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     Date Submitted:18-07-2012
     Last Modified:19-07-2012 (07:18)
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     Current job:Software Systems Lead
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, , , Launch Systems, Space Tourism
     KeywordsSoftware Systems Engineering, Software QA, Assembly Integration and Testing

    Technical working experience in Canada’s Space Industry, which included opportunities to work with CSA, NASA, JAXA and ISRO.

    Knowledge of Space Station Program

    Academic research undertaken to develop technology enhancements for space-based applications.

    Public speaking experience which focused on inspiring Canadians to pursue an interest or study of science and technology.


    Ph.D. Computing and Information Science at the University of Guelph

    • Title:  A Method for Removing and Replacing Lighting Effects using Image Sequences
    • A method promoting automated image reconstruction given a same-scene set of degraded input images.  The method determines appropriate technique(s) using reconstruction goals and characteristics, and creates a reconstructed image of the scene for each technique selected.  The method ranks the reconstructed images to determine which one is most likely to represent the actual scene.


    Masters of Science, Computing and Information Science at University of Guelph

    • Thesis:  Spherical Panoramic Video – The Space Ball
    • The Spherical Panoramic Video camera was designed as an enhancement to NASA’s SPRINT robotic ball.  The concept was to design and develop the prototype of a panoramic video camera that can gaze in 360 degrees but contains no moving parts.  The Pan/Tilt mechanism of the system was driven completely by software.   This would provide a safer exterior inspection tool for the Space Shuttle and Space Station as changing the field of view would not require motion of the robot in any way.


    Bachelor of Science, Applied Computer Science from Ryerson Polytechnic University

    • Thesis:  Autonomous Navigation for Indoor Mobile Robotics
    • This thesis looked at issues with developing algorithms for indoor mobile robots.  The algorithms were designed to perform autonomous navigation without any knowledge of the environment.


    C/C++, Turbo Pascal, Turbo Prolog, Assembler, Scheme, Turing, Cobol, Visual Basic, UNIX shell scripting, SQL, MYSQL, Perl, MS Access, Java, Javascript, CGI, Visual C++, Ada, Python, Cold Fusion


    2012 to Present Ryerson University

    Adjunct Professor

    Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Science.

    • Research in Image Processing, Machine Vision and Robotics


    2007 to Present  COM DEV
    Missions Software Lead

    • Developed and implemented the Ground Support Equipment (GSE) and payload Operations Centre software for the NTS (Nanosatellite Tracking of Ships) space-trial mission.  This software was used for testing the flight hardware and software prior to launch and is now used for decoding and analyzing data during operations.
    • Performed software/hardware integration for the NTS payload.  Tested all the commands/responses of the flight payload (both hardware and software interfaces).
    • Member of the NTS Launch Campaign Team.  Performed post-delivery and pre-launch checkouts on the NTS spacecraft at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SHAR) in Sriharikota India.
    • Industry Supervisor – Co-advising a Masters student from York University performing research on Plug and Play communication bus architectures for micro-satellite designs as part of an R&D initiative for MDG.
    • Technical Lead for the ADS-1B Communications Node FPGA Design – Responsible for interfacing with the Customer, reviewing documentation, writing the test procedures and reviewing final formal test results.
    • NTS Satellite Operations Support – Updating and maintaining the ground software required for operating the NTS nano-satellite mission with exactEarth.
    • My current responsibilities include:
      • Technical Lead for the M3MSat Command and Data Handling Subassembly – Responsible for reviewing and approving all C&DH related architecture, requirements, design and Command/Telemetry documents.
      • Technical Lead for the PAZ spacecraft AIS Payload design and Ground Support TM/TC Equipment.
      • Design and Development of the Ground Support Equipment Software and Simulations for the M3MSat and PAZ spacecrafts.  This software is a C++ MFC multi-threaded Object Oriented design using serial, TCP/IP and CAN Bus interfaces.
      • Development of the Software Design Process and Work Instructions for COM DEV Canada.

    1999 to 2007  MDA
    MSS L&SE Systems Engineering

    • Member of the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (Dextre) Systems Integration and Test Environment (SITE) development team.  Implementation of Dextre’s simulation and test software used for verification of both flight hardware and software.
    • Member of the Mobile Servicing Systems (MSS) System Avionics Integration Facility (SAIF) development team.  Implemented many C++ MFC Object Oriented simulation components for the MSS system.  SAIF is used for validating flight software to be uploaded to the International Space Station and to support hardware testing via a MIL-STD-1553 data bus.
    • Systems Support Engineer for Dextre’s integration and testing team.  Participating in the review of MIL-STD-1553 data and resolution of issues during final testing of Dextre prior to launch.
    • Engineering Support Lead (ESL) for the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Operations Engineering Centre (OEC).  Responsible for monitoring the operations and health of the MSS systems.  Supported several Space Shuttle/Space Station activities including:
      • STS-114 (Return to Flight), STS-116,STS-117,STS-118,STS-121
      • 13A Stage Operations (GMT 2007 201 and 2007 204)
    • Technical Lead for Design and Testing of the Canadarm2 Hot Backup concept to be used for HTV capture in 2009/2010.  Hot Backup is the term used to describe new software changes for the Canadarm2 to support the safe rendezvous and capture of the Japanese H2 Transfer Vehicle.
    • Flight Software Safety.   Performed software safety assessments on all flights software prior to upload to the International Space Station.  Reviewed technical documentation, test reports, NCRs, bug tracking reports, and source code.  Also developed the software safety process at MDA.
    • Dextre systems support during STS-123 crew training
      • Answered technical questions from the Flight Directory and NASA/CSA personnel
      • Supported flight reviews in Houston
      • Supported crew visits during training activities
      • Supported Neutral Boyancy Lab (NBL) Extra Vehicular Activity (EVA) training to assemble Dextre.


    Oct 2000 to August 2001 Tomatosphere
    Web Developer

    • Designed and developed the original website for Tomatosphere, an educational outreach project for elementary students across Canada.  Students grew tomato seeds in their classrooms and compared the germination between space flown seeds, specially radiated seeds and regular seeds.  The website provided the means for teachers and students to access resources for the project and a place to record their results.

    1998 to Present The Canadian Space Resource Centre Ontario
    Web Developer/Educational Speaker

    • Developed and maintained the Spacenet website.  Spacenet is a space-based educational website where teachers and students can access resources on the Canadian and United States space programs.
    • Presented educational talks to elementary and high schools within the Greater Toronto Area.  Topics included Canada’s role on the International Space Station, Mobile Servicing System, and Canadian Astronauts.


    1998 to 2000   Ryerson Polytechnic University, Communications and Computing Services
    RezNet Head Technician

    • Responsible for installing, configuring, and trouble shooting network connections to the internet for students in residence.


    1995 to 2000   McLarens Toplis Canada International Loss Adjusters & Surveyors
    Web Developer/Programmer

    • Designed, Developed, and Programmed the Canadian website.  A framed based website consisting of information on the company, resumes for all the adjusters, and monthly newsletters. 
    • Designed, Developed, and Programmed the Intranet System.  This system consists of all the  insurance policy wordings McLarens Toplis Canada deal with, allowing quick easy access for all adjusters to look up information on the policies.
    • Configured a two system proxy network in the Newmarket branch.


    1999 - 2000  Residence Staff Ryerson Polytechnic University
    Residence Life Staff

    • Peer Supporter for the 10th floor of Pitman Hall a first year residence on campus. Responsibilities include organizing social and educational programs for the students and acting as a resource for information.


    Summer 1997   Silver Pools Sales and Service
    Store Manager/Sales Associate/Pool Cleaner

    • Managed the store selling chemicals, taking phone calls, testing water samples, and helping customers with questions.
    • Responsible for cleaning and testing customer pools on a weekly basis.
    • Designed, Developed a database system for all clients of Silver Pools.


    1995 - 1996   Town of Markham
    Security/General Help

    • In charge of setting up and monitoring activities at the Seniors Centre


    1994 - 1995   Home Computing from IBM, Markham, Ontario
    Sales Associate

    • Selling computer Hardware and Software



    • Ryerson Polytechnic University Alumni
    • University of Guelph Alumni
    • Network Centric Applied Research Team (N-CART)
    • The Great Lakes Scuba Club (Acting Club Secretary)
    • Ontario Underwater Council




    • Collecting and reading information about the Canadian and American Space program
    • Studying technical manuals on the space shuttle and astronaut training
    • Programming
    • Swimming, Walking, Running, Rollerblading
    • Scuba Diving
    • Model Trains




    • Machine Vision Systems
    • Image Processing
    • Earth/Space Robotics
    • Autonomous Robotic Systems
    • Artificial Neural Networks
    • Teleoperation




    • Robotics
    • Autonomous Robotic Systems
    • Software Systems Design
    • System Command/Telemetry Design
    • Artificial Neural Networks




    • Educational talks to students around the GTA on space technology, astronaut selection and training, and Canada's contribution to space.


    • Mentor for the FIRST Robotics Program.  This is a robotics competition for high school students. (SWAT-771
    • Head Judge FIRST Lego League Provincial Championships

    1996 - 2004

    • Educational talks through the Canadian Space Resource Center and Alouette Programs to students around the GTA on space technology, astronaut selection and training, and Canada's contribution to space.
    • Mentor for the Canadian National Marsville Program -- students work in teams in their classes and communicate through Internet connections with their counterparts in other regions of the country. Scientists and engineers serve as mentors and work directly with teachers and students in the classroom and on-line as they design their version of the settlement on the red planet. 
    • 10th Floor President in Pitman Hall Residence at Ryerson Polytechnic University.
    • Team Captain for Waterpolo, Soccer, Volleyball, and 3 on 3 Volleyball for 4 years
    • Head Technician for Ryerson Residence network

    1991 - 1995

    • Teacher Assistant at E.T. Crowle Public School in Markham Ontario teaching Music.
    • Played Lead Trumpet in a small musical group at a local Church on Christmas Eve.
    • Helped setup and run a fundraiser for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
    • Played Lead Trumpet in the Markham Brass Quintet which performed in France and Britain.
    • Designed a stage for the Markham District High School Annual musical production.
    • Worked back stage during the Markham District High School Annual Music Concert.




    • First Aid/CPR (PADI Emergency First Response -- EFR)
    • Martial Arts
    • Royal Life Saving 3 in swimming
    • Advanced Scuba Diver
    • NITROX Scuba Certification
    • PADI Diver Rescue



    • October 2005 - CSA Certificate of Distinction – For significant contribution towards the development of the LEE Hot Backup on-orbit concept checkout for Canadarm2.
    • June 2005 – 4th Degree Black Belt – Issued by the Ontario Use of Force Centre, Arrest and Control Unit Training Division.
    • August 2004 – NASA Space Flight Awareness Honoree Award – For dedication, commitment to excellence and achievement in support of NASA’s space program.
    • May 2002 – International Conference for Upcoming Engineers (ICUE) 1st Place – For best Kirchoff session paper presentation.
    • February 1999 – 3rd Degree Black Belt
    • February 1996 – Advanced Class Student Rating in Shooto – One of the first two Canadians to receive this rating.
    • June 1994 – Construction Technology Applied Design Award – For outstanding achievements at Markham District High School.
    • March 1994 – Nidan 2nd Degree Black Belt – Claimed to be the youngest in Canada to receive a 2nd Degree.
    • February 1990 – Shodan 1st Degree Black Belt – Youngest ever to receive a black belt rating at Ron Beers Family Self Defense Centre.



    Topics for the following speaking engagements included:  The International Space Station, U.S. Space Shuttle, Astrtonaut Selection and Training, Living and Working in Space, Mars, Mobile Servicing System, Canadarm and my thesis related research.


    • Thorncliffe Public School
    • E.T. Crowle Public School (x3)
    • Markham District High School (x2)
    • Glendon College (York University) (x2)
    • Humber College
    • Trent University
    • St. Anthony Catholic Elementary School
    • Brampton Centennial Seccondary School
    • Blantyre Public School (x4)
    • High Gate Public School (x6)
    • Holy Trinity
    • Famous Players IMAX
    • Ontario Science Centre (x2)
    • The 9th Bramalea Cub Pack
    • St. Thomas Aquinas (x2)
    • St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School (x2)
    • Rouge Valley Public School
    • Scalibrini Elemetary School
    • Clarkson Community Centre
    • Ryerson University (x2)
    • Markham Museum
    • Fletchers Meadow High School
    • Chris Hadfield Public School
    • Mount Albert Brownies
    • Polaris26 (Guest Science Speaker)




    Thesis Documents

    • (James) Elliott Coleshill, "Spherical Panoramic Video - The Space Ball ", Masters Thesis, The Department of Computing and Information Science, The University of Guelph, August 2003.
    • (James) Elliott Coleshill, "A Method for Removing and Replacing Lighting Effects using Image Sequences”, Ph.D. Thesis, The Department of Computing and Information Science, The University of Guelph, June 2010.


    Papers in Refereed Journal

    • E.Coleshill, J. Cain, F. Newland and I. D’Souza, NTS—A Nanosatellite space trial, Acta Astronautica (2009), doi:10.1016/ j.actaastro.2009.11.007.
    • Elliott Coleshill, Layi Oshinowa, Richard Rembala, Bardia Bina, Daniel Rey and Shelley Sindelar, “Dextre:  Improving maintenance operations on the International Space Station”, Acta Astronautica (2008), DIC: 10.1016/j.actaastro.2008.11.011.


    Papers in Refereed Conference Proceedings

    • A. Ferworn, J.E. Coleshill, "Challenges for Mobile Internet Appliances" , Proc. of the IASTED International Conference for Robotics and Applications (RA'01), Clearwater, Florida USA, November 19-22, 2001
    • A. Ferworn, W. Lu, J.E. Coleshill, W. Shiu, " WAX - Next Generation Robot On The Web ", Proc. of the IEEE (I-CUE '02), Toronto, Ontario Canada, May 2-3, 2002.
    • (James) Elliott Coleshill, Alexander Ferworn, "Panoramic Spherical Video - The Space Ball ", ICCSA 2003, LNCS 2667, pp. 51-58, 2003.  (c) Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2003.
    • (James) Elliott Coleshill, Dr. Alex Ferworn, "Spherical Panoramic Video For Micro-Gravity Applications" , 55th International Astronautical Congress, IAC-04-U.P.07, Vancouver Canada, Oct 2004, P.195.
    • (James) Elliott Coleshill, Dr. Alex Ferworn, Dr. Deborah Stacey, "Feature Extraction Through Time" , 57th International Astronautical Congress, IAC-06-B4.4.03, Valencia Spain, Oct 2-6, 2006.
    • Layi Oshinowo, Richard Rembala, Elliott Coleshill, "Commissioning Dextre for On-Orbit Operations", 57th International Astronautical Congress, IAC-06-B4.2.02, Valencia Spain, Oct 2-6, 2006.
    • Elliott Coleshill, Dr. Alex Ferworn, Dr. Deborah Stacey, "Obstruction Removal using Feature Extraction Through Time for Video Conferencing Processing", CISSE 2006, Dec 4-14, 2006, Online.
    • Elliott Coleshill, Dr. Alex Ferworn, Dr. Deborah Stacey, "Traffic Safety using Frame Extraction Through Time", SoSE 2007, April 16-18, 2007, San Antonio, TX, USA.
    • Elliott Coleshill, Layi Oshinowo, Richard Rembala, Daniel Rey, "Dextre:  Improving Maintenance Operations on the International Space Station", 58th International Astronautical Congress, IAC-07-D1.3.09, Hyderabad, India, Sept 24-28, 2007.
    • Elliott Coleshill, Dr. Alex Ferworn, Dr. Deborah Stacey,  "Image Enhancement using Frame Extraction Through Time", CISSE 2007, Dec 3-12, 2007, Online.
    • Elliott Coleshill, Dr. Jeff Cain, Dr. Franz Newland and Dr. Ian DSouza,  "NTS - A Nanosatellite Space Trial",59th International Astronautical Congress, IAC-08.B4.4.A8, Glasgow Scotland, Sept 29 – Oct 3, 2008.
    • N. Khosrodad, B. Solheim , Y. Lin , B. Quine , E. Coleshill , F. Newland and J. Cain, A Bluetooth Wireless Spacecraft Data Bus”, 60th International Astronautical Congress, IAC-09-B4.7.3, Daejeon, Rupublic of Korea, Oct 12-16, 2009.
    • F. Newland, E. Coleshill, I. D’Souza and J. Cain, “Nanosatellite Tracking of Ships – Review of the First Year of Operations”.  7th Responsive Space Conference, Los Angeles, CA, April 27-30, 2009.


    Major Invited Contributions and/or Technical Reports

    • R. Thorpe, J.E. Coleshill, "Chris Hadfield - Canada's First Spacewalker" . Crucible - Magazine of the Science Teachers' Association of Ontario, Vol 33.1 Sept 2001, P.7.




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