SPHERE Project members

Prof William Holderbaum

Professor William Holderbaum (IEEE Member) received the M.Sc. degree in automatic control from the University of Reims, Reims, France 1993 and the PhD degree from the University of Lille, Lille, France 1999. He was a research assistant at the University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK (1999-2001). He is currently a Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in the School of Systems Engineering, University of Reading, Reading, U.K. His research interests are in control theory and modelling with applications. These are mainly focused on hybrid dynamical systems, Geometric Control, Rehabilitation Engineering, Energy reduction, Smart Grid, Multiple Agent Systems, Fuel Cells, Power Generation, Wireless Power Transfer, and Autonomous Vehicle.

Prof Holderbaum, within the SPHERE project, is to conduct data fusion sensors and signal processing from monitoring patient using sensor technology. Such data includes movement, frequency of movement and temperature. In particular the research at the University of Reading will focus on developing new or existing methods in data fusion sensors, from the combination of sensor-level signals. Based on the calibrated and integrated signals from the individuals movement, design a decision making algorithms for interventions based on both information-gathering as well as health-providing. He will be supervising two research assistants and one PhD student associated with the SPHERE project.

Prof Simon Sherratt

Prof Simon Sherratt is a Professor of Consumer Electronics at the University of Reading. His research has primarily been on OFDM, particularly for digital TV and wireless USB. He specialises in DSP system architecture and hardware implementation. For Sphere, Simon is leading the development of the wireless communications and on-body sensors for Reading's part in Sphere.

Simon is the current Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Consumer Electronics and an elected member of the IEEE Consumer Electronics Society Board of Governors. Simon is a Fellow of the IET and Fellow of the IEEE.

Dr Emma Villeneuve

Research Assistant

Emma Villeneuve received her Master's degree in Physics in 2009 from the School of Engineering PHELMA, Grenoble, and Master's degree in Signal and Image Processing in 2009, from the Grenoble Institute of Technology, France. In 2012, she received from the University of Toulouse, France, her Ph.D in Signal Processing on estimation and deconvolution methods for astrophysical hyperspectral data.

Emma is currently a Research Assistant at the University of Reading, U.K., having previously worked as a Research and Teaching assistant at IRAP, Toulouse, France. Her current research interests are in the areas of statistical signal processing, with specific focus on particle filtering and data fusion for biomechanical applications.

Dr Rachel King

Research Assistant

Rachel King received the M.Eng. degree in electronic engineering from Queen Mary University of London, London, U.K., in 2003, and the Ph.D. degree in computer science from Imperial College London, London, U.K., in 2008. Currently, she is a Research Assistant with the School of Systems Engineering, University of Reading, Reading, U.K., working on the SPHERE project. Her research interests include pervasive monitoring for health care and well-being using body-worn sensors, data fusion and modelling.

Dr Arash Ghamari

Research Assistant

Dr Arash Ghamari received his BEng in Electronic and Communications from University of Leeds (2006), and MSc in Communications and Signal Processing from Newcastle University (2007). His PhD was awarded in 2013 by Lancaster University following four years of research at School of Computing and Communications. He is currently doing research as a postdoctoral assistant at School of Systems Engineering- Reading University. The area of his research is currently focused on designing low-power wireless communications.

Balazs Janko

Research Assistant

Balazs received his MEng degree in Cybernetics at the University of Reading in 2009. He recently submitted his PhD thesis in Cybernetics on the topic of novel actuator design in rotary robotic actuators. Balazs is currently a Research Assistant in SPHERE IRC project, his research interests include embedded and wireless systems, embedded digital signal processing applications and algorithms.

Ruth White

PhD Student

Ruth White received the MEng degree in Cybernetics from the University of Reading in 2012. Since then she has spent a year working for Ultra Electronics on a variety of projects, including sonar systems. Currently she is working towards her PhD in Cybernetics at the University of Reading, as part of the SPHERE IRC project. She is looking at data fusion and modelling with an emphasis on body worn sensors for healthcare applications.

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