Projects

Externally Funded Research & Innovation Projects

Cyber Security for IoT Based Healthcare Applications

Project title Cyber Security for IoT Based Healthcare Applications
Dates March 2018 – March 2019
Funding Source Joint Academic Development Centres Grant, Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Amount Edge Hill University share: £ 13,000; Total: £ 38,000
People Involved Dr Chitra Balakrishna, Prof Nik Bessis
Description The aim of this proposal is to establish a collaborative research link between University of Bahrain and Edge Hill University in cybersecurity area. The two institutions offer BSc and MSc programs in cybersecurity, in addition to conducting active research in the areas of cyber security and Internet of Things. This research link will directly enable to create a synergy between the two institutions’s academic and research activities. Edge Hill has recently concluded a successful project on cyber security funded by the Higher Education Academy (http://www.cyberedge.uk). The sustainable impact can be demonstrated through sharing both teaching and learning practices as well as research findings between the two institutions. This could lead to offering world-class training in cyber-security, in addition to joint MSc and PhD supervisions between the two institutions resulting in high-quality joint-publications. By establishing a long-term research relationship, the two institutions could mutually benefit from the resources, domain experts and industry partners to explore core cyber security research challenges through external research grants. This relationship could be further explored in form of student-exchange programs and delivering specialist cyber-security training to students and staff.
Partners: Dr Wael Al-Medany (Co-I)


MOTHER

Project title MOTHER: Maternal IoT Garment for Home-based Foetal Electro-cardiogram
Dates February 2018 – September 2018
Funding Source eFutures Sandpit Award (EPSRC)
Amount Edge Hill University share: £ 1,800; Total: £ 8,000
People Involved Dr Chitra Balakrishna
Description This project aims to develop an innovative wearable IoT foetal electrocardiogram (FECG) device to provide a home-based solution for foetal monitoring. Women undergoing high-risk pregnancies require regular FECG monitoring to ensure the baby is not at risk. At present most FECG solutions are not home-based and only available onsite at hospitals. The few home-based FECG products in the market, however, are not suitable for daily usage due to the limited wearability. With advanced printed electronics and electric potential sensors embodied seamlessly in a garment worn for the comfort of the pregnant mother, our proposed technology will provide non-invasive continuous and reliable FECG monitoring to ensure safe foetal development.
Partners: Dr. Jerry Luo, Cranfield University (PI); Rodrigo Aviles-Espinosa, University of Sussex (Co-I)


TYPHON

Project title TYPHON: Polyglot and Hybrid Persistence Architectures for Big Data Analytics
Dates January 2018 – December 2020
Funding Source H2020 ICT-16-2017 – RIA – European Commission
Amount Edge Hill University share: 472,988 €; Total: 4,499,446 €
People Involved Dr Yannis Korkontzelos, Dr Georgios Kontonatsios, Prof Nik Bessis
Description A 3-year H2020 project focusing on evolving scalable architectures for persistence, analytics and monitoring of large volumes of hybrid data. The objective is to design and develop innovative text mining and big data processing methods to be integrated in data persistence architectures.
Coordinator: The Open Group, UK
Academic Partners: University of York, UK; University of L’Aquila, Italy; Centrum Wiskunde and Informatica, Netherlands; University of Namur, Belgium
Industrial Partners: Volkswagen AG, Germany; GMV, Spain; Alpha Bank, Greece; Nea Odos, Greece; Institut fur angewandte Systemtechnik Bremen GmbH, Germany; Contemporary Learning Management Systems, Greece


Assessing the Nature and Causes of Coastal Dune Evolution

Project title Assessing the Nature and Causes of Coastal Dune Evolution
Dates 2018 – 2020
Funding Source Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
Amount Edge Hill University share: £10,000; Total: £354,354
People Involved Dr Huaizhong Zhang
Description Partners: Dept of Geography, Edge Hill University; University of Nottingham; Ulster University


CROSSMINER

Project title Developer-Centric Knowledge Mining from Large Open-Source Software Repositories (CROSSMINER)
Dates January 2017 – December 2019
Funding Source H2020 ICT-10-2016 – RIA – European Commission
Amount Edge Hill University share: 462,832 €; Total: 4,488,179 €
People Involved Dr Yannis Korkontzelos, Prof Nik Bessis
Description The aim of CROSSMINER is to deliver an integrated open-source platform that will support the development of complex software systems by enabling monitoring, in-depth analysis and evidence-based selection of open source components and facilitating knowledge extraction from large open-source software repositories.
Coordinator: The Open Group, UK
Academic Partners: University of York, UK; University of L’Aquila, Italy; Centrum Wiskunde and Informatica, Netherlands; Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece; Bitergia, Spain
Industrial Partners: OW2 consortium, France; Frontendart, Hungary; Softeam, France; Unparallel, Portugal; Eclipse Foundation, Germany
News items Project launch


Boys Don't Cry

Project title Boys Don’t Cry
Dates March 2016
Funding Source Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)
Amount £ 9,300
People Involved Prof Mark Anderson


CyberGatE

Project title CyberGatE
Dates 8 December 2015 -17 February 2017
Funding Source Higher Education Academy
Amount £ 79,951
People Involved Dr Chitra Balakrishna, Dr James Coleman, Prof Daniela Romano
Description The shortage of cyber-security professionals is universal and on-going. Fresh graduates often do not possess the readiness to apply their skills to real-world scenarios as employers demand.
This project bridges the skills-gap between theory and practice. Using innovative pedagogical practices (gamification and problem-based learning), a self-directed immersive learning environment would be produced to train employable cyber-security professionals.
The resources will be hosted on the cloud: CyberGaTE using the innovative concept of ‘Classroom as a Service’. The project will engage employers, higher education institutions, students in UK and Europe to build and assess CyberGaTE’s effectiveness, disseminating good practice.
Publications
  1. C. Balakrishna and D Romano (2018) Mood and game-based learning in the classroom” in Journal of Computers in Human Behaviour, Special Issue (Paper in preparation)
  2. C. Balakrishna (2017), Gamified Virtual Training Environment for Attacker-centric Cyber security Skills Development, Transactions on edutainment, Springer, ISSN: 1867-7207 (Submitted)
  3. C. Balakrishna (2016), CyberGaTE: A Gamified Virtual Training Environment for Cyber Security SOLSTICE eLearning Conference 2016, Edge Hill University, UK.
  4. C. Balakrishna, Gamified Virtual Training Environment for Attacker-centric Cyber-security Skills Development, National Teaching and Learning Conference on Cyber-Security 2016, Paper presentation.


Cyber Security Knowledge Exchange

Project title Cyber Security Knowledge Exchange – Creation of industry-led problem based learning scenarios and a student-led model for knowledge exchange with SMEs
Dates November 2014 – February 2016
Funding Source Higher Education Academy
Amount £ 74,734
People Involved Dr Chris Beaumont


Assisted Living Technology

Project title Assisted Living Technology – Review regarding education and qualifications to support implementation of Assisted Living Technology
Dates September 2014 – April 2015
Funding Source NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)
Amount £ 6,000
People Involved Dr Dave Lyons, Prof Ella Pereira


Business Insight 3

Project title Business Insight 3
Dates June 2014 – date
Funding Source Knowledge Transfer Partnership – Innovate UK
Amount £ 113,783
People Involved Prof Mark Anderson


HistorySpace

Project title HistorySpace
Dates January 2014 – date
Funding Source Brock University
Amount £ 18,000
People Involved Prof Mark Anderson, Prof Ella Pereira
Description The aim of the project, in collaboration with Brock University in Canada, is to develop software that will allow historians to create three dimensional representations of historical buildings.


 

Internally Funded Research & Innovation Projects

3D Parametric Modelling

Project title Creating a 3D Parametric Modelling Community Environment
Dates July 2017 – January 2018
Funding Source Research Investment Fund (RIF)
Amount £ 13,916.50
People Involved Prof Mark Anderson, Prof Ella Pereira, Mr Brian Farrimond
Description The 3D Parametric Modelling Project at Edge Hill University Computer Science is developing applications that enable people who have no special skills in 3D modelling to create quickly complex, realistic and dynamic models.


Human Activity and Behaviour Understanding: Dimensions of Human-Robot Social Interaction

Project title Human Activity and Behaviour Understanding: Dimensions of Human-Robot Social Interaction
Dates June 2017 – August 2017
Funding Source Student Opportunity Fund (SOF)
Amount £ 7,328.47
People Involved Dr Ardhendu Behera, Dr Hui Fang and Dr Georgios Kontonatsios
Description Human-robot social interaction plays a significant role to help aged, work with children having autism and patients finding physically or mentally difficult to perform tasks. The students will be involved in designing and developing such a framework for NAO robots within the department of Computer Science. They will be exposed to core skills of programming, software development and testing, data analysis and representation as well as soft skills (e.g. teamwork, communication, presentation, etc.) which would enhance their employability.


GATOR

Project title GATOR: Gait Analysis of Total Hip Replacement
Dates April 2017 – March 2019
Funding Source Research Institute Thematic Award (RITA)
Amount £23,959
People Involved Prof Ella Pereira
Description Identification of gait related changes in well-functioning and fixed, well-functioning but loose and symptomatic and loose total hip replacements
Internal Partners: Dr Ben Langley (PI), Dr Henrike Greuel, Dr Richard Page, The Department of Sport and Physical Activity;
Prof Paola Dey, Dr Julie Kirby, Faculty of Health and Social Care;
External Partners: Mr Chris Whelton, Professor Tim Board, Dr Stewart Morrison, Dr Mary Cramp, Wrightington, Wigan & Leigh NHS Foundation Trust.


SmartPCI

Project title SmartPCI
Dates December 2016 – May 2017
Funding Source Research Investment Fund (RIF)
Amount £ 15,000
People Involved Prof Ella Pereira, Mr Besim Mustafa
Description Proof of concept study for developing and delivering PCI as SaaS.
Partners: Prof Simon Rogers, Evidence-Based Practice Research Centre (EPRC)


Adaptive User Interface: Design and Development of an Eye-based Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) for People with varying Severity of Disabilities

Project title Adaptive User Interface: Design and Development of an Eye-based Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) for People with varying Severity of Disabilities
Dates October 2016 – September 2018
Funding Source Research Institute Thematic Award (RITA)
Amount £ 24,112
People Involved Dr Ardhendu Behera
Description The aim of this research to utilise this gaze behaviour for developing an interactive adaptive user interface which could be used by people with varying severity of the disabilities. The proposed research will focus on design and development of a gaze-contingent interface in which the amount of information presented to a user is automatically adjusted according to his/her information processing capability based on real-time eye-movement.
Partners: Department of Psychology, Edge Hill University; Walton Centre NHS Trust; Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust; Department of Psychological Sciences, Purdue University


Multi-disciplinary autism research: bridging the theory / practice gap

Project title Multi-disciplinary autism research: bridging the theory / practice gap
Dates April 2016 – October 2017
Funding Source Research Institute Thematic Award (RITA)
Amount £ 7,933.50
People Involved Prof Ella Pereira
Description The primary objective of this project was to run a Catalyst event that brings together complementary knowledge and expertise around autism in order to address two of the PGMI themes: improving service delivery and improving professional practice. By involving the autism community, experts in the field and academics from education, health and social care, the Catalyst event presents a unique opportunity to explore ways in which collaborative research and knowledge production can evaluate the experience of individuals with autism.
Internal Partners: Dr Fiona Hallet (PI), Faculty of Education; Dr Joanne Powell-Greig, department of Psychology; Prof Jeremy Brown, Evidence-Based Practice Research Centre (EPRC); Jennifer Kirton, EPRC;
External Partners: The National Autistic Society; NHS Research & Development North West; Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Publications YouTube Video


Research for Respiratory Nurses: The Establishment of a Research Consortium

Project title Research for Respiratory Nurses: The Establishment of a Research Consortium
Dates March 2016 – March 2017
Funding Source Research Institute Thematic Award (RITA)
Amount £ 12,795.80
People Involved Prof Ella Pereira
Description Partners: Dr Carol Kelly (PI), Applied Health & Social Care; Ms Hayley McKenzie, Applied Health & Social Care; Prof Sally Spencer, Post Graduate Medical Institute; Dr Dave Lynes, Faculty of Health and Social Care


GENEActiv and Actigraph accelerometers in older adults

Project title GENEActiv and Actigraph accelerometers in older adults
Dates January 2016 – December 2016
Funding Source Research Investment Fund (RIF)
Amount £ 5,242
People Involved Dr Ardhendu Behera
Description This proposed project aims to develop accurate and robust accelerometer activity mode and intensity thresholds to enable accurate measurement of free-living physical activity and sedentary behaviour in older adults.
Partners: Department of Sport and Physical Activity, Edge Hill University


Autonomous Intelligent Feature for Reducing Driver’s Interaction by Understanding their Behaviour Pattern

Project title Autonomous Intelligent Feature for Reducing Driver’s Interaction by Understanding their Behaviour Pattern
Dates January 2016 – January 2017
Funding Source Research Investment Fund (RIF)
Amount £14,920
People Involved Dr Ardhendu Behera
Description The objective of the project is to develop a software solution for analysing and recognising activities of drivers. This is fundamental to in-vehicle cognitive technologies which will be a key component of how vehicles learn and reason to provide a better experience for the occupants and optimise its own performance.


Having A Laugh

Project title Having A Laugh – Making Transcription of Historical Texts Fun
Dates 9 November 2015 – 8 May 2016
Funding Source Research Investment Fund (RIF)
Amount £ 10,034.21
People Involved Dr Mark Hall


Developing a Virtual Arts Companionship of Person-Centred Dance Provision

Project title Developing a Virtual Arts Companionship of Person-Centred Dance Provision
Dates October 2014 – June 2015
Funding Source Research Investment Fund (RIF)
Amount £ 7,476.12
People Involved Prof Ella Pereira
Description This project looked at person-centred care, dance and technology with the aim to combine these things to support older people to lead full and independent lives.
Partners: Prof Vicky Karkou (PI), Department of Performing Arts, Edge Hill University


 

PhD projects with external collaborations

Personalised Approach to IoT driven remote Monitoring and Management of Epilepsy

PhD Project title Personalised Approach to IoT driven remote Monitoring and Management of Epilepsy
Student Sarah MchHale
Supervisory team Prof Ella Pereira
Collaborator The Walton Centre


Understanding the impact of introducing climate modelling to a community of users

PhD Project title Understanding the impact of introducing climate modelling to a community of users
Student Pradeep Hewage
Supervisory team Dr Ardhendu Behera, Dr Marcello Trovati
Collaborator Precision Decisions Ltd


Social Media Data Analytics for Understanding Population Movement

PhD Project title Social Media Data Analytics for Understanding Population Movement
Student Isa Inuwa-Dutse
Supervisory team Dr Yannis Korkontzelos, Dr Mark Liptrott, Prof Francesco Rizzuto
Collaborator Department of Law & Criminology, Edge Hill University


Data Analytics & IoT

PhD Project title Data Analytics & IoT
Student Oladotun Omosebi
Supervisory team Prof Nik Bessis, Dr Yannis Korkontzelos, Dr Quanbin Sun
Collaborator Dr Evangelos Pournaras, Prof Dirk Helbing – Computational Social Science, ETH Zurich


Hospital Data Analytics for Business Intelligence

PhD Project title Hospital Data Analytics for Business Intelligence
Student Jeffrey Ray
Supervisory team Dr Marcello Trovati, Dr Huaizhong Zhang, Dr Georgios Kontonatsios
Collaborator Alder Hey Children’s Hospital


A vision-based approach for monitoring progression of functional recovery involving activity of daily living

PhD Project title A vision-based approach for monitoring progression of functional recovery involving activity of daily living
Student Bappaditya Debnath
Supervisory team Dr Ardhendu Behera, Dr Motonori Yamaguchi, Prof Mary O’Brien
Collaborator Department of Psychology, Evidence-based Practice Research Centre – Edge Hill University

Last updated on Last updated on Was this page helpful? Yes NoThanks for your feedback!Please tell us more:
Share