focus is innovative devices for clinical application and healthcare. New
approaches are used to derive information rather than data on state concerning
patient or human motion, tissues or cells.
Smart Microsurgical Tool-points for Surgery
work focuses on the developing field of controlling tool-point interaction with
tissues as smart surgical tool-points. It is envisaged that a suite of tools
enabling precise control of interaction will offer great benefit in the many
surgical procedures that now work on small tissue targets and often through
difficult access. The potential to automatically discriminate different working
conditions and state of the tool-point and tissues will increase perception by
the surgeon at this small scale, and enable precise and consistent results.
SmartMonitoring and Diagnosis Systems in Medicine
sensing systems that integrate the latest signal processing techniques with IT
tools to automatically interpret time series data and output information in a
form suited to clinical use need to support the busy practice of medicine.
Increased throughput of patients will widen access to the processes of
screening, diagnostics and therapy. In all cases, a smart sensing system needs
to discriminate the possible series of conditions related to the application
range. Sensors should be mechanically simple and robust to suit the arduous
medical working environment while also being cost-effective through enabling
staff to work efficiently.
Microsystemsfor Medical Diagnosis and Cell Discrimination
in the form of MEMS have made an impact on solutions for active sensing in
healthcare and other application fields. Capitalising on this technology and
combining novel sensing and signal processing technologies, the research group
aim to produce advanced information sensors capable of outputting information
and discriminating measurements on a sub-micron basis. The techniques will
combine novel sensing methods, MEMS and Nanotechnology. Working at this scale
to discriminate distributive cell behaviour, characteristics and structure will
enable greater understanding of cell processes and offer the opportunity to
radically improve healthcare.
There is a need for new devices and therapies to treat cardiovascular disease. Our research is leading to new solutions in practice - based on the latest understanding of the fundamental processes involved. Behaviour in tissue biomechanics and biofluid dynamics place important demands on the design of compatible solutions. New materials, manufacturing processes, instrumentation and techniques for analysis provide the ingredients for a fresh investigation of the opportunities to produce effective devices at a reasonable cost. These solutions stand to transform the lives of patients.