Dr Nils Morozs

Research Experience

Jun 2016 - Present
Research Associate at University of York, UK
Worked on an industrially funded project, developing large-scale Matlab simulation models to investigate radio resource and topology management in novel LTE network architectures for 5G. Currently working on the EPSRC USMART project, focusing on medium access control and channel modelling for underwater acoustic sensor networks.

Oct 2015 - Jun 2016
Researcher at BT, Martlesham, UK
Developed system-level (Matlab/Octave) and packet-level (ns-3, C++) simulation models of Wi-Fi networks. In particular, focused on investigating the effects of interference and contention between neighbouring home networks.

Oct 2012 - Sep 2015
EU Funded PhD Research at University of York, UK
Developed novel reinforcement learning methods applied to future mobile cellular systems. The main contribution of this PhD project was the increased speed and robustness of reinforcement learning based dynamic spectrum access algorithms. Notable outputs of this research are articles published in IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing and in IEEE Access, a best paper award at ISWCS 2013, two invited papers at MCC 2013 and WPMC 2014, and invited talks at the Oxford Brookes University and at an EuCNC 2015 workshop. This work was funded by the European FP7 ABSOLUTE project.

Jan 2012 - Jul 2012
MEng Project at University of York, UK
Investigated reinforcement learning techniques and their application to control of the rotary inverted pendulum. The project involved research and simulations of several reinforcement learning algorithms, as well as the design and implementation of one of them for real-time swing-up and balance control of the inverted pendulum. It received the awards as the best avionics MEng project of the year, and as the best MEng project overall.

Jul 2011 - Sep 2011
EPSRC Funded Research Placement at University of York, UK
Received an EPSRC scholarship to undertake a 10-week research placement in control engineering. Worked individually on a research project. Developed a full state feedback controller for stabilizing the rotary inverted pendulum, using a PIC microcontroller as the processing unit. Also developed an energy based controller for the swing-up of the inverted pendulum. These controllers have been used for hardware demonstrations on all UCAS days since then, as well as during the 2nd year control module lectures.

Teaching Experience

Oct 2012 - Sep 2015
Teaching Assistant at University of York, UK
Gave a series of revision lectures on control engineering. Worked as a teaching assistant or laboratory demonstrator in the following undergraduate and MSc courses: Control Engineering, Automatic Flight Control Systems, Control Systems Engineering for Robotics, Systems Programming for Embedded Devices, Java Programming, C Programming. Demonstrating in some of these modules involved being the lab leader and marking assignments. Also undertaking the PFA programme, described in the Education section, in parallel with teaching.


Oct 2012 - Sep 2015
University of York, UK
PhD in Electronic Engineering, funded by the EU FP7 ABSOLUTE project.

Oct 2014 - Aug 2015
University of York, UK
Preparing Future Academics (PFA), a part-time programme accredited by the Higher Education Academy and worth 20 'M' level credits. It is designed to improve the teaching skills of researchers.

Oct 2008 - Jul 2012
University of York, UK
MEng in electronic engineering, 1st class honours degree with distinction. Project mark - 91.

Sep 2005 - Jul 2008
Riga State 1st Gymnasium, Latvia
Final average mark - 8.4. Centralised exams: Maths - A, Physics - A, English - B.

Sep 1997 - Jun 2005
Riga Secondary School No 10, Latvia
Final average mark - 7.75.

Skills and Achievements

English - fluent written and spoken
Russian - fluent written and spoken (mother-tongue)
Latvian - fluent written and spoken
French - basic

IT Skills
Programming: C, C++, Python, Java, Matlab, Octave, Bash, R, Haskell (for "fun"), High Performance Computing
Web design: HTML, CSS, Javascript
Office software: LaTeX, Microsoft Office, LibreOffice

Departmental KM Stott Memorial Prize for excellence in research (2016)
Best paper award at ISWCS (2013)
IBM Prize for the best MEng project (2012)
Racal Prize for best avionics MEng project (2012)
RAE Prize for best Part 2B end-column (2011)
Edward Dabill Prize for best performance at Part 1 (2009)
Cantor Book Prize for the most deserving first year student (2009)
Bronze medal at Latvian National Maths Olympiad (2008)