The Team

Christopher James - PI
Christopher James - PI
Professor of Biomedical Engineering, University of Warwick
Prof. James has a chair in Biomedical Engineering and is Director of Warwick Engineering in Biomedicine at the School of Engineering, UoW. Prof James’ research activity centres on the development of processing techniques applied to the analysis of biomedical signals. He has over 160 publications in varied biomedical engineering journals and refereed conferences. In 2013 he was awarded the IET Sir Monty Finniston Achievement Award for his work in the Biomedical Engineering field. He is founding Editor-in-Chief of the IET Healthcare Technology Letters Journal. Recent Research has been devoted to creating automated analysis techniques for the extraction of information from high density data such as brain signals as well as from diverse data sets used in monitoring behaviour through activity monitoring. He has also developed a wrist worn activity-monitoring platform for use in a number of clinical/ well-being scenarios. His (PI) EPSRC funded multi-institution project on Personalised Ambient Monitoring in Bipolar Disorder (EPSRC grant EP/F005091/1) and EU FP7 Funded USEFIL (Unobtrusive Smart Environments for Independent Living) both contribute to the development of a platform to unobtrusively monitor well-being in the home.
Cathy A. Holt - CoI
Cathy A. Holt - CoI
Dr Holt is a Reader in Biomechanics and Orthopaedic Engineering, School of Engineering, CU. She is a Co-PI, Centre Manager and Biomechanics, Motion Analysis and Rehabilitation Team Leader for the Arthritis Research UK Biomechanics & Bioengineering Centre (ARUKBBC) for Excellence. Her motion analysis, function classification and soft tissue research has had a substantial impact on musculoskeletal research. Her focus on longitudinal, ethically approved, NHS patient studies facilitates delivery of novel and high impact outcomes. Her competitive funding from ARUK (09-14, £2.5M), with invited non-competitive resubmission (£2M), > 234 biomedical and clinical journal and abstract publications, numerous successfully completed PhDs and >£20M contributed in research income (RCs, RAEng, Charity, industry) demonstrates her ability to lead multi-disciplinary teams. She sits on the International Shoulder Group Council, ISB, the USA ORS, and is Vice Chair of the IMechE Biomedical Engineering Assn.
John Batchelor - CoI
John Batchelor - CoI
Reader in Antenna Technology, University of Kent
Reader in Antenna Technology, heads the Antennas Group at Kent. His work involves efficient ultra-thin RFID tag design and its applicability to Assistive Technology. His research has resulted in numerous papers and a patent, (ROC/PT/P40909WO). He is currently PI, collaborating with Manchester on EPSRC project EP/J000086/1, 'Digital Fabrication of UHF Electromagnetic Structures' to develop inkjet printed RFID tags on challenging substrates and EP/L019868/1 ‘Sustainable Digital Fabrication of Low Energy Passive Wireless Sensors’ both of which directly underpin the work proposed here. He is active in tech-transfer and is academic adviser to 2 KTPs, one involving RFID and is establishing a spinout to commercialize RFID. Batchelor's RFID transfer tattoo design was highly commended in the IET 2011 innovation awards and his work on body-worn antennas has been very well received, leading to conference invitations, EPSRC grant EP/GO55890/1, and a mention in the House of Lords.
Helen Petrie - CoI
Helen Petrie - CoI
Professor, University of York
Prof Petrie is Professor of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and Head of the HCI Research Group at York; in 2012 she was Lise Meitner Professor at the Centre for Rehabilitative Engineering at the University of Lund (Sweden) where she continues as Visiting Professor. She has participated in more than 30 funded projects on the design and evaluation of assistive technologies for older and disabled people and provided consultancy to government, industry and the third sector. She has also published extensively on this topic. In 2003, as part of the VISTA Project team, she won a Royal Television Society “Technical Innovation” Award. In 2009 she was awarded an Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Award for the social impact of her research and she is an ACM Distinguished Speaker.
Laurence Kenney - CoI
Laurence Kenney - CoI
Professor of Rehabilitation Technologies, University of Salford
Prof. Kenney co-leads the research theme in rehabilitation technologies and biomedical engineering at the University of Salford. Over the past 15 years he has been an investigator on projects worth over £3 million from EPSRC, NIHR, EU Framework and the Stroke Association, and published ~40 papers in high impact journals. His research has contributed to the development of two novel CE marked rehabilitation devices, one of which is commercialized by Finetch Medical (Stim-U-Step). His interests now focus on developing a better understanding of user-rehabilitation device interaction, and using this information to inform the development of improved technologies and novel outcome measures. He is currently leading an NIHR-funded project to develop a new upper limb rehabilitation device (II-LB-0313-20002) and is co-investigator on an EPSRC study to develop improved lower limb prostheses (EP/K019759/1) and a project to develop a novel falls monitoring system (MIMIT­‐1759).
Catherine Holloway - CoI
Catherine Holloway - CoI
Lecturer in Accessibility Engineering, University College London
Dr Holloway is Director of the Biomedical instrumentation Group at the PAMELA facility, which specialises in measuring biomechanics in non-clinical, outdoor environments as well as in the home. Catherine has held her lectureship for 2 years. In this time, Catherine has helped secure: 7 PhD/EngD studentships, £300k of external funding (Transport for London), a £350k project to make the wheelchair part of the Internet of Things (EP/L023849/11). Catherine is also Co-I on an ESRC funded project to understand how people with dementia see (ESRC ES/K006711/1) and was part of the Wearable Assistive Materials (WAM, EP/K020323/1) team who were runners-up in the Intel Make it Wearable competition (http://makeit.intel.com/). Catherine is a co-inventor of the SenseWheel and has just been awarded seed investment of £40k through the Health Social Innovators’ Programme. Catherine has an excellent working relationship with researchers in Tohoku University, having been awarded a number of awards through the Japan Society for the Promotion Science (JSPS). Much of Catherine’s research has a core of public engagement activity, she was one of the co-founders of the TARSAN group (www.tarsan.org) which allows members of the public to be co-developers of research ideas. Catherine also directed recent, highly praised, UCL-James Dyson Foundation workshop – allowing the next generation of engineers to redesign the wheelchair.
Helen Dawes - CoI
Helen Dawes - CoI
Professor, Oxford Brookes University
Prof Dawes is the Elizabeth Casson Trust Chair and Director of the Centre for Rehabilitation at OBU, her multidisciplinary group works closely with clinicians, and all research activities and outputs are guided and monitored by User Steering Groups (adult and children). She is a AHP researcher exploring mobility and participation in people with moment disorders. She works closely with clinicians and users http://www.shs.brookes.ac.uk/research/movement-science/steering-group. Her research is funded by Research Councils, the NIHR, Charities and the EU-FP7. She interacts extensively with clinicians and users; between 2012-14 she had: face to face talks to 1200 professionals and to 700 patients, printed, radio and TV media outputs and 8000 downloads of guidance documents developed from her work. She has 69 clinical publications, two patents, and is establishing a spinout. She has supported the development of guidance documents for AHP’s and clinicians for the management of a range of neurological conditions.

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