Dr Neil Vaughan CV

Dr Neil Vaughan – Short Background

Dr Neil Vaughan is Research Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (RFREng) 2018 – 2023. Dr. Neil Vaughan is Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at University of Chester (UoC). He is a Senior Member of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB), Senior member of IEEE (No. 94875568), Computational Intelligence Society,  Associate Fellow of AdvanceHE (HEA) and Editor of the Journal of Behavioural Robotics.

Since 2010 he has held numerous tenured academic positions including Visiting Professor at Chandigarh University, Assistant Professor at Indiana University & Purdue University, USA, Lecturer in Computing at University of West London (UWL) and Post-Doctoral researcher at Bournemouth University. He was 1st prize winner of 2019 Health Education and Training (HEAT) awards, 2018 Welsh Health Hackathon, awarded the 2016 IT Innovation Award twice from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). He received the NHS award: Acorn Innovation Prize from headquarters of the Department of Health. In 2015 he joined Shanghai Jiao Tong University #1 in China. In 2014 he was selected by the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) as UK ICT Pioneer receiving a prize for ‘Transforming Society’ and received BU Postgraduate Research Prize. In 2013 he was global recipient of the IET scholarship and the IET Innovation Award, was selected for the Patient Safety Awards and the Times Higher Education Awards, and received the IET Ambition award. With MIT and Harvard his research in 2013 was awarded funding at the ASME Innovation Showcase 2013 as best research project in Europe. In 2011 he presented his research at UK parliament to MPs and the select committee for Science Engineering & Technology (SET). His research focusses on medical technology, Virtual Reality (VR) and computational intelligence. He was awarded Best Research prize and Blackwell Publishing Prize with Brunel University Medal in 2005 and Rotary International Council in 2000. Before returning to academia, he worked 6 years in industry in computing research and co-founded an IT consultancy company.

Teaching – Module Leader

Dr Vaughan’s teaching at many universities has focussed mainly on Health Informatics, Machine learning, computational intelligence, data science, database management (CO6002), web management (CO6027), Electronics and Design engineering at levels 4-7.

At University of Chester, he is Senior Lecturer and leader and founder of the Bio-inspired Computing MSc module. He is module leader for level 6, CO6002 – Modern Database Management Systems and CO6027 – Managing a Web-based Environment for BSc Computer Science and BSc Cyber Security.

At Chandigarh University he is Visiting Professor in CSE Artificial intelligence & Machine Learning.

At UoC Isle of Man, he is Senior Lecturer, module leader of level 6, CO6002 – Modern Database Management Systems and CO6027 and Managing a Web-based Environment.

At Laksamana College of Business, Brunei, he is Senior Lecturer, module leader of level 6, CO6002 – Modern Database Management Systems and CO6027 and Managing a Web-based Environment.

At Kensington College of Business, London, he is module leader of level 6, CO6002 – Modern Database Management Systems and CO6027 and Managing a Web-based Environment.

At University of West London (UWL) he was tenured academic lecturer and module leader for Information Systems in Healthcare and Data Architecture in Healthcare in the level 7 MSc Health Informatics and computer science level 6 modules.

At University of Indiana-Purdue he was appointed an Assistant Professor teaching programming for BSc computer and information science.

At Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University he was appointed an Assistant Professor teaching machine learning, programming and databases for BEng Computer Science and Technology.

At Bournemouth University he was Post-doctoral researcher and involved with teaching for BSc (Hons) Design Engineering and Electronics engineering.

At University of Granada, Spain he is involved with external examiner roles.

He actively participates in Learning and Teaching Conferences, including teaching enhancements for employability.

Since 2010 I have been involved with teaching at HEIs in UK and USA.

Editorial Roles in International Journal

  • Editor of Paladyn Journal of Behavioral Robotics.
  • Founding Editor of Topical Collection, Healthcare Intelligent Multi-Agent Systems (HIMAS2020), Springer Journal of Medical Systems (JMS), (Impact 2.4, Quartile 2, Est. 1977).
  • Guest Editor for Special Issue, Topical Issue on Deep Learning and Neural Systems in Robotics, PJBR.
  • Editor of Journal of Computer Science & Systems Biology.
  • Editorial Board – Jacobs Journal of Computer Science.
  • Editor of Journal of Swarm Intelligence and Evolutionary Computation.
  • Reviewer of Elsevier Medical Engineering & Physics (Impact 2.4).
  • Reviewer for Journal of Computational Methods in Sciences and Engineering (JCMSE) of IOS Press.
  • Reviewer for Journal Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine (CMPB), 2015.
  • Reviewer for MDPI Applied Sciences.
  • Reviewer for MDPI Math. Comput. Appl.
  • Reviewer for MDPI Sensors.
  • Reviewer for MDPI Mathematics.
  • Reviewer for MDPI Robotics.

Completed Research Supervision

I have been supervisor of a number of research projects since 2010

This includes research supervision, external PhD examination, internal PhD examination, Masters Students, KTP Associates and Internships.

 

Researcher Name Project Title Date
Waqas Ashiq Automatic Segmentation of Breast mammograms with Convolutional Neural Network Feb 2019 – Nov 2019
Fulons Solbakken Procedural Generation of 3D Tree Models with Lindenmayer-Systems Oct 2018 – June 2019
Arun George Face Recognition Image Processing (OpenCV) and Python Oct 2018 – June 2019
David Hynes Recommender System with Data Mining and Machine Learning Oct 2018 – June 2019
Jordan Steele Image Recognition and Classification using OpenCV Oct 2018 – June 2019
Corey Williams Adaptive Intelligent Smartphone User interface Design Oct 2018 – June 2019
Francesco Cosentino Exploration and Implementation of Augmented Reality for External Beam Radiotherapy June 2015 – July 2018
Alejandro Rodriguez Aguilera GPGPU methods for simulation and visualization of interactive volumetric models June 2014 – September 2017
Aaron Wolfenden Ant Colony Optimisation applied to Robotic Path Planning Oct 2017 – June 2018
Kane Duffy Medical Virtual Reality Simulator Development Oct 2017 – June 2018
Robert Dallas Open Source Intelligence for Cyber Security Oct 2017 – June 2018
Perry Jones Adaptive Online Learning for Computer Coding Oct 2017 – June 2018
Vijay Kumar Dhurway Development of graphics for haptic robotic device manipulator technology May 2016 – July 2016
Amrit Kumar Muduli Development of graphics for robotic device manipulator technology May 2016 – July 2016
Sambit Sahoo Development of graphics for robotic device manipulator technology May 2016 – July 2016
Ngan Do Thi Tuyet Development of graphics and hand motion tracking virtual reality training, with Unity, oculus rift and leap motion. May 2016 – July 2016
Sagar Setu Computer vision for Needle Detection in Medical Applications May 2013 – July 2013
Suhas Banshiwala Wireless Medical Device for Data Collection with Arduino and PIC Microcontrollers May 2013 – July 2013

Conference Organisation and Programme Committee Roles

 

Position Conference Date
International Program Committee International Conference on Artificial Life (ALIFE). 2019
Program Committee Human Computer Interaction (HCI) International Conference, Belfast 2018
International Program Committee European Conference on Artificial Life (ECAL). 2018
International Program Committee Edutainment International Conference, Xi’an, China. 2018
International Program Committee Cyberworlds 2017 International Conference (University of Chester) 2017
International Program Committee International Conference on Artificial Life (ALIFE). 2016
International Program Committee European Conference on Artificial Life (ECAL). 2016
International Program Committee European Conference on Artificial Life (ECAL). 2016
The Chair Informatics Track Workshops, Design of Medical Devices International Conference, USA 2016
Technical Program Committee (TPC) member International Conference on Natural Computation (ICNC) 2015-16
Technical Program Committee (TPC) member Fuzzy Systems and Knowledge Discovery (FSKD) International conference. Nanyang Technological University, China. 2015-16
Chair Autonomous Robotics Session, European Conference on Artificial Life (ECAL). 2015-present
International Committee Artificial Life (ALIFE) International conference 2015-present
Reviewer International Conf. of Computational Methods in Sciences and Engineering (ICCMSE), Athens, Greece. 2015
International Committee VES (Virtual Environments & Systems) conference meetings, ASME IDETC Computers and Information in Engineering Conference 2015
Chair International Informatics Track, Design of Medical Devices (DMD) Conference, Minneapolis, USA 2015
Chair Informatics Track, Design of Medical Devices (DMD) International Conference, Minneapolis, USA 2014
International Committee VES (Virtual Environments & Systems) conference meetings, ASME IDETC Computers and Information in Engineering Conference 2014
Chair Workshop on Medical Technology, Design of Medical Devices (DMD) International Conference, USA 2013
International Committee Advanced Modelling & Simulation (AMS), ASME IDETC Computers and Information in Engineering International Conference 2013
Chair Informatics Track, Design of Medical Devices (DMD) International Conference, Minneapolis, USA 2012
Programme Committee Advanced Modelling & Simulation (AMS), ASME IDETC Computers and Information in Engineering International Conference 2012-present
Programme Committee VES (Virtual Environments & Systems) conference meetings, ASME IDETC Computers and Information in Engineering Conference 2012-present
Reviewer, Program Committee ASME International Design Engineering & Technical Conference (IDETC) USA 2012-present
Co-Chair Informatics Track, Design of Medical Devices (DMD) International Conference, Minneapolis, USA 2011

Invited / Keynote Talks on Research

Invited talk at 2019 Voice of the Future organised by the Royal Society of Biology, taking place in in UK Parliament.

Invited talk at 2018 All Party Parliamentary Engineering Group (APPEG), House of Lords.

Invited talk at 2018 Fellow’s Day, Royal Academy of Engineering.

Invited talk at 2019 International Conference on Soft Computing and Machine Learning (SCML), Wuhan, China.

Workshop delivered at createChester conference 2018.

Invited talk at Edutainment 2019, Xi’an, China.

Invited Keynote talk at 5th International Conference on Biometrics & Biostatistics. October 20-21, 2016 Houston, TX.

Invited talk at Chinese Academy of Science Institute of Automation (CASIA), Beijing, China, Aug 25th 2015.

Invited Keynote talk at 2015 International Conference on Advanced Mechatronic Systems, China, Beijing Univ. of Posts and Telecommunications, Aug 22nd 2015.

Invited speaker for Informatics – Design of Medical Device Conference, USA 2014.

Newspaper and Magazine Research Profiles
BU Annual Review 2014 – Page 4.
Bournemouth Research Chronicle, Jan 2014, Edition 3, p12.
ASME Mechanical Engineering Magazine, June 2013, p30-31 – Semi-finalist Innovation Showcase. – Seen by 130,000 ASME members in 158 countries worldwide, est.1880.
NHS Grapevine magazine 2013, May/June 2011 – Issue 31, Page 11.
The Engineer magazine – April 2013 Edition
Politics First magazine – March 2014 Edition, advertorial feature.
Conservative MP website, July 2014.
Shown in the House of Commons, April 2011.

Professional Practice and Enterprise
Developed several research council and funding bids at various academic and medical levels.
Work towards Research excellence framework (REF 2020), Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).

Collaborative links with enterprise partners
Kimal, Plc.
Pharmabotics, Ltd.
Limbs & Things, Ltd.
Capital Kinetics, Ltd.
Wessex Academic Health Science Network.
NHS Innovations Ltd.
Key Resources Ltd.
BUI Ltd.
Knowledge Medical Systems Ltd.

Membership of Professional Bodies
Senior member of IEEE (No. 94875568).
Scholarship and Member of Institute of Engineering & Tech (IET) 2010-present.
Research Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering
Member of American Soc. of Mech Eng (ASME) 2010-present.
Senior Member of International Society of Artificial Life (ISAL).
Senior Member of Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB) 2012-present.
Nominated for EPSRC Strategic Advisory Team Committee, Programme Advisory Board for ICT Fundamentals 2014.

 

Industry Experience
LogicaCMG 2006 – 2010 Research Software Engineer (RSE)
World leading software services provider employing 40,000 worldwide
RAF Data Centre – 2010 Research in Data Migration Computing
Parlimentary Ombudsman Data Centre – 2010 Research in Virtual Healthcare Training
European Space Agency (Rome, Italy) – 2009 Researcher in 3D Software and Galileo Satellite software
Ministry of Defence (Northern Ireland) – 2008 Researcher in Computer Security Penetration Testing
Office of Fair Trading – 2006 – 2007 Research Software Engineer (RSE)
Shamrock Marketing – 2003 – 2004 Research Software Engineer (RSE)
Key Resources Ltd. – 1997 – 2000 Co founder of startup company in Research for server-side web application technology

Technical Experience
OpenGL Graphics Programming
Microcontrollers and Integrated circuits
Medical Simulations and Biomechanical Engineering
Biosensors and patient monitoring
Computer Vision, Face Recognition
Evolutionary and Genetic Algorithms

Magazine/newspaper cuttings:

NHS Innovation Magazine June 2016

Front Page Headline Article in Anaesthesia News Magazine, May 2013, ISSN 0959-2962 No. 310, page 7, available online: https://www.aagbi.org/sites/default/files/May_ANews_Web.pdf

NHS Grapevine Magazine 2014

Article in The Engineer magazine, available online: https://www.theengineer.co.uk/issues/april-2013-online/haptic-simulator-helps-with-epidural-training/

Final Report showing Clinical Trial Results, from The National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia, available online: https://www.niaa.org.uk/download.php/?fn=Final%20Report%20from%20Prof%20M%20Wee.pdf&mime=application/pdf&pureFn=Final%20Report%20from%20Prof%20M%20Wee.pdf

Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) 2013, Dr Vaughan is recipient of the IET Scholarship: http://www.theiet.org/policy/media/press-releases/20130812.cfm 

Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) 2013 Winner of the Innovation Award for Information Technology (IT): http://conferences.theiet.org/innovation/categories/information/past-winners/index.cfm 

Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) 2016 Winner of the Innovation Award for Information Technology (IT): http://conferences.theiet.org/innovation/categories/information/index.cfm

 

External Funding Successfully Awarded:

Funder Start Date End Date Project Title Financial Value
Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship 01.01.2018 31.12.2022 Frameworks for Virtual Reality Medical Training Simulators: Skill Assessment and Tissue Modelling £507,000
Health and Care Research Wales: Pathway to Portfolio Funding 01.03.2019 01.08.2019 ParaVR CPR Training Simulator for Schools £18,423
Bevan Commission 1st Prize Welsh Health Hack Winner 01.10.2018 01.06.2019 ParaVR – VR training simulator for paramedics £7,500
Santander Universities International Research Excellence Award Funding (IREA). 01.01.2018 31.07.2019 Collaboration on Next Generation Evolving Neural Networks £600
University of Chester Faculty Small Grants Scheme 01.01.2019 31.07.2019 Adaptation of Skills Training within Virtual Reality Medical Applications. £1000
Cultural and Education Section of the British Embassy 01.04.2018 01.09.2018 British Council NSF-China Newton Researcher Links Workshop £2,100
National Science Foundation (NSF) of China 01.04.2018 01.09.2018 Workshop on Health and Well-being Through VR and AR £2,400
Newton Fund – British Council 01.04.2018 01.09.2018 Edutainment 2019 Conference, Xi’an China £3,500
University of Chester Staff Conference Attendance Fund 01.03.2018 01.07.2018 IEEE Conference on Evolving & Adaptive Intelligent Systems £400
HEIF Bournemouth University QR Fund 01.06.2016 01.02.2017 SMART research group – REF impact & outreach £30,068.30
RKEO Bridging Fund – Bournemouth University 01.01.2017 01.06.2017 Research Fellowship Award £10,022
Research Excellence Framework (REF) Impact Accelerator Fund 2016 March 2016 September Epidural Simulator Virtual Reality £2,500
AAGBI Research Grant 2016 March 2017 March Epidural Simulator Virtual Reality £15,000
Associate of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) Early Career Grant 2016 January 2016 July ACU Early Career Grant £2,000
NHS Acorn Innovation Challenge: 1st place in UK competition 2015 December 2016 December Neuropathy Smartphone Health Device (Patented) £10,000
European Union (EU) IRIS Collaboration UK-China project 2015 July 2015 December RABOT Project UK-China Collaboration Shanghai Xiaotong £3,000
Newton Fund: Institutional Links Research Workshop 2015 Jan 2015 July Newton Fund Researcher Links £3,500
Wessex Academic Health Science Network 2014 September 2015 September Development of virtual reality NHS training £136,000
Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospital NHS FT 2014 September 2015 September

 

Development of Smartphone apps for Health (Patented) £18,000
Scholarship of Institution of Engineering & Technology (SIET) (Only 2 in the UK) 2013 June 2013 June Recipient of the IET Scholarship 2013 £2,500
American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) Innovation Showcase Grant 2013 March 2013 September Collaboration with Harvard, Yale, MIT $3,000
OAA (Obstetric Anaesthetists Association) 2012 June 2014 June NHS Clinical Trial: Quantification of pressures in labouring women of varying BMIs. £32,000

 

Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 2010 December 2014 April Joint funding for 3 year PhD Research Project £20,700
Bournemouth University Research Funding 2010 December 2014 April Joint funding for 3 year PhD Research Project £20,700
European Space Agency Inmarsat  & LogicaCMG 2007 July 2010 December Inmarsat Satellite Software Development £1,200,000
Blackwell publishing Prize funding. 2005 July 2005 December Blackwell publishing Prize £50
Brunel University Medal Prize funding. 2006 May 2006 July Best Research – Brunel University Medal £75
Rotary International Council research funding. 1999 Dec 2000 May Research Prize £25

 

Grants applied for

2016, Dec Fellowship Application – Virtual Training Simulator £360,243
2016, Nov Adaptive VR Framework (5 year project) £630,000
2016, Oct I4i VR Training Simulator (3 year project) £402,460
2016, Oct EPSRC Network Plus – Internet of things £45,321
2016, Feb Adaptive Virtual Training Simulator (2016, March) – 3 year project. £474,962
2016, Jan VR Training Simulator and Clinical Data Collection Trial – 3 year project, (63 pages). £345,927
2015, Sept Two funding applications for incoming European Commission (EU) Marie Curie Fellowships (2x $195,000 Euro)
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Prototype for epidural insertion

 

Hip replacement simulator for elderly patients

 

Patient specific- Hip surgery training simulator

 

Orthopaedic Training Simulator

 

Hip Replacement Training Simulator

 

Hip Replacement Training Simulator

 

Simulator Development for Epidural Training

 

Clinical trial data collection framework

 

Collaboration for commercialising medical devices

 

Development of patient-specific data-driven epidural simulator

 

Data-driven tissue deformation modelling for patient specific surgical application

Tissue modelling heterogeneous density distribution for additive manufacturing

Quantification of pressures in labouring women of varying BMIs

 

Quantification of pressures in labouring women of varying BMIs

 

£100,000

£15,000

£448,000

 

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£275,000

 

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£36,268

 

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£32,543