Professor Chris Nugent is currently the Acting Director of the Computer Science Research Institute Ulster University and holds the position of Professor of Biomedical Engineering within the School of Computing and Mathematics, Faculty of Computing and Engineering. He also holds the positions of Guest Professor of Mobile and Pervasive Computing and Lulea Technical University, Sweden and Guest Professor of Information Sciences at Halmstad University.
His research addresses the themes of mobile based reminding solutions, activity recognition and behaviour modelling and more recently technology adoption modelling. He has published extensively in these areas with papers spanning theoretical, clinical and biomedical engineering domains. He has been a grant holder of Research Projects funded by National, European and International funding bodies. He is the Group Leader of the Smart Environments Research Group and also the co-PI of the Connected Health Innovation Centre at Ulster University.
Abstract: Translating research into practice through collaborative industrial and clinical engagement- Exemplars from The Northern Ireland Connected Health Innovation Center (NI-CHIC)
The Northern Ireland Connected Health Innovation Center (NI-CHIC) aims to provide Northern Ireland with a world-class, industry led organisation and facility, within which high-quality R&D, networking, Intellectual Property (IP) generation and brokering can be conducted on connected health applications. NI-CHIC, based at Ulster University, targets research in areas such as e-Health, tele-health, tele-monitoring, disease management, and home based care. The academic team is comprised of two research groups.
The Smart Environments Research Group (SERG) and the Nanotechnology and Integrated Bioengineering Centre (NIBEC). The two groups have complementary focus and areas of expertise. SERG, has a focus on the design, development and evaluation of novel software applications that typically incorporate leading edge off-the-shelf sensor technology. NIBEC, has expertise in the development of novel hardware devices and platforms. NI-CHIC member companies can apply for collaborative research and development studies which can attract up to 75% funding.
At the time of writing this article the Centre has 26 members from a range of backgrounds including hardware development, software development, data analytics, diagnostics, and domiciliary care provision. Projects include areas such as cognitive assessment, activity recognition, medication management and agitation assessment. Company engagement with NI-CHIC has many benefits. Typically, companies can expect to benefit from a more iterative process of defining and refining industry led research based on emerging market data and an improved agile approach to research.