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Damon Berry's profile picture

Interests: Health Informatics, Electronic Health Record, Biomedical Engineering, Information Quality, AssistiveTechnology.

Damon Berry received the BSc in Control Systems and Electrical Engineering from Dublin Institute of Technology and an MSc from Dublin City University. From 1995 to 2000 he worked as a developer and team leader on various EU-funded medical informatics projects at DIT. He has represented DIT at OMG meetings and in the ISO TC215 and CEN TC 251 standardisation organisations where he was involved in the work of PT 36 Clinical analyser interface project team and is now Ireland's representative on TC 251 WG1.

In 2000 Damon was appointed as a lecturer in the School of Control Systems and Electrical Engineering where he teaches industrial computing and Networking, engineering computation. From 2002 to 2004 Damon was seconded to the DIT faculty of engineering as the Student Recruitment coordinator. In this role he was responsible for initiating a programme of 100 voluntary school visits by academic staff to explain about engineering as a career. He also developed a wide range of marketing materials for the faculty including an award winning booklet about careers in engineering. Damon was also involved in international student recruitment and was instrumental in arranging memorandums of understanding between DIT and four Asian third level colleges.

Damon is currently working towards a PhD in Computer Engineering at the University of Dublin (TCD). His research interests span the following topics in health informatics and biomedical engineering; instrument interfacing, electronic patient records, automated clinical guidelines, mobile health monitoring, applied digital signal processing. He lectures in industrial computing and engineering computation and on the Engineering Design Module which resulted in DIT's Robo Sumo challenge.

Ted Burke's profile picture

Interests: Human-machine interaction, assistive technology, biomedical signal processing, embedded systems, music technology and toys.

Ted Burke's undergraduate and postgraduate studies were all undertaken in UCD. He was awarded a BE in Electronic Engineering in 1998, an MEngSc in 2001, and a PhD in 2005. The title of his MEngSc thesis was Rehabilitation applications of musical human-computer interfaces and the title of his PhD thesis was Accessible human-computer interfaces for communication and creative expression.

From 2001 to 2005, Ted managed UCD's Rehabilitation Engineering Laboratory (situated in the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin), where he conducted and coordinated research in a wide range of rehabilitation and assistive technology projects. He subsequently spent several months as a post-doctoral researcher in UCD's Multimodal Signal Processing Laboratory.

Since 2005, Ted has been a Lecturer in DIT's School of Electrical Engineering Systems, where he teaches a range of subjects including Robotics, Engineering Design, Engineering Computing and Bioelectromagnetism. His primary research interest is human-machine interaction, with an emphasis on facilitating communication and control. His other research interests include biomedical signal processing, embedded systems, music technology and toys.

James Condron's profile picture

Interests: Physiological Signal Analysis, Biomechanical Signal Analysis, Biomedical Engineering, Biofeedback, Assistive Technology, Biological Control Systems, Brain Computer Interfaces.

James Condron (more commonly known as Jim) received the BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Dublin Institute of Technology in 1997. He completed his PhD in 2004 entitled "Time Frequency Analysis applied to Autonomic Nervous System Activity in a Biofeedback Environment" in Dublin Institute of Technology. During the time between the finishing his primary degree and his PhD, James spent two and a half years working in MIT Media Lab Europe, where he was appointed as a research fellow and worked as a Biomedical Engineer for the MindGames© group.

In 2005 James was appointed a research position within the School of Control Systems and Electrical Engineering under the Arnold F. Graves Postdoctoral Research Fellow scheme. Since this time he has concentrated his efforts towards the further development of algorithms in the field of Biomedical Engineering, teaching and designing modules for courses in Advanced Engineering and Assistive Technology to Taught Masters level. This has also lead him to furthering the profile of Biomedical Engineering within the DIT by running projects from 3 months to PhD level.

James has also spent an invaluable amount of time liaising with hospitals, clinics and industry to identify possible solutions which may be provided by the health researchers within DIT. During the course of his research James has been involved in activities which have enabled him to work in multidisciplinary environments. Whilst working in Media Lab Europe, he worked in a team which included Visual artists, Psychologists, Software programmers, Puppeteers, Dancers, Haptic specialists and Industrial designers. He was also on the organising committee of the 2003 AAATE (Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology Europe) conference in Dublin. He was also one of the founding members of the Health Engineering and Rehabilitation Team (HEaRT), a biomedical research group in DIT.

Jane Courtney's profile picture

Interests: Rehabilitation engineering, computer vision, motion tracking and analysis, human body modelling and 3D reconstruction.

Jane graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering (BE) from UCD in 1998. After a year working as a project engineer with ESBI, she returned to UCD to pursue research in biomedical engineering and graduated with a masters (MEngSc) in 2001 and a doctorate (PhD) in 2005. Her research focused on using digital image processing to develop a novel gait analysis system.

Jane’s research interests include computer vision, image processing, motion tracking, human body modelling and biomedical engineering. In 2004, she taught on the intervarsity MSc in biomedical engineering. She also presented her work at an IEI organised event in Trinity College Dublin in April 2005 and at the Technical University of Košice in Slovakia where she spent several months. She sat on the programme committee of the Medical Imaging and Telemedicine conference (MIT) held in FuJian, China, in August 2005 and the International Machine Vision and Image Processing conference (IMVIP) held in August 2006 and September 2007. She was also a reviewer for the European Conference on Circuit Theory and Design (ECCTD) held in August 2005. She is part of the Health Engineering and Rehabilitation Team (HEaRT) and People Oriented Technology (tPOT) research groups in DIT and an adjunct member of the Vision Systems Group in DCU.

From September 1999 to April 2001, Jane worked as an assistant lecturer in the Department of Electrical Engineering in DIT. While pursuing her PhD, she worked as a lecturer in the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering in UCD. She returned to DIT as a full-time lecturer in September 2004.

John McGrory's profile picture

Interests: Clinical Laboratory Validation, Software Agents, Agent-nets, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Systems SCADA, Programmable logic Controllers, Building Control, Energy Efficiency, Intelligent Control, Context Driven Communication, Ecological User Interfaces, Assistive Technology and Real-time Dynamic Control.

John McGrory began commercial life abroad on the production of automobiles and later performing and documenting destructive testing on Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC). Thereafter, John worked as a contracts manager and project manager for two Irish companies specialising in large scale mechanical, electrical and control installations of industrial processes. This work included mechanical and electrical design and development, interactive automation, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, HVAC and multifaceted process control. During this time John gained status as an Chartered Engineer (C.Eng.) with The Institution of Engineering and Technology, and Chartered Engineer with Engineers Ireland.

In 2001 John received his Masters in Engineering Computation and joined the academic staff in the DIT specialising in electrical, intelligent automation and process control of buildings and commercial processes. John’s research area focuses on cross-discipline intelligent validation systems. This is where real-time sensor information is used to validate and produce the correct appropriate response by control systems under different conditions using cross-discipline instruction sets. Cross-discipline instruction sets are knowledge components which are developed based on a particular discipline (e.g. electrical, medical, financial etc.). For the outcome of the control action to be successful each discipline team and individual team members must act harmoniously in their decisions, actions and coordinated activities. This cross-discipline intelligent validation has been extended for use on herd animals, buildings and medical patients. John completed his Doctorate research in the area of patient-centred clinical validation using autonomous socialising knowledge agents through Trinity College Dublin (TCD). A current avenue for research is to extend the developed agent based intelligent validation technology for use on mobile devices for use in buildings, on animals and medical patients. Overlapping with his ongoing research John has worked with international companies on documenting the performance of cross-discipline projects. This is where the channels of interaction (i.e. meetings, emails, telephone communications) between cross-discipline teams are monitored and nuances of the method and success of knowledge transfer between these disciplines is analysed.

For the last four years John has been a Guest Professor at Institut Universitaire de Technologie, Béthune, France, in the Le Département Génie Electrique et Informatique Industrielle lecturing in the area of SCADA, PLC’s and industrial automation.

Johnalan Keegan's profile picture

Interests: Brain Computer Interfaces (BCIs), Biomedical Engineering, Assistive Technology, Physiological Signal Analysis, Biomechanical Signal Analysis, Biofeedback, Programming Methodoligies, Software Developement.

Johnalan (Jack) Keegan received his Diploma in Applied Electronics in from Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) in 2001. After two years travelling he resumed his studies and was awarded the BEng in Electrical/Electronic Engineering from DIT in 2005. His final year thesis was entitled Classification of Cortical Potentials for Brain Computer Interfaces (BCIs).

From June 2005 to December 2006 Johnalan worked as a software developer and project manager in a start-up software company. He commenced his PhD researcher at the DIT in December 2006. His research topic is the integration of bioelectrical and biomechanical signals for rehabilitation and assisitve technology. Johnalan is also a committee member on his local Irish Linux User Group (ILUG) and a member of a number of other interest groups such as the Irish PHP User Group (iePUG), and the international Extreme Programming Special Interest Group (XPSIG).

Brian Madden's profile picture

Interests: Assistive Technology, Impact Biomechanics, Biomedical Engineering, Metalwork/fabrication.

Brian Madden received his Certificate and Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the Dublin Institute of Technology, Bolton Street. He went on to receive a BEng. in Manufacturing Engineering in 2005. He was awarded first class honours in both his Diploma and final year degree project. His final year thesis which was titled Prolongation of a Knee Prosthesis received the highest mark in his year and achieved favourable comments from visiting Professors Matthew Stevens (Purdue University) and Neville Hogan (MIT).

He went on to complete an MSc in research in the field of impact biomechanics in the Trinity Centre of Bioengineering in TCD. The title of his research was Development of an integrated wheelchair headrest for rear impact protection, which involved the fabrication and installation of an impact laboratory in TCD. He commenced his PhD in September 2007 and his project is entitled Augmented control of mobility and prosthesis aids.

Mark Nolan's profile picture

Interests: Bio-Signal Acquisition, Assistive Technologies, Bio-potential Instrumentation Development, Integrated Circuit Accelerometers, Wireless Data transmission, Programming Methodologies.

Mark Nolan received a Distinction in his Ordinary Degree in Control Systems and Electrical Engineering from Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) in 2005. His final year thesis was a Gas, Temperature and light sensing mobile robot. Mark went on to graduate with a First Class Honours Degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering from DIT in 2007 with a final year thesis in Wireless Biomedical Signal Acquisition. He commenced his PhD research at the DIT in October 2007. His research topic is Applications of Measurement and Sensors in Assistive Technology.

Sheng Yu's profile picture

Interests: e-Health Infrastructure, Electronic Health Record (EHR), Clinical Terminology System (SNOMED-CT).

Sheng Yu received his BSc in Information Management and Information System from Hangzhou Dianzi University (Hangzhou University of Electronic Engineering). After graduating from that he pursued a Masters degree in Electronic Commerce in DCU. He commenced his MPhil degree in 2008 and later transferred to a PhD research project in the area of health information modelling and clinical terminology. The objective of the project is to enhance an electronic health record to produce meaningful information by incorporating clinical terminology systems.

Xu Chen's profile picture

Interests: Health Informatics, Electronic Health Record, context-aware system, pervasive computing.

Xu (Paul) Chen was enrolled in University of Shanghai for Science and Technology in China to major in the speciality which is an international college cooperative programme jointly offered by USST and Griffith College Dublin, Ireland. He received his BSc in Computer Science from GCD in 2005. He went on to graduate from UCD with MSc in Ubiquitous and Multimedia System from UCD in 2007. The title of his thesis was A SMIL Player for Next Generation Mobile Devices and also a related paper Towards a Pervasive Mobile Multimedia Experience was published together with his supervisers at the 6th international conference of Computer Information Systems and Industrial Management (CISIM 2007). After seven months working with IBM Ireland, he commenced his PhD reseach in 2008 and his research project is entitled Identity and Security Issues Associated with Implementation of a National EHR System.

Patrick Fay's profile picture

Interests: Human-computer interaction, computer programming.

Patrick Fay worked as a qualified electrician on large Industrial projects from 2002 to 2009. In 2011 he received the BEngTech in Electrical and Control Engineering from DIT. In his BEngTech final year project, Patrick created the ProjecTable system, which transforms passive surfaces into interactive touch interfaces using low-cost vibration sensors. He is continuing the development of this system within the tPOT group, while also enrolled in the BEng in Electrical/Electronic Engineering. Patrick received DIT's prestigious Student Academic Excellence Award in 2011. His research interests include human-machine interfaces and software development in the Python programming language.

Conall Ó Gríofa's profile picture

Interests: Signal Processing, Communications Systems

Conall Ó Gríofa received a BE (Hons) Electrical/Electronic Engineering from the Dublin Institute of Technology in 2012. His final year project was to add SPI and I2C functionality to DIT's DAQ-Lite (a low-cost data acquisition board).

He is currently completing an MSc in Electronic and Communications Engineering in the Dublin Institute of Technology. His masters project is 3D modelling of carotid artery bifurcation using 2D ultrasound images.

tPOT Alumni Profiles

David Ramsay's profile picture

Interests: Audio Signal Processing and Embedded Systems, Biomedical Engineering, Assistive Technology, Analog Circuit Design, Acoustics.

David Ramsay received a BA in Music and a BS in Electrical Engineering in May 2010 from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. While an undergraduate, he concentrated in biomedical applications and signal processing through his courses and work experience, and was awarded a minor in Biomedical Engineering as well. David was project manager for two final year projects while at Case, one focusing on automating the breast cancer patient radiation process, and another focusing on building a novel guitar effect pedal. His work experience includes biomaterial research at the Naval Research Laboratory (resulting in one peer-reviewed publication), computational modeling of neuronal networks at the National Institutes of Health, and a six month power engineering co-op with the General Electric Company's Energy Division. He then worked for Bose Corporation's Applied Audio Research on Speaker Array Signal Processing.

David spent a year with DIT's tPOT group on a Fulbright Scholarship. His research here focused on expressive musical interfaces for people with physical disabilities. After his experience with tPOT, David returned to the US to work again at the Bose Corporation.

Fabrice Camous's profile picture

Interests: Medical Informatics, Data Streaming, Sensor Networks, Distributed Computing, Biomedical Information Retrieval, Biomedical Ontologies, Information Extraction, Bio-entity Recognition, Inter-entity Relationship Extraction.

Fabrice Camous graduated in Economics in 1995 in Aix-Marseille-II (France) and in Linguistics in 1996 in Rouen (France). After working as an administrator for several years, he completed a Higher Diploma in Computer Science in 2003 in UCD. Subsequently, he undertook a PhD in DCU in Biomedical Information Retrieval and graduated in November 2007.

He participated in an IBM Extreme Blue internship over the summer 2007 which focused on the remote monitoring of patients with a chronic heart disease. From October 2007 to July 2008, he worked in the Interoperable Systems Group in DCU as a post-doctoral researcher. The main areas of research were health data management, the semantic enrichment of sensor data, the querying of XML streams and P2P networks.

In July 2008, Fabrice joined the tPOT group as a research developer. He worked on the EHRland project, which examined the European EHRcom standard EN13606 in the context of implementing the EHR in Ireland.