A primary motivation of our research is the monitoring of physical, physiological, and biochemical parameters - in any environment and without activity restriction and behaviour modification - through using miniaturised, wireless Body Sensor Networks (BSN). Key research issues that are currently being addressed include novel sensor designs, ultra-low power microprocessor and wireless platforms, energy scavenging, biocompatibility, system integration and miniaturisation, processing-on-node technologies combined with novel ASIC design, autonomic sensor networks and light-weight communication protocols. Our research is aimed at addressing the future needs of life-long health, wellbeing and healthcare, particularly those related to demographic changes associated with an ageing population and patients with chronic illnesses. This research theme is therefore closely aligned with the IGHI’s vision of providing safe, effective and accessible technologies for both developed and developing countries.

Some of our latest works were exhibited at the 2015 Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition.


BibTex format

author = {Kiziroglou, M and Temelkuran, B and Yeatman, E and Yang, GZ},
doi = {10.1109/ACCESS.2020.2984606},
journal = {IEEE Access},
pages = {64037--34055},
title = {Micro motion amplification – A Review},
url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ACCESS.2020.2984606},
volume = {8},
year = {2020}

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AB - Many motion-active materials have recently emerged, with new methods of integration into actuator components and systems-on-chip. Along with established microprocessors, interconnectivity capabilities and emerging powering methods, they offer a unique opportunity for the development of interactive millimeter and micrometer scale systems with combined sensing and actuating capabilities. The amplification of nanoscale material motion to a functional range is a key requirement for motion interaction and practical applications, including medical micro-robotics, micro-vehicles and micro-motion energy harvesting. Motion amplification concepts include various types of leverage, flextensional mechanisms, unimorphs, micro-walking /micro-motor systems, and structural resonance. A review of the research state-of-art and product availability shows that the available mechanisms offer a motion gain in the range of 10. The limiting factor is the aspect ratio of the moving structure that is achievable in the microscale. Flexures offer high gains because they allow the application of input displacement in the close vicinity of an effective pivotal point. They also involve simple and monolithic fabrication methods allowing combination of multiple amplification stages. Currently, commercially available motion amplifiers can provide strokes as high as 2% of their size. The combination of high-force piezoelectric stacks or unimorph beams with compliant structure optimization methods is expected to make available a new class of high-performance motion translators for microsystems.
AU - Kiziroglou,M
AU - Temelkuran,B
AU - Yeatman,E
AU - Yang,GZ
DO - 10.1109/ACCESS.2020.2984606
EP - 34055
PY - 2020///
SN - 2169-3536
SP - 64037
TI - Micro motion amplification – A Review
T2 - IEEE Access
UR - http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ACCESS.2020.2984606
UR - https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/9051731
UR - http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/78443
VL - 8
ER -