I joined the Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering (IISE) at the University of Derby early 2015 as Research Professor in Energy. The Institute was stand-alone at the time, but is now fully integrated into the College of Engineering and Technology .
After a spell as interim Director of IISE, I passed this over to Dr Paul Wood the current director. Subsequently, my time is entirely taken up leading externally funded research projects, augmented by a funded Research Chair in Intelligent Systems.
I was previously Founding Head of the School of Engineering in collaboration with Siemens at the University of Lincoln, Head of Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Salford, and spent 16 years at the University of Sheffield in the Electrical Machines and Drives Research Group in roles including Lecturer & Senior Lecturer, Electrical Machines and Drives Research Group, Staff Member of the Rolls-Royce UTCs in Advanced Electrical Machines and Drives and Control Systems.
We’re currently developing research group activity in the Medical Systems and Devices sector with long-term projects such as iTREND (Intelligent Technologies for Renal Dialysis) with Royal Derby Hospital and the University of Nottingham, and Chair in Intelligent Systems programmes in AI data analytics and Medical Imaging.
Also developing are feasibility studies with Royal Derby Hospital for example in the EPSRC CYCLOPS funded Active Footbed Sensing project for diabetetic patients. These activities are supported by dedicated laboratories and advanced High Performance Computing facilities. Collaboration is also taking place to develop medical image processing activity based around The College of Health and Social Care’s FujiFilm imaging suite.