Liam Marsh


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Dr Liam Marsh is a Lecturer in Embedded Systems based in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Manchester.

Liam gained a first-class MEng degree (Hons) in Electrical Engineering and Electronics from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) in 2007. In 2011 he completed his PhD titled ‘Electromagnetic Tomography and People Screening’ at the University of Manchester.

Liam’s research activities are in the areas of security, humanitarian landmine and ERW detection, non-destructive testing, and the design of novel sensing systems for extreme natural climates. He has worked on several high-profile research projects including: EMBODY (2007-2011) – the design of intelligent walk-through metal detectors for aviation security purposes; SEMIS (2011-2023) – the design of a new generation of multi-modal landmine detection systems; FRUITGRADING (2012-2015) & Q-MEAT (2012-2014) – the development of non-destructive sensing technologies to minimise food waste through the determination of the internal quality of fruit and meat samples; The Lost Meteorites of Antarctica (2016-2020) – the design and deployment of a novel, polar-hardened meteorite detection system to prove the existence of sub-surface iron-rich meteorites in the Antarctic.

Liam is currently the Principal Investigator for the EPSRC-funded project TRANSMIT - A towable RF system for non-invasive sensing and measurement of Arctic sea ice thickness (2024 - 2027). This project aims to develop novel sensing technology and methods capable of non-destructively measuring the thickness of sea ice. 

Through these research activities Liam has collaborated with a range of external organisations, universities, and institutes, both nationally and internationally. Liam has a history of interdisciplinary collaboration with the Departments of Mathematics, and Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Manchester.

Liam’s teaching relates to the theoretical understanding, and practical application of microcontrollers and embedded systems. He is the second year Embedded Systems Project coordinator, and the unit coordinator for Microcontroller Engineering II. He also supervises projects at UG, MSc and PhD level.


PhD (University of Manchester), MEng (UMIST), CEng, MEng, MIET, MIEEE, FHEA

Research interests

  • Magnetic Induction Spectroscopy (MIS)
  • Metal Detection and Characterisation
  • Security and People Screening
  • Landmine and ERW detection
  • Electromagnetic sensing in polar regions


  • EEEN21000 Embedded Systems Project
  • EEEN20011 Microcontroller Engineering II
  • EEEN30330 3rd Year Individual Project
  • EEEN40330 4th Year Team Project
  • EEEN60070 MSc Dissertation

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Electromagnetic Tomography and People Screening, The University of Manchester

29 Aug 200710 May 2011

Award Date: 1 Jun 2011

Master of Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Electronics, UMIST

20 Sept 200320 Jun 2007

Award Date: 15 Jul 2007

Areas of expertise

  • TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
  • Non-destructive testing
  • Sensors and instrumentation

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures


  • sensors
  • instrumentation
  • magnetic induction
  • spectroscopy
  • remote sensing


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