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Centre for Health Technologies

Research themes

Find out about the areas of research we investigate.

Optimising treatment and behaviours 

From sensors to user-applications, we work on the theoretical and practical ways to improve treatment and change individuals behaviours for better health. 


Delivering a personalised wearable device for home-based stroke upper limb rehabilitation. 

Advanced e-textiles for wearable therapeutics 

Smart Fabric links is an exciting spinout offering a comprehensive platform. 

Wearable soft robotics for independent living 

Soft robotic trousers to transform the lives of those with mobility impairments.

Health data sharing 

Enabling personalised statements of data access, when resources are owned by set of people and they all have different preferences regarding how the resources should be accessed.

Provenance and anonymisation 

Understanding data environments to automatically apply appropriate anonymisation to protect individual's privacy.

Covid epidemic and hospital impact modelling 

COVID epidemic model for UHS to forecast the impact of COVID on hospital beds, this was at time of great uncertainty when such models did not exist and provided this on a daily basis the UHS operations over the first wave. 

Novel medical devices and systems 

We build new sensors, fabrics and research algorithms to detect diseases and facilitate treatment. 

Microfludic characterisation of stem cell heterogeneity 

Use a microfludic cell trap device to array large numbers of Mesenchymal stem cells for single-cell optical imaging for regenerative medicine 

Micro-technologies enable remote medical diagnosis 

World-leading research at the University of Southampton is developing portable eletronic devices that can assist in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with chronic conditions in their own homes. 


A Sensor Platform for Healthcare in a Residential Environment. Integration of sensors into the home to solve real healthcare problems in a cost-effective way. 

Fighting hospital super-bugs 

Device to help fight antimicrobial resistance working alongside partners from Public Health England and Sharp.

Vivoplex LLC 

Creation of a wireless, battery-free sensor that monitors three influential factors in the uterine environment-pH, temperature and oxygen level-for the optimisation of fertility treatment and uterine health.

Lab on a chip and microfluidics 

Lab on a chip systems perform laboratory operations on small scales using miniaturized devices.  


An automated remote rehabilitation system that blends advances of ICT and practical clinical knowledge that empowers the patients and their immediate carer for effective application of the rehabiltation protocol in home settings. 


The capaciflector is a device that can be placed on the body (typically the chest), either directly attached or on the outside of clothing, to measure respiratory rate and movement.  

Smart T project 

Project Smart T will bring together specialists from France and England to raise awareness of and explore opportunities for the commercialisation of Smart Inks with SMEs, whilst offering a solution to the threat of drug-resistant superbugs.

Community Health and wellness 

From tools to help communication, community involvement and personal wellness to providing better treatment monitoring out of the hospital, we develop sophisticated algorithms, sensors and applications to encourage wellness outside of the hospital. 


Creating Holistic Health Records (HHRs), which aims at integrating all health determinants.


The LifeGuide project aims to build a suite of tools that enable researchers and therapists to create, deploy and evaluate internet-based behavioural interventions.


Make Normal Better


The virtual wards which monitor patients' oxygen level from home. 

AI and health 

We work to develop new theoretical and practical Artificial Intelligence solutions to deal with complex health data and improve diagnostic results. 

E-Textiles Network 

The E-Textiles Network is an EPSRC funded activity to bring together researchers and developers from academia and industry interested in adding eletronic functionality to textiles and their related products. 


Cyclic and person-centric Health Management: Integrated approach for home, mobile and clinical environments (CHIRON) will address and harmonize the needs and interests of all the three main beneficiaries of the healthcare process. 


Medical grade vital signs in a few seconds from a selfie camera, in trials with the NHS, transforming healthcare and quality of life.


Evaluating at specific points during an ED visit (e.g., at registration or after a given clinical test) a machine learning model can make accurate triage predictions regarding exits from the process.

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