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Centre for Biomedical Engineering and Communications (BiMEC)


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

Leader: Professor Mohammad Ghavami, Professor of Telecommunications Engineering, School of Engineering

We provide 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 bio-engineering and non-intrusive monitoring using ultra wideband (UWB) technology.

Our current projects and investigated topics are:

  • 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
  • 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

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

We are involved with a variety of impactful research projects, including an innovative approach to diagnosing operational inefficiencies, led by our member Dr Sandra Dudley. By optimising a building’s function, this system improves the human comfort level in buildings by rapidly detecting malfunctioning heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. The platform created is currently in use at 60 sites covering 100 buildings, with one – the Financial Times headquarters in London – reporting that comfort complaints have halved since the platform was installed.

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