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Reading student's research chosen for prestigious competition

Release Date 08 April 2010

Timur Yunusov

University of Reading student Timur Yunusov visited the House of Commons last month to showcase his project that could aid visually-impaired physiotherapists.

Timur was selected to present his work, ‘An Accessible Pulse Oximeter for Users with Vision Impairment', as part of the Engineering Subject Session of SET for Britain 2010. Timur was one of 36 researchers selected for the competition out of 62 applicants.

SET for BRITAIN is a prestigious Science and Engineering competition. The awards are made on the basis of the very best research work and results by an early-stage or early-career researcher. The overall aim is to encourage, support and promote young research scientists, engineers and technologists.

A pulse oximeter is an indispensable piece of equipment for physiotherapists as it provides vital information about a patient's life signs, such as oxygen saturation and heart rate. However, most pulse oximeters have only visual displays, making them inaccessible to people with vision-impairment.

The aim of Timur's project, funded by Reading's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP), is to enable a visually-impaired physiotherapist to work independently with a standard portable pulse oximeter through the development of an electronic display reader. Timur described to research funders and policy makers how the reader uses fibre optics to convey the light from a 7-segment digital display to an electronic circuit, which interprets the data and reads out the values.

Timur, a final year Electronic Engineering and Cybernetics student, said: "UROP has given me great insight into a research career. With valuable support from the research group led by Dr Faustina Hwang, I was able to complete a challenging and worthwhile project. I was pleased to have been selected to present my work at SET for Britain 2010 in the House of Commons. It was an extremely valuable experience and a rare chance to meet and compete with the cream of Britain's scientific society of Britain, which I greatly enjoyed."

UROP provides exciting opportunities for undergraduates to work with academic staff on University research projects, contributing directly to the creation of knowledge and strengthening the link between teaching and research. Placements last six weeks over the summer break, or can be part-time into the autumn term.

For more information on UROP please visit


For all media enquiries please contact James Barr, University of Reading Press Officer on 0118 378 7115 or by email on

Notes for Editors:

The University of Reading is rated as one of the top 200 universities in the world (THE-QS World Rankings 2009).

The University of Reading is one of the UK's top research-intensive universities. The University is ranked in the top 20 UK higher education institutions in securing research council grants worth nearly £10 million from EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC, AHRC and BBSRC. In the RAE 2008, over 87% of the university's research was deemed to be of international standing. Areas of particular research strength recognised include meteorology and climate change, typography and graphic design, archaeology, philosophy, food biosciences, construction management, real estate and planning, as well as law.

Standards of teaching are excellent - the University scored highly in the National Student Survey 2009. 87% of Reading students responding to the survey stated they were satisfied with the quality of their course.

The University is estimated to contribute £600 million to the local economy annually.

University of Reading is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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For more information about SET for Britain please visit

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