The Centre for Bioengineering

The £2.8 million centre hosts a number of renewable and intelligent energy solutions. Through CEREB, students are exposed to the technologies which the built environment needs to embrace in order to provide sustainable buildings for the future.

Recently, there has been a major move from traditional arrangements of health care methodologies towards systems which are much more reliant on technology. This includes diagnosis through body scanners; treatment by local heat generation; and health care system amalgamation via information and communication technology. The Centre for Bioengineering (former BiMEC), founded in January 2011 at London South Bank University (LSBU), targets to be a globally acknowledged interdisciplinary research centre of excellence, providing advanced research and training in a wide range of areas including: biomedical applications with an understanding for smart city considerations and machine learning methods, energy consumption reduction techniques using radar and wireless sensor networks, non-intrusive medical imaging and monitoring using ultra-wideband (UWB) and ultrasound technologies and skin bioengineering. Moreover, the Centre for Bioengineering aims:

  • to be recognised inside and outside LSBU for excellence in bioengineering research and become well known as leaders nationally and internationally;
  • coalesce colleagues working together and facilitating research collaborations;
  • to facilitate the development of colleagues;
  • to respond to the changing research landscape;
  • to promote training and Innovation
  • to enhance PhD cohort;
  • to contribute to teaching/ Education- MSc, MRes; and
  • to promote industrial engagement.
Current active projects:
  • H2020- MSCA-RISE (872752) Reliable Technologies and Models for Verified Wireless Body-Centric Transmission and Localization, £150K (2020-2024).
  • H2020-MSCA-IF (793449) UWB wearable apparatus for bone fracture imaging and recovering monitoring, £180K (2018-2020).
  • EPSRC grant: Modelling the MEchanics of Animal Whiskers (MMEAW), total grant: £460,715, LSBU: £304K.

Research themes

  • 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
  • breast, brain and skin cancer detection and therapy using UWB image processing
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and ZigBee wireless sensor networks for biomedical applications
  • indoor radar – location sensing and tracking
  • self-organising networks
  • nanofibers, nanotubes and graphene used to assemble biological structures
  • Medical ultrasound imaging
  • micro-loud systems
  • wireless technologies for vegetation health testing
  • analysis of large deformations of long slender structures
  • big data mining and processing for energy and healthcare areas
  • skin biotechnology using optical and capacitive sensors

Key facilities

Radio Frequency (RF) Shielded Anechoic Chamber

In 2012, the Centre for Bioengineering 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.

MammoWave Microwave Medical Imaging apparatus

In 2019, the Centre for Bioengineering acquired a newly developed device by the UBT Tech Srl, called MammoWave which allows illumination of the breast using electromagnetic fields to measure the correspondent scattered electromagnetic fields and to process the measured field through a dedicated algorithm, obtaining the image of the breast and highlighting tissues inhomogeneities.

Lasers and detectors

Er:YAG laser, Nd:YAG laser, OPO laser, He -Ne laser, Nitrogen laser, MCT detectors, laser energy monitor, optical tables/benches, thermal camera, UV-VIS-NIR spectrometers, HP Digital Oscilloscopes, Picoscopes, HR Proscopes, signal generators, Fingerprint sensors.

Additional equipment

  • TimeDomain’s PulsON 400 (x3) PulsON 410 (x20) Impulse Radio UWB 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

Our Centre harnesses the research capability of staff (who include two Professors of international repute, three Associate Professors and several senior academics) in the School of Built Environment and Architecture, Division of Construction, Property and Surveying, one of the largest in the UK specialising in the built environment.

Core members

    Prof. Asa Barber
    Prof. Sandra Dudley
    Dr Geoff Goss
    Dr Antonio Vilches
    Dr Michael Berthaume
    Dr Benjamin Lishman
    Dr Enrico Grisan
    Dr Perry Xiao (Director)
    Prof. Mohammad Ghavami (Director)

Associate members

  • Maggie Hammond
  • Bert Ediale Young
  • Rafiu Seidu
  • Professor George Ofori (Member of SARIC)
  • Jennifer Hardi (Member of SARIC)
  • Dr Zulfikar Adamu (Member of SARIC)
  • Carlos Gonzalez
  • Ash Hendy
  • Lynne Michael
  • Navpreet Chohan

Postgraduate research students

  • Elizabeth Whelan
  • Nuha Eltinay
  • Mehdi Shahparvari
  • Itua Omokhomion
  • Lucy Ogbenjuwa
  • Upeksha Madanayake
  • Ganiyu Sikiru
  • Waheed Oseni
  • Saam Kaviani
  • Yumna Ahmedi
  • Yamen Bakhaty,
  • Ahmed Daoud
  • Adnan Ali

    Key funded projects

  • H2020- MSCA-RISE (872752) Reliable Technologies and Models for Verified Wireless Body-Centric Transmission and Localization, £150K (2020-2024).
  • H2020-MSCA-IF (793449) UWB wearable apparatus for bone fracture imaging and recovering monitoring, £180K (2018-2020).
  • Joint PhD studentship, LSBU and OrthoSports Ltd, UK, £60,000 (2020 - 2023).
  • Joint PhD studentship, LSBU and Welland Medical Ltd, UK, £60,000 (2019 - 2022).
  • 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.
  • 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.

Over the past few years, the Centre for Bioengineering 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.

Centre for Bioengineering 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)
  • 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

Centre for Bioengineering 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