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Dale Mellor

Greetings, welcome to my web page.

Once I wanted to be a fire engine driver. Then I accidentally did well at some things at school, and wanted to go to university. You can't get a degree in fire engine driving, so I decided to go in for subnuclear quantum physics. I found myself spending most of my time making the big calculators work better, so after I graduated I looked to do something computational. Three years later I got my doctorate in modelling radar rainfall data, and decided I wanted to give the world the greatest forecasting system of all time. Ten years later I had gone around three loops of funding cycles, each taking me back to square one, so I went to find something commercial so that I could make a lasting visible contribution to the world.

For a time I found my place developing software implementing e-commerce based at the Amsterdam outpost of a Massachusetts company. Then the dot-com bubble burst and the company turned its toes up. Back to square one again.

And square one was the Underpinning Technologies Group of the Section for Earth Observation at the Monks Wood site of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, a research arm of the Natural Environment Research Council. They closed that down to make 200 scientists redundant and... back to square one.

Now at Surrey Satellite Technology Limited, at least working on and around satellites is interesting! Here they need my software to point antennae and track satellites across the sky, autonomously operate ground-stations, and to negotiate the error-free downloading of Earth observation images.

If I find spare time and spare energy, I hack. I hack my house, cars, computer, web server, mathematical models, science fiction... if it's hackable, I'll have a go. If it doesn't look like it belongs to me, it soon will. This page is a summary of my hacking activities, for your amusement.

If you feel compelled to comment or just to say hi, I'm at dale-at-rdmp.org (but put a proper at-sign in); if you need to speak in confidence you can encrypt with my GPG key stored on the main PGP keyservers.

Enjoy!

Programming

Painting

Crafting code's one way to relax, and get a high when it all works. However, sometimes you just have to get away from the shackles of syntax and do something freeform. Below are some of the less constrained hacks I've done...

Sometime Mellormobile, the Golden Eagle Car icon , long since deceased but not forgotten...

Pictures of a former living room. Painting this had been a great way to pass three years of dark winter Sundays...

Finished left side
(470 kB)
Finished right side
(505 kB)
Me and ship
(330 kB)
Three-corner
(440 kB)
Full wall
(100 kB)

A couple of other things from former occupations.

Stellar Fables
(4 MB)
Panashe
(45 kB)

Writing


Some notes I wrote about the time I built a card Star Trek Enterprise.

Right-angled Triangles, a book which provides an alternative approach to learning and understanding the maths of right-angled triangles.

Understanding Deaf Culture, a critical review of a book written by one Paddy Ladd.

The Bubble, a poem about deafness.

((There are some other minor warblings about deafness here.))

Mcron white paper, version 1.0, June 2003

Defenders of the Laws of Physics a fun sci-fi screenplay I wrote for television and am now releasing to the public.


Non-parametric MTB rainfall forecasting system, version 2.0, February 2003 (unfinished)

Bridges, C. P., Kenyon, S., Shaw, P., Simons, E., Visagie, L., Theodorou, T., Yeomans, B., Parsons, J., Lappas, V., Underwood, C., Jason, S., Mellor, D., Wellstead, P., Schofield, A., Linehan, R., Barrera-Ars, J., Dyer, B., Liddle, D., Sweeting, M. N. (2013)
       A Baptism of Fire: The STRaND-1 Nanosatellite.
Proceedings of the SmallSat conference, Utah.

Kenyon, S., Bridges, C. P., Liddle, D., Dyer, R., Parsons, J., Feltham, D., Taylor, R., Mellor, D., Schofield, A. and Linehan, R. (2011)
       STRaND-1: Use of a $500 Smartphone as the Central Avionics of a Nanosatellite.
Proceedings of the 62nd International Astronautical Congress

Mellor, D., Sheffield, J., O'Connell, P. E. and Metcalfe, A. V. (2000)
       A stochastic space-time rainfall forecasting system for real time flow forecasting. I. Development of MTB conditional rainfall scenario generator.
Hydrol. Earth System Sci., 4, 603-615.

Mellor, D., Sheffield, J., O'Connell, P. E. and Metcalfe, A. V. (2000)
       A stochastic space-time rainfall forecasting system for real time flow forecasting. II. Application of SHETRAN and ARNO rainfall runoff models to the Brue catchment.
Hydrol. Earth System Sci., 4, 617-626.

Mellor, D. and Metcalfe, A. V. (1996)
       The Modified Turning Bands (MTB) model for space-time rainfall. I. Model definition and properties.
J. Hydrol., 175, 113-127.

Mellor, D. and Metcalfe, A. V. (1996)
       The Modified Turning Bands (MTB) model for space-time rainfall. II. Estimation of raincell parameters.
J. Hydrol., 175, 129-159.

Mellor, D. and Metcalfe, A. V. (1996)
       The Modified Turning Bands (MTB) model for space-time rainfall. III. Estimation of the storm/rainband profile and discussion of the future model prospects.
J. Hydrol., 175, 161-180.

Mellor, D. (1993)
       The Modified Turning Bands (MTB) Model for space-time rainfall.
Ph. D. Thesis, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

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