Benjamin Southwell, PhD Candidate


Benjamin J. Southwell received his Bachelor of Robotic and Mechatronic Engineering from the University of Western Sydney (Honours Class I, University Medal) in 2012. He is the recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA), a Research Excellence Award and an Engineering Supplementary Award scholarship supporting his studies as a PhD. student in electrical engineering at the Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research.  Upon completion of his BEng he worked in the industrial automation sector before returning to university to commence his PhD. studies.



He is a part of ACSERs UNSW-EC0 CubeSat team and developed the ADCS amongst other features on the satellite. He has an advanced amateur radio licence (VK2ABF)  and is also responsible for ground station development and ongoing operations with EC0. 

Leveraging knowledge gained from his PhD research, Ben is working on DMTC's high altitude sensor system (HASS) project which will develop a working prototype GNSS reflectometry sensor payload



His current research interests include remote sensing with reflected Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) signals and other signals of opportunity using airborne and space-borne receivers.

Researchgate profile

Some selected publications related to his PhD topic are listed below.

Benjamin J Southwell and Andrew G Dempster. Investigating the Sensitivity of Delay Doppler Maps to Wind Direction using Ambiguous State Processing. In ION GNSS+, 2018. Won the student paper prize - yet to be presented & published.

Benjamin J Southwell and Andrew G Dempster. An Adaptive Window for Stare Processing of Delay Doppler Maps. In International Global Navigation Satellite Systems Society Symposium (IGNSS), 2018.

Benjamin J Southwell and Andrew G Dempster. A New Approach to Determine the Specular Point of Forward Reflected GNSS Signals. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 2018.

Benjamin J . Southwell and Andrew G . Dempster. Satellite Pitch Estimation Using Delay Dopper Maps. In IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), 2018. Accepted - yet to be presented & published.

Benjamin J Southwell and Andrew G Dempster. Orbit and Constellation Design Considerations for GNSS-R Receivers. In 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) September, 2017

Benjamin J Southwell and Andrew G Dempster. Simulating Delay Doppler Maps of GNSS Signals Reflected Off the Ocean Surface. In Australian Space Research Conference (ASRC), 2017.



Benjamin Southwell
Postgraduate Research Student 
Australian Center for Space Engineering Research 
School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications 
Kensington Campus, Level 6, Building E10 
The University of New South Wales