ESPRIT Workshop 2014

ESPRIT 2014 Workshop and Drinks Reception

in conjunction with the opening of the EPSRC Micro-Engineering Facility for Medical Robotics


Monday, 10th November  2014 at 11:00am
The Hamlyn Centre, Imperial College London, Level 4 Bessemer Building, London SW7 2AZ  



ESPRIT Introduction ESPRIT Healthcare
Dancing NAO Robot
 ESPRIT Exhibition
ESPRIT Chemistry

ESPRIT Team at BSN 2014 Conference in Switzerland
The ESPRIT team presenting the sensing research of Imperial College at the annual international Body Sensor Networks Conference, held on June 16-June 19, 2014 in Zurich, Switzerland.

The 2014 International Conference on Wearable and Implantable Body Sensor Networks (BSN 2014) will provided a unique forum for researchers and industry practitioners to discuss the latest work in various fields utilizing body sensor networks. Building on the success of the previous 10 annual meetings, the 11th BSN conference will be held at ETH Zurich in Zurich, Switzerland and technically co-sponsored by the IEEE EMB Society.

ESPRIT at Imperial Festival
The ESPRIT Team at the Hamlyn Centre has been demonstrating the Dancing NAO robot and the eAR Penguin Game at the Imperial Festival held on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th of May. The Festival is the College’s largest public event with tens of thousands of visitors and provided an excellent opportunity to showcase our research.The Festival was free and open to all ages for visitors to drop in to put their questions to hundreds of scientists and engineers, take part in hands-on science demonstrations, peek behind the scenes of Imperial’s most exciting labs, and enjoy music, dance and comedy. The Festival Programme is now online to help you plan your visit. There really is something for everyone, from jumping robots and explosive demonstrations to cocktail chemisty and science comedy, so join the celebration and discover something different. Follow the Festival on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news, sneak previews and behind the scenes photos.  And don't forget to share your experiences using the Festival hashtag #impfest
More information about the Festival can be found at http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/festival

Hamlyn Centre Summer School Coming Soon
The Hamlyn Centre is pleased to announce the first Summer School in High Performance Computing for Medical Imaging, Sensing and Robotics.
Held between 16th and 18th of July in the Hamlyn Centre, Imperial College London, this 3-day course will teach the basics of High Performance Computing (HPC) applied to medical imaging, sensing and robotics. 
The course is designed for anyone who wants to learn how to use high performance computing to solve research problems. Programming experience is preferable but not essential.
Each of the 3 days of the course has a theme. Day 1 introduces to the basics of high performance computing and discusses its application within medical imaging. Day 2 gives hands-on experience of multi-core programming applied to medical sensing. Day 3 discusses realtime data processing techniques that can be utilised in medical robotics.
More information and registration details can be found on the Summer School Website.

BSN Book Signing 2014
The 2nd edition of “Body Sensor Networks”, edited by ESPRIT Director Professor Guang-Zhong Yang, will become available from 30th April 2014. The book provides a comprehensive review of the current wireless sensor development platforms and a step-by-step guide to developing your own BSN applications through the use of BSN development kit.
This is the first and only book covering the foundation, latest development and future directions of body sensor networks. It provides a seamless coverage of sensing sensor-embodiment, low-power and practical deployment. It also offers an in depth theoretical details combined with practical insight and considerations for clinical applications. To obtain your own copy, please visit the Springer website. A signed copy is available upon request.

Analytical Scientist Magazine Featuring ESPRIT
ESPRIT research has been featured in one of the leading Science Magazines, The Analytical Scientist. The article featured wearable biosensors for monitoring our personal health and the external environment that improve performance in sport and fitness. It argued that the sensors are easy to use, will cost little and provide useful, real-time information.

Professor Vadgama from Queen Mary University provided insight on chemical sensing that offer almost limitless range of potential uses, including the tracking of personal health metrics while Dr Lo from Imperial College London emphasizes the role of sensors in sports and athletes' performance. The research on wearable biosensors has been developing rapidly for the past decades and it is taking a new momentum now for ESPRIT partners in collaboration with partners and advisers from world-leading science and technology institutions. To read the full article, please click here.

ESPRIT Paper a Feature Article on IEEE TBME
A paper entitled "Predicting Free-Living Energy Expenditure Using a Miniaturized Ear-Worn Sensor: An Evaluation Against Doubly Labeled Water" by Loubna Bouarfa (et al), Hamlyn Centre (ESPRIT), has become a feature article in the February 2014 issue of the IEEE TBME magazine. A short abstract of the paper is as follows and the full article is available here.
Accurate estimation of daily total energy expenditure (EE) is a prerequisite for assisted weight management and assessing certain health conditions. The use of wearable sensors for predicting free-living EE is challenged by consistent sensor placement, user compliance, and estimation methods used.
This paper examines whether a single ear-worn accelerometer can be used for EE estimation under free-living conditions. An EE prediction model was first derived and validated in a controlled setting using healthy subjects involving different physical activities. Ten different activities were assessed showing a tenfold cross validation error of 0.24. Read the full abstract here.

ESPRIT 2013 Workshop
Invitation - Only Workshop
The ESPRIT consortium  will demonstrate the latest  developments of pervasive sensing technologies during the fourth annual ESPRIT Workshop, to be held on Friday, 15th of November 2013, at the Hamlyn Centre, Imperial College London.  
Please note that the format for the event has changed and the ESPRIT 2013 will be an invitation-only event.
The workshop will start at 11am with registration and demos, followed by lunch from 12pm and talks starting from 12.45pm. The programme will include updates on GOLD themes and Healthcare, followed by talks from industry professionals.
This annual meeting aims to create an opportunity for consortium members, sponsors and attendees from leading science and technology institutions to come together for knowledge exchange, networking and collaborations.

ESPRIT Workshop on Pervasive Sensing at MIT
In conjunction with the BSN2013 conference, the ESPRIT programme organised a workshop on Pervasive Sensing in Sports and Extreme Environments on May 6 at the MIT Media Lab, Cambridge MA, USA. The aim of the workshop was to provide an overview of the latest developments of pervasive sensing technologies in sports and extreme environment, and provide a forum for discussion on potential applications and research direction in the field.

To give the participants insights into the state of the art in sensing technologies and the challenges and opportunities in sports applications, an interesting programme was designed with speakers from very different fields, from sensing hardware, computer vision, to machine learning, and sports training.

Organised at the top floor of the new Media Lab building with a panoramic view of Boston city centre, the workshop had attracted more than 40 participants with interests in sensing for sports and extreme environment applications. The diversified and interesting talks at workshop gave the participants an overview of the different aspects of sensing in sports and extreme environment, and initiated fruitful discussions during the Q&A and breaks.
The full article is available here.