About The Healthcare Technologies Executive Committee
Dr Daniel Abasolo is Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Surrey, where he is also the programme leader for the BEng/MEng Biomedical Engineering.
He is an engineer by background, holding an Engineering degree (MEng Telecommunication Engineering, 2001) from the University of Valladolid, where he also carried doctoral research and was conferred the PhD degree – Summa Cum Laude – with a thesis on advanced biomedical signal processing of the electroencephalogram (EEG) in Alzheimer’s disease in 2006.
His research interests lie mainly in non-linear biomedical signal processing, in particular the development of algorithms that can be applied to Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis, the characterisation of healthy and pathological ageing using brain signals, EEG analysis in sleep studies, and electrocardiogram analysis in atrial fibrillation, as well as the translation of these algorithms to hardware platforms. He is also interested in deep learning techniques for EEG analysis and in chronobiology, in particular the identification of circadian and ultradian rhythms with advanced signal processing algorithms that are robust in the presence of noise. His work has led to the publication of several highly cited papers in indexed journals (h-index of 24 based on Thomson Reuters, May 2018, or 26 based on Google Scholar, May 2018) and he has also been instrumental in securing research grants throughout his academic career.
Dr Daniel Abasolo is a passionate advocate for biomedical engineering and has been championing the discipline both at the University of Surrey and nationally, as an active member of the IET Healthcare Technologies Network (HTN) Executive Committee. He is currently the chairman of this committee and also represents the IET HTN at the IMechE Biomedical Engineering Division and at IPEM.
Dr. Alex Casson
Vice Chair of the Healthcare Technologies TPN
Dr Alex Casson is a lecturer in the Sensing, Imaging and Signal Processing group in the school of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Manchester. Dr Casson's research focuses on realtime signal processing in low power constrained situations. Typical applications are in brainwave monitoring, brain-computer interfaces, and transcranial stimulation, with the aim of creating closed-loop sense-stimulate devices. He is also creating signal processing for foot based sensor nodes, exploring the trade-off between the size of the signal present at the foot, the motion interference present in the signal, and the amount of energy that can be harvested from human motion to power the sensor and allow more sophisticated signal processing to be incorporated for artefact removal.
His work has resulted in 67 publications since 2007, including one in the flagship publication of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology (EMB) society (now IEEE Pulse), and one in the most downloaded IEEE journal (IEEE Journal of Solid State Circuits). Its impact has been recognised by the 2013 IET JA Lodge prize for early career biomedical engineers, and by numerous invited talks, for example to: Human–Computer Interaction International conference - USA, 2013, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics - Germany, 2014, European signal processing conference - France, 2015. For delivering impact Dr Casson is actively involved in the Manchester Integrating Medicine and Innovative Technology (MIMIT) scheme for connecting clinicians and engineers to address unmet clinical needs, and is a founding member the EPSRC Manchester–MindTech network for scoping and supporting research into serious mental illnesses and dementia.
Peter Templeton is an experienced developer of new medical device platforms for global markets. Have worked for large global companies and, more recently, an exciting UK-based start-up. Variety of responsibilities held covering line management, project management and technical / innovation management. Chartered Engineer since 1994.
Dr Amit Pujari
Dr. Pujari is a lecturer in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Hertfordshire, England, UK and holds an honorary research position at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK.
Dr. Pujari’s particular research interests are in the area of Neurorehabilitation Technologies (neuromuscular physiology, motor control/impairment and rehabilitation); with the focus on (a) gaining an improved understanding of the control processes that support mobility in healthy people and those with disabilities and (b) developing technology/engineering solutions to tackle physiological disorders/conditions through exercise and devices. For his research and development activities, Dr. Pujari has been recipient of various awards and prizes including prestigious travelling fellowships from the Royal Society of Edinburgh and Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.
Dr. Pujari is passionate advocate of Biomedical Engineering and science in general and has been active in promoting and advocating the discipline in various capacities. He is also a Chartered Engineer (CEng), UK, Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA), UK and a Fellow of Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).
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Neil is a Chartered Engineering and member of the IET with over fifteen years’ experience developing embedded systems and electronics ranging from low-cost consumer devices to highly specialised sensor, instrumentation and diagnostic products. He has worked in a wide range of industries, including pharmaceutical and bio-technology research, utility metering, inkjet printing and cryptography. For the last four years Neil has been part of Cambridge Consultants’ Medical Technology Division providing technical leadership to projects developing connected drug delivery devices, diagnostic instrumentation and advanced surgical products.
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Dr. Peter Lawes - IMechE Representative
Initially a Designer with Rolls Royce, Peter Lawes’ career has mostly been in the medical technology industry: a Research Fellow to the Scottish Ministry of Health evaluating designs of modular artificial limbs; VP of Pfizer’s Medical devices Division; founding CEO of ApaTech, a University of London spin out in novel synthetic bone grafting materials. For 12 years Peter was Chairman of the Bath Institute of Medical Engineering which develops assistive technologies. For 4 years he was President of the Brussels-based International Association of medical Prosthesis Manufacturers (IAPM) negotiating with the European Commission during the development of EU Medical Device Directives and the introduction of CE marking. Peter has degrees in Physics (BSc), Design Engineering (MTech) & Bioengineering (PhD). He has a Diploma in Management and is a Chartered Engineer. He is now a Consultant to the Medical Technologies Industry and he holds Non-Executive Directorships.
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