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ESPRIT RSG Board Members
ESPRIT Technology Area Representatives

Roger Armitage - Professor Armitage is the R&D manager in Textiles/Electronics group within innovation department of one of the major sports brands, Adidas. He is setting strategy and tactics to develop new offerings for Industrial Textiles Technology with responsibilities for technology and process stewardship. Covering efficiency and quality and their improvements, Roger is managing a group of 25 technical staff ranging from technicians to PhD scientists and Engineers.  
Roger is has a PhD in Physics from University of Nottingham. In the past, has has been the  Vice President of Technology at Textronics Inc, Global Technology Manager - Industrial Textiles at INVISTA Textiles and Global Technology Manager at DuPont.

Daniel Berckmans - Professor Berckmans leads the Division M3-Biores, Department of Biosystems, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. The main field of research consists of real time signal analysis of humans, animals and plants, including bio-environmental monitoring and management. The activities comprise the measurements, modelling and monitoring or control of living organisms. The main focus of the research team lies on the development of model based algorithms to monitor and control Complex, Individual and Time varying Dynamic (CITD) living organisms. During the last 20 years, the research group permanently counted approx. 20 researchers who prepare a Ph.D.  About 94 theses for engineers (5-years-masters degree) have been finished and over 460 papers published in journals and proceedings, in collaboration with several research groups all over the world. Daniel Berckmans has been a member of more than 61 PhD commissions in 6 different countries. Since 1982, 11 products have been developed for the world market, in co-operation with industrial partners with whom royalty agreements were concluded. 13 patents have been submitted and 22 projects with a mean value of 400.000 euro per project are continuously managed within the group. Two spin-off companies were created: BioRICS NV in 2006 and Soundtalks NV in 2011.
 
Marco Cardinale - Dr Cardinale is the Head of Sports Science and Research of the British Olympic Association. Dr. Cardinale leads the Science and Research Unit of the British Olympic Medical Institute based in University College London, Institute of Sport Exercise and Health. Dr.Cardinale led the Sports Science activities for the preparation of Team GB at the Beijing 2008 and Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games. A widely published and cited author in the scientific literature on various aspects of human performance, he has also patented an innovative exercise device of a vibratory biofeedback system which received research awards from NEStech and the Design Council. Dr. Cardinale holds two honorary academic appointments one at University College London in the division of surgical and interventional medicine and one at the University of Aberdeen in the School of Medical Sciences. He has been invited speaker in scientific conferences and coaching clinics in 21 countries and has been ad-hoc reviewer for over 15 scientific journals and various research councils. In 2011 he was awarded the honour of "Cavaliere dello sport pontino" by the Italian Olympic Committee for his services to international sports. Dr Cardinale holds a B.Sc. from ISEF in Italy, an M.Sc. from the US Sports Academy in the USA and a PhD from Semmelweis University in Hungary. 
 
Christian Cook - Dr Christian Cook is a Lead Technical Advisor, Research Human Sciences; UK Sports Council and a honorary fellow at the Hamlyn Centre. His area of expertise is in applied performance science and in particular undertaking studies that have rapid translation to elite performance in athletes.  Along with his work with Olympic sport athletes, Christian undertakes work in international rugby and Americas Cup Yachting.
 
 
Kelvin Davies is a Group Leader, Information Processing Team at BAE Systems Advanced Technology Centre in Bristol. This team provides software solutions for complex systems, including autonomous vehicles for land, sea and air. Previous experiences include over 20 years as an ergonomist and human factors scientist, ensuring that a wide range of systems are designed to be optimised for usability and functionality for the end user. Also, lead of the BAE Systems Technology Partnership with UK Sport, supporting British athletes in preparing for success at the Olympics, Paralympics, World and European Championships. Running since 2007, the relationship gives the British sporting world access to leading-edge technologies as well as considerable engineering knowledge and expertise. The relationship has provided support for multiple sports, including taekwondo, track cycling, skeleton bobsled, sailing, short track speed skating, canoeing, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair racing, swimming, modern pentathlon,  equestrian, and shooting.

Scott Drawer - Scott joined the UK Sport in 2000 and is currently Head of Research & Innovation. Responsible for a budget in excess of �10m and a team of six, he has led a team responsible for delivering over 75 bespoke, customised and one-off performance solutions to a wide variety of sports involving development of custom equipment, training tools and technologies, and cutting edge insights into enhanced training and recovery methods for performance development. Scott�s primary role is to act as the conductor of scientific, medical and technical expertise to support the best British athletes in the mission to Vancouver 2010 and London 2012. The development of such an extensive national and international network of technical excellence across all aspects of science, medicine and technology continues should continue to provide novel and unique opportunities in sport and supporting industries which showcase British excellence. Prior to UK Sport, he spent three years providing performance analysis and technology support and services across a host of team and individual sports. This involved the application of leading edge technologies to develop key performance data for coaches to inform tactics, technique and strategic development of individual athletic skill. He has degrees from Brunel and Nottingham Trent universities and an MSc and PhD from Loughborough University. 
 
Caroline Hargrove - Caroline trained as a mechanical engineer and applied mathematician and spent her early career in academia, as a lecturer in Applied Mechanics Engineering at the University of Cambridge. She moved to the McLaren Formula 1 Racing team in 1997, where she worked primarily on the design and development of the F1 simulator and its underlying real-time dynamic models. In 2007, she moved to the newly formed McLaren Applied Technologies (MAT), with a focus to exploit McLaren Technologies commercially. She became Programme Director in 2009. Dr Hargrove set up the McLaren High Performance Centre in 2011 which offers motorsport simulations and simulator services to external motorsport teams and individual drivers as well as for road car development. She also leads McLaren�s innovative research and development engagements with Elite and Professional sports. 
 
Ken Van Someren - Professor Van Someren is the Director of Sport Sciences at the English Institute of Sport, which provides sport medicine and sport science support to Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth sports. Ken�s research interests include exercise-induced muscle damage and recovery strategies; physiological determinants of sports performance; and methodological issues in physiological assessment � areas in which he has published widely in peer-reviewed journals.  He holds honorary research positions at University College London and St Mary�s University College.
 
Alison Macpherson, English Institute of Sport - Image and bio coming soon
Kelvin Davies, BAE Systems - Image and bio coming soon  

 
ESPRIT Healthcare Area Representatives

 
Justin Cobb - Professor Cobb has been the chair of Orthopaedics at Imperial College, and consultant orthopaedic surgeon in Imperial College NHS trust since 2005. He is a civilian advisor to the armed forces, is on the staff at King Edward VII Hospital for officers, and is orthopaedic surgeon to Her Majesty The Queen. He started medical training as a demy at Magdalen College, Oxford. Reaching London as an SHO, he joined the Middlesex Hospital pre-fellowship rotation in 1984. In an eventful year, he met and married Iona, and discovered orthopaedics, working for Sir Rodney Sweetnam and Michael Edgar in 1985 with Steve Cannon as the very senior registrar.  His interest in computer assistance and robotics goes back to 1988, when he was awarded a grant of �3,000 to buy a computer with a 30Mb hard drive. In 1991 a grant of �25,000 bought a serious computer that allowed 3d imaging of the skeleton to begin in earnest, with the Acrobot emerging into clinical daylight in 1998 after a 7 year gestation. 
 
Brian Day is a Professor of Motor Neuroscience at University College London. His laboratory focuses on neural processes that control human whole-body actions, and the disorders of these processes that result from damage to the central nervous system and from ageing. The actions of interest include standing, walking, rising from a seat, and reaching; the neurological disorders include Parkinson�s disease, stroke, and cerebellar disease. Of particular interest are the neural processes that combine sensory information from vestibular organs, eyes, muscles and skin to compute the motor instructions necessary for each action, together with the roles played by the cerebellum, basal ganglia, brainstem and cerebral cortex in these computations. The main research tools consist of non-invasive sensory stimulation techniques coupled with 3D motion-capture technology. The recording equipment includes eight CODA sensor units each of which can determine the 3D coordinates of up to 56 infrared emitting body markers. This kinematic information is combined with force data from up to seven Kistler force plates and two JR3 6-axis force handles, electromyographic data transmitted wirelessly from up to 32 muscles using a Delsys EMG telemetry system, and gaze direction data obtained from a head-free ASL gaze tracking device.
   
Peter Dobson is the Director of Oxford University�s Begbroke Science Park. After a career as a lecturer in Physics at Imperial College and Senior Principal Scientist at Philips Research laboratories he was appointed to a University Lectureship and College Fellowship at the Queen�s College Oxford in 1988 and a Professorship in 1996. Between1999 and 2000  he spun-off two companies, Oxonica and Oxford Biosensors and he advises several others. He was appointed to his present position in August 2002 and has created a new Science Park and developed a range of Knowledge Transfer activities. He is also currently (2009-2012) the Strategic Advisor on Nanotechnology to the Research Councils in the UK. Professor Dobson is a Member of the ACS, has BSc, MA (Oxon), PhD, C Phys and F Inst P.
 
Leonard Fass obtained a PhD in materials science at Imperial College where he is currently a visiting Professor in the Department of Bioengineering. He has 42 years of experience in medical technology in both R&D and marketing roles mainly in the field of diagnostic imaging. He sits on the Executive Board of the UK Bioengineering Society and on several university advisory boards. He is a reviewer for multiple national and international research funding agencies. For many years he has served on the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD on Healthcare Policy.
 

Steffen Leonhardt was born in Frankfurt, Germany, on Nov. 6th, 1961. He holds a M.S. in Computer Engineering from SUNY at Buffalo, NY, USA, a Dipl.-Ing. and a Dr.-Ing. degree in Control Engineering from Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany, and a Dr. med. degree from the Medical School of Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany. He has 5 years of R&D management experience in medical engineering industry and was appointed Head of the Philips Chair of Medical Information Technology at RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany, in 2003. His research interests include physiological measurement techniques, personal health care systems and feedback control systems in medicine. 
 
Richard   Luxton - Richard Luxton worked as a clinical biochemist for thirteen years in the Bristol Royal Infirmary before moving to the Institute of Neurology in London to study for a PhD in neuro-immunology, studying antibody affinity in the cerebrospinal fluid of patients with multiple sclerosis. At the University of the West of England he has focused his research in the area of developing new rapid detection technologies for point of care diagnostics, environmental analysis, food safety and homeland defence applications. Richard has successfully launched the International Conference for Bio-Sensing Technology in 2009 which has grown to be become an important biannual event complementing the World Congress on Biosensors.  Within the University Richard Luxton was one of the University's first Business Fellows and currently leads the Biomedical Net which is an ERDF project to support the development of innovation in SME�s in the South West of England.Richard Luxton worked as a clinical biochemist for thirteen years in the Bristol Royal Infirmary before moving to the Institute of Neurology in London to study for a PhD in neuro-immunology, studying antibody affinity in the cerebrospinal fluid of patients with multiple sclerosis. At the University of the West of England he has focused his research in the area of developing new rapid detection technologies for point of care diagnostics, environmental analysis, food safety and homeland defence applications.
 
Michael Polkey - Professor Polkey qualified from the University of Bristol (1988) and trained in general medicine before specialising in respiratory medicine. He received a PhD (1998) for studies investigating the properties of the diaphragm in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) under the supervision of Professor John Moxham and was appointed as a consultant in respiratory medicine at the Royal Brompton Hospital in 2000. He gave the Linacre lecture of the Royal College of Physicians in 2005 and was the inaugural recipient of the Moran Campbell lectureship of the British Thoracic Society. He received a personal chair from Imperial College in 2007. He was chair of the Science and Research committee of the British Thoracic Society  and organised the winter scientific meeting in 2009 &10.  He is associate editor of the European Respiratory Journal and Clinical Science and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Physiology.
 
      
Steve Williams is the Founder, Director and Head of the Centre for Neuroimaging Sciences based at the Institute of Psychiatry and Maudsley Hospital, King�s College London.  He graduated from Loughborough University in 1985 then spent a formative year working in high resolution NMR spectroscopy for Beecham Pharmaceuticals in Harlow before seeking a higher degree.  In 1988, he became the University of Cambridge�s first PhD in Magnetic Resonance Imaging and then went on to set up a University of London Intercollegiate Imaging facility at Queen Mary College which focused on the development and application of magnetic resonance techniques in a wide range of pre-clinical models of disease.  In 1994, he then moved to the Institute of Psychiatry to champion the application of neuroimaging in CNS disorders.  Steve has co-authored over 350 papers and chapters in leading neuroscience journals and has an h-index in the 70s. His research is funded from a wide range of charities including the Wellcome Trust, government agencies including the Medical Research Council and the pharmaceutical industry.