Smart Technology Research Centre

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Smart Technology Research Centre (STRC) was formed in October 2007 to capitalise on the existing expertise and synergy within the Computational Intelligence and Biomedical Engineering research groups.

We have been able to draw on the broader expertise within the School of Design, Engineering and Computing in the areas of cognitive systems and robotics, psychology, computer science, electronics and computational mechanics. This has enabled us to establish an interdisciplinary and integrative centre able to respond to the increasing number of challenges requiring multidisciplinary approaches and need for advanced innovative technological solutions in a variety of important application areas.

Our primary aim is the investigation and development of smart systems and technologies providing seamless integration of information from various sources for, among others, innovative technology driven services, extraction and intelligent analysis of information from large commercial and scientific databases, reduction of operational costs of industrial processes, analysis of complex systems or improvement of quality of life.

Our long term goal is addressing the need for truly autonomous systems with ability to make decisions and operate in unknown environments taking advantage of increasingly available sensory technologies, availability of huge amounts of data in diverse disciplines and proliferation of a variety of mobile devices with significant computational capacity.

Our Research

The Smart Technology Research Centre works with many different commercial and research organisations, and co-ordinates and contributes to special interest-groups. Much of our work is funded by external organisations with examples of many successful applications. Further information can be found on our projects, publications, collaborations and events pages.

The centre is organised around the grid of Core Technical Competencies and Application Areas (as illustrated in the Table below).

Computational Intelligence Intelligent Data and Information Processing Sensory and Electronic Technologies

Within the above table, a dark shade of grey indicates a strong area (or cross-section) with significant level of activity including funded projects, publications, event organisation, editorship of journals, international recognition and knowledge transfer. A medium shade denotes a significant level of activity and a light grey some activity.

At the present moment, there are two strongly interlinked and complementary areas of research reflecting a body of activities, strong track record of achievements, external recognition and capacity for successful bidding for external funding. The first theme focuses on the softer aspects of Smart Systems and Technologies covering such areas as Computational Intelligence, Informatics and Complex Adaptive Systems while the second broad theme is more hardware and device oriented covering Sensory and Electronic Technologies, Robotics and Bio-Medical Engineering .

Computational Intelligence, Informatics and Complex Adaptive Systems

The work in this theme is a continuation of the research carried out within the Computational Intelligence Research Group (CIRG), which was formally established in 2003. The Group has been engaged in research of the theoretical and application aspects of advanced intelligent technologies.

The Group’s interests and expertise lay in a broad area of intelligent and biologically/nature inspired learning and complex adaptive systems. Our projects and research activities cover a wide range of machine learning and hybrid intelligent techniques encompassing data and information fusion, learning and adaptation methods, multiple classifier and prediction systems, processing and modelling of uncertainty in pattern recognition, diagnostic analysis and decision support systems.

Sensory and Electronic Technologies, Robotics and Biomedical Engineering

The work in this theme continues the research carried out within the Academic Biomedical Engineering Research Group (ABERG), which was established in 1999.

Our prime aim is to improve the quality of life of people with chronic disabilities in developing new treatment methods and assessment techniques to advance cost-effective, evidence-based health care. The Group has an international reputation in the areas of Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) and rehabilitation engineering, sensor development and physiological measurements. The use of FES in stroke treatment has been adopted by the Royal College of Physicians. The Group was the first to develop a Laser Doppler sensor for in-shoe plantar blood-flow measurement.

Emerging laboratory in Computational Neuroscience

This line of work has been recently established in collaboration with the Psychology Research Centre at Bournemouth University.

Our current projects focus on neuro-computational modelling of human auditory system using magneto- encephalography (MEG), neural dynamics reconstruction of electrophysiological recordings in behaving animals and functional Magnetic Resonance (fMRI) studies in Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders. We have active projects or strategic collaborations with renowned centres of human and animal neurophysiology e.g. the UniversitatsKilinikum, the Bernstein Centre for Computational Neuroscience and the ZI-Mannheim at the University of Heidelberg, the Institut d’investigacions Biomediques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS) in Barcelona, the Indiana Purdue University and the University of British Columbia.



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