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TOTALPHOTON: A Total Photon Camera for Molecular Imaging of Live Cells

Dr Robert Henderson

Integrated Micro and Nano Systems

How can we construct a high-resolution camera capable of imaging the time-of-arrival, polarisation and wavelength of each of the maximal 10Gphoton/s emitted from a labelled, biological cell? Such a measurement would capture the complete information available in the optical signal, and significantly enhance our ability to observe the organisation, movement and interactions of cellular components at molecular scales.

Development of an Instrument for Rapidly Detecting Cryptosporidium in Drinking Water

Dr Robert Henderson

Integrated Micro and Nano Systems

Cryptosporidium is a waterborne microorganism which causes severe diarrhoea and can be fatal for immuno-compromised individuals, infants and young children. It is estimated that Cryptosporidium contamination of drinking water results in 250-500 million cases each year in developing countries and 60,000 in the UK alone. The Cryptosporidium organism has a thick outer wall that is resistant to many conventional water treatment methods, and outbreaks are a problem even in the developed world, negatively impacting population health and economic development - daily monitoring of the water supply is required.

Current Cryptosporidium detection methods are expensive and highly time-consuming - requiring microscopic examination by skilled scientists. Furthermore, these techniques lack species and viability information, which is essential to make well-informed public health decisions. There is, therefore, a pressing need for an instrument capable of rapidly analysing drinking water samples for the presence, species and viability of Cryptosporidium microorganisms.

SPADnet: Fully Networked, Digital Components for Photon-starved Biomedical Imaging Systems

Dr Robert Henderson

Integrated Micro and Nano Systems

Single photon sensitive detectors for Positron Emission Tomography (PET).

The Effect of Unicompartmental Knee Replacement Tibial Component Design on Proximal Tibial Strain and Ongoing Pain: A study of clinical and radiological outcome and finite element analysis

Dr Pankaj Pankaj


Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is a common degenerative joint disease affecting 12% of the over 60s symptomatically. In approximately 20% of cases this is isolated to the medial compartment of the knee and could be managed with unicompartmental knee replacement (UKR) rather than total knee replacement (TKR). However, the survivorship of UKRs is globally inferior to that of TKRs. Unexplained pain is the second commonest cause for revision of UKR, but this is not the case with TKRs. We hypothesised that elevated proximal tibial strain under medial UKR implants may be a cause of this unexplained pain. The aims of this study are therefore to determine the effect of medial UKR tibial component design on proximal tibial strain and pain.

Signal Processing for a Networked Battlespace

Professor Mike Davies

Imaging, Data and Communications

This research is carried out under the Unversity Defence Research Collaboration (UDRC) funded by the MOD and EPSRC.

The UDRC is a collaborative research project with the work being carried out by two Consortia. Edinburgh Consortium is made of the University of Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt University and The Queen's University of Belfast. LSSCN Consortium is made up of Loughborough University, University of Surrey, University of Strathclyde, Cardiff University and Newcastle University.


MacSeNet: Machine Sensing Training Network

Professor Mike Davies

Imaging, Data and Communications

The aim of this Innovative Training Network is to train a new generation of creative, entrepreneurial and innovative early stage researchers (ESRs) in the research area of measurement and estimation of signals using knowledge or data about the underlying structure.

SpaRTaN: Sparse Representations and Compressed Sensing Training Network

Professor Mike Davies

Imaging, Data and Communications

The aim of this Initial Training Network is to train a new generation of interdisciplinary researchers in sparse representations and compressed sensing, contributing to Europe’s leading role in scientific innovation.

UDRC: University Defence Research Collaboration in Signal Processing

Prof Mike Davies

Imaging, Data and Communications

Signal Processing is fundamental to the capability of all modern sensor weapon systems and the Defence Technology Strategy identified the development and application of signal processing techniques as high priority technical challenges within the MOD research agenda.

The UDRC is a leading partnership between industry, defence and is academia led and focuses on sensor signal processing for defence.

Direct Drive Generator for a Tidal Turbine

Professor Markus Mueller

Energy Systems

Nova Innovation and IES are collaborating to design, build and test a direct drive generator for Nova’s tidal current turbine.

Educational & Training System for Clean Coal Technology

Dr Maria-Chiara Ferrari

Materials and Processes

The general objective of CleanCOALtech project is: to create and develop an educational and training system for promoting, developing and implementing clean coal technologies, through knowledge and best practices shared from advanced EU country – UK to South-East European region – Romania and Greece in order to provide high performance and innovation in the vocational education and training systems and to raise stakeholders level of knowledge and skills.


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