Chris Freeman is Professor of Applied Control within Electronics and Computer Science. His research interests include iterative learning and repetitive control theory and their experimental application to industrial systems and biomedical engineering. He has led the engineering component on large UK government funded grants which have developed a range of upper limb systems using robotic and Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) technology that have each been trialled clinically with stroke patients. In this area his current focus is on biomechanics, motor learning and control, non-contact sensing, electrode-array based FES, and touch-table technology.
Chris has secured over €6.8 million in funding as either PI or Co-I, including:
Zhengzhou University China ‘Toward more intelligent high performance control system design: A learning based approach’, 1/2016 - 7/2021
Medical Research Council, ‘Low-cost personalised textiles for FES-based upper limb rehabilitation’, 6/2016 - 12/2018
Australian Research Council Discovery Project: "What learning is there in learning control?", 04/2016 - 03/2019. Co-Investigator.
EPSRC Grant EP/M026388/1: ‘Wearable Soft Robotics for Independent Living", 07/2015 - 06/2018. Co-Investigator.
Multiple Sclerosis Society Innovation Award: "Testing the feasibility of using FES mediated by ILC and robotics to improve arm movement for people with MS", 01/04/2013 - 31/03/2014. Co-Investigator.
Australian Research Council Discovery Project: "Motor Learning Control and Computational Models of Human Motor Systems", 01/2013 - 01/2016. Co-Investigator.
EU-funded Lifelong Learning Programme: ACTION ERASMUS MULTILATERAL PROJECTS: ERASMUS Support to the modernisation agenda of higher education: Curricular reform. "European MSc in Advanced Rehabilitation Technologies (ART)". 01/10/2012 - 01/10/2014. Co-Investigator.
EPSRC ‘Bridging the Gap’ - Pilot Scheme Award "User-centred development of a home-based stroke rehabilitation system”, 01/10/2012 – 31/03/2013. Principal-Investigator.
Wessex Medical Research – Innovation Fund Grant : “Development of a Low-Cost Home-based Rehabilitation System”, 07/2012 – 07/2013. Co-Investigator.
EPSRC Grant EP/I01909X/1 : “Restoration of Reach and Grasp in Stroke Patients using Electrical Stimulation and Haptic Feedback”, 04/2011 – 04/2014. Co-Investigator.
EPSRC First Grant EP/G014078/1 : “Objective-based Iterative Learning Control for Robotics and Rehabilitation”, 03/2009 – 03/2011. Principal-Investigator.
EU COST Action TD 1006 Network on Robotics for NeuroRehablitation funded Short Term Scientific Mission funding to Technischen Universität Berlin, 10/2012 - 10/2012
Visiting Research Fellowship to University of Melbourne, 08/2010 - 09/2010
Foundation for Human Potential and the Nuffield Travel Fellowship visit to Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 07/2006 - 07/2006
Royal Academy of Engineering Travel Fellowship Visit to Utah State University, 09/2004 - 10/2004
Current PhD Students
ELEC2226 Biomedical Control
ELEC2214 Circuits and Systems
ELEC6228 Applied Control Systems