Nottingham Trent University

With expertise in sophisticated feature extraction procedures and development of software involving fuzzy logic algorithms the University is well placed to develop the accelerometers and software needed to interpret vibrations from bee hives to provide the beekeeping industry with a predictive tool for bee management.

Martin Bencsik
Swarmonitor Project Technical Manager

Martin Bencsik

Martin Bencsik is a reader in physics at Nottingham Trent University. Martin obtained a master's in theoretical physics in Lyon, France, a PhD in Physics from University of Nottingham in 1999 followed by a period of postdoctoral research on Magnetic Resonance Imaging also at Nottingham University. In 2003 he joined the Nottingham Trent University as a lecturer in physics. Martin's research focuses on novel applications of Magnetic Resonance Imaging and more recently on bioacoustics, including honey bee colony condition monitoring.

Mike Newton

Mike Newton

Dr Michael Newton is Reader in Experimental Physics at Nottingham Trent University. He has over 25 years of research experience into sensors and measurement systems including quartz crystal microbalances, surface acoustic wave devices and magnetic resonance sensors. He has also researched extensively on highly water repellent surfaces and developed a range of public understanding of science activities on 'superhydrophobicity' which can be found at He is co-investigator at Nottingham Trent University on the Swarmonitor project and is involved in the day-to-day development of the Swarmonitor electronics.

David Whittaker

Following an undergraduate degree in Physics with Computational Physics from Lancaster University, David obtained a Masters in Applied Radiation Physics from Birmingham University before spending time in the commercial and industrial sectors. He then returned to academia to complete a PhD in Laser-Plasma interactions at the University of York. He was based in Europe for his first postdoctoral position concerned with reducing the temporal duration of plasma-based so-called x-ray lasers whilst boosting their power, during which time he provided an explanation of why only Lorentzian and not Gaussian broadening (the latter through the Doppler effect) of plasma spectral lines had ever been observed experimentally in such devices. Returning to York, he worked on modelling the interaction of ultra-short, extremely powerful bursts of x-ray free-electron laser radiation with solid matter. Before joining Swarmonitor he had never been stung by a bee (but that was soon to change).

Catherine Procter

Catherine is a Research Assistant at Nottingham Trent University. She has a master's degree in embedded systems from the University of Leicester. Catherine is involved with the development of Swarmonitor electronics and embedded software.