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Innovative research that meets real world challenges

Digital innovation and technology is creating new ways of working and fields of research.

Middlesex scientists, social scientists and artists are investigating new technologies for education, personal and social relationships, business, culture and science.

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Developing robot-assisted care for older people

We play a leading role in a collaboration to create the world’s first culturally competent robots to assist with the care of older people.

We were responsible for the development of cultural content and guidelines for CARESSES, a three-year project to develop and evaluate these artificially intelligent autonomous robots.

Increasing acceptance amongst older people

Middlesex's work enables the robots to respond to the culture-specific needs and preferences of older people from diverse backgrounds who need support and care. Care robots that are programmed in this way are likely to meet with greater acceptance from both the older people and their carers.

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Professor Irena Papadopoulos and CARESSES

This research is led by Professor Irena Papadopoulos, Professor of Transcultural Health and Nursing and head of the Research Centre for Transcultural Studies in Health. Her research promotes culturally competent and compassionate nursing.

Middlesex collaborated with the University of Bedfordshire on this research project, which is led by Professor Antonio Sgorbissa at the University of Genoa. The research was jointly funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme and the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.

New technology to monitor babies’ lung function

We’re leading the development of technology that could save the lives of millions of premature babies.

Imaging techniques developed by the CRADL (Continuous Regional Analysis Device for neonate Lung) research project means that for the first time doctors can accurately monitor babies’ lung function closely without invasive methods.

Technology to deliver the best therapy for babies

CRADL's imaging technique gives neonatologists real time dynamic images of babies’ lungs every second so doctors in an intensive care unit can take immediate action when problems are detected. They can deliver the best therapy at all times and prevent many possible infant deaths.

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Professor Richard Bayford and CRADL

Professor Richard Bayford is Director of Biophysics at the Middlesex University Centre for Investigative Oncology, head of the Biophysics/Engineering group, and Professor of Bio-modelling and Informatics. His expertise is biomedical imaging, bio-modelling, nanotechnology, deep brain stimulation, biosensors, instrumentation.

CRADL is a major EU Horizon 2020 project coordinated by us, and brings together 11 partners from across Europe, including University College London and Swisstom/SenTec.

This project received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme 2014-2018 under grant agreement No 668259.

Smart technology that improves health and wellbeing

Our research into user-centred innovation is investigating smart technologies that facilitate everyday activities, especially for people who need extra support.

Highlights from our work include

  • PersOnalised Smart Environments to increase Inclusion of people with Down’s syNdrome (POSEIDON) – an EU-wide project developing methods and technology to help people with Down’s Syndrome to achieve their potential.
  • Ambient Assisted Living technology – this current project helps ageing people with cognitive decline to live more healthily.
  • Development of mobile technology to help people with asthma to access more relevant and timely environmental information
  • Gamification technology to encourage citizens to become more physically active.

Dr Juan Carlos Augusto

This research is led by Dr Juan Carlos Augusto, Professor of Computer Science. With a technical background on Artificial Intelligence, Software Engineering and Human-Computer Interfaces, his research interests are on the design and implementation of Intelligent Environments with special interest in the improvement of the intelligence, interfaces and reliability of systems in this area.

He is the Head of the Research Group on Development of Intelligent Environments and runs the Smart Spaces Lab.

Financing innovative small business

Great technology and innovations need financial backing early on when the risks can be high. Research led by Dr Robyn Owen of the Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research at Middlesex University’s Business School has been looking at how early stage businesses access finance.

Bridging financial gaps with public policy

Her research has shown there are finance gaps for early stage businesses but these can be bridged by public policy that encourages private investment. The research shows that success is linked to having good support alongside finance and the provision of follow on funding after the initial stages.  The findings of this Middlesex research have fed into the UK’s government development of new funds and expansion of existing ones in order to support innovative small and medium sized businesses to grow.

Dr Robyn Owen

Dr Robyn Owen is Associate Professor specialising in Entrepreneurial Finance at CEEDR. Robyn is Co-Chair of the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) special interest group in Entrepreneurial Finance and editorial board member of the Venture Capital journal.

Robyn’s research specialism is early stage SME innovation finance and cleantech innovation financing. She has completed many research projects in this area including contracts for the British Business Bank, Innovate UK and the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

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