UoS is widely recognised as being a leading centre of research in the areas of energy harvesting, sensor technology, wireless sensors and microsystems. In the 2008 UK University Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), ECS was awarded a top rating with 25% of its research judged world leading, 40 % of its research internationally excellent, 30% internationally recognised and 5% nationally recognised. In all previous RAE reviews ECS was awarded the top 5* rating. ECS is the largest department of its kind in the UK and has 100 academic staff, including 36 professors, 150 research staff and 250 PhD students. ECS has been involved in the development of sensors and microsystems for more than 20 years and pioneered work in energy harvesting with the first proposal in this area being submitted in 1995. ECS has an estimated 800 publications on the subject of sensors (including wireless) and microsystems and is at the forefront of vibration energy harvesting research worldwide.
Main task in the project:
ECS will lead work package 3 (Hybrid power harvesting system and the energy management subsystem for the wireless sensors)
Dr Neil Grabham (Senior Research Fellow) received a PhD from ECS in 2002. He has been working in sensor technology for over 10 years and has experience in energy harvesting and sensor networks. Neil has recently completed work on a DTC funded project titled ‘Adaptive Energy-Aware Sensor Networks’, where he designed, implemented, and demonstrated energy harvesting wireless sensor nodes. He has previously worked on an EU IST project and other EPSRC research projects.
Dr John Tudor (Principal Research Fellow) has worked in industry and in academia and has developed a number of microsystems to commercialisation. He was co-founder of Perpetuum in 2004 which led to the 1st Transatlantic Green Tech Award at the 6th World Investment Conference. His relevant experience includes 20 years experience in sensors, MEMS and, since 1995, energy harvesting technology. He has been the project coordinator on EU projects and has participated in EU projects since Framework 3. John has 88 publications and 11 patents. www.ecs.soton.ac.uk/people/mjt
Dr Steve Beeby (Reader) obtained a PhD (1998) from ECS and was awarded an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship in piezoelectric thick-film materials for microsystems. He has led a number of research projects in microsystems technology and was project co-ordinator of the FP6 VIBES project. He is a co-founder of University spin out Perpetuum Ltd world leaders in kinetic energy harvesting which won the EuroAsia IC Industry award for R &D Initiative of the year 2006. He is currently project co-ordinator for MICROFLEX (FP7) and investigator on four research grants. He has 143 publications, 7 patents and 1 book.