Project Pages: 2015 – 2016

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Building Roman Britain: Innovative investigations of Roman building material and knowledge exchange through museum interpretation and learning.

Building Roman Britain explored the Romanisation of Britain through an innovative programme of archaeological science characterising the important building materials of stone and ceramic (brick, tile, clay pipes, etc.) from two key sites of early Roman Britain. The project is a partnership between Bournemouth University, the Roman Bath Museum (Bath) and Fishbourne Roman Palace Museum (Chichester). The technique used portable x-ray florescence (pXRF), which allows materials to be analysed rapidly and non-destructively, giving a detailed chemical composition. Stone and ceramic building material have distinct chemical ‘fingerprints’ that help archaeologists to understand where they were produced and how their procurement fitted into the wider economy.

Project Members:

Durotriges Project (Roman Villa foundations revealed in the BIG Dig)

Professor Mark Brisbane

 Derek Pitman

Paul Cheetman

Miles Russell

External Links:

BU Project Page

Development of a toolkit for modelling natural capital

The proposed project will address this knowledge gap, building on the research strengths of BU. The project will develop a suite of modelling tools to support economic forecasting, which is widely recognised to comprise an important element of economic planning. At present, decision-makers in Dorset do not have access to such tools, which is hindering the development of economic plans. This project is supported by a HEIF5+1 grant.

Arjan PhotoProject Members:

Professor Adrian Newton

Arjan Gosal

External Links:

BU Project Page

Enhancing Urban Green Space for Pollinators – Decision Making Hub

The Pollinator Exchange is a knowledge exchange portal created to provide people with an active interest in supporting pollinators in towns and cities with the information they need. It was developed at Bournemouth University as a reaction to two observations. Firstly, as pollinators continue to decline in rural areas, there has been an increasing emphasis on the potential of towns, cities and other built-up areas to provide high-quality pollinator habitat. This interest has been fuelled by recent research that shows greater abundances of bumblebees, and higher production of wildflowers, in private gardens, compared to traditional rural habitats.

Project Members:

Biodiversity, Environmental Change and Green EconomyProfessor Bogdan Gabrys

     Dr Marcin Budka

Dr Katarzyna Musial-Gabrys

Dr Paul Yoo

External Links:

Project Website

Final stage development and validation of a mobile device App to reduce blood pressure

Alison is best known for her research on inspiratory muscle training (IMT) and fatigue, which has particular relevance to patients with respiratory and cardiovascular disease (heart failure). The prescription of IMT is now supported by meta-analyses in these groups, as well as in healthy young people, in which IMT is an ergogenic aid. Most recently, collaborations with clinicians have resulted in research evaluating novel applications of IMT, such as treating low back pain, reducing fall risk, the prevention and reversal of ventilator-induced myopathy and post-operative pulmonary complications.


Project Members:

Professor Alison McConnell

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BU Staff Profile

FoodSMART (proof of concept)

The aim of FoodSMART is to develop an IT-based menu solution that enables informed consumer choice when eating out that takes into account individual preferences, such as culture and dietary requirements, as well as product specification. This will be achieved through an evaluation of consumer intelligence, including information about what consumers require and trust, an assessment of industry intelligence and the subsequent development of data analytics and Quick Recognition (QR) coding for personalised food recommendation; which will help people to choose and eat healthy and appropriate dishes.

FoodSMARTlogo-originalProject Members:

Professor Heather Hartwell

     Dr Nan Jiang

Professor Vasilis Katos

Dr Gernot Liebchen

Carmen Palhau Martins


External Links:

BU Project Page

Hazardous environment training for journalists: a mobile training platform


Tear_gas_used_against_protest_in_Altamira,_Caracas;_and_distressed_students_in_front_of_police_lineProject Members:

Professor Stephen Jukes

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“PLUS” Knowledge Exchange Partnership Building with Regional Police Forces on Developing  New Police Training Methodologies Using Role-playing Games Technology

Bournemouth University is now working with Dorset Police to implement a gamified police training system for the Stop and Search procedure. Stop and Search, which must be conducted lawfully and effectively is one of the core curriculums in police training and the one that has a great impact on the policing and public relations. The aim of this project is to improve the quality and efficiency of training on the procedure, enhancing the transition between the theory and real-life practice through gamification technologies.

BUGameLabProject Members:

Professor Wen Tang

External Links:

Project Website




Psychiatric Genetic Counselling for Healthcare Professionals (PGC4HP): First UK pilot study, regional knowledge exchange and global impact.

The aim of this project it to improve UK psychiatric services by expanding local & regional healthcare professionals’ understanding of the role genetics plays in mental illness and to empower mental health sufferers and their families to take better control of their mental health condition(s) and their lives through Psychiatric Genetic Counselling (PGC).


Group of People Connection Digital Device Concept

Project Members:

Dr Kevin McGhee

Stephen Richer

Ayesha Pyke

Professor Edwin van Teijlingen

Professor Clare Wedderburn


External Links:

BU Project Page

Simply communicating complex research to inform environmental decision-making

The overall purpose of this project was to communicate the results of complex BU research in a simple way to better enable this research to support wildlife conservation. The research uses computer models to predict how changes to the environment affect birds living in coastal habitats. From these complex models simple thresholds of environmental change that lead to adverse effects can be predicted. The main output from the project was a newly developed website ( that gives a broad overview of the BU research, and contains a calculator that can be used to predict the shellfish food requirements of oystercatcher ( Although the calculations are simple, they are based on the outputs of complex BU research. Once the food requirements are known, they can be used to inform sustainable shellfishing quotas which can allow human harvesting of shellfish to continue without adversely affecting the birds.


Deviance2Project Members:

Professor Richard Stillman

Professor John Goss-Custard

Dr Roger Herbert

External Links:

Project Website

Superior Face Recognition: Generating Knowledge Exchange with the Police Force

This project is examining people who are exceptionally good at face recognition. While most people are very good at the recognition of highly familiar faces (i.e. those of family, friends and colleagues), we vary much more substantially in our ability to recognize faces which we have had little exposure to. Importantly, this skill is required in many security and policing scenarios, such as passport control, CCTV-to-image matching, and spotting a missing or wanted person in a crowd or unexpected context. It is therefore striking that most of us perform rather poorly at tasks requiring the recognition of unfamiliar faces.


Dr Sarah BateProject Members:

Dr Sarah Bate

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Project Website

Sensor-Integrated Urometer for measuring real-time urine output

Professor Hongnian Yu has held academic positions at the Universities of Sussex, Liverpool John Moor, Exeter, Bradford, Staffordshire and Bournemouth in the UK. He is currently Professor in Computing at Bournemouth University. He has extensive research experience in mobile computing, modelling, scheduling, planning, and simulations of large discrete event dynamic systems with applications to manufacturing systems, supply chains, transportation networks, computer networks and RFID applications, modelling and control of robots and mechatronics, and neural networks.


Computer imageProject Members:

Professor Hongnian Yu

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The Dorset Coast Digital Archive (DCDA)

Dr Esteban’s research interests focus on biodiversity at the microbial level in order to understand and predict the functioning of aquatic systems by characterising microbial biodiversity at local and regional scales, and by defining the role played by microbes in the natural environment and food webs.


Dorset FieldjpgProject Members:

 Professor Genoveva Esteban

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Virtual Prototyping of New Lifeboat Launching System with Unmanned Vehicles to Enhance Safety

The National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA) at Bournemouth University has been collaborating with Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) on the development of a novel lifeboat launching system using virtual prototyping technologies. The actual manufacturing and testing of a new system is rather expensive. The project team proposed an innovative solution of a virtual prototyping system, taking advantage of the expertise and talent from the computer animation centre. This initial development will help understand the concept and pave a way to the next stage of design and manufacturing.


The beach was comforting…. I should be doing more things for myself.

Project Members:

Dr Jian Chang

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Other Project Pages

2011 – 2015