Tim Sheerman-Chase, Software Developer in Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Tim Sheerman-Chase

Software Developer in Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Member since January 26, 2017
Tim is a software engineer with experience in a wide range of industries, technologies, and academia. His primary programming languages are C++ and Python. He is adept at real-time/multi-threaded systems. Tim also has a degree in physics and a Ph.D. in machine learning/image processing.
Tim is now available for hire




Portsmouth, United Kingdom



Preferred Environment

Git, Qt Creator, Eclipse, Visual Studio Code

The most amazing...

...project I've worked on is training a system to recognize goose-bump inducing music.


  • Freelance Developer

    2016 - PRESENT
    Clients (via Toptal)
    • Developed a RESTful back-end API and a JavaScript/Ajax front end to enable users to browse audio samples based on selected filters.
    • Optimized web apps for use in Google App Engine, Google Cloud SQL, and Docker.
    • Improved the performance of deep learning LSTM models for audio processing of music.
    • Made a C++ library available to Python software using SWIG.
    • Integrated video codec libraries with openh264 to produce MP4/H264 videos with the emphasis on broad playback compatibility.
    • Developed a web app based on Django/JavaScript React to manage and monitor data collection tasks on Amazon Mechanical Turk via their developer API.
    • Evaluated and tested the potential structure from motion and SLAM algorithms for deployment on a handheld embedded device; this was done while working with SnapIT Solutions.
    Technologies: Full-stack, Web, Image Processing, Deep Learning, Python, C++
  • Software Engineer

    2015 - 2016
    Symetrica Security Ltd
    • Developed a UI for a hand-held radiation detector based on GTK3, including internationalization and custom widgets.
    • Developed Python web-based monitoring of a remote system including the collection of health parameters via a HTTP RESTful API.
    • Integrated C++ components into pre-existing distributed RPC framework, including adding a RESTful API.
    • Wrote requirements and designed a desktop tool to manage handheld devices and to offload data, written in C# GTK#. Developed the back-end C# code to connect to the device via HTTP.
    • Created a custom GTK widget for viewing graph data—including zooming, panning, and overlaying template data.
    • Reconstructing vehicle images from RTSP video streams using OpenCV.
    Technologies: GTK+, i18n, C#, C, C++, PHP, Python
  • Applications Developer

    2014 - 2015
    Hallmarq Veterinary Image Ltd
    • Implemented a major refactoring of code to separate 2 closely coupled, real-time DLL components—to enable remote operation via ethernet.
    • Developed a fee-per-scan calculation web application with Python Pyramid and MySQL.
    • Optimized DSP functions with ARM assembly/intrinsics to run on an embedded processor. The final speed exceeded the then currently existing Project Ne10 library.
    • Created a functionality that did report generation and PDF invoicing from billing system (written in Python) to be used by the accounts department.
    • Ported Windows C++ centric spectrometer components to ARM/embedded Linux.
    Technologies: RPC, Embedded Systems, PHP, C++, C
  • Software Engineer

    2013 - 2014
    Kinatomic Technology
    • Developed a live video stitching desktop app to take multiple USB/IP web cameras and combine them into a video stream for viewing or saving to disk.
    • Developed an Android mobile turn based game based on Kivy. Wrote the graphics, game logic and AI for other computer players. Oversaw design and production of UI and art by contractors. Released the game on the Google Play store.
    Technologies: Software Development
  • Senior Technologist

    2001 - 2007
    BAE Systems
    • Developed a real-time, embedded system to bridge between an existing ARINC 429 avionics databus and newer Ethernet-based systems AFDX. This used bare-metal C/C++ on a NetSilicon processor.
    • Built a augmented reality HUD/moving map prototype display system to enable commercial pilots to prevent errors in taxiing. This was integrated into a flight simulator. It used C++/OpenGL.
    • Designed and implemented a C++/C prototype controller pilot data link communication system for airport ground movement messages. Integrated them into a flight simulator.
    • Conducted pilot trials in a simulator to gather feedback on prototype avionic systems. Tested the prototypes at international airports to evaluate their performance.
    • Tracked the progress and controlled resources for engineering projects.
    Technologies: Internet Protocols, Avionics, Realtime, Embedded Systems, C, C++


  • PyFeatureTrack (Python)

    A feature point tracking in Python 2 or 3, using the well-known KLT method.

  • Implementation of a RESTful GIS API in PHP

    An implementation of the OpenStreetMap API 0.6. The back-end database can be either SQLite or PostGIS/PostgreSQL. It has unit tests for many functions.

  • PhD Thesis: On the Automatic Recognition of Facial Non-verbal Communication Meaning in Informal, Spontaneous Conversation

    Non-Verbal Communication (NVC) comprises all forms of interpersonal communication, apart from those that are based on words. NVC is essential to understand communicated meaning in common social situations, such as informal conversation. The expression and perception of NVC depend on many factors, including social and cultural context.

  • License Key Management in C++

    These are key management tools for software licensing and activation.


  • Languages

    Embedded C++, C, C++, Embedded C, Python, XML, HTML, SQL, PHP, C#, MUMPS, CSS3, HTML5, JavaScript, UML, ARM Assembler, CSS, Bash
  • Libraries/APIs

    OpenCV, Scikit-learn, OpenStreetMap API, SpatiaLite, GEOS, Shapely, Protobuf, Kivy, SciPy, NumPy, Keras, React, Matplotlib, SQLAlchemy, FFmpeg, PySide, LeafletJS, OpenAL, OpenLayers, Sockets, Flickr API, SDL, OpenGL, jQuery, OpenH264, Flask-RESTful, Google Apps, REST APIs, Spotify API, TensorFlow
  • Paradigms

    Real-time Systems, REST, Object-oriented Design (OOD), Design Patterns, Object-oriented Programming (OOP), Load Testing, RESTful Development, Continuous Integration (CI), Scrum, Agile, Test-driven Development (TDD), Unit Testing
  • Platforms

    Linux, Windows, Embedded Linux, Google App Engine, Visual Studio Code, Eclipse, Web, Android, Docker, WordPress, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), LAMP
  • Other

    APIs, Computer Vision, Image Processing, Multithreading, Debugging, Machine Learning, Video Streaming, RTSP, g++, Web Development, API Design, Messaging, RESTful Web Services, Amazon Mechanical Turk, Cython, CrowdFlower, Video & Audio Processing, Object Recognition, Audio Processing, Gunicorn, Deep Neural Networks, Deep Reinforcement Learning, Video Encoding, Video Muxing, Troubleshooting, Augmented Reality (AR), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Sensor Data, Avionics, Internet Protocols, RPC, i18n, Software Development, Full-stack, 3D Reconstruction, Simultaneous Localization & Mapping (SLAM), OAuth, Ajax, Scraping, Objects, TCP/IP, Microsoft Media Foundation, Embedded Systems, Object Tracking, Digital Signal Processing, Ethernet, Video Processing, Version Control, MessagePack, Deep Learning
  • Frameworks

    Django, Django REST Framework, Qt, GStreamer, Realtime, OpenCL, Pyramid, Boost, LIVE555, Flask
  • Tools

    GitHub, GTK+, Git, Qt Creator, Microsoft Visual Studio, SWIG, Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS), LaTeX, Subversion (SVN), Eclipse IDE, Adobe Premiere Pro, NGINX, GIS, Audacity, Apache, MATLAB, MediaWiki
  • Storage

    PostGIS, XML Parsing, SQLite, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Google Cloud SQL, JSON, Google Cloud, Google Cloud Storage
  • Industry Expertise



  • Ph.D. Degree in Computer Vision
    2007 - 2013
    University of Surrey - Guildford, UK
  • Master of Physics Degree in Physics
    1997 - 2001
    University of Kent - Canterbury, UK

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