School of Computing and Engineering

Biomedical Engineering and Digital Signal Processing

Established in April 2008, our research group is involved in:

  • modelling of biological systems
  • design and development of neural stimulators and recording amplifiers
  • design and development of recording techniques for ENG and EMG signals
  • rehabilitation of SCI patients.

Projects include the development of hardware systems and software techniques to evaluate and characterise nerve fibre recruitment using Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) for the restoration of gait and bladder function.

The simulation strategies are based on modelling of electric fields and their application to nerve fibre models. The research work is being carried out in collaboration with the department of surgery at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.

The group also has a strong collaboration with Clinical Engineering at the Royal Berkshire Hospital and was recently involved with NHS FALLS, a project to investigate methods to protect vulnerable patients from falling out of bed.

As a direct result of the project, early detection systems were fitted in 13 wards at the RBH hospital.

For further information, contact Dr Dennis Fitzpatrick - dennis.fitzpatrick@uwl.ac.uk