ESPRIT with Pervasive Sensing (Programme Grant)

Lead Research Organisation: Imperial College London
Department Name: Institute of Biomedical Engineering

Abstract

Elite athletes walk a fine line between performance success and failure. Although regarded by the public as examples of ultimate fitness, in reality they often exhibit vital signs bordering on clinical pathology. Their physiological parameters challenge our notions of what we consider clinically normal, for, as individuals, athletes represent a unique model of human stress adaptation and often, sadly, mal-adaptation. Understanding this human variance may assist ultimately in understanding aspects of well being in the population at large, in the work place and during healthy exercise, as well as when undergoing lifestyle changes to overcome disease, age-related changes and chronic stress.To maximise the potential of GB athletes and support the quest for gold at future World Championships, Summer and Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, the UK's sports governing bodies and the UK sports governing bodies and research councils have identified the opportunity for engineering and physical science disciplines to support and interact with the sports community during training. Not only will this secure competitive advantage for UK athletes, it will also, of more general application, contribute understanding of the biology of athletic performance to gain insights which will improve the health and wellbeing of the population at large.The vision of ESPRIT is to position UK at the forefront of pervasive sensing in elite sports and promote its wider application in public life-long health, wellbeing and healthcare, whilst also addressing the EPSRC's key criteria for UK science and engineering research. The proposed programme represents a unique synergy of leading UK research in body sensor networks (BSN), biosensor design, sports performance monitoring and equipment design. The provision of ubiquitous and pervasive monitoring of physical, physiological, and biochemical parameters in any environment and without activity restriction and behaviour modification is the primary motivation of BSN research. This has become a reality with the recent advances in sensor design, MEMS integration, and ultra-low power micro-processor and wireless technologies. Since its inception, BSN has advanced very rapidly internationally. The proposing team has already contributed to a range of novel, low cost, miniaturised wireless devices and prototypes for sports and healthcare.

Organisations

 
Description Elite athletes walk a fine line between performance success and failure. Although regarded by the public as examples of ultimate fitness, in reality they often exhibit vital signs bordering on clinical pathology. Their physiological parameters challenge our notions of what we consider clinically normal, for, as individuals, athletes represent a unique model of human stress adaptation and often, sadly, mal-adaptation. Understanding this human variance may assist ultimately in understanding aspects of well being in the population at large, in the work place and during healthy exercise, as well as when undergoing lifestyle changes to overcome disease, age-related changes and chronic stress.To maximise the potential of GB athletes and support the quest for gold at future World Championships, Summer and Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, the UK's sports governing bodies and the UK sports governing bodies and research councils have identified the opportunity for engineering and physical science disciplines to support and interact with the sports community during training. Not only will this secure competitive advantage for UK athletes, it will also, of more general application, contribute understanding of the biology of athletic performance to gain insights which will improve the health and wellbeing of the population at large.The vision of ESPRIT is to position UK at the forefront of pervasive sensing in elite sports and promote its wider application in public life-long health, wellbeing and healthcare, whilst also addressing the EPSRC's key criteria for UK science and engineering research. The proposed programme represents a unique synergy of leading UK research in body sensor networks (BSN), biosensor design, sports performance monitoring and equipment design. The provision of ubiquitous and pervasive monitoring of physical, physiological, and biochemical parameters in any environment and without activity restriction and behaviour modification is the primary motivation of BSN research. This has become a reality with the recent advances in sensor design, MEMS integration, and ultra-low power micro-processor and wireless technologies. Since its inception, BSN has advanced very rapidly internationally. The proposing team has already contributed to a range of novel, low cost, miniaturised wireless devices and prototypes for sports and healthcare.
Exploitation Route Ongoing project with a mixture of exploitation routes ranging from academic publication to platform development and potential commercialisation.
Sectors Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Healthcare

URL http://www.imperial.ac.uk/hamlyn
 
Description The ESPRIT programme has generated a range of outputs. The results have been exploited for elite sport training and London Olympics; its clinical results have been exploited in a range of acute/chronic conditions (e.g. orthopedics, diabetes, trauma, minimally invasive surgery). The consortium has also exploited many of the results commercially involving partnership with established companies as well as university spin-outs.
First Year Of Impact 2012
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Electronics,Healthcare,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Economic

 
Description A miniaturised pervasive sensing device for monitoring total knee replacement patients
Amount £66,868 (GBP)
Funding ID II-3A-0409-10036 
Organisation National Institute for Health Research 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2010 
End 01/2011
 
Description A reflective photoplethysmographic plaster for monitoring soft tissue viability after free autologous tissue flap transfer
Amount £34,098 (GBP)
Funding ID RDB04 79560 WSSS_P46143 
Organisation National Institute for Health Research 
Department NIHR Biomedical Research Centre
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2015 
End 03/2016
 
Description Biomotion+ an ultra-miniaturised, low power motion sensing platform
Amount £43,590 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2015 
End 08/2015
 
Description Care for Adaptive Living and Learning with Interactive Sensing for Children and Adults with Learning Difficulties
Amount £96,800 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2015 
End 11/2015
 
Description Connecting Assistive Solutions to Aspirations
Amount £372,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 971384 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2014 
End 08/2015
 
Description Development and Application of Non-animal Technologies Feasibility Studies
Amount £52,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 42979-311213 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2014 
End 08/2015
 
Description Development of innovative imaging or other technologies to measure individuals' dietary intakes
Amount $1,570,000 (USD)
Funding ID OPP1171395 
Organisation Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United States
Start 11/2017 
End 04/2020
 
Description Horizon Scan
Amount $249,549 (USD)
Funding ID OPP1127324 
Organisation Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United States
Start 06/2015 
End 05/2016
 
Description Innovation Fund
Amount £9,000 (GBP)
Organisation Queen Mary University of London 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2014 
End 06/2015
 
Description Newton Fund Instituional Links
Amount £100,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 330760239 
Organisation British Council 
Department British Council - Newton Fund
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2018 
End 03/2020
 
Description Smart Sensing for Surgery
Amount £3,027,641 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/L014149/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2014 
End 05/2018
 
Description Virtual Biopsy of the gut
Amount $240,000 (USD)
Organisation Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United States
Start 05/2015 
End 09/2016
 
Description Adidas 
Organisation Adidas Group
Country Germany 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The ESPRIT team investigated the use of using inertial motion sensor, radio technologies and bio-motion capture system for developing novel approaches for sports applications
Collaborator Contribution Providing sports supplies for research
Impact This multidisciplinary research has brought experts from sports science, machine learning, system integration and BSN application developments together to develop new applications for sports
Start Year 2009
 
Description All Blacks, NZ 
Organisation All Blacks
Country New Zealand 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Developing the applications using inertial sensors and bio-motion capture system for the New Zealand rugby team
Collaborator Contribution Sports science expertise
Impact Developing the applications using inertial sensors and bio-motion capture system for the New Zealand rugby team
Start Year 2012
 
Description Auckland University of Technology, NZ 
Organisation Auckland University of Technology (AUT)
Country New Zealand 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Collaborations
Collaborator Contribution Collaborations
Impact Academic collaborations
Start Year 2012
 
Description Australian Institude of Sport 
Organisation Australian Government
Department Australian Institute of Sport (AIS)
Country Australia 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Collaborations
Collaborator Contribution Collaborations
Impact Collaborations
Start Year 2012
 
Description Australian Sports Commission 
Organisation Australian Government
Department Australian Sports Comisson (ASC)
Country Australia 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Collaborations
Collaborator Contribution Collaborations
Impact Collaborations
Start Year 2012
 
Description BAE Systems 
Organisation BAE Systems
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution As Kelvin Davies of BAE system serves as the member of the ESPRIT research steering committee, our team has invited the BAE system to showcase the latest developments in pervasive sensing technologies and also invited the BAE system to participate in sports focus workshops and events.
Collaborator Contribution Kelvin Davies of the BAE System serves as the member of the ESPRIT research steering committee and provided invaluable advises on the research directions of the ESPRIT programme.
Impact From the advises given by the BAE systems, the ESPRIT programme has decided to focused on a number of sports exemplars and which helped the realizing impacts of the programme on sports.
Start Year 2009
 
Description BAE Systems 
Organisation BAE Systems
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The ESPRIT team has showcased all the new technological development to the BAE Systems and identify the key findings and opportunities found in the programme. The ESPRIT team also worked closely with BAE systems in developing novel technologies for providing crucial information for athletes in sailing.
Collaborator Contribution Kelvin Davies - Group Leader, Information Processing Team at BAE Systems Advanced Technology Centre has been on the Research Steering Group of the ESPRIT programme since the beginning, and he provided invaluable inputs in setting research directions of the ESPRIT programme. In addition, funding was also provided from BAE System in supporting the development and research.
Impact • British sailing, design and development of weather modelling systems led by BAE systems - 5 Olympic medals • Development of a motor driven eccentric ergometer for investigating loading for strength and power (£55k) funded by BAE Systems • Modelling and prediction of weather patterns for Weymouth Bay (£141k) funded by BAE Systems • Development of psychological visualisation tools to assist learning of new environments (£30k) funded by BAE Systems • Assessment of a new instrumented vest to allow effective scoring and tactics during competitive events (£21k) funded BAE Systems
Start Year 2009
 
Description British Bobskeleton 
Organisation British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The ESPRIT team investigated the use of pervasive sensing technologies in assessing the performance on young talented athletes in bob skeleton. In addition, the team also assessed the relevance of biochemical indices with performance and effect of warming up on sport outcomes.
Collaborator Contribution The British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association provided access to young talented and elite athletes in blobskeleton for the joint studies.
Impact The multidisciplinary collaboration provided a unique opportunity for the biochemist and engineers of the ESPRIT team to work with the sport scientists and athletes of the Bobskeleton. It had led to new findings and helped the development on wearable devices for other sports applications. The warming up approach was adopted by the elite team, and British Bobskeleton got the first gold medal in the Winter Olympics in Vancouver 2010.
Start Year 2010
 
Description British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association 
Organisation British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association
Department Talent Squad
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The team did a pilot study with British Bobskeleton prior to the Vancouver 2012 winter Olympic to assess the feasibility of using pervasive sensing technologies to improve training strategies for bobskeleton.
Collaborator Contribution The talent squad team of British Bobskeleton worked closely with the Imperial team in identifying the relevant parameters and also helped run a pilot study on the feasibility of using wearable sensing technology for young talent athlete training.
Impact A first ever pilot study on using pervasive sensing technology with Bobskeleton was conducted jointly in the result of this collaboration and interesting results were obtained highlighted that the technology could potentially help quantifying the skill of the athletes.
Start Year 2009
 
Description British Cycling 
Organisation British Cycling
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The ESPRIT team worked with the British Cycling on a few different aspect of applying pervasive technologies in performance training: * Performance focussed ankle and foot modelling in elite cycling - the research team identified key elements for optimising the design of foot wear which could enhance the overall performance of an elite cyclist. * Sensing socks - the ESPRIT team developed a new sensing socks which partly facilitated the foot modelling and new foot wear design. • Cycle ergometer - a new cycling ergometer was designed and developed by the team which enable simulation of different road conditions and capture of performance indices. * Preparation and training approaches - the ESPRIT team identified key preparation and training approaches which could enhance the performance
Collaborator Contribution The sport scientists of British Cycling was working closely together with the ESPRIT team in designing and developing the technologies, and they also helped linked with the coaches and provided access to elite athletes and data.
Impact This collaboration provided an opportunity of the ESPRIT engineers to work with the top sport scientists and coaches of British Cycling in developing novel technologies. The findings of the preparation was adopted by the team prior to the Games. The team had fantastic results in major international competitions that year - World champs and Olympic medal outcomes - 8 track medals, 3 road medals Olympics
Start Year 2012
 
Description British Olympic Association 
Organisation British Olympic Association
Department Science and Research Unit
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The research team worked closely with the BOA in developing pervasive sensing technologies for short-track ice-skating. A few prototypes were developed and trialed with the elite squads prior to the Vancouver 2012 Winter Olympic.
Collaborator Contribution The Sport scientists of the BOA team worked closely with the research team in identifying the relevant parameters and provided advises for the development of the prototypes. In addition, the sport scientists also helped in liaising with coaches and athletes in arranging trials on the developed prototypes. Furthermore, Dr. Marco Cardinale, the head of the BOA team, was also served as the member of the Research Steering Committee of the ESPRIT programme, and whom has provided invaluable advises on the programme and helped establish links with the sports
Impact Promising results were obtained from the short-track skating trials as the result of this collaboration and it has also demonstrated the feasibility of using pervasive sensing technologies for elite sports training. Although the collaboration was ended as Dr. Cardinale and the team left BOA after London 2012, this collaboration has led to the new collaboration with Qatar ASPIRE where Dr. Cardinale is now the Head of Sports Physiology of Aspire Academy in Doha.
Start Year 2009
 
Description British Rowing 
Organisation British Rowing
Department Men, Women and Lightweights Squads
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution We developed a number of pervasive sensing prototypes for trial with the athletes. One of the devices was the blackbox which capture the speed and stroke time for the elite athlete training aiming to improve their training towards London 2012
Collaborator Contribution British Rowing provided detailed requirements and advises on the regulations for using technologies for training and competitions. In addition, they also helped participating in a couple of trials of the sensing technologies.
Impact The result of the collaboration has led to the development of the blackbox for rowing and the associated software, and the blackbox has later taken up by Sensixa Ltd (the imperial spun-off company) for commercializing the technology.
Start Year 2009
 
Description British Swimming 
Organisation British Swimming
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The ESPRIT team developed novel starting blocks and force mats for quantifying the starts and turns of the elite athletes.
Collaborator Contribution British Swimming provided support on identifying key indices and provided access to the athletes for studies.
Impact This interdisciplinary research collaboration brought sports scientists, engineers, and coaches together to develop the new technologies for swimming. The results of the joint development and studies had led to numerous academic publications, for example: Le Sage, T., Bindel, A., Conway, P.P., Justham, L.M., Slawson, S.E. and West, A.A., ''Development of a real time system for monitoring of swimming performance'', Procedia Engineering: The Engineering of Sport 8 - Engineering Emotion, 2(2), June 2010, pp 2707-2712, ISSN 1877 7058, DOI: 10.1016/j.proeng.2010.04.055 In addition, sports governing bodies, such as the Hong Kong Sport Institute expressed strong interests on the system.
Start Year 2010
 
Description England 7's 
Organisation Rugby Football Union RFU
Department England 7's
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The ESPRIT team investigated the effect of travel and recovery on sports performance. Through working closely with the athletes and sport scientists of England 7s RFU, the ESPRIT team conducted numerous related study and identified some key relevant indices on performance
Collaborator Contribution England 7s RFU provided access to athletes and coaches for the studies.
Impact The finding of the effect of travel and recovery was adopted by the team, and England 7s RFU ranked 3rd ranked in the world during 2011-2012 series.
Start Year 2012
 
Description English Institute of Sport 
Organisation English Institute of Sport
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The research team worked closely with the Sport scientists of the EIS team in identifying the requirements and needs on pervasive sensing technologies for bobskeleton and other sports, and developed novel technologies for sports.
Collaborator Contribution The sport scientists of EIS team provided advises on the requirements and relevant parameters for sports and helped arrange pilot studies and establish collaborations with other sports governing bodies.
Impact As the results of this collaboration, new novel sensing technologies have been developed for sports and also new partnerships and collaborations have been established
Start Year 2009
 
Description English Institute of Sport 
Organisation English Institute of Sport
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The ESPRIT team worked closely with the sport scientists of EIS in designing and developing novel pervasive sensing technologies which could improve the sports training outcomes.
Collaborator Contribution Ken Van Someren - the Director of Sport Sciences at the English Institute of Sport was on the research steering group of the ESPRIT programme from the beginning until 2012. Throughout the programme, the EIS facilitated collaborative research with different sport teams, such as British Skeleton. In addition, the sport scientists of the EIS team worked closely with the ESPRIT team to help identifying challenges and opportunities in applying pervasive sensing technologies in different sports.
Impact This collaboration enabled the multidisciplinary research between the engineers of the ESPRIT team to work with the sport scientists of the EIS. The collaboration led to numerous high impact publications, such as: Cook, C.J., Holdcroft, D., Drawer, S. Kilduff, L.P. (2013). Designing a warm-up protocol for elite bob-skeleton athletes. Int J Sports Physiol Perf. 8(2): 213-215.
Start Year 2010
 
Description GB Boxing 
Organisation English Institute of Sport
Department British Amateur Boxing Association (BABA)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Studies on boxing to improve performance
Collaborator Contribution Boxing team and coach
Impact Studies on boxing to improve performance
Start Year 2012
 
Description GB Canoe/Kayak 
Organisation British Canoeing
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution • British canoeing, design and development of a field based diagnostics system through integrated sensor platforms in partnership with McLaren - 4 Olympic medals
Collaborator Contribution • British canoeing, design and development of a field based diagnostics system through integrated sensor platforms in partnership with McLaren - 4 Olympic medals
Impact • British canoeing, design and development of a field based diagnostics system through integrated sensor platforms in partnership with McLaren - 4 Olympic medals
Start Year 2012
 
Description GB Gymnastics 
Organisation GB Gymnastics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Studies on gymnastics to improve performance
Collaborator Contribution Gymnastic team and coach
Impact Studies on gymnastics to improve performance
Start Year 2012
 
Description GB Hockey 
Organisation GB Hockey
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The ESPRIT team analysed the sensing data collected on the teams and identified some key indices on training preparation and recovery which could lead to better outcomes.
Collaborator Contribution British Hockey provided access for the ESPRIT team to work with the athletes and coaches in the studies, and provided access to long term athlete data.
Impact The results of this collaboration had led to new approaches in training preparation and recovery, and which helped the British field hockey team obtained very good results in international competitions - 4th ranked in the world and Olympic medal outcome - bronze medal for females
Start Year 2012
 
Description GB Taekwondo 
Organisation GB Taekwondo
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Studies on Taekwondo movement
Collaborator Contribution British Taekwondo team and coach
Impact Studies on Taekwondo movement
Start Year 2012
 
Description GB Wheelchair Basketball 
Organisation British Wheelchair Basketball
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Intra-push profiles of wheelchair propulsion to quantify training load using BSN node
Collaborator Contribution Intra-push profiles of wheelchair propulsion to quantify training load using BSN node
Impact Intra-push profiles of wheelchair propulsion to quantify training load using BSN node
Start Year 2012
 
Description GB Wheelchair Basketball 
Organisation British Wheelchair Basketball
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Developed a miniaturised inertial sensor wheelchair device which can be clipped on the wheels and be able to capture sports performance indices, such as speed, acceleration, position, etc. The ESPRIT research team had validated the sense and trials with the athletes from GB Wheelchair basketball
Collaborator Contribution The GB Wheelchair basketball provided invaluable inputs on identifying key indices for sports performance on the wheelchair sports, and also support the ESPRIT team in the study by providing accesses to athletes and coaches.
Impact The outcome of this multi-disciplinary research has led to the introduction of a new miniaturised device which attract much interests in sports and industries. By working closely with sports scientists, biomechanics, coaches, the engineers develop a novel system for can be easily installed in conventional wheelchairs, and it led to a journal publication: J. Pansiot, Z. Zhang, B. Lo and G.Z. Yang, "WISDOM: wheelchair inertial sensors for displacement and orientation monitoring", IOP Journal on Measurement Science and Technology, 22 (10) 105801, Oct 2011.
Start Year 2009
 
Description HK ASTRI 
Organisation Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute
Country Hong Kong 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We have led the design of the ultra-low power Mixed signal ASIC jointly developed with HK ASTRI. Despite leading the design of the overall architecture of the ASIC, we have also designed the a novel Analog front end for the ASIC, and developed applications around this ASIC.
Collaborator Contribution The HK ASTRI team has worked closely with the Imperial team in the designing the digital interfaces, power managements, ASIC layout and fabricated the ASIC for the ESPRIT project.
Impact This multi-disciplinary collaboration has brought in experts from analog and digital ASIC design, machine learning, system integration and BSN application developments together to develop the new ultra-low power ASIC for BSN applications. Two versions of the ASICs have been fabricated and the third version will be fabricated in early 2015. Despite successfully developed a new working ASIC for BSN, novel concepts have been implemented in the new design and results have been published in peer review conferences and journals. In addition, new devices for patient monitoring are being developed taking the advantage of this low power ASIC.
Start Year 2011
 
Description Holst Centre and Phillips 
Organisation Holst Centre and Phillips, Holland
Country Netherlands 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Academic collaborations
Collaborator Contribution Academic collaborations
Impact Academic collaborations
Start Year 2012
 
Description IMEC Belgium 
Organisation Interuniversity Micro-Electronics Centre
Country Belgium 
Sector Multiple 
PI Contribution Academic collaborations
Collaborator Contribution Academic collaborations
Impact Academic collaborations
Start Year 2012
 
Description Imperial College NHS Foundation Trust 
Organisation Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Hospitals 
PI Contribution The ESPRIT team worked closely with consultants and clinical academics in translating the ESPRIT technologies for clinical applications. For instance, the wearable biomotion was translated for orthopaedic application, the miniaturised PPG sensor was translated for free flap monitoring, and the ear worn activity recognition sensor was translated for energy expenditure and gait analysis for patients with diabetes, COPD, and post orthopaedic operations.
Collaborator Contribution • Professor Justin Cobb (Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon - Imperial College NHS Foundation Trust) - Gait assessment of orthopaedic patients - hip/knee replacement, knee ligament injuries, osteoarthritis • Mr Shehan Hettiaratchy (Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive and Trauma Surgeon, Imperial College NHS Foundation Trust) - post-operative assessment and rehabilitation of lower limb trauma patients • Dr Nick Hopkinson (Consultant Respiratory Physician, Royal Brompton Hospital, Imperial College NHS Foundation Trust) - Pulmonary Rehabilitation and early detection of exacerbations of COPD • Professor Christopher Mathias (Consultant Neurology Physician, Imperial College NHS Foundation Trust and University College London) • Professor Gary Frost (Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics, Imperial College NHS Foundation Trust) - predicting energy expenditure and monitoring food intake with smart sensors
Impact The partnerships have enabled the development and translation of novel pervasive technologies which could potentially transform the patient care from reactive care to potentially preventative care. Numerous high impact publications were resulted from this collaboration, such as: D. Jarchi, C. Wong, R. M. Kwasnicki, B. Heller, G. A. Tew and G.Z. Yang, "Gait parameter estimation from a miniaturized ear-worn sensor using singular spectrum analysis and longest common subsequence", IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, Vol:61, Pages:1261-1273, April 2014. R. M. Kwasnicki, S. Hettiaratchy, D. Jarchi, J. Simmons, M. Wordsworth, N. Craig, G.Z. Yang and A. Darzi, "Assessing Functional Mobility After Lower Limb Reconstruction: a Psychometric Evaluation of a Sensor-Based Mobility Score", ISSN:0003-4932, Annals of Surgery 2014
Start Year 2011
 
Description Laboratory for Government Chemists 
Organisation Laboratory of the Government Chemist (LGC) Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Jointly develop the multiplex assay formats for monitoring stress
Collaborator Contribution Funding (£300k) was provided by Laboratory for Government Chemists to support the development.
Impact Multiplex assay formats was developed for pervasive monitoring of stress.
Start Year 2011
 
Description Lawn Tennis Association 
Organisation Lawn Tennis Association
Department Sports Science
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The team developed a number of novel pervasive sensing devices for quantifying the training for elite tennis players.
Collaborator Contribution The LTA provided guidance in developing the technologies for tennis training and also arranged athlete trials on the sensing technologies.
Impact The collaboration led to the development of a few novel sensing devices and also publications in international conferences, and one of the publication was awarded the best paper in the conference.
Start Year 2008
 
Description Leuven University, Belgium 
Organisation University of Leuven
Country Belgium 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution All our research projects under the ESPRIT program were reviewed by the monthly RAB meetings, where Prof. Daniel Berckmans has been a member for the past 5 years.
Collaborator Contribution Prof. Daniel Berckmans has been a member of the ESPRIT advisory board for the last 5 years. His suggestions, comments and visions have helped the ESPRIT program run smoothly.
Impact This collaboration has led to the current joint effort on developing a couple of new H2020 grants aiming to investigate the use of pervasive sensing technologies for stress analysis on drivers and use the technologies for monitoring the wellbeing of farm animals.
Start Year 2010
 
Description McLaren Applied Technology 
Organisation McLaren Group
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The Imperial team has done a couple of investigative studies for McLaren and for assessing the possibilities of collaborative research.
Collaborator Contribution Dr. Caroline Hargrove of McLaren Applied Technologies Ltd. is one of the Research Steering Committee member of the ESPRIT programme and provide invaluable advices on research directions of the programme. In addition, McLaren has also sponsored a student to Master of Research programme last year.
Impact Dr. Hargrove has provided invaluable advices on the research direction of the ESPRIT programme, and the collaboration has led to a MRes studentship. The MRes studentship has also led to a joint publication and possible further publications.
Start Year 2009
 
Description NPL 
Organisation National Physical Laboratory
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The ESPRIT team assess some of the new smart textile technologies developed by NPL and provided suggestions on potential applications of the new materials.
Collaborator Contribution NPL provided samples of their new smart sensing textile.
Impact This collaboration has led to new research initiative in terms of using novel material of printing sensors on flexible materials.
Start Year 2010
 
Description Northumbria University 
Organisation Northumbria University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Academic collaboration
Collaborator Contribution Academic collaboration
Impact Academic collaboration
Start Year 2011
 
Description Royal Brompton Hospital 
Organisation Royal Brompton Hospital
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Hospitals 
PI Contribution Worked together to investigate the use eAR sensor for continuous monitoring the condition of COPD patients, and novel machine learning approaches were developed for estimating the energy expenditure from the ear worn sensor.
Collaborator Contribution The team at the Brompton hospital helped in recruiteing patients, and provided the clinical interpretation on the collected information.
Impact This multi-disciplinary collaboration has enabled the publication of several journal papers, and one of them have been selected as TBME's monthly highlight.
Start Year 2011
 
Description Rutherford Appleton Laboratories 
Organisation Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The ESPRIT team has worked closely with RAL team on developing a novel micro needle array. In particular, the ESPRIT team provided expertise in designing sensing elements for the micro needle array and identifying potential applications.
Collaborator Contribution Rutherford Appleton Laboratories provided expertise and inputs on micro needle sensing array fabrication.
Impact A pervasive sensor based on the microneedle array was developed with the aim of continuous monitoring for athlete performance.
Start Year 2011
 
Description Scottish Rugby Union 
Organisation Scottish Rugby Union
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Development of hormonal and metabolic stress-test models to predict match performance.
Collaborator Contribution The Scottish Rugby Union provided £5k funding to support the development work, and also provided access to coaches and athletes for the studies.
Impact The multidisciplinary collaboration between the sports scientists, biochemists, and coaches had led to new findings which better our understanding on the relevance of biochemical indices on sports performance. In addition, it has led to a number of journal publications, such as: Cunningham, DJ., DJ. West, NJ. Owen, DA. Shearer, CV. Finn, RM. Bracken, BT. Crewther, P, Scott, CJ. Cook and LP. Kilduff (2013). Strength and power predictors of sprinting performance in professional rugby players. J Sports Med Phys Fitness. 53(2), 105-111.
Start Year 2011
 
Description Sheffield Hallam University 
Organisation Sheffield Hallam University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Working together on gait analysis, including data collection and analysis.
Collaborator Contribution Working together on gait analysis, including data collection and analysis.
Impact Several journal papers have been published due to this multi-disciplinary collaboration
Start Year 2010
 
Description Southampton University 
Organisation University of Southampton
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The ESPRIT team introduced the BSN platform and pervasive sensing technologies to the Southampton team, and also worked jointly with the Southampton team in developing new technologies for detailed biomechanical analysis for swimming.
Collaborator Contribution The Southampton team developed a wearable system for capturing elite swimmer's movements and which can link to a simulator for detailed biomechanical analysis.
Impact A prototype system was successfully developed and trailed with professional althetes.
Start Year 2011
 
Description Swansea University 
Organisation Swansea University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The ESPRIT team worked closely with the Swansea team in defining requirements and identifying new biochemical markers for sports performance analysis. In addition, the ESPRIT team also conducted the user and athlete trials to validate the hypothesis and approaches.
Collaborator Contribution The Swansea team provided expertise in the biochemical analysis as well as lab support for conducting the research.
Impact This multi-disciplinary research collaboration, which involved sports scientists and biochemists, has generated a dozen of high quality journal paper in world leading journals. For example: B.T. Crewther, L.P. Kilduff, C.J. Cook, D.J. Cunningham, P Bunce, R.M. Bracken, C.M. Gaviglio (2012). Relationships between free testosterone and the expression of force and power in elite athletes. J Sport Med Phys Fit. 52 (1-2), 1-7
Start Year 2009
 
Description Te Awamutu Rugby Club, NZ 
Organisation Te Awamutu Rugby Sports & Recreation Club
Country New Zealand 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Studies on Rugby movement to improve performance
Collaborator Contribution Rugby team and coach
Impact Studies on Rugby movement to improve performance
Start Year 2012
 
Description Tyndall National Institute 
Organisation University College Cork
Department Tyndall National Institute
Country Ireland 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The possibility of using novel fabrication technologies for further sensor miniaturization was investigated jointly between the research team and the team at the Tyndall National institute.
Collaborator Contribution Tyndall National Institute advised the research team on possible fabrication technologies which could enable the development of novel pervasive sensors for sports and well-being applications.
Impact Through the collaboration, new directions on sensor fabrication were identified. Although no impact was generated from this collaboration yet, the collaboration has led to discussion on potential collaborative EU research projects.
Start Year 2012
 
Description UK Athletics - Wheelchair racing 
Organisation UK Athletics Limited
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution • Intra-push profiles of wheelchair propulsion to quantify training load using BSN node
Collaborator Contribution • Intra-push profiles of wheelchair propulsion to quantify training load using BSN node
Impact • Intra-push profiles of wheelchair propulsion to quantify training load using BSN node
Start Year 2012
 
Description University College London 
Organisation University College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Worked on the gait analysis and derived gait parameters using the eAR sensor for Parkinson patients. The ESPRIT team has also conducted joint gait data collection with UCL on capturing key biomechanics indices of Parkinson patients.
Collaborator Contribution Provided the gait parameter gold standards, and explored what the gait parameters represented for the Parkinson patients.
Impact The outcomes includes 2 journal papers plus several conference papers together. For instance: D. Jarchi, C. Wong, R. M. Kwasnicki, B. Heller, G. A. Tew and G.Z. Yang, "Gait parameter estimation from a miniaturized ear-worn sensor using singular spectrum analysis and longest common subsequence", IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, Vol:61, Pages:1261-1273, April 2014. We are also working together for future grants.
Start Year 2011
 
Description University of Queensland 
Organisation University of Queensland
Country Australia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Academic collaboration
Collaborator Contribution Academic collaboration
Impact Academic collaboration
Start Year 2010
 
Description Waikato University, NZ 
Organisation University of Waikato
Country New Zealand 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Academic Collaboration
Collaborator Contribution Academic Collaboration
Impact Academic Collaboration
Start Year 2009
 
Description Wakefield College 
Organisation Wakefield College
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The research team collaborate with the Wakefield College in determining the effects of competition and training on key psychophysiological parameters over a long period of time. In particular, to: - Tack the physical performance of each athletic group on a weekly basis - Assess the ability of the free hormones for predicting training performance - Assess the weekly effects of competition and/or training on free hormones - Evaluate the subjective ratings as monitoring tools
Collaborator Contribution Wakefield college provided invaluable inputs in the research in terms of identifying the key factors and also contributed by providing the athletes data for the research.
Impact This collaborative research has led to new findings on the effects of psychophysiological parameters on physical performance and has led to further research in this area. This multi-disciplinary research collaboration involved sports scientists, biochemists, computing scientists and engineers.
Start Year 2009
 
Description Wakefield Wildcats 
Organisation Wakefield Trinity Wildcats
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The team had worked closely with the rugby team to find precisely how elite athletes achieve their best level of performance on a consistent basis using pervasive sensing technologies.
Collaborator Contribution The rugby team had contributed by advising the research team on relevant performance matrices, provided access to coaches and athletes, and facilitated the data collections with elite athletes.
Impact This research collaboration had helped the Wakefield Wildcats to better understand of the players' responses to load sessions and best prepared their team for the Super League game based on the players recovery. This multi-disciplinary research collaboration involved sports scientists, biochemists, computing scientists and engineers.
Start Year 2009
 
Description West Ham United 
Organisation West Ham United F.C.
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Studies on football movement and after-game training
Collaborator Contribution Football team and coach
Impact Studies on football movement and after-game training
Start Year 2012
 
Description West of Scotland University 
Organisation Western University
Country Canada 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Academic collaborations
Collaborator Contribution Academic collaborations
Impact Academic collaborations
Start Year 2012
 
Title Care-for-all system 
Description Use of wearable technologies couple with mobile application for the care of children with learning disabilities. 
IP Reference GB1511483.8 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted 2015
Licensed Yes
Impact New research direction has been form to pursue the research and new device prototypes have been developed
 
Title Multiple PPG Sensing Platform 
Description A novel approach to quantify peripheral vascular circulation using PPG. 
IP Reference GB1509792.6 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted 2015
Licensed Yes
Impact This new approach has led to new student research projects and a number of publications. A new sensing platform is being developed for enabling clinical studies.
 
Title Diabetic Neuropathy Trial in Shanghai 
Description ear worn activity recognition sensor for detecting abnormal gait for patients with diabetic neurpathy 
Type Diagnostic Tool - Non-Imaging
Current Stage Of Development Early clinical assessment
Year Development Stage Completed 2012
Development Status Under active development/distribution
Impact This is a first substantial patient trial of using the wearable sensor for assessing diabetic neuropathy. This low cost sensor can enable long term analysis and facilitate early intervention. 
 
Title Spectroscopy for blood perfusion monitoring 
Description This is a lightweight and miniaturised optical based sensor which can capture the subcutaneous blood perfusion. 
Type Diagnostic Tool - Non-Imaging
Current Stage Of Development Initial development
Year Development Stage Completed 2016
Development Status Under active development/distribution
Impact This low cost miniaturised sensor will enable continuous monitoring of tissue flap after surgery providing crucial information to surgeons in detecting early sign of flap failure. 
 
Company Name Sensixa Ltd. 
Description Sensixa Ltd is a spun-off company from The Hamlyn Centre, Imperial College London. The company was established in 2006 to manage the IP and commercialize the research outcome from the Pervasive Sensing group of the Hamlyn Centre. With extensive experience in wireless wearable sensors and pattern recognition, a range of novel sensing devices and systems has been developed for healthcare, wellbeing, sports and gaming. One exemplar is the e-AR (ear-worn Activity Recognition) sensor, which uses a novel bio-inspired design and has been awarded the Bluetooth Innovator of the Year. In addition to sensing devices, Sensixa also provides backend services, such as real-time database, data analytics and pattern mining, and graphical user interfaces for enabling the versatile applications of pervasive sensing. The company is based in London and has a wholly-owned subsidiary in Hong Kong, overseeing production and manufacturing of the hardware platforms. Since its establishments, Sensixa products have been sold to more than 40 major research centres worldwide, including MIT, Berkeley, Philips and Qualcomm. 
Year Established 2006 
Impact The company has received many awards, such as Bluetooth Innovator of the Year - Bluetooth Innovation World Cup 2010, Health Care Winner - Bluetooth Innovation World Cup 2010, IET Innovation Award 2010 - finalist in healthcare technologies. It also holds a few key patents, such as Pervasive Sensing - Patent PCT/GB2007/003861, PPG sensor - Patent GB 0705033.9, Gait analysis - Patent PCT/GB07/000358, Spatial temporal self-organising maps - Patent PCT/GB06/000948
 
Description Body Sensor Networks Hackathon 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Dr. Lo jointly with Intel organised the first BSN Hackathon in conjunction with the BSN 2015 conference at the MIT Media Lab. The event was organised to showcase some of the latest research in BSN and allow the participants to form teams to build new BSN applications using new Intel hardware platforms. An international panel of judges was form, and awards were given to the outstanding teams .
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016
URL http://www.bsn2015.org/
 
Description BSN2012 Conference - Royal Geographical Society, London, May 9-12, 2012 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact The Hamlyn Centre hosted the annual International Body Sensor Networks Conference (BSN 2012). In addition to presenting our research papers on the latest research outcome of ESPRIT project, the team had exhibited and demonstrated the working prototypes during the conference.

The talks, exhibit and demos attracted significant interests from academics, researchers, industrial professionals and healthcare practitioners who attended the conference. It led to discussions on potential industrial and academic collaborations. The conference and especially the ESPRIT research demos had led to increasing interests in pervasive sensing technologies in sports, and since then sports applications have become one of the key area of interests of all subsequent BSN conferences.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.bsn2012.org
 
Description BSN2013 at ETH Zurich 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact The talks, tutorials and presentations were well received. The new BSN book and the new BSN platform had attracted much interests from other researchers in the field and led to discussions and collaborative activities afterwards.

One of the papers presented at the conference was nominated for best paper award and led to a journal publication subsequently. In addition, the talks and presentations at the conference had led to number of collaborative initiatives, such as a few invitations to join EU project consortium, co-organised special issues in international journals, and subsequent invited talks in workshops and conferences.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.bsn2014.org/
 
Description Demonstration of implatable device at International Trial Day; Barts Health NHS TRust 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interest genrated in new methods of diabetes monitoring

Nursing professionals had better understanding of monitoring technology.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description ESPRIT 2012 annual conference at the Natural History Museum 2012 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact The talks and demos from the ESPRIT team attracted much interests not only from the sports professionals, but many clinicians and healthcare professionals who attended the conference expressed great interests in the technologies and the conference had led to detailed discussions on collaborative work, especially on transnational research for clinical applications.

The conference had led to new collaborative research and partnerships. For instance, new collaborative work on developing flexible sensor for free flap monitoring was the result on a discussion during the conference, and which had led to a new grant funding from BRC on developing the technology for clinical translation. In addition, following the conference, a formal partnership was formed between the Hamlyn Centre and Intel.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.esprit-sport.org
 
Description ESPRIT Annual Conference 2010, Henry Ford College, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Oct 8, 2010 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation keynote/invited speaker
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The ESPTIT team organised and presented at the ESPRIT Annual Conference 2010, Henry Ford College, Loughborough University, Loughborough. The team presented the latest developments of the project and demonstrated the prototypes to the sports scientists, coaches, academics, industrial leaders, and clinicians who attended the conference. In addition to the conference, a few focus workshops were also organised in parallel to discuss topics on paralympic sports, sports medicine, talent trainability challenge, and workload and technologies challenge. The conference and workshops initiated and facilitated discussions on the multidisciplinary research topics on sensing and sports.

Apart from identifying and clarifying the research directions among the research teams in the ESPRIT programme, the conference helped initiated many discussions and triggered a number of new collaborations. One example was the ESPRIT team's collaboration with British Sailing on new approach on accurate boat position training.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
URL http://www.esprit-sport.org
 
Description ESPRIT Pervasive Sensing Exhibition at the Science Museum 2012 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The exhibit was very popular and many visitors of the museum took part in the interactive Q&A of the exhibit.

The exhibit attracted much media and general interests in the pervasive sensing work from the ESPRIT team, and which has led to subsequent enquiries and media coverage.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.esprit-sport.org
 
Description ESPRIT Workshop on Sports Data Modelling 2013 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Following the presentations from the ESPRIT teams and the collaborative partners, an in depth and fruitful discussion was carried out, and topics include current challenges in data modelling, potential technological solutions, applications, commercial exploitation, etc., were raised and discussed during and after the workshop.

The workshop had led to new collaborative research initiative with industrial partners and sports governing bodies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.esprit-sport.org
 
Description ESPRIT Workshop: Pervasive Sensing for Food Intake and Energy Expenditure 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation workshop facilitator
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The workshop has led to new joint projects and research in addressing the need in the field.

The workshop stimulated discussions in the patient need and potential impacts on pervasive sensing technologies in promoting active lifestyle as a preventative approach in addressing the obesity issue. Joint studies have been conducted as the result of this workshop and results have been published in international conferences and leading journals.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.esprit-sport.org
 
Description ESPRIT at Life Sciences and Healthcare Event at City Hall 2012 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact A Question and Answer session revealed considerable interest in the ESPRIT programme from an audience of international business representatives and academics.

A number of follow-up meetings took place in weeks after the event which showed the Hamlyn Centre and its collaborators played a key role in building a lasting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.esprit-sport.org/
 
Description ESPRIT to Help Deliver the Digital Experience at London 2012 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The summit enabled to share lessons learned and best practice approaches as well as recommendations for future events and large scale projects, and which triggered interesting discussions among the audiences.

The talk had led to much interests from the industries and general public in pervasive sensing, especially on how it could potential be applied in Olympic as well as Paralympic sports.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.esprit-sport.org/
 
Description Exhibited at the ESPRIT Project Launch Event, the Royal Society, London, Oct 28, 2010 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact The ESPRIT team organised the Project Launch Event at the Royal Society invited all the stakeholders in performance sports, academic and industrial institutions to introduce the programme and discuss how the programme could lead to impacts in sports and healthcare. The event sparked questions about the programme and its directions and led to detailed discussions which help define the research directions of the programme.

The event was well attended with renowned experts from different disciplines, and the discussions had helped the ESPRIT team in setting the key research directions of the programme and the facilitated the discussions which led to collaborations with sports and other research institutions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
URL http://www.esprit-sport.org
 
Description Exhibited at the Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, Feb 27 - Mar 1, 2012 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The exhibition generated many interests and questions, and led to fruitful discussions with other attendees from the mobile industry.

The Mobile World Congress is one of the largest exhibitions in the mobile industry. Our exhibit attracted extensive interests from the attendees from the mobile industry, and many expressed that exhibit was very inspirational as they hadn't come across the pervasive sensing technologies before and the surprised to find out how the technologies could help training athletes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_World_Congress
 
Description Former Prime Minister Tony Blair Visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The former Prime Minister Tony Blair visited Imperial College and toured the Hamlyn Centre for Robotics, viewing demonstrations of surgical robots, 3D printed microrobotic tools and augmented reality technology for medical imaging.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.imperial.ac.uk/news/187036/former-pm-supports-lord-darzi-report/
 
Description Friends of Imperial Visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Supporters
Results and Impact The Hamlyn Centre participated in the programme of "Friends of Imperial Visit" as one of visit destinations. Our research teams demonstrated the latest research result to the "Friends of Imperial Visit" participants and answered their questions regarding the works.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.friendsofimperial.org.uk/Media/Documents/Current_Programme.pdf
 
Description Global Business Summit on Advances in Assistive Medical Technologies 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The talked was well received and led to further discussions with the government officials and industrial leaders, and led to new academic as well as industrial collaborations.

The talk has stimulated further discussions with the policy makers, funding bodies and industries. It has led to more involvements in advising the research funding bodies in supporting assistive medical technologies research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/news/more-opportunities-for-british-business-highlighted-as-paralympic...
 
Description Hamlyn Centre Official Twitter 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Hamlyn Centre Official Twitter account aims to reach out all types of audiences for demonstrating our research progress and result, promoting our events and sharing relevant information.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2015,2016,2017,2018
URL https://twitter.com/ICLHamlynRobots
 
Description Hamlyn Centre Summer School on High Performance Computing for Medical Imaging, Sensing and Robotics 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Dr. Lo co-organised the Summer School, and the focus of the summer school was to introduce the concept of high performance computing for robotics, medical imagining and sensing applications. The Summer school was co-organised and sponsored by Intel. A number of leading experts in the field were invited to give lectures to the attendees.

Very positive comments were received from the attendees after the event, and many of them expressed their interests in this new field and intended to introduce on the HPC approach their learnt during the school into their research. The successful summer school had strengthen the linkage with Intel and which has led to many subsequent joint events, including the upcoming Hamlyn Summer School starting this July.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://hamlyn.doc.ic.ac.uk/rob/summerschool/index.htm
 
Description Imperial Festival 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The event os a annual public event organised by Imperial College with an aim to promote science and research to the public. The ESPRIT team has been invited to exhibit every year since the launch of the festival in 2012. With an intuitive game, the ESPRIT demo attracted many young adults and children, and which helped the team to explain the concept of pervasive sensing and how it can be used to improve sport training.

The festival has been a very well attended event well over 10,000 visitors visited each year. Among the different attendees, students were particular interested in the pervasive sensing research. Some of them visited the Hamlyn Centre open day subsequently and enrolled to our MRes programme to study body sensor networks.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012,2013,2014,2015
URL http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/festival
 
Description Imperial West Launch Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Imperial West Launch Event was organised by Imperial College on Mar 6 2013, to launch its new Imperial West campus. The ESPRIT team were invited to exhibit and demonstrate our work.

It was a high profile event attended by government officials, media and funding bodies. Apart from external participants, the events were attended by faculty and college management teams, and the demonstration attracted many external and internal attendees and many enquired about the project and the technologies. A discussion with an academic from another department during the event led to potential collaborative project on using pervasive sensing for capturing motion parameters for surgical training analysis.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.friendsofimperial.org.uk/FOIC-Index.php?pg=FullEvent&from=Past-Events&yr=12&ev=115
 
Description Interview with RSC journal: Chemistry World 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Provided information to a review of the field

Clarified possibilities with biosensors
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Invited Talk- Prof Itaru Kitahara: 3D-CG Virtual Surgical Operation in University of Tsukuba 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Our senior research fellow Dr Matina Giannarou invited Prof. Itaru Kitahara to share the experience about "3D-CG Virtual Surgical Operation in University of Tsukuba" with our researchers in the Hamlyn Centre. Prof. Itaru Kitahara is leading the Virtual Surgery research project at the University of Tsukuba, Japan and his research focuses on Computer Vision and Mixed Reality. During the talk, he not only introduced "3D CG Virtual Surgery", which aims to realise a navigation system of surgical operation using Computer Vision and AR/VR techniques, but also presented the collaboration between their research team and the medical doctors in our university regarding 3D CG Virtual Surgery.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://twitter.com/ICLHamlynRobots/status/1102943972790542336
 
Description Invited Talk- Prof Jackrit Suthakorn: the past, present and future of the BART LAB 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof Jackrit Suthakorn, the BART LAB executive director and the department chair of Department of Biomedical Engineering at Mahidol University, visited the Hamlyn Centre on Monday 25th January 2019. He gave a talk regarding the development of the BART LAB as well as their current research areas and progress in robotics for extreme environment as well as rehabilitation to the Hamlyn Centre researchers and members.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Invited talk at the Workshop at BSN2013 at MIT 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact We were invited to give a talk at the Workshop on Automated Sensor Based Mobility Analysis for Prevention and Disease Treatment in conjunction with the BSN2013 conference, at MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA, USA, May 6 2013

The workshop was well attended with over 50 attendees from industries and academia, and mainly from the US. The talk led to collaboration between the team and the workshop organiser on future events and journal special issue.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.bsn2013.org
 
Description Keynote speech at IFMBE ICHI 2013 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Prof. Yang was invited to give a key note speech at the IFMBE International Conference on Health Informatics, Vilamoura Portugal, Nov 7-9 2013, and the talked inspired a few discussions on the topic on Body Sensor Networks and how it is related to health informatics.


The talk was well received and facilitated a number of follow up discussions on collaborations with other research groups.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.ichi2013.org/Abstracts/GuangZhongYang.aspx
 
Description Keynote speech at the CIMTEC 2012, Montecatini Terme, Italy, Jun 10-14, 2012 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact The speech was well received and overwhelming number of questions were raised after the talk, and which led to in depth discussions with a few interested academics and researchers at the conference.

After the talk, a couple of academics from other institutions expressed interests in visiting our lab and it also led to some discussions on collaborating on research grant applications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://old.cimtec-congress.org/2012/
 
Description Minister of State for Immigration Caroline Nokes MP and Cancer Research UK Visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Caroline Nokes MP, Minister of State for Immigration, visited Imperial in October 2018 and took a tour of the Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery. She was joined by representatives of Cancer Research UK and our college president Alice Gast. During the visit, Caroline Nokes was shown some of our latest robot technology in medicine, developments which have enabled healthcare professionals to conduct smarter operations with higher precision.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.imperial.ac.uk/news/188691/immigration-minister-sees-benefits-internationalism-imperial/
 
Description Organised the ESPRIT Biosensing Workshop - UK Sport, London, Mar 15, 2011 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The ESPRIT team organised the ESPRIT Biosensing Workshop with UK sport. In addition to presenting the novel biosensing technologies being developed under the program, other leading researchers were invited to talk about the state of the art biosensing technologies and its applications in professional sports. The workshop initiated detailed discussions among the attendees on how the technologies could potentially be used to improve sports performance.

This workshop raised the sport scientists understanding of pervasive sensing technologies and the potential research could be conducted with UK Sports team using the technologies
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
URL http://www.esprit-sport.org
 
Description Organised the ESPRIT Rowing Workshop - British Rowing, London, Jan 31, 2011 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact The ESPRIT team organised the ESPRIT Rowing Workshop at British Rowing, London, Jan 31, 2011, and invited all the leading experts in technologies for rowing. Apart from presenting and discussing the state of the art technologies for elite rowing athlete training, the workshop was organised with a joint discussion session inviting the rowing coaches and sports scientists to discuss with the research teams on how technologies could potentially lead to performance improvements, and outlining some key directions of research.

This workshop discussed the potential research directions to apply pervasive sensing technologies for rowing. The workshop had led to collaborative research and studies between the ESPRIT team and the coaches of the GB Rowing teams.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
URL http://www.esprit-sport.org
 
Description Organised the ESPRIT Tennis & Wheelchair Sports Workshop - Hamlyn Centre, Lodnon, Jan 21, 2011 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The ESPRIT team organised the ESPRIT Tennis and Wheelchair Sports Workshop invited all the sports scientists, technology developers and leading expert in the field to discuss the state of the art pervasive sensing technologies and how the technologies could be applied to assist elite athlete performance training. With the strong interests in the ESPRIT technologies, the sport scientists raised a many interesting questions in the workshop and led to fruitful discussions.

This workshop raised the research questions and potential research directions for application of pervasive technologies in tennis and wheelchair sports. A number of new collaborative projects were directly results from this workshop. For example, the workshop led to a joint pilot study between the ESPRIT team and the Lawn Tennis Association on using pervasive sensors for elite athletes training.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
URL http://www.esprit-sport.org
 
Description Organised the session on "BSN in Hash Environment" in conjunction with BSN2011 at Dallas, USA, May 23, 2011 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact The talks and discussions during the special session sparked questions and discussions from the participants.

After the special sessions, a number of attendees expressed that the talks and panel discussion raised a number of interesting questions and changed their views on developing novel sensing approaches for body sensing in harsh environments.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
URL http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/mostRecentIssue.jsp?punumber=5954008
 
Description Presented and exhibited at the ESPRIT Annual Conference 2011 - Dorney Lake, Windsor, Oct 10, 2011 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact The research team hosted the ESPRIT Annual Conference 2011 and invited all the stakeholders, from coaches, sports scientists, clinicians, to professional sports industry representatives, and other academic researchers. In addition, presenting and demonstrating the ESPRIT research outcomes, the Annual Conference invited a few collaborators to present and demonstrate their recent works. The talks and demonstrations triggered many discussions and questions after each session.

The event provided a unique opportunity to gather all the stakeholders, researchers and engineers together and which had led to a number of collaborative projects and joint research. For instances, a new collaborative project between the ESPRIT team and the British Cycling sports science team was the result of a detail discussion between the teams during the conference.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
URL http://ubimon.doc.ic.ac.uk/esprit/m1727.html
 
Description Presented at the "New multimedia and remote sensing for the enhancement of sports performance" - LTN Sports Technologies - Evening Networking Event, Queen Mary Bioscience Innovation Centre, London, Oct 13, 2010 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presented at the "New multimedia and remote sensing for the enhancement of sports performance" - LTN Sports Technologies - Evening Networking Event, Queen Mary Bioscience Innovation Centre, London, Oct 13, 2010. The event was well attended with local company representatives, researchers and stakeholders in the field of sensing and sports performance. The talk triggered some discussion on the potential impact of pervasive sensing technologies in the sports performance industry.

The talk raised the industries awareness of pervasive sensing technologies and their potential application in professional sports training. Shortly after the talk, a representative of a leading motion capture technology companies approached us and expressed their interests of the technologies and discussed the potential collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
URL http://ubimon.doc.ic.ac.uk/esprit/public/NewsEvents/Sports_Technology_Programme_Final.pdf
 
Description Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The ESPRIT team has been selected to exhibit at this year's Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, and the exhibition has not started yet. It is envisaged that there will be over 12000 people (from general public, primary school students, to renowned Royal Society Fellows, Nobel Laureates and Politicians) will visit the exhibition.

Although the exhibition is yet to start in July, we have already received enquiries from, other institutions, companies and media. Given the wide audience and media coverage on the event, we anticipate that the exhibition will draw a lots of interests from school pupils, general public, to fellow researchers, scientists, and experts from the industries.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://sse.royalsociety.org/2015/smart-sensing/
 
Description South Korean State Visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The South Korean President visited Imperial College on Nov 5, 2013, and we were invited to present and exhibit our work at the event.

It was a high profile events attended by government officials and international medias.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/newsandeventspggrp/imperialcollege/newssummary/news_5-11-2013-16-18-47
 
Description The Hamlyn Centre Christmas Showcase 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Supporters
Results and Impact The Hamlyn Christmas Showcase is an event that showcased the latest research outputs form our research teams at the Hamlyn Centre. Every year we invite our collaborators and affiliates to participate this event in order to demonstrate our research findings and to discuss potential further collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017,2018,2019
URL https://twitter.com/ICLHamlynRobots/status/1073577685488754688
 
Description The Hamlyn Centre Official Website 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Hamlyn Centre Official website aims to engage with all types of audiences for introducing our centre purpose and structure as well as our research areas and environment. On the website, we also constantly update job opportunities, event information and News from our research teams as well as the Imperial College.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010,2011,2012,2013,2014
URL https://www.imperial.ac.uk/hamlyn-centre/
 
Description The Hamlyn Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics (HSMR) provides an annual forum for surgeons and engineers from across the globe, to network and explore the latest developments in medical robotics. The Symposium has been successfully conducted for the past 11 years and has become a leading international conference on medical robotics, current clinical practice and emerging technologies in robotic surgery. Every year researchers, clinicians and engineers are invited to submit papers on a range of topics covering clinical specialities in Urology, Cardiac Surgery, Neuro Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, General Surgery, Gynaecology, ENT, Orthopaedic and Paediatric Surgery. The Hamlyn Symposium is composed of a series of workshops on various clinical and technical topics and the main conference with the participants from leading medical, science and technology institutions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2006,2007,2008,2009,2010
URL https://www.ukras.org/hamlyn/
 
Description The Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact We exhibited at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2015 and demonstrated our latest developments in wearable and implantable sensing technologies. The event attracted over 10000 participants from school children to Royal Society Fellows.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://sse.royalsociety.org/2015
 
Description Three web presentations on behalf of the RSC one on behalf of the IOM3 and one on behalf of Faculty Media 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Were internet presentations, so no feedback was available

Positive feedback from other academics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011,2012
URL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvH1jPVEtrk&list=PLEC90BACDCC6B5784&index=15&feature=plpp_video
 
Description Workshop on Pervasive Sensing in Sports and Extreme Environments - BSN 2013 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Type Of Presentation workshop facilitator
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Workshop on Pervasive Sensing in Sports and Extreme Environments was organised in conjunction with the BSN2013 conference at MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, USA, May 6, 2013. Leading experts in the field were invited to talk about the state of the art technologies and approaches.

A number of very interesting talks were given in the workshop, and the event was well attended with over 40 attendees from academia and industry. The event had facilitated discussions and collaborative works between attendees and speakers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.bsn2013.org
 
Description Workshop on Wearable Human Biomechanical Analysis for Healthcare Applications (in conjunction with BSN2015), June 12 2015, MIT, Boston, USA 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation workshop facilitator
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In conjunction with the Body Sensor Networks conference 2015, we organize this half-day workshop which aims to provide a forum to bring together commercial companies, researchers, engineers, and healthcare practitioners from a diverse range of disciplines to present the current state-of-the-art wearable biomechanical analysis technologies and their healthcare application



Invited 5 leading scientists from all over the world to present their state of the art research outcomes for wearable biomechanical analysis.
All the talks are well received by the audiences.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.bsn2015.org
 
Description Workshop on Wearable Sweat Sensors for Sports and Health 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact The talk led to further discussions in potential collaborations and joint projects.

After the talk, a couple of companies and academics expressed interests in collaboration and further discussions had been made regarding potential projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL https://www4.dcu.ie/conferences/wearablesensors/index.shtml
 
Description World Congress on Active Ageing 2012 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Type Of Presentation keynote/invited speaker
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The talk stimulated further discussions and questions from the participants.

After the talk, we received many enquirers from other academics and industries representatives, and potential collaborations have been discussed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?langId=en&catId=88&eventsId=386&furtherEvents=yes
 
Description You wear it so well - Analytical Scientist Magazine 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact ESPRIT research was featured in one of the leading Science Magazines, The Analytical Scientist. The article featured wearable biosensors for monitoring our personal health and the external environment that improve performance in sport and fitness. It argued that the sensors are easy to use, will cost little and provide useful, real-time information. Professor Vadgama from Queen Mary University provided insight on chemical sensing that offer almost limitless range of potential uses, including the tracking of personal health metrics while Dr Lo from Imperial College London emphasizes the role of sensors in sports and athletes' performance.

The article has led to many queries received by sport scientists, sports enthusiast and other researchers, and result in follow up discussions and potential collaborative works.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://ubimon.doc.ic.ac.uk/esprit/public/0314-402_Biosensor.pdf
 
Description mini-symposia on Body Sensor Networks at ICHI 2013 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation keynote/invited speaker
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr. Lo co organised the Mini Symposia in conjunction with the IFMBE International Conference on Health Informatics, Vilamoura Portugal, Nov 7-9 2013. A number of speakers were invited to give a talk in the area of Body Sensor Networks. We were also invited to give a talk on "Bio-inspired Body Sensor Networks"


The symposia was well attended, and also facilitated fruitful discussions on this new research topic. Shortly after the sympoisa, we were invited to join a consortium bidding for a new EU project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.ichi2013.org/Abstracts/BioinspiredBodySensorNetworks.aspx