Project Pages: 2016 – 2017

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Data Science and Analytics Training and Engagement Services for Business.

The Data Science Surgeries and CPD courses will facilitate engagement between industry and the broader BU Data Science community, enabling us to build bridges and develop relationships with industry, as well as interdisciplinary research collaborations. The new perspectives developed through this interdisciplinary collaboration will not only help to give a better understanding of some of the complex problems facing our society, but also help to inform both the teaching and professional practice undertaken by our academics

Smart-summaryProject Members:

Professor Bogdan Gabrys

Dr Marcin Budka

Dr Katarzyna Musial-Gabrys

Dr Paul Yoo

External Links:

BU Project Page



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

External Links:

Alison’s Staff Profile 



Dinosaurs to Forensic Science: Digital, Tracks and Traces.

DigTrace is an integrated software solution for the capture and analysis of 3D data whether in a forensic context (footwear evidence) or in the study of vertebrate tracks and footprints. It caters for everything from the study of dinosaur footprints to the analysis of footwear evidence at a crime scene.


Project Members:

Professor Mathew Bennett

Dr Marcin Budka

Rashid Bakirov

Dominika Budka

External Links:

Project Website



ECO-CODING: Creating a centre for DNA Meta-barcoding Ecology at BU.

ECO-CODING is an HEIF (Higher education innovation fund) funded project that will bring the technology of DNA barcoding to BU, collaborating environmental organisations and local school children. DNA (eDNA) meta-barcoding involves the use of DNA produced by living organisms, collected from the environment and matched to DNA databases telling us what species are present. DNA can rapidly, non-invasively and cost effectively inform and influence critical issues in ecology and forensics.

DNA DetectiveProject Members:

Dr Liz Franklin

Dr Emilie Hardouin

Dr Kathy Hodder

Professor Robert Britton

Dr Demetra Amdreou

Dr Jenny Alexander

Dr Natasha De Vere

External Links:

BU Project Page



Empowering service users: Assessing the potential benefits of Psychiatric Genetic Counselling.

The of aim of this project is 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).

TPGG logosProject Members:

Dr Kevin McGhee

Stephen Richer

Ayesha Pyke

Professor Edwin van Teijlingen

Professor Clare Wedderburn

External Links:

Project Website


Establishing a network to disseminate the results of SHIVA project aimed to provide virtual sculpting tools for users with wide range of disabilities

The SHIVA project (Sculpture for Healthcare: Interaction and Virtual Art in 3D), enables the students to create and 3D print complex objects. The project combines technology and software developed by the team with simple artistic commands and controls allowing the children to create shapes including teddy bears, buildings and Christmas decorations.


Project Members:

Professor Alexander Pasko

Dr Oleg Fryazniov

Mark Mosley

Dr Leigh Mcloughlin

Dr Valery Adzhiev

Mathieu Sanchez

External Links:

Project Article 


Increasing access to Music: Music Technology in Special Educational Needs (SEN) settings.

The aim of this project is to work collaboratively with local schools for children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) to increase access to music technology. So far, this project has sought the collaboration of multiple local schools for children with SEN through various meetings as well as a 2-week work shadowing period with one of the leading SEN Music Technology facilities in the country. Each school has its own unique barriers to contend with, so the main challenge is to provide solutions that can help each of the schools.

Music TechnologyProject Members:

Dr Tom Davis

Dr Ann Bevan

Dan Pierson

Phil Hallet

External Links:

BU Project Page

Sherlock’s Window: improving accuracy of entomological forensics at post-mortem criminal investigation using combined cuticular hydrocarbon and internal metabolite analysis.

Post-mortems are an essential part of the investigative process after someone has died in suspicious circumstances, usually performed to establish cause of death. Definitively proving time of death later is extremely difficult. By using blowflies and sometimes other insects, forensic entomologists can provide an estimated window of time in which someone is likely to have died. This is calculated by estimating the amount of time since eggs were first laid, which approximates (sometimes quite closely) the time of death. Such insect-derived time is known as the minimum post-mortem interval (PMImin). A new knowledge exchange project at Bournemouth University is aiming to develop an industry standard designed to make identifying time of death much more reliable by establishing a standard culturing protocol for rearing blowflies in the laboratory.



Project Members:

Professor Andrew Whittington

Christopher Dwen

External Links:

BU Project Article


Superior Face Recognition: Generating Knowledge Exchange with National and International Security Agencies.

Over the last 20-30 years there have been over a hundred case reports of individuals with prosopagnosia. However, it is only recently that we have had the opportunity to test large numbers of people with the condition. This is an important issue as different researchers have administered different tests to their participants, and it is very difficult to draw comparisons between cases in the existing literature. Thus, we are seeking to carry out detailed cognitive assessments of a large number of people with acquired or developmental prosopagnosia in an attempt to further our understanding of the condition, and to investigate whether different subtypes of prosopagnosia exist.

current_researchProject Members:

Dr Sarah Bate


External Links:

Project Website


Towards improving the condition of natural and cultural capital in Dorset and Hampshire.

This HEIF-funded project, led by Dr. Phillipa Gillingham, aims to bring these organisations and BU students together to change this and use their collective knowledge to preserve areas of natural beauty and historical importance.  “We want to be able to manage them both for conservation purposes and for their rich archaeological heritage,” says Dr Gillingham.  This project focusses on peatland ecosystems, which have significant importance both locally and internationally for their biodiversity, ecosystem services and cultural value.   “Ultimately, we hope to be able to develop a case study of the area to demonstrate how you can manage peatlands for the benefit of both archaeologists and conservationists.  This will make a difference locally and for the further research we hope to do in the Atlantic regions.”

Dorset FieldjpgProject Members:

Dr Pippa Gillingham

Dr Anita Diaz

 Proffessor Adrian Newton

Alexander Lovegrove

Professor Mark Brisbane

Dr John Stewart

External Links:

BU Blog Post 


Using flow cytometry to monitor harmful algae in coastal waters: establishing a regional testing arena in Poole Harbour with global benefits.

This innovative HEIF-funded project aims to test the use of flow cytometry for its ability to replace outdated and labour-intensive ways of working (microscope assessments) for the detection of harmful algae in coastal waters. This is a research need currently under consideration by U.K. Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) government scientists but is not a service offered commercially by any environmental consultants.

Paris Iliopoulos, Faculty of Science & Technology

Project Members:

Dr Dan Franklin

Ian Chapman


External Links:

BU Blog Post 




Wen Tang – PLUS+: Police Learning Using Simulations: Impact Evidence Gathering.

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.

Tear_gas_used_against_protest_in_Altamira,_Caracas;_and_distressed_students_in_front_of_police_lineProject Members:

Professor Wen Tang

External Links:

External Project Article 


Other Project Pages

2011 – 2015