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.


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author = {Smith, M and Withnall, R and Anastasova, S and Gil-Rosa, B and Blackadder-Coward, J and Taylor, N},
doi = {10.1136/bmjmilitary-2020-001629},
journal = {BMJ Mil Health},
title = {Developing a multimodal biosensor for remote physiological monitoring.},
url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjmilitary-2020-001629},
year = {2021}

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AB - INTRODUCTION: Several UK military expeditions have successfully used physiological sensors to monitor participant's physiological responses to challenging environmental conditions. This article describes the development and trial of a multimodal wearable biosensor that was used during the first all-female unassisted ski crossing of the Antarctic land mass. The project successfully transmitted remote real-time physiological data back to the UK. The ergonomic and technical lessons identified have informed recommendations for future wearable devices. METHOD: The biosensor devices were designed to be continuously worn against the skin and capture: HR, ECG, body surface temperature, bioimpedance, perspiration pH, sodium, lactate and glucose. The data were transmitted from the devices to an android smartphone using near-field technology. A custom-built App running on an android smartphone managed the secure transmission of the data to a UK research centre, using a commercially available satellite transceiver. RESULTS: Real-time physiological data, captured by the multimodal device, was successfully transmitted back to a UK research control centre on 6 occasions. Postexpedition feedback from the participants has contributed to the ergonomic and technical refinement of the next generation of devices. CONCLUSION: The future success of wearable technologies lies in establishing clinical confidence in the quality of the measured data and the accurate interpretation of those data in the context of the individual, the environment and activity being undertaken. In the near future, wearable physiological monitoring could improve point-of-care diagnostic accuracy and inform critical medical and command decisions.
AU - Smith,M
AU - Withnall,R
AU - Anastasova,S
AU - Gil-Rosa,B
AU - Blackadder-Coward,J
AU - Taylor,N
DO - 10.1136/bmjmilitary-2020-001629
PY - 2021///
TI - Developing a multimodal biosensor for remote physiological monitoring.
T2 - BMJ Mil Health
UR - http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjmilitary-2020-001629
UR - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/33542142
ER -