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Embedding citizens within airborne microplastic and microfibre research (2023)
Journal Article
Williams, B., De Vito, L., Margarida Sardo, A., Pringle, K., Hansen, M., Taylor, M., …Hayes, E. (2023). Embedding citizens within airborne microplastic and microfibre research. Cambridge Prisms: Plastics, 1(e11), 1-5. https://doi.org/10.1017/plc.2023.11

Microplastics are ubiquitous in our environment but their presence in air is less well understood. Homes are likely a key source of airborne microplastics and microfibres to the environment owing to the frequent use and storage of plastics and textil... Read More about Embedding citizens within airborne microplastic and microfibre research.

Amplifying the voices of neurodivergent students in relation to higher education assessment at UWE Bristol (2023)
Report
Chicken, S., Fogg Rogers, L., Hobbs, L., Hunt-Fraisse, T., & Lewis, D. (2023). Amplifying the voices of neurodivergent students in relation to higher education assessment at UWE Bristol. UWE Bristol

This paper reports on a study funded by the UWE Pedagogical Project fund in 2021-2022, which aimed to amplify the voices of neurodivergent (referred to as ‘ND’) students in relation to lived experiences of Higher Education (HE) assessment practices w... Read More about Amplifying the voices of neurodivergent students in relation to higher education assessment at UWE Bristol.

A non-faradaic impedimetric biosensor for monitoring of caspase 9 in mammalian cell culture (2023)
Journal Article
Chen, B., Kiely, J., Luxton, R., & Williams, I. (2023). A non-faradaic impedimetric biosensor for monitoring of caspase 9 in mammalian cell culture. Bioelectrochemistry, 153, Article 108456. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bioelechem.2023.108456

Lower yields and poorer quality of biopharmaceutical products result from cell death in bioreactors. Such cell death is commonly associated with programmed cell death or apoptosis. During apoptosis, caspases are activated and cause a cascade of event... Read More about A non-faradaic impedimetric biosensor for monitoring of caspase 9 in mammalian cell culture.

The PrHand: Functional assessment of an underactuated soft-robotic prosthetic hand (2022)
Conference Proceeding
De Arco, L., Ramos, O., Múnera, M., Moazen, M., Wurdemann, H., & Cifuentes, C. A. (2022). The PrHand: Functional assessment of an underactuated soft-robotic prosthetic hand. In 2022 9th IEEE RAS/EMBS International Conference for Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (BioRob). https://doi.org/10.1109/BioRob52689.2022.9925316

Functional tests aim to compare the functionality of a prosthesis with a human hand. The main objective of this work is to present and evaluate an affordable prosthesis (PrHand) built with soft robotic technologies and novel joints based on compliant... Read More about The PrHand: Functional assessment of an underactuated soft-robotic prosthetic hand.

Open-source re-configurable interfacing of Tobii Pro Glasses 2 with ROS2 (2022)
Presentation / Conference
Nunez Sardinha, E., & Ruiz Garate, V. (2022, October). Open-source re-configurable interfacing of Tobii Pro Glasses 2 with ROS2. Paper presented at XR & Robotics Workshop at IROS 2022, Kyoto International Conference Center (ICC Kyoto) Takaragaike, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-0001 Japan

Gaze tracking is a powerful assistive tool enabling people with severe disabilities to interact with complex systems intuitively. Among these, screen-based gaze-control is one of the main input tools used with people with severe mobility impairments,... Read More about Open-source re-configurable interfacing of Tobii Pro Glasses 2 with ROS2.

Optical fiber angle sensors for the PrHand prosthesis: Development and application in grasp types recognition with machine learning (2022)
Conference Proceeding
De Arco, L., Pontes, M. J., Vieira Segatto, M. E. V., Monteiro, M. E., Cifuentes, C. A., & Díaz, C. A. R. (2022). Optical fiber angle sensors for the PrHand prosthesis: Development and application in grasp types recognition with machine learning. . https://doi.org/10.1109/LAEDC54796.2022.9908232

This work presents the instrumentation of the PrHand upper-limb prosthesis with optical fiber sensors to measure the angle of the proximal interphalangeal joint. The angle sensors are based on bending-induced loss and are fabricated with polymer opti... Read More about Optical fiber angle sensors for the PrHand prosthesis: Development and application in grasp types recognition with machine learning.

Mirror-based robotic therapy for ankle recovery with a serious game: A case study with a neurological patient (2022)
Conference Proceeding
Pino, A., Gomez-Vargas, D., Garzón, A., Roberti, F., Carelli, R., Múnera, M., & Cifuentes, C. A. (2022). Mirror-based robotic therapy for ankle recovery with a serious game: A case study with a neurological patient. . https://doi.org/10.1109/ICORR55369.2022.9896510

Neuromuscular disorders, such as foot drop, severely affect the locomotor function and walking independence after a brain injury event. Mirror-based robotic therapy (MRT) has been a promising rehabilitation strategy favouring upper limb muscle streng... Read More about Mirror-based robotic therapy for ankle recovery with a serious game: A case study with a neurological patient.

Sport-related back injury prevention with a wearable device (2022)
Journal Article
Jenkins, L., & Weerasekera, R. (2022). Sport-related back injury prevention with a wearable device. Journal of Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 11, Article 100202. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biosx.2022.100202

There has been a high incidence rates (∼41%) of back injury from undertaking weightlifting exercises as a result of improper lifting posture, where the spine should remain straight during a lifting movement which is often not adopted correctly by ado... Read More about Sport-related back injury prevention with a wearable device.

Physical human-robot interaction influence in ASD therapy through an affordable soft social robot (2022)
Journal Article
Pinto-Bernal, M. J., Cespedes, N., Castro, P., Munera, M., & Cifuentes, C. A. (2022). Physical human-robot interaction influence in ASD therapy through an affordable soft social robot. Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems, 105(3), Article 67. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10846-022-01617-0

In the latest years, there has been a rise in social robotics' interest as a support tool in various scopes. For instance, social robots have been used in Autism treatments, improving social skills, social interaction, and children's daily activities... Read More about Physical human-robot interaction influence in ASD therapy through an affordable soft social robot.

A machine learning model for predicting sit-to-stand trajectories of people with and without stroke: towards adaptive robotic assistance (2022)
Journal Article
Bennett, T., Kumar, P., & Ruiz Garate, V. R. (2022). A machine learning model for predicting sit-to-stand trajectories of people with and without stroke: towards adaptive robotic assistance. Sensors, 22(13), https://doi.org/10.3390/s22134789

Sit-to-stand and stand-to-sit transfers are fundamental daily motions that enable all other types of ambulation and gait. However, the ability to perform these motions can be severely impaired by different factors, such as the occurrence of a stroke,... Read More about A machine learning model for predicting sit-to-stand trajectories of people with and without stroke: towards adaptive robotic assistance.

Primary pathways: elementary pupils’ aspiration to be engineers and STEM subject interest (2022)
Journal Article
Edmonds, J., Lewis, F., & Fogg Rogers, L. (2022). Primary pathways: elementary pupils’ aspiration to be engineers and STEM subject interest. International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 12(3), 221-234. https://doi.org/10.1080/21548455.2022.2067906

Across Europe, there is concern about the number and diversity of pupils taking study routes leading to Engineering. There is growing evidence that these career choices begin to form at elementary school age (Moote et al., 2020). Science, maths and d... Read More about Primary pathways: elementary pupils’ aspiration to be engineers and STEM subject interest.

A study on the effects of cognitive overloading and distractions on human movement during robot-assisted dressing (2022)
Journal Article
Dogramadzi, S., Caleb-Solly, P., & Camilleri, A. (2022). A study on the effects of cognitive overloading and distractions on human movement during robot-assisted dressing. Frontiers in Robotics and AI, 9, Article 815871. https://doi.org/10.3389/frobt.2022.815871

For robots that can provide physical assistance, maintaining synchronicity of the robot and human movement is a precursor for interaction safety. Existing research on collaborative HRI does not consider how synchronicity can be affected if humans are... Read More about A study on the effects of cognitive overloading and distractions on human movement during robot-assisted dressing.

Automatic report-based labelling of clinical EEGs for classifier training (2022)
Conference Proceeding
Western, D., Weber, T., Kandasamy, R., May, F., Taylor, S., Zhu, Y., & Canham, L. (2022). Automatic report-based labelling of clinical EEGs for classifier training. In 2021 IEEE Signal Processing in Medicine and Biology Symposium (SPMB). https://doi.org/10.1109/SPMB52430.2021.9672295

Machine learning classifiers for detection of abnormal clinical electroencephalography (EEG) signals have advanced signficantly in recent years, largely supported by the carefully curated Temple University Hospital Abnormal EEG Corpus (TUAB). Further... Read More about Automatic report-based labelling of clinical EEGs for classifier training.

Lycra sleeves with embedded-Accelerometers to test wear compliance and upper limb activity in people with stroke: A feasibility study  (2021)
Presentation / Conference
Kumar, P., Leake, J., Brodie, S., Molton, J., O'Reilly, R., Pearce, A., …Caleb-Solly, P. (2021, October). Lycra sleeves with embedded-Accelerometers to test wear compliance and upper limb activity in people with stroke: A feasibility study . Poster presented at CAHPR Oxfordshire and CAHPR Southwest Conference 2021, Online

Background: To establish a possible effect of Lycra sleeves, accurate recording of wear time is critical. Aim: To test whether an accelerometer-embedded Lycra sleeve can measure wear compliance and record upper-limb (UL) movements/activity in people... Read More about Lycra sleeves with embedded-Accelerometers to test wear compliance and upper limb activity in people with stroke: A feasibility study .

Investigating Browne's method (2021)
Presentation / Conference
Obodo, S., Toher, D., & White, P. (2021, September). Investigating Browne's method. Poster presented at Statistics at Bristol: Future Reserach and You 2021, Bristol

Results supports Browne’s procedure of pilot sample size determination. However the data reveals that the procedure underestimates and overestimates sample size. Fig. 1 shows 𝛼 and 𝛽 have no practical effect on degree of excess which increases as... Read More about Investigating Browne's method.

Protocol for a national cohort study to explore the long-term clinical and patient-reported outcomes and cost-effectiveness of implant-based and autologous breast reconstruction after mastectomy for breast cancer: The Brighter Study (2021)
Journal Article
Johnson, L., Holcombe, C., O’Donoghue, J. M., Jeevan, R., Browne, J., Fairbrother, P., …Potter, S. (2021). Protocol for a national cohort study to explore the long-term clinical and patient-reported outcomes and cost-effectiveness of implant-based and autologous breast reconstruction after mastectomy for breast cancer: The Brighter Study. BMJ Open, 11(8), Article e054055. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2021-054055

Introduction Breast reconstruction (BR) is offered to improve quality of life for women with breast cancer undergoing mastectomy. As most women will be long-Term breast cancer survivors, high-quality information regarding the long-Term outcomes of di... Read More about Protocol for a national cohort study to explore the long-term clinical and patient-reported outcomes and cost-effectiveness of implant-based and autologous breast reconstruction after mastectomy for breast cancer: The Brighter Study.

Patient reported psychosocial functioning following successful ptosis surgery (2021)
Journal Article
Richards, H., Jenkinson, E., White, P., & Harrad, R. (2021). Patient reported psychosocial functioning following successful ptosis surgery. Eye, 36, 1651–1655. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41433-021-01685-w

Background: Ptosis may result in increased anxiety, appearance-related distress and social avoidance, and impacts visual function. Previous work demonstrates the benefits of ptosis surgery for health-related quality of life, but there is a paucity of... Read More about Patient reported psychosocial functioning following successful ptosis surgery.

Propofol detection for monitoring of intravenous anaesthesia: A review (2021)
Journal Article
Ferrier, D., Kiely, J., & Luxton, R. (2022). Propofol detection for monitoring of intravenous anaesthesia: A review. Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing, 36, 315-323. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10877-021-00738-5

This paper presents a review of established and emerging methods for detecting and quantifying the intravenous anaesthetic propofol in solution. There is growing evidence of numerous advantages of total intravenous anaesthesia using propofol compared... Read More about Propofol detection for monitoring of intravenous anaesthesia: A review.

Safety assessment review of a dressing assistance robot (2021)
Journal Article
Delgado Bellamy, D., Chance, G., Caleb-Solly, P., & Dogramadzi, S. (2021). Safety assessment review of a dressing assistance robot. Frontiers in Robotics and AI, 8, Article 667316. https://doi.org/10.3389/frobt.2021.667316

Hazard analysis methods such as HAZOP and STPA have proven to be effective methods for assurance of system safety for years. However, the dimensionality and human factors uncertainty of many assistive robotic applications challenges the capability of... Read More about Safety assessment review of a dressing assistance robot.