Nicholas Bruce

Roles and responsibilities

  • Research and development of a radio telescope interference monitor for the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory (DRAO)
  • Software design and development of radio telescope monitor and control systems

Current research and/or projects

  • DRAO Next-generation radio frequency interference monitor
  • DRAO 26 m John A. Galt radio telescope upgrade
  • DRAO seven-antenna synthesis telescope upgrade


(ongoing) Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada

M.A.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada, 2019

B.Eng, Mechanical Engineering, University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada, 2016


University of Victoria (student)

Key publications

Nicholas Bruce, Stephen Harrison, Peter Driessen. DDC Pool: Efficient down-conversion of signals for RFI monitoring. In ECMWF RFI 2022 Workshop of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI), February 2022.

Nicholas Bruce, Jeff Stacey, and Peter F. Driessen. Visibility Domain Direction-of-Arrival Optimization for Arbitrary 2-D Arrays. IEEE Access, 10:21646–21654, 2022.

Stephen Harrison, Aneet Lakhani, Jean-Pierre Lavigne, Nicholas Bruce, Timothy Robishaw, Robert Messing, Charl Baard, Michael A. Smith, Benoit Robert, and David Del Rizzo. RFI Monitor System Design for the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory. In 2021 XXXIVth General Assembly and Scientific Symposium of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI GASS), pages 1–4, Rome, Italy, August 2021. IEEE.

Nicholas Bruce, Stephen Harrison, Rodney Herring, and Peter Driessen. Development of a phased-array ionospheric imaging system. In 2019 IEEE Pacific Rim Conference on Communications, Computers and Signal Processing (PACRIM), pages 1–8, Victoria, BC, Canada, August 2019. IEEE.

Previous work experience

2018-2022 – Roughdraft Developments, Victoria, Canada

Software developer

Native and web full stack application development.


2015-2015 – Puga Mujica Asociados S.A., Santiago, Chile

Trainee Project Engineer

Civil infrastructure modelling and proposal development.


2014-2014 – Teck Resources Ltd., Sparwood, Canada

Maintenance Engineer Co-op

Mechanical system design, reliability control for a coal-processing plant.


2013-2014 – IBM, Victoria, Canada

IT Support and Virtualization Specialist Co-op

Software team support and virtualisation infrastructure development.

Nicholas Bruce

Nicholas Bruce

Assistant Research Officer
Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics
717 White Lake Road, P.O. Box 248
Kaleden, British Columbia V0H 1K0
Preferred language: English
Telephone: 250-497-2330


Sciences, Engineering, Scientific research, Technology, Software, Software development