Steve Parkes

Reader, Director Space Technology Centre

Steve Parkes

Dr. Steve Parkes is the director of the Space Technology Centre, leading research work on spacecraft on-board data-handling networks (SpaceWire), planet surface simulation and autonomous lander navigation, and digital signal and image processing for satellites.

He is the technical leader of ESA's SpaceWire working group and is the author of the ECSS E50-12A SpaceWire standard. Dr. Parkes is also the director of the NERC Satellite Receiving Station and the Managing Director of STAR-Dundee, a University of Dundee spin-out company which provides services and equipment to support organisations using SpaceWire for space applications.

  • BSc 2.1 Honours “Applied Physics and Electronics”, 1978 Lancaster
  • MSc “Semiconductor Devices”, 1980 Lancaster
  • PhD “Electronic Music Synthesis”, 1984 University College, Cardiff
  • CPhys (Chartered Physicist), CEng (Chartered Engineer), CITP (Chartered IT Professional)
  • FInstP (Fellow of the Institute of Physics), FIEE (Fellow of the Institution of Electrical Engineers), FBCS (Fellow British Computer Society)

1995-Present: University of Dundee, School of Computing

Head of the Space Technology Centre.

1988-1995: Principal Engineer - Matra Marconi Space / BAe Space Systems

Technical authority on digital signal and image processing for spacecraft instruments. Technical responsibility for the electronic signal processing and data handling content of major satellite instrument studies. Technical responsibility for the development of DSP technology for use in space applications. This included DSP processor systems, high-speed data links for on-board data handling, data compression of optical and radar data, computer vision for planetary landers.

1982-1988: Research and Development Manager - Geodata Systems Ltd

Technical responsibility for the development of a range of competitive underwater acoustic navigation and telemetry systems.