electronics, Control Systems and Instrumentation, The University of Liverpool, UK
  • 2007: Research Scientist, NOAA Center for Remote Sensing Science and Technology
  • 2005-2007: Caltech/JPL Research Fellow, NASA JET Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, USA
  • 2003-2004: PPARC Instrument Technologist/Research Associate, Astronomical Instrumentation Group, Durham University, UK
  • 2001-2003: Research Associate, The University of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK
  • 2000-2001: Senior Research Assistant, The University of Liverpool, UK
  • 1995-1996: Research Assistant, The University of Liverpool, UK


Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • ​Member of American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • Fellow of Royal Astronomical Society (F.R.A.S)
  • Geophysics and Astronomy group membership
  • Member of Institute of Physics (M.Inst.P)


  • Visiting Fellow, University of Sheffield ,2013-2014
  • NASA Space Act Board Award, NPO 45012, "Labview GUI for Raman Lidar Alignment" ,2012
  • Caltech Postdoctoral Scholar/Research Fellow, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, CA, 2005-2007
  • Jack Hollingum award for best paper, Sensor Review, 2005


KAUST Affiliations

  • ​Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)
  • Division of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE)