EEE Research Group

Research

The Electronic and Electrical Engineering Research group has a wide variety of research projects underway. They range from Nanoelectronics to High Voltage Engineering including areas such as:

  • Advanced Materials and Devices
    • Smart Fabrics, MEMS Sensors, Energy Harvesting, Magnetic Materials
  • Energy and Power Engineering
    • Superconductors, Dielectrics, High Voltage Systems, Power Electronics, Renewable Energy Systems, PV Systems
  • Electronic Systems and Devices
    • Integrated Circuit Design, Novel Devices, Low Power Electronics
  • Modeling and Simulation
    • Behavioural Modeling, Simulator Algorithms, Electronic Design Automation
  • Healthcare and Medical Engineering
    • Prosthetic Limbs
  • Sensor Networks and Embedded Systems
    • Wireless Sensor Networks, Embedded Processors

Projects include:

'SPHERE' - a Sensor Platform for HEalthcare in a Residential Environment

From October 2013 to 2018.

Principle investigator: Professor Steve Beeby.

The UK's healthcare system faces unprecedented challenges. We are the most obese nation in Europe and our ageing population is especially at risk from isolation, depression, strokes and fractures...

A Structured Hardware/Software Architecture for Sensor Nodes

From October 2005.

Principle investigators: Dr Geoff Merrett, asw05r.

This research has proposed a hardware/software architecture that provides equal weighting to all node functions; for example, communications, energy management, intelligent sensing, locationing and...

Charge transport mechanisms in corona charged polymeric materials

Principle investigators: Professor George Chen, Dr Mihai Rotaru.

Polymeric electrets have been widely used as a sensor due to their light weight and low cost. The long term performance and relaibility of the sensors rely on the charge stability. Surface potential...

Computational modelling of the process of electrical breakdown in a dielectric fluid

From 2011.

Principle investigators: cj8g11, Professor Paul Lewin.

This project is concerned with modeling conduction process in liquid dielectrics, specifically where transformer oil is subjected to high electric stress. The physical processes including the...

Design-of-Experiment (DOE) techniques in electronic design automation

From 2009.

Principle investigators: Prof. Tom Kazmierski, Mansour Aloufi.

Design of Experiment (DOE) is a technique used to make effective and controlled experimentation and simulations, it helps in reducing the number of simulation runs. This will be very helpful in...

Design-of-Experiment (DOE) techniques in electronic design automation

From 2009.

Principle investigator: Prof. Tom Kazmeirski.

Design of Experiment (DOE) is a technique used to make effective and controlled experimentation and simulations, it helps in reducing the number of simulation runs. This will be very helpful in...

Development of a Hollow Cathode Thruster

From 2012.

Principle investigator: Professor Steve Gabriel.

Electric propulsion (EP) can provide an order of magnitude increase in the specific impulse over conventional chemical propulsion giving significant reductions in the mass of propellant needed for a...

Dielectrics for high temperature superconducting applications

From December 2009.

Principle investigators: Professor Paul Lewin, djs.

After the discovery of high temperature superconductor in 1986, the interest in the power applications of superconducting has increased dramatically. With a number of successful in-field...

Electric Field Determination in DC Polymeric Power Cable in the Presence of Space Charge and Temperature Gradient

Principle investigator: Professor George Chen.

Dielectric breakdown phenomena pose major scientific and technological problems. The degradation of polymer insulation under high electric stress is associated with space charge formation. In fact,...

Electric Field Determination in DC Polymeric Power Cable in the Presence of Space Charge and Temperature Gradient

Principle investigator: Professor George Chen.

Dielectric breakdown phenomena pose major scientific and technological problems. The degradation of polymer insulation under high electric stress is associated with space charge formation. In fact,...

Energy Consumption Analysis of Error Resilient Communication Protocols for Body Area Wireless Sensor Network Applications

From October 2008.

Principle investigator: ll08r.

There is demand for Body Area Wireless Sensor Networks (BAWSNs) in which the sensor nodes are small and light, preventing the use of bulky batteries. In order to maximise the length of time that the...

Energy-Harvesting Sensor Nodes

From October 2005.

Principle investigators: asw05r, Dr Neil J Grabham, Dr Nick R Harris, Professor Neil White.

To develop and demonstrate an integrated approach to power management such that sensors within a sensor network are able to manage their energy requirements, and harvest energy from the local...

Insulation for high voltage dc power transformer

Principle investigator: Professor George Chen.

High voltage DC power transmission technology has attracted considerable attention and will play an important role in the UK future transmission system. This project investigates the performance of...

Joint Sensing, Communications and Intelligence Techniques for Body Area Wireless Sensor Networks

From October 2009.

Principle investigator: nw7g08.

Body Area Wireless Sensor Networks (BAWSNs) have numerous applications. These typically involve the sensing of physiological data in a number of sensor nodes placed at various points on the body, the...

Large-Scale Clustering Algorithms for Wireless Sensor Networks

From October 2006.

Principle investigator: pneb06r.

To develop algorithms and protocols that can improve the scalability of sensor networks by using cluster-based routing mechanisms. The network must be able to balance energy consumption between nodes...

Lightweight Signal Processing Algorithms and Architectures for Pervasive Healthcare

From October 2007.

Principle investigator: aa07r.

Recent advancements in wireless communication and wireless sensor network have opened up significant opportunity in futuristic healthcare and heath monitoring system development. Using sophisticated...

Low-Cost, Long-Term Distributed Patient Research Platform

From October 2007.

Principle investigator: ddj07r.

The group intends to develop a Long-term Patient Monitoring Research Platform to support and assist health-care providers. The Research platform, which does not intend to rely on a central server or...

Magnetic Field Technologies to support Multi-Sensor Device

From 2009.

Principle investigators: Prof Steve Swingler, Professor Paul Lewin.

Mapping the underworld (MTU) is a multi-disciplinary, multi-university, research project has been funded by EPSRC to develop the means to locate, map in 3-D and record, using a single shared...

Magnetic Field Technologies to support Multi-Sensor Device

From 2009.

Principle investigators: Prof Steve Swingler, Professor Paul Lewin.

Mapping the underworld (MTU) is a multi-disciplinary, multi-university, research project has been funded by EPSRC to develop the means to locate, map in 3-D and record, using a single shared...

Microfluidic characterization of stem cell heterogeneity

From October 2015 to October 2019.

Principle investigators: Dr Maurits de Planque, Dr Nicholas Evans (Medicine).

Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) can be isolated from the bone marrow and may be used for regenerative medicine applications because they can differentiate into fat, cartilage and bone cells. However,...

Nanopore resistive pulse sensing for molecular diagnostics

From 2014 to 2018.

Principle investigators: Dr Maurits de Planque, Dr Philip Williamson (Biological Sciences).

Relatively recently it has been demonstrated that nanopores can be used for label-free detection of single biomolecules. Conceptually this is similar to a classical Coulter counter, where the passage...

Optimization of a PPT for nano and pico satellite applications

From 2012.

Principle investigators: Professor Steve Gabriel, Michele Coletti.

The aim of the research is to study the factors affecting the lifetime of pulsed plasma thruster (PPT) for nano and pico satellites applications and to optimize their performance whilst keeping...

Potential decay of corona charged LDPE film

Typical space charge distribution in a corona charged sample.

Principle investigator: Professor George Chen.

The study of the potential decay in dielectric materials has a long history and is closely related to the wide application of corona charged dielectrics. One of the phenomenon that has an important...

PROTECT-CDE - Coastal defences wave energy attenuation and harvesting

From 2017 to 2017.

Principle investigator: Dr Zoheir Sabeur, MInstP, CEng, CPhys.

Sabeur et al (1995-2002) simulated stable free surface CFD flows at solid structures using the VOF technique. Further simulations of compressible air-fluid flows have been successfully achieved on...

ProteoGUV platforms

From 2014 to 2018.

Principle investigators: Dr Maurits de Planque, Dr Philip Williamson (Biological Sciences).

Over the last decade, giant unilamellar vesicles (GUVs) have emerged as a valuable tool for the study of membrane domains, receptor and ion channel function, membrane morphology, and also as models...

Redistributing WSN Energy Consumption

From 2008.

Principle investigator: Dr Rob Maunder.

The aim of this research is to beneficially redistribute energy consumption in wireless sensor networks. Typically, sensor nodes have scarce energy resources and must rely on energy harvesting to...

Reliable Low Power Circuit Design Techniques

From October 2008.

Principle investigator: sy08r.

With CMOS transistor size scaling leakage power consumption becomes an increasing problem for electronics system design. Mobile devices spend most of their time in idle mode. Idle circuit power...

RF time-of-flight ranging for WSNs

From October 2006.

Principle investigator: bt05r.

This project aims to develop a narrow-band RF-based Time-of-Flight (ToF) ranging method with sub-meter ranging resolution which can be adopted in wireless sensor networks (WSNs) for the purpose of...

RF-based time-of-flight locationing system

From October 2006.

Principle investigator: bt05r.

To develop a narrow-band RF-based Time-of-Flight (TOF) locationing system with sub-meter positioning resolution which can be used to location nodes within wireless sensor networks (WSNs). This will...

Simulating and Modelling Wireless Sensor Networks

From October 2004.

Principle investigator: Dr Geoff Merrett.

Project Aims Simulation is heavily used in WSN research, but results are only as realistic as the models that they are built around. To ensure a close correlation between simulation and practical...

Space charge measurement and analysis in polyethylene film

Principle investigator: Professor George Chen.

The growing requirement for reliability of insulation systems gives researchers more responsibility to investigate new techniques of monitoring and diagnosis of dielectrics. It is well known that the...

Subsea HVDC connections

From 2011.

Principle investigators: Dr Simon Sutton, Professor Paul Lewin, Professor Steve Swingler.

Although HVDC subsea cable links have been built since the mid-1950s, liberalisation of energy markets and the construction of larger windfarms further offshore has led to a rapid increase in the...

System Level Harvested-Energy Management

From November 2008.

Principle investigator: Professor Bashir M Al-Hashimi.

The severe constraints imposed by limited battery life on applications such as remote unattended sensing has led to a ever-growing interest in realizing perpetually-powered, batteryless embedded...

Towards Enhanced HVDC Cable Systems

From October 2014 to October 2018.

Principle investigators: Professor George Chen, Professor Simon Rowland, Professor Steve Swingler, Professor Paul Lewin.

For the UK to meet legally binding renewable targets by year 2020 and beyond, a series of wind farms are under construction, and more new projects are being developed. The offshore grids and their...

Unobtrusive Welfare Monitoring System

From October 2006.

Principle investigator: sjs05r.

This project is investigating the development and demonstration of a pervasive home welfare monitoring system. The system aims to use unobtrusive sensors for early detection and automated reporting...

Wireless Sensor Networks for Localised Maritime Monitoring

From October 2006.

Principle investigator: pneb06r.

To develop algorithms and protocols that can improve the scalability of sensor networks by using cluster-based routing mechanisms. The network must be able to balance energy consumption between nodes...

WSNs for Real-Time Motion Detection and Tracking

From October 2007.

Principle investigator: ebm07r.

One of the directions that Wireless Sensor Networks are considered to play an important role, is in motion detection and target tracking systems. This research focuses on employing l ...

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