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Research Group

Digital Health and Biomedical Engineering

Researcher using some biomedical engineering equipment

Our group brings together engineers and computer scientists to discover new approaches to prevent, diagnose and manage health and medical conditions. Our research is end-to-end across digital health from sensors and meditech through to data science, AI and decision systems.


Our interdisciplinary research addresses a wide range of topics from fundamental research through to translational patient-centred research and innovation. Examples include:

  • sensors and biosensors
  • control system design and rehabilitation technologies
  • lab-on-a-chip and microfluidics
  • biomedical signal processing and machine learning
  • wearable technology for healthcare
  • digital behavioural interventions
  • autonomous disease management
  • AI and health
  • data trusts for healthcare
  • consent and privacy management


Researchers can make use of our dedicated multi-function biocontainment lab, the Centre for Hybrid Biodevices.

People, projects and publications


Dr Adriana Wilde PhD


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Professor Age Chapman

Professor of Computer Science
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Dr Al Edwards

Associate Professor

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Dr Arturo Vazquez Galvez

Engineering Research Fellow
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Dr Brian Pickering MA, PGCert, MSc, DPhil, MBPsS, MBCS

Senior Research Fellow

Research interests

  • My focus is on how human agents interact with technology, especially the online world, to achieve their goals. Most of the work I do is informed by Actor Network Theory and tussle analysis, but also the social psychology of group interactions. This also involves the development of agency and increased self-efficacy.
  • Trust: The social science construct of trust as an ongoing negotiation between trustor (who is willing to expose themselves to vulnerability) and the trustee (who must demonstrate their trustworthiness through their actions) is an underlying theme to much of the work I am involved in. I do not conflate trust with a cognitive assessment of cost versus benefit since there is definitely both a social and an emotional component. With regard to technology, trust is an "organising principle" for much technology-mediated interaction. It also relates to constructs like self-efficacy and agency in technology adoption.
  • Cyberpsychology: I bring together many years of experience with computer technologies (especially speech- and language-enabled applications) with a broader psychological perspective. I'm interested primarily in the Internet as a tool to be adapted for user needs, rather than an independent environment, and therefore uncovering the social and network processes which help individuals engage.

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Dr Chengchen Zhang PhD


Research interests

  • Disease Diagnosis and Therapy
  • Nanomaterials (Liquid Metals and Polymers based) 
  • Enviromental Monitoring

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Dr Chris Duckworth PhD, MSci

Senior Enterprise Fellow

Research interests

  • Artificial Intelligence for Health and Wellbeing
  • Explainable Machine Learning
  • Human Centred Interactive Systems
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Professor Chris Freeman PhD, BEng, BSc, CEng, FIET


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Dr Dan Burns

Senior Enterprise Fellow
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