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Centre for Biomedical Engineering and Communications (BiMEC)

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We conduct advanced research on a broad range of biomedical engineering, energy, wireless communications, imaging and information technologies

BiMEC, founded in January 2011, provides advanced research and training in a wide range of areas including: energy consumption reduction techniques using radar and wireless sensor networks; biomedical applications with an understanding for smart city considerations; open-based networking and media/content convergence; and skin bioengineering and non-intrusive monitoring using ultra wideband (UWB) technology.

Investigated topics

  • assistive technology for the elderly and/or disabled using UWB devices
  • digital signal processing for hearing aid development
  • adaptive signal processing and prediction for chaotic real data
  • noise cancellation in telecommunications radio channels
  • breast and skin cancer detection and therapy using UWB image processing for medical applications
  • wireless communications using UWB
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and ZigBee wireless technologies
  • indoor radar – location sensing and tracking
  • self-organising networks
  • micro-loud systems
  • wireless technologies for vegetation health testing
  • big data mining and processing
  • skin biotechnology using optical and capacitive sensors

Current projects

  • H2020-MSCA-IF (793449) UWB wearable apparatus for bone fracture imaging and recovering monitoring, £180K (2018-2020).
  • Innovate UK Eartex, December 2017 £100K.
  • KTP Innovate UK and Eartex 2 years, £100K.
  • EPSRC grant: Modelling the MEchanics of Animal Whiskers (MMEAW), total grant: £460,715, LSBU: £304K.

Key facilities

Radio Frequency (RF) Shielded Anechoic Chamber

In 2012, BiMEC acquired a large RF anechoic chamber (outer dimensions of the chamber are 4.93 m x 2.79 m x 2.79 m) calibrated for uninterrupted use between 20MHz and 26GHz. This facility enables the team to characterise antennas and wireless/non-wireless systems used in our research and teaching as well as assisting and collaborating with other faculties and industry.

Lasers and detectors

Er:YAG laser, Nd:YAG laser, OPO laser, He -Ne laser, Nitrogen laser, MCT detectors, laser energy monitor, optical tables/benches, HP Digital Oscilloscopes, Picoscopes, HR Proscopes, multimeters, signal generators, IBM x3400 servers, Fingerprint sensors.

Additional equipment

  • TimeDomain’s PulsON 400 (x3) PulsON 410 (x20) Impulse Radio Ultra Wideband IR-UWB ranging, communication and radar modules
  • Vector Network Analyser (VNA), Vector Signal Analyser (VSA), Spectrum and Impedance Analyser
  • Precise LCR components Analyser
  • PCB Prototyping machine

The founder and leader of BiMEC, Prof Mohammad Ghavami, has been very successful in developing its multi-disciplinary proficiency. His expertise lies in the areas of UWB technology, adaptive and smart antenna, wireless sensor networks, telecommunication systems for healthcare applications. He has published over 150 papers, two books and 3 US patents on various areas of UWB systems, smart antennas, wireless technologies and tele-health applications.

Our members have attracted millions of pounds of recent funding from bodies such as InnovateUK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Prof. Mohammad Ghavami

Prof. Mohammad Ghavami

School/Division: Engineering / Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Job title: Professor of Telecommunications Engineering
Telephone: 020 7815 7196

Mohammad Ghavami is Professor of Telecommunications Engineering and the founder and leader of BiMEC research group. His research interests include UWB, smart antenna systems and biomedical applications of wireless technology.


Tasos Dagiuklas

Prof. Tasos Dagiuklas

School/Division: Engineering / Computer Science and Informatics
Job title: Head of Computer Science and Informatics
Telephone: 020 7815 7465

Tasos Dagiuklas’ research interests lie in the area of smart Internet technologies including open-based networking, digital-immersive media, cloud-computing, QoE Modeling-Management and Internet of Everything. He has over 130 publications including books and book chapters, journal articles and conference publications.


Dr Antonio Vilches

Dr Antonio Vilches

School/Division: Engineering / Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Job title: Senior Lecturer
Telephone: 020 7815 7615

Dr Antonio Vilches is an electronics engineer with a device, circuits and systems background. His expertise is in device modelling, circuit design, autonomous systems, robotics, electronic materials and devices, and human computer interaction.


Dr Daqing Chen

Dr Daqing Chen

School/Division: Engineering / Computer Science and Informatics
Job title: Senior Lecturer
Telephone: 020 7815 7492

Dr Chen specialises in data mining and business intelligence.


Dr Jian-Guo Zhang

Dr Jian-Guo Zhang

School/Division: Engineering / Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Job title: Senior Lecturer
Telephone: 020 7815 7576

Dr Zhang's research interests include ultrahigh-speed all-optical communication systems, photonic switching networks, avionics optical fiber data buses/LANs, gain-switched semiconductor lasers, femtosecond mode-locked fiber lasers, and address code design for optical code-division multiple access (OCDMA).


Dr Manik Gupta

Dr Manik Gupta

School/Division: Engineering / Computer Science and Informatics
Job title: Lecturer
Telephone: 020 7815 7511

Dr Manik Gupta is a lecturer in machine learning at LSBU, her interest areas include data analysis and application of machine learning techniques for sense-making


Dr Muddesar Iqbal

Dr Muddesar Iqbal

School/Division: Engineering / Computer Science and Informatics
Job title: Senior Lecturer, Mobile Computing
Telephone: 020 7815 7437

Dr Iqbal specialises in mobile cloud computing and open-based networking with interests in 5G technologies,  multimedia cloud computing, mobile edge computing, fog computing, Internet of Things, software-defined networking, network function virtualisation, quality of experience, and cloud infrastructures and services.


Dr Perry Xiao

Dr Perry Xiao

School/Division: Engineering / Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Job title: Associate Professor; Course Director, MRes in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Telephone: 020 7815 7569

Dr Xiao's research focuses on the development of novel infrared and electronic sensing technologies for skin measurements and industrial Non-Destructive Testing. He is also a director and co-founder of Biox Systems Ltd, a university spin-out company, which designs and manufactures AquaFlux (trans-dermal water loss measurements) and Epsilon (capacitive imaging).


Dr Safia Barikzai

Dr Safia Barikzai

School/Division: Engineering / Computer Science and Informatics
Job title: Associate Professor
Telephone: 020 7815 8225

Safia is a business IT Pathway Leader and Informatics Placement coordinator, actively looking for placement links with potential employers.


Dr Sandra Dudley

Dr Sandra Dudley

School/Division: Engineering / Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Job title: Director of Research and Enterprise
Telephone: 020 7815 7124

Sandra specialises in the areas of radio and optical communication system design, assistive living and sensor systems and is a member of the School Academic Standards Committee.


Prof. Shushma Patel

Prof. Shushma Patel

School/Division: Engineering
Job title: Director of Education and Student Experience
Telephone: 020 7815 7412

Prof. Patel's specialist areas include Information Systems, Cognitive Informatics, Change Management, Organisational Behaviour and Qualitative Research. She chairs the Ethics Committee and joined the LSBU Board of Governors in 2012.


Research staff

  • Dr Dr Gianluigi Tiberi (EU MC)
  • Dr Hafeez Siddiqui (EPSRC)
  • Dr Mounir Adjrad and Dr Navid Ghavami (Innovate NPL)
  • Dr Thomas Maltby (EPSRC)

Postgraduate research students

  • Santos Bunga
  • Ridouan Chaouki
  • Omar AL Hashimi
  • Wei Pan
  • Xu Zhang
  • Shwan Dyllon
  • Elena Chirikhina
  • Christos Bontozoglou
  • Saqib Ullah
  • Dana Jamal
  • Hellema Ibrahim
  • Maitreyee Dey
  • Soumya Rana
  • Muy Oladimeji
  • Muzammil Saeed
  • Vassilios Tsakanikas
  • Utku Bulkan
  • Mahreen Riaz
  • Behnaz Sohani
  • Banafsheh Khalesi
  • Robert Brown

Over the past few years, BiMEC has been involved in joint research and training with several national and international institutions and industrial partners to carry out applied collaborative research in various areas of biomedical engineering, energy, wireless communications, imaging and information. These collaborative activities have led to over 1 million pounds of funding, research visits and joint publications.

BiMEC partners

  • Keio University, Japan: Joint PhD supervision, joint publication, research visits
  • University of Kaiserslautern, Germany: Research visits, Erasmus exchange scheme.
  • University of Essex: Joint EPSRC funding (£1.6M total)
  • University of Perugia, Italy: Research fellowship based on EU MSCA-IF grant (£180K)
  • Eartex, UK: KTP Innovate UK grant (£100K)
  • Fundsurfer, UK: KTP grant (£109K)

BiMEC academic collaborators

  • Prof Y. Sanada, Keio University, Japan
  • Prof R. Russo, University of Essex
  • Prof Ryuji Kohno, Yokohama National University
  • Dr Majella Lane, UCL School of Pharmacy

Key funded projects

  • H2020-MSCA-IF (793449) UWB wearable apparatus for bone fracture imaging and recovering monitoring, £180K (2018-2020).
  • Innovate UK Eartex, December 2017 £100K.
  • KTP Innovate UK and Eartex 2 years, £100K.
  • EPSRC grant: Modelling the MEchanics of Animal Whiskers (MMEAW), total grant: £460,715, LSBU: £304K.
  • TSB grant: partners National Physical Laboratory, Marks and Spencer. UWB inspection of crop quality; PI (Academic): 100K to LSBU (October 2017).
  • EPSRC (EP/K002473/1) Energy Efficiency in Buildings programme: DANCER (Digital Agent Networking for Customer Energy Reduction) received a budget of £911K for LSBU over 5 years (2012-2017).
  • EPSRC/TSB funded project, "Energy Management and Analysis Exploiting Existing Building Management Systems Infrastructure and Data", EP/M506734/1 started in 2014. Total budget of £633K (about £250K LSBU share).
  • EPSRC grant with UCL (LSBU part £230K) to electrospin novel piezo detectors.
  • KTP, Machine Learning Based Platform to Improve Investment Readiness of Businesses Seeking for Funds, funded by Innovate UK and Fundsurfer Ltd, £109K, 2018.
  • Consultancy, Machine-based Learning for Automatic Construction Cost Indexing, funded by the Royal Institution of Charted Surveyors, £75K, 2017.
  • KTP, M&E Cost Life-cycle & Analytics, funded by Innovate UK and RICS, £151K, Academic supervisor, 2017.
  • Skin bioengineering projects: Continuous Mean Arterial Pressure (cMAP), measurements, epiTherm Ltd, UK, Mobile skin measurement device, Biox Systems Ltd, UK, Digital spiky neuron network, Silicon Thoughts, UK, Capacitive skin imaging, Biox Systems Ltd, UK.
 
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