Hi! I’m Charlie, and I’m a Computer Science student at Aberystwyth University in Wales. This is my personal website and blog, and here you’ll find a selection of my favourite hardware and software projects, posts from my blog, and some of the photography I do recreationally. I’m an enthusiastic computer scientist with a passion for the unorthodox. I’m interested in a complete mix of areas within CS, ranging from embedded systems and electronics (like my beloved Raspberry Pi) to big data processing (and even microdata), to web development. I’ve created this website as a place to hold my ideas and projects, in some jumbled online mess almost resembling a portfolio. I’ll be periodically updating this website with ideas, musings, reports, photography, and (hopefully) completed projects. I’m also still in the process of moving this blog from Wordpress, so some links may be broken (temporarily, I hope), and not all of my previous content may be on this website yet.
More About Me
So… a bit more about me, then – as I’ve got plenty of web space to
waste fill. Over the last couple of years I’ve been at Aberystwyth University doing my CS degree, and filling the time in between doing my favourite things; drinking coffee, coding, cycling, exploring Wales, experimenting with photography and spending time with my friends and my girlfriend. (Coincidentally, if you’re strapped for cash and hungry, please visit her recipe site – they are excellent). I’m finding university an exciting and challenging experience so far, but I’m always busy here and it’s always fun.
During the holiday time I get during Christmas, Easter, and summer, I work on my pet projects and try to get as much experience as I can; my last placement was a summer internship at RAL Space. I spent 3 months working in a research project for an organisation in the RAL Space department called CEDA, (the Centre for Environmental Data Archival). I was part of a data preservation project that used a massively parallel Linux cluster for processing, and I wrote software that had to collect file-level information (including file format identification) on ~2 Petabytes of scientific data. It was so rewarding and exciting to see my work contribute towards scientific research. The paper that resulted from the completed project is located at: https://epubs.stfc.ac.uk/work/10941171.
So, that’s me. I hope you find me more interesting than I do! Enjoy your stay!