Stephen Hailes - Principal Investigator
Professor in Computer Science, University College London
Stephen Hailes is Professor of Wireless Systems and Deputy Head of the Department of Computer Science and has research interests in sensor-based systems, wireless networking, and computer security. He also holds a visiting chair at the Royal Veterinary College, as part of the Structure and Motion Lab, where he employs wireless sensor systems in understanding the dynamics of animals. Stephen’s research interests lie primarily in the application of sensor systems to problems of real world interest. The majority of the research he undertakes is interdisciplinary in nature, simply because many interesting problems of scale require collaborative input from experts from a range of fields. At present, he is collaborating with chemists (on the design of metal oxide semiconductor gas sensors), biologists (on animal behaviour), neuroscientists (on quantifying the course of neurodegenerative diseases on animal models), a child psychiatrist, medic and sociologist (on autism in children), another medic (Juvenile Arthritis) and the deputy editor of the BMJ (delivery of vaccines to the developing world). He leads UCL’s work on Internet of Things with CISCO, a project that involves low-level architectural and communications IoT work in support of a deployment that will monitor and control energy use in buildings.
Stephen’s work spans sensor design, electronics, data acquisition, distributed control, and the statistical and machine learning techniques that can be applied to the data to obtain information from sensors of different types. He is interested in the engineering process of data acquisition in the wild, and the mathematical process of data analysis in pursuit of scientific objectives.
Catherine Holloway - Co-lnvestigator
Lecturer in Accessibility Engineering, University College London
Catherine Holloway is a Lecturer in Accessibility Engineering, which mixes biomedical, transport and design engineering. Catherine is a co-director of the MSc in Transport, Health & Policy. Catherine’s research focuses on designing technology, which measures and improves accessibility. To this end she has active research collaborations and projects with Transport for London, Tohoku University, Georgia Tech. Catherine recently established and is Director of the Biomedical instrumentation Group at the PAMELA facility (BIG@PAMELA), which specialises in measuring biomechanics in non-clinical, outdoor environments as well as in the home. This involves a mixture of making, measuring and designing. Catherine is also a co-founder of the TARSAN network, which engages end users in accessibility engineering research.
Catherine is currently working on the following projects:
SenseWheel – a lightweight force-sensing handrim for wheelchair users
ARCMap – Tools for measuring accessibility using the Sapelli interface
ARCCS – Accessible Routes from Crowdsourced Cloud Services
WAM (Wearable Assistive Materials) – Materials which will replace the need for an exoskeleton to aid limb mobility
Seeing What They See - A project focussed on understanding what people with dementia see
Behzad M. Heravi - Research Associate
Postdoctoral Researcher, University College London
Behzad received his BSc in Mechanical engineering in 2003 and MSc in Aerospace engineering (flight dynamics and control) from Sharif University of Technology in 2005. He undertook a PhD (ORSAS scholarship) at the School of Computing and Communications in Lancaster University, where he studied low-complexity capacity approaching codes. He worked as a Research Associate at Lancaster University where he led (EPSRC) research projects in advanced coding and modulation for future HF-IP systems. Subsequently, he worked in telecoms industry (HW Communications) as senior R&D engineer where he undertook industrial projects on probabilistic location determination based on GSM and WiFi networks. Behzad moved to the University of London, Royal Veterinary College in 2013 where he was a postdoctoral researcher in the EPSRC CARDyAL project on localisation in wireless sensor networks. He is now postdoctral research associate in the Computer Science department, University College London.
Sarah Nicholson - Research Assistant
Research Assistant, University College London
Sarah is a research associate in the department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering. After receiving a BSc in Managerial and Administrative Studies from Aston University in 1993, and an MBA from the Open University in 2005, Sarah spent many years working in technology project and programme management. She completed a PGCE at King's College London in 2009 and spent a number of years teaching ICT at secondary school. In 2013 she returned to university to complete an MSc in Computer Science at University College London, where her dissertation was based on experiments using accelerometer data from sensors and mobile phones to determine the surface characteristics of walkways for wheelchair use.