Moving the mountain: Non-conventional human body monitoring to enable energy harvester powered systems

Lead Research Organisation: University of Manchester
Department Name: Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Abstract

Wearable sensors are highly miniaturised electronic devices that are easily placed on the human body and can conveniently monitor a range of body parameters, facilitate diagnosis of diseases, and even automatically raise alarms to summon help in critical situations. They are quickly emerging as next generation devices for the prolonged monitoring of the human body and have substantial impacts for managing our ageing population: both in terms of automatic monitoring and alarm generation in older subjects; and in promoting proactive and preventative healthcare and exercise in younger subjects. However, delivering new sensors, enhancing their functionality, and maintaining battery life as we incorporate more power hungry complex electronics is a major engineering challenge.

To resolve this it is crucial that future devices include energy harvesting: here the batteries present are supplemented by using the intrinsic energy available in the environment to power the sensor. As a result, energy harvesting is the only method for creating sensors which are power autonomous and can go beyond the limited lifetimes provided by batteries. However, state-of-the-art miniature energy harvesters which are suitable for wearing on the human body can only provide very small amounts of output power. To realise the full potential benefits from these it is necessary to devise new techniques for closing the current gap between the power required by wearable sensors and the power provided by miniature energy harvesters.

This project will bridge this gap by performing human body monitoring in non-conventional places on the body. Current approaches place the energy harvester where the wanted physiological signal is strongest; this project will devise techniques to move the physiological monitoring to where the most power can be harvested. Measuring physiological parameters in non-conventional locations on the body, such as the arms and legs, means the signals are weaker and more prone to interference from artefacts due to motion. It also means that substantially more energy is available for harvesting and to power both the sensor and the signal processing required to correct for the presence of artefacts.

The research will investigate these new trade-offs that are available as wearable sensors begin to include energy harvesters. In particular it will establish the trade-off between: physiological signal strength, motion artefact corruption of the collected signal, and energy harvesting potential. This will involve collecting physiological data from non-conventional places on the body and creating digital signal processing approaches for analysing the signals and dealing with the new motion artefacts compared to conventional monitoring. The successful outcomes will contribute to our knowledge on digital signal processing and enhance our ability to create self-powered sensors that can perform complex signal processing. This will provide major benefits to future wearable sensors, to personalised and preventative healthcare, and to our ability to tackle the healthcare, societal, and personal implications of the UK's ageing population.

Planned Impact

Society and economy
The ageing population is one of the major challenges currently facing the UK. The proposed research aims to directly tackle this through the creation of new wearable devices for preventative healthcare, helping to keep people healthy for longer. As a result the successful outcomes of this work will have a direct impact on quality of life, and the PI already has experience of such quality of life impacts through his work on EEG for improving epilepsy diagnosis.

To reach the general population through translation and commercialisation it is highly likely that patentable IP will be produced during this work. (In the areas of non-conventional human body monitoring, reduced reliance on batteries/improved power autonomy, and advanced signal processing.) This IP will be protected, managed and exploited in collaboration with UMIP (University of Manchester Intellectual Property) in a manner consistent with other research programmes.

Further, while the field of wearable medical devices is very timely and relevant, it is still at an early stage of development and there are many open questions with regards to the requirements, regulations, and policy surrounding the devices. For example, if a sensor node relies on non-constant power sources and energy harvesters, does this affect its use in safety critical situations? The PI will use the research carried out here as a platform to engage with policy processes, informing the debate on wearable devices in personalised and preventative healthcare through the release of a position paper.


Knowledge
While the current proposed research focuses on contributing to personalised and preventative healthcare, the successful outcomes also have clear potential to impact the Big Data community: novel low power sensor nodes are the principal driver behind Big Data as they are enabling new streams of information to be collected. The proposed research will further the state-of-the-art in sensor nodes and data collection techniques and the PI will engage with the Big Data community to share these.

The PI is well positioned to deliver this impact, being a member of the Big Data research community at the University of Manchester and through his conference organisation roles. In 2012 he organised a mini-symposium at the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology conference on "Dealing with lots of data: Databases, performance metrics and competitions as tools for research".

To directly impact the Big Data community the physiological data collected in this study will be made publicly available, providing a rich new data source for use by others in data mining experiments.


People
The work will contribute to building a critical mass of Engineering skills in the UK to tackle the ageing challenge. The PI will continue his public outreach activities to enable this, incorporating the results from this research. This will also allow skills and knowledge dissemination beyond his immediate research team.

For tractability within the first grant scheme the research is targeted for preventative healthcare in younger populations and heart monitoring, but huge potential is present for mapping the research to new applications and other types of physiological monitoring. As a result this research will have a large number of impacts, and will provide a foundation for providing further impact in the future.

Publications

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Batchelor JC (2016) Conformal electronics for longitudinal bio-sensing in at-home assistive and rehabilitative devices. in Conference proceedings : ... Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Annual Conference

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Jarchi D (2016) Estimation of heart rate from foot worn photoplethysmography sensors during fast bike exercise. in Conference proceedings : ... Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Annual Conference

 
Description Smart watches can measure heart rate by being placed on the wrist and shining a light into the body. This work well, but has a lot of interference when the subject is moving. Recent advances (~2014) in signal processing have allowed heart rate to be extracted from the wrist while under motion.

Our advance is to that we can extract 'Heart Rate Variability' (HRV) while under motion, in addition to the average heart rate. HRV is a much more challenging signal to extract because information is needed on each individual heart beat, it is not possible to interpolate between missing beats or average results in order to 'mask' times of poor performance as is commonly done when measuring only heart rate. Heart Rate Variability is of substantial utility in human body monitoring. For example, there are close correlates between HRV and the emotional/arousal rate of a user. We have demonstrated for the first time that HRV can be extracted practically in out-of-the-lab situations. This result has been published in the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering.

We have also demonstrated that a person's heart rate can be measured from the foot using PPG sensors. This has demonstrated that the Signal-to-Noise ratio in this location is approximately -40 dB, which was previously unknown, and that co-located acceleratometery measurements are poorly correlated with the motion interference present, unlike the more conventional case with the wrist PPG. This has opened a new, and unexpected, potential research opportunity on using PPG sensors for gait analysis to complement/extend current approaches.

Finally we have had a public release of the data collected from the first 10 participants in the study, using the publicly available Physionet database. A further 25 subjects are ready to release once a suitable publication to describe the data has been written.
Exploitation Route Most likely in the short term they will be built upon by other researchers. Wrist worn heart monitoring is a very active area at present. We are the first to demonstrate that heart rate variability, in addition to the raw heart rate, can be extracted from the wrist in the presence of motion. As a result we anticipate that lots of groups will replicate and build upon this. It will also be of substantial interest to smart watch manufacturers, allowing them to add a new feature to their devices without requiring any hardware changes.
Sectors Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Electronics,Healthcare

 
Description Attendee at EPSRC human-like computing funding scoping workshop
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Invited presentor at the Engineering and Physical Sciences challenges of bioelectronics for neuromodulation at joint EPSRC-Wellcome Trust scoping workshop
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description Member of workshop defining next generation signal processing challenges and opportunities for the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, February 2017.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description EPSRC standard mode
Amount £2,000,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/P000290/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2017 
End 03/2020
 
Description EPSRC standard mode
Amount £1,600,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/P027075/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2017 
End 05/2020
 
Description SPHERE partnership fund
Amount £20,000 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2016 
End 11/2016
 
Description University of Manchester Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences Dean's fund
Amount £38,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Manchester 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2015 
End 07/2015
 
Description University of Manchester Research Institute
Amount £34,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Manchester 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2018 
End 07/2018
 
Description University of Manchester Research Institute pump priming funding
Amount £37,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Manchester 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2016 
End 07/2016
 
Title Wrist PPG during exercise 
Description Wrist PPG recorded during walking, running and bike riding. Simultaneous motion estimates are collected using both accelerometers and gyroscopes to give multiple options for the removal of motion interference from the PPG traces. A reference chest ECG is included to allow a gold-standard comparison of heart rate during exercise. The system is described in: Jarchi, D., Casson, A.J. Description of a database containing wrist PPG signals recorded during physical exercise with both accelerometer and gyroscope measures of motion. Data (2)1, 2017. DOI: 10.3390/data2010001. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact A number of enquires have been made to us by research groups around the world demonstrating the data has been accessed, but no formal impact yet. 
URL https://physionet.org/works/WristPPGduringexercise/
 
Description Bristol Sphere 
Organisation University of Bristol
Department Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We are creating a two electrode electrocardiography front-end (electronic design and PCB fabrication) which can connect to the EPSRC Sphere IRC wearable sensor platform in order to collect longitudinal heart information as an official partner of the Sphere project.
Collaborator Contribution The Bristol Sphere team have provided their wearable sensor platform which contains an analogue-to-digital converter and Bluetooth transmitter for use with our new front-end. This allows our work to easily interface with the rest of the Sphere work programme.
Impact Conference paper submitted and currently under review.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Inkjet printed electrodes for ECG monitoring 
Organisation University of Kent
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We have provided expertise in bio-signal monitoring and low power data collection.
Collaborator Contribution Kent have provided the ability to print custom designs on to flexible tattoo based substrates.
Impact The collaboration is not multi-disciplinary. Both parties have backgrounds in electronic engineering. It has led to follow on funding from the EPSRC (detailed in funding section).
Start Year 2015
 
Description John Rogers bioelectronics 
Organisation University of Illinois
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We are exploring pop-up conformable electronics, electronics which attaches directly to the skin for very long term robust connections, which can also have a 3D structure. In particular we are exploring actuated 3D antennas. We have provided expertise into the potential applications of these structures, focus particularly on their potential use as acceleration sensors. We have provided some initial designs for suitable structures that can be fabricated.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners in Kent have provided expertise in antennas. This allows the 3D accelerometer to be applied directly as a sensing and transmission unit, eliminating the need for conventional collection electronics which add complexity and power consumption. Our partners at the University of Illinois have provided the manufacturing and characterization capability.
Impact This has led to follow on funding from the EPSRC (detailed in funding section).
Start Year 2016
 
Description John Rogers bioelectronics 
Organisation University of Kent
Department School of Engineering and Digital Arts
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We are exploring pop-up conformable electronics, electronics which attaches directly to the skin for very long term robust connections, which can also have a 3D structure. In particular we are exploring actuated 3D antennas. We have provided expertise into the potential applications of these structures, focus particularly on their potential use as acceleration sensors. We have provided some initial designs for suitable structures that can be fabricated.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners in Kent have provided expertise in antennas. This allows the 3D accelerometer to be applied directly as a sensing and transmission unit, eliminating the need for conventional collection electronics which add complexity and power consumption. Our partners at the University of Illinois have provided the manufacturing and characterization capability.
Impact This has led to follow on funding from the EPSRC (detailed in funding section).
Start Year 2016
 
Description "Neurodating" video 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact As part of part of national science week made a "Neurodating" video for The Hits FM, UK. This involved wearable sensing of two subjects while on a first date and analysing the data collected in real-time. >18k views on Facebook in 1st week, May 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Battle of the Engineers 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Delivered 'Battle of the Engineers' overview of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and two workshops on Graphene based bio-sensing as part of the University of Manchester 'Discover Engineering Day', June 2016. This is a key widening participation event organised centrally by the University of Manchester.
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Description Chair of the IET Healthcare Technologies network, September 2019. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Chair of the IET Healthcare Technologies network, September 2019 onwards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020
 
Description Contributor to InnovateUK "ElecTech" roadmap for the UK electronics industry. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Contributions on "bioelectronics" to the Innovate UK roadmap for the electronics area.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Future everything news report 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact News report overviewing the work of the lab by Future Everything, and award winning SME highlighting advances in digital research and making these accessible to the general public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://futureeverything.org/news/medical-wearables/
 
Description Heart-rate sensing Graphene demo, International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) technical committee 119 (printed electronics), UK. 
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 Heart-rate sensing Graphene demo, International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) technical committee 119 (printed electronics), UK. Follow up event to be help in May 2018. Demo specifically highlighted in event feedback as showing the breadth and depth of sensors research in Manchester.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
 
Description Interviewed as of the University of Manchester MSc on public health highlighting new developments in wearable devices, September 2019. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Interviewed as of the University of Manchester MSc on public health highlighting new developments in wearable devices, September 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020
 
Description Invited outreach event on wearable technology at the National Media Museum, Bradford, December 2016. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Invited outreach event on wearable technology at the National Media Museum, Bradford, December 2016. Demoed brain and heart monitoring and virtual reality. Specifically invited based upon previous events at the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Invited presentation at the IET "IoT in Healthcare" meeting, Liverpool UK, November 2019. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Invited presentation at the IET "IoT in Healthcare" meeting, Liverpool UK, November 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Invited presentation at Connected Health 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Invited presentation at Connected Health 2015 conference by the Health-Tech Innovation labs, London, September 2015. This was an industry focused event. As a result was invited onto the scientific advisory board of a new health tech start-up, Zen Now, http://www.zen-now.co.uk.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016
 
Description Invited presentation at the IEEE UK Circuits and Systems society meeting (IEEE UKCAS), London UK, December 2019. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited presentation at the IEEE UK Circuits and Systems society meeting (IEEE UKCAS), London UK, December 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Invited presentation at the Rogers lab 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Invited presentation at the Rogers lab, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, January 2016. Led to joint EPSRC funding, detailed in follow on funding section.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Invited presentation at the University of Liverpool Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics, February 2020. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Invited presentation at the University of Liverpool Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics, February 2020.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Invited presentation at the University of Toronto, September 2019. 
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 Invited presentation at the University of Toronto, September 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Invited presentation in special session "Signal processing for healthcare: applications, challenges and opportunities" at the European Signal Processing Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited presentation in special session "Signal processing for healthcare: applications, challenges and opportunities" at the European Signal Processing Conference in Nice, September 2015. Follow on discussion with researchers in Belgium on using a new ECG sensing electrodes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016
 
Description Invited presentation on digital health at the MEIbioeng conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited presentation on digital health at the MEIbioeng conference, Leeds, September 2015.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016
 
Description Invited presentation on wearable signal processing at the University of Surrey, May 2019. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Invited presentation on wearable signal processing at the University of Surrey, May 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Invited presentation to IBM Research in Yorktown USA 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited presentation to IBM Research in Yorktown USA, June 2017. Focus was on our "wearable clinic" work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Invited presentation to the Cognitive Research Informed Surgical Techniques lab 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Invited presentation to the Cognitive Research Informed Surgical Techniques lab, University of Leeds, December 2015. It has led to an invitation to give a presentation to another group at the University of Leeds.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Invited presentation to the Computational Health Informatics group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Invited presentation to the Computational Health Informatics group, University of Oxford, April 2016. Led to invited conference presentation for MEIBioeng in Oxford, September 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Invited presentation to the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health "Digital Health domain" on wearable devices, May 2019. 
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 Invited presentation to the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health "Digital Health domain" on wearable devices, May 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Invited presentation to the MEIbioeng conference in the Signal Processing track, September 2016. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Invited presentation to the MEIbioeng conference in the Signal Processing track, September 2016. No specific follow ups to date.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Invited special session presentation at the 2019 IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society conference in Germany, July 2019. 
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 Invited special session presentation at the 2019 IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society conference in Germany, July 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Lead of the IET "Faraday challenge" held at the University of Manchester, focused on widening participation schools. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Outreach event for 13 year olds.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Leader of a Royal Institution Engineering masterclass 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Leader of a Royal Institution Engineering masterclass - an electronics outreach event for 14 year olds focusing on heart monitoring, June 2016. Electronics used was donated to attendees so can continue working on in own time.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Leader of a Royal Institution Engineering masterclass 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Leader of a Royal Institution Engineering masterclass - an computer science outreach event for 14 year olds focusing on computer architecture, March 2015. Objective of delivering 'advanced' topics to high performing 14 year olds in order to increase the likelihood of pursuing STEM careers. There was significant interest from the teachers present. The 'little man computer' as used in the event is an optional topic to cover at GCSE but hadn't been taught by them as was deemed to complex for the pupils and the teachers themselves needed a better introduction to it first. The resources made for the event were given to the teachers for them to re-use if wanted.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Leader of a Royal Institution Engineering masterclass - a computer science outreach event for 14 year olds focusing on computer architecture. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Outreach event for 14 year olds.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Manchester Museum of Science and Industry brainwave monitoring event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Outreach event demoing real-time brainwave monitoring. Specifically invited to return to the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry based on the interest in previous events, March 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Mobile Monday presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation on mobile healthcare as part of 'Mobile Monday' organised at PwC Manchester.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Organiser and session chair of a mini-symposium at the 2015 IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Organiser and session chair of a mini-symposium at the 2015 IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society conference in Milan: "mHealth review: Cross-disciplinary technologies, deployments and future trends," August 2015. Led to a journal special issue which is due to be released in October 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016
 
Description Outreach stand at the Stockport Grammar School careers event, September 2016. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Outreach stand at the Stockport Grammar School careers event, September 2016. Good feedback received, approximately 50 pupils attended stand.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Part of a panel discussion on healthcare innovation for the Manchester Innovation Forum, August 2019. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Part of a panel discussion on healthcare innovation for the Manchester Innovation Forum, August 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Pint of science 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public talk as part of the pint of science festival, May 2016. Approximately 50 attendees. Received tweets afterwards saying was best presentation of the evening.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Presentation to Antennas group, University of Kent 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Discussion on future collaborations, particularly with a visiting researcher from Japan.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation to Bioelectronics researchers, University of Toronto, Canada. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Resulted in seed funding to form an international collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation to EEG research group, Fudan University, China. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Discussions of potential collaboration opportunities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presenter in invited session "Biosignal monitoring and processing for ubiquitous health care" IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society conference in Milan 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presenter in invited session "Biosignal monitoring and processing for ubiquitous health care" IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society conference in Milan, August 2015. This was the "theme special session" organised by the theme leaders to highlight the best developments in biomedical signal processing at the world's largest biomedical engineering conference. Led to a number of follow on emails with researchers and an invitation to present at the University of Leeds.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016
 
Description Public engagement presentation as part of the Pint of Science festival, May 2019. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public engagement presentation as part of the Pint of Science festival, May 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description SME (Kokoon) consultancy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Consultant for Kokoon, http://kck.st/1ItYRc7, an SME sleep sensing EEG headphones. These are currently in production and soon to start shipping worldwide.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016
URL http://kck.st/1ItYRc7
 
Description Table top demo at the "Clean air for Manchester" launch event, showing our work on wearable devices, September 2019. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Table top demo at the "Clean air for Manchester" launch event, showing our work on wearable devices, September 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Texas Instruments expert advisory panel member 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Texas Instruments expert advisory panel member, from September 2015. Advise Texas Instruments, the world's second largest manufacturer of microchips, on their product line and marketing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016
 
Description University of Manchester materials blog, 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Research of PhD student Meera Dulabh featured on the University of Manchester materials blog, February 2016. This is targeted at other researchers and the general public to raise the profile of our work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.mub.eps.manchester.ac.uk/uommaterialsblog/?p=1346
 
Description Vice-chair of the IET Healthcare Technologies Network 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Vice-chair of the IET Healthcare Technologies Network. Run a number of events for the general public, medical practitioners and professional engineering. Audience reach is well in excess of 500 people per year. A range of different events are run - one example from 2016 which I ran was a 'pizza with industry', connecting undergraduates with current professionals to increase their career awareness.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017