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Welcome

Welcome to my website. This space is intended to showcase various projects, both professional and personal, old and new. Professionally I'm most defined by a physics background. I did an MPhys masters degree from 2002 to 2006, with a final year project on polymer solar cells, and a PhD from 2006 to 2011 on nuclear fusion. Energy and sustainability are strong interests of mine, hence the energy theme. I subsequently worked in particle physics at CERN, and spent some time as a physics teaching assistant. Swapping academia for the startup world, I then worked in R&D for a business intelligence company, covering a number of technical projects with a focus on Natural Language Processing. Along the way I also spent a year and a half in Japan as an English teacher, and I continue to enjoy learning Japanese.

In another life I would've focussed more on my creative side. I've always loved all kinds of art, anything that means making something with personality. Drawing, painting, photography, music, writing, games, websites - I've dabbled with a bit of everything. A big part of this site is currently dedicated to photography, which has been my main creative outlet in recent years, and I've included some artwork from a former life too ... as much as anything to encourage myself to get back to it as there's currently not much there on that front.

And that really is a big part of the reason for this site - to give myself a focus and a reason for making more. More what? More everything! This is, I guess you could say, a personal magazine of anything that interests me, a place to bring everything together rather than having different things scattered around different sites. I hope that visitors can find something in these pages which is interesting and inspiring for them too.

--- Darren Temple

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Curriculum vitae

Work Experience

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Xapien (London, UK)

Product engineer

Jul 2018 - Dec 2019

  • Core R&D as the first employee for this business intelligence start-up

  • Lead Python developer for API, tools, analysis, visualisation, machine learning

  • Natural Language Processing for information extraction and categorisation

  • Graph network creation and analysis

  • AWS to deploy and manage services

  • Docker experience

Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, Canada) & CERN (Geneva, Switzerland)

Research assistant & teaching assistant

Feb 2014 - Dec 2016
 

CERN:

  • Python data analysis for the ATLAS particle physics detector

  • Developed data content (maximised usability, minimised storage)

  • Handled data requests for Monte Carlo simulation and experiment

  • Jira used for project management

SFU:

  • Teaching assistant for undergraduate physics lab and tutorials (instruction, assistance, examination, marking)

  • Courses taken: Machine Learning (A-); Particle Physics (A-); Quantum Field Theory (A-)

  • Created internal group website: XWiki running on Tomcat in CentOS environment

  • Created external group website: WordPress site, including a detailed public learning section

  • Websites secured via SSL; Git backup; Thoroughly documented for future admins

SFU HEP Group Website

SFU HEP Group Website Admin Guide (redacted public version)

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Interac (Hiroshima, Japan)

English language instructor

May 2012 - Sep 2013
 

  • Taught >1000 students per month in numerous elementary schools

  • Worked in Hiroshima's foremost public senior high school

  • Designed lessons using a variety of techniques and media

  • Delivered lessons in a clear, engaging, and enjoyable style

  • Group management and strong communication were vital

Imperial College (London, UK) & Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (Oxford, UK)

Research assistant & PhD in plasma physics

Sep 2006 - Sep 2011
 

  • Planned and executed plasma experiments with the MAST tokamak at CCFE

  • Doppler spectroscopy of injected helium for radial electric field measurement

  • Maintained spectroscopic equipment

  • Wrote C software to model injected helium into plasma (1D flux model, 3D Monte Carlo model)

  • Wrote IDL software to analyse raw spectroscopic data

  • Wrote extensive documentation and tutorials

This work led to the discovery of an unexpected profile structure of the quantity being measured, which is a potentially significant result with implications for plasma confinement.

PhD thesis: Experimental Investigations into the Radial Electric Field of MAST

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MPhil to PhD transfer report: Modelling Helium Injection in MAST

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CCFE internal report: ECELESTE

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CCFE internal report: EZ-Graphics

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The University of Sheffield (South Yorkshire, UK)

Summer studentship sponsored by The Nuffield Foundation
Jul 2005 - Sep 2005

 

  • Assessed the FLUKA Monte Carlo radiation transport code, prior to its use for ATLAS shielding design at CERN

  • Wrote C software to analyse and compare the model output to experimental data

  • Reported on findings

Virgin Retail (Bromley, UK)

Cash office clerk, customer assistant & stock processor
Oct 2001 - Sep 2002

  • Responsible for video games department: implemented new stock control methods; helped launch new hardware; day-to-day operations

  • Progressed to run the cash office: handled all store income; kept updated financial paperwork; provided head-office reports; solved discrepancy issues; trained other cash office staff

The stated working period was between my A-level and university education, but Virgin Retail also welcomed me back a number of times during university vacation periods.

Education

Imperial College (London, UK) & Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (Oxford, UK)

Research assistant & PhD in plasma physics

Sep 2006 - Sep 2011

  • See the “Work Experience” section for details

The University of Sheffield (South Yorkshire, UK)

MPhys masters degree in physics
Sep 2002 - June 2006

  • First class honours

  • First class results averaged each year

  • Final year prize for experimental work into polymer solar cells

  • Final year project led to a major new branch of research for the university

  • Summer studentship assessing FLUKA computational models for CERN

Darrick Wood Secondary School (Bromley, UK)

A-level
Sep 1999 - Jul 2001

  • Maths, physics, chemistry

  • School prefect, guiding younger students

Darrick Wood Secondary School (Bromley, UK)

GCSE
Sep 1994 - Jul 1999

  • Business, graphic design, core subjects

Extra qualifications

International TEFL and TESOL Training (ITTT)

120-hour complete course in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
2012 - Jan 2013

  • “Having performed significantly higher than the required level in all course assignments, Darren has been awarded a pass at grade A”

Awards

The University of Sheffield (South Yorkshire, UK)

The Clarke Prize for Experimental Physics
June 2006

Tools & technologies

​Programming

  • Python

    • Most recent and most in-depth real-world use since 2014, for academic, business, and personal projects

    • Most recent project focussed on Natural Language Processing (NLP), creating a JSON-in/out Flask API

    • Familiar with handling multiple virtual environments with conda and virtualenv

  • Jupyter

    • Used for general data exploration and testing Python code

    • Used to make front-end graphical tools to access back-end Python Flask APIs

  • C++

    • Started to learn in 2003, my first programming language as part of my physics degree

    • Used for physics simulation

    • Used for game creation with Unreal

  • C#

    • Started to learn in 2020

    • Used for game creation with Unity

  • IDL

    • Interactive Data Language. A licensed language similar to MatLab. Used within a few niche fields, such as fusion, satellite imaging, and medical imaging.

    • Heavy use from 2006 to 2011 as the main workhorse for my PhD

    • Used for physics data analysis and graphical tools

  • MatLab

    • Used since 2006 on and off for physics simulation and academic projects

  • Octave

    • Used in 2017 only for Andrew Ng's Machine Learning course

Data

  • SQL

    • Started to learn in 2017

    • Used in practice for extracting data from large business intelligence sources

  • Neo4j

    • Started to learn in 2018

    • Used for experimental graph database creation and analysis

Natural Language Processing (NLP)

  • spaCy

    • Started to learn in 2018

    • In-depth use including higher features, such as custom attributes and retokenisation

  • Word-vectors

    • Started to learn in 2018

    • Experience with Word2Vec, gloVe, and fastText, including use via Python libraries such as Gensim

  • Regex

Game creation

  • Unity

    • Started to learn in 2020

    • One full simple game and a few test projects made to date

  • Unreal

    • Started to learn in 2017, with a reboot in 2021

    • A few test projects made to date. Currently collaborating on a first person shooter, responsible for AI.

Web

  • Wix

    • This website!

  • WordPress

    • Started to learn in 2011

    • Used for the first version of this website

    • Used for the Simon Fraser University Particle Physics Group website, including full CentOS server management of TomCat container deployment

  • HTML / CSS / JavaScript

    • Basic understanding of the main web stack from various reading and online courses

Other

  • AWS

    • Started to learn in 2017 as part of the fast.ai NLP course

    • Used in practice for deploying Python Flask APIs via Elastic Beanstalk, EC2, S3 etc.

  • Docker

    • Started to learn in 2018

    • Used for Neo4j graph database deployment

  • Git

    • Used since 2014 for academic, business, and personal projects

  • JIRA

    • Used for task and group management from 2014 to 2016 work with CERN, and again in 2019

  • LaTeX

    • Used since 2009 for academic reports, essays, and PhD thesis

Languages

  • English (native)

  • Japanese (intermediate)

    • Started to learn in 2012 shortly before moving to Japan for a year and a half

    • Continual hobby learning since 2012, mostly self-study with various resources

    • Daily reading and listening practice with articles and flashcards

Outreach

To help with awareness for my PhD research area of fusion energy, I created a presentation for upper high school students directly after completing my thesis. This was my first teaching experience and received very positive feedback from the schools I visited. I have since developed this work to be given at university level, and am planning to record as a YouTube video.