Centre for Sensors and Instrumentation (CSI)


The Sensors and Instrumentation Group develops and exploits detectors, instrumentation, and data analysis methods. We apply our work to research in high energy particle physics, space science, medical imaging, and remote instrumentation and control. Data processing techniques include Grid computing, genetic programming and visualization.

 Inside the Control Room of CMS at the LHC in CERN

A member of the CSI team at work in CERN


Professor Peter HobsonProfessor Peter Hobson, of the School of Engineering and Design, is the group leader of Brunel University's Centre for Sensors and Instrumentation. Here he describes the contributions members of the Centre have made to the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at CERN's Large Hadron Collider, highlighting other applications in data analysis, large-scale computing and medical applications of radiation which have been developed as a result of their expertise in particle physics.

Tom WalkerTom Walker, who is currently working towards his PhD in the Centre for Sensors and Instrumentation, describes his laboratory experiments in X-ray fluorescence. His experiments are being used to understand data from the C1XS X-ray camera, which was flown on the Chandrayaan-1 lunar mission in 2008-9.




Latest News

Latest News for CSI

30 October 2012: Dr Dawn Leslie presented a poster “Calibration of the CMS Electromagnetic Calorimeter at the LHC”, on behalf of the CMS collaboration, at the IEEE NSS-MIC conference in California USA

1 October 2012: The Group welcomes new STFC funded PhD student Nik Berry who will be working on the CMS experiment at CERN supervised by Prof Akram Khan.

New STFC Grant awarded to support Particle Physics at Brunel. Commences October 2012. Principal Investigator: Prof Peter Hobson

New STFC Grant awarded to support GridPP staff at the Brunel Tier2 Centre which is part of the LondonGrid. Commences April 2013. Principal Investigator: Prof Peter Hobson

New STFC Doctoral Training Grant awarded for two fully funded PhD studentships. Commences October 2012

Prof. Akram Khan was a member of the local organising committee of the 5th International Conference on Top Quark Physics (TOP2012) at Winchester, UK in September 2012.

Prof. Peter Hobson was a member of one of the programme committees of theEuropean Optical Society Annual Meeting (EOSAM 2012) at Aberdeen, UK in September 2012.

September 2012:  Mr William Martin presented a poster “Evidence for the associated production of a top quark and W boson in pp collisions at √s = 7 TeV with 4.9 fb-1 of data” and Mr Philip Symonds presented a poster “Measurement of the Missing Transverse Energy in Top Pair Lepton + Jets Events” at the 5th International Conference on Top Quark Physics (TOP2012) at Winchester, UK.

August 2012: Leverhulme artist in Residence Ms Jayne Wilton collaborated with Porfessors Peter Hobson, Akram Khan and Peter Wiegold and over the summer made the film “Darkness Visible” with music composed by Prof. Weigold. This film and an accompanying poster was presented to a conference of Particle Physicists in Berlin on 8th August to celebrate 100 years of the discovery of cosmic rays by Victor Hess.

August 2012: Dr Dawn Leslie presented a paper “Effect of gamma radiation on potential ionising radiation detectors and dosimeters based on quantum dots” at IEEE NanoTechnology Conference, Birmingham UK

July 2012: CMS and ATLAS announce to the world, on 4 July, the discovery of a “Higgs-like” boson. Brunel has been a member of the CMS experiment since 1995.

July 2012: Mr Tom Walker and Dr David Smith saw their paper “The use of swept-charge devices in planetary analogue X-ray fluorescence studies” published in the Journal of Instrumentation, doi:10.1088/1748-0221/7/07/C07004.

July 2012: Mr Tom Walker presented a paper “The effects of radiation damage on the spectral resolution of the Chandrayaan-1 x-ray spectrometer over the full mission duration” at the SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation conference, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

July 2012: Prof Peter Hobson and Ms Jayne Wilton were runners-up for the Best Demonstration with “Visualising Breath” at the Electronic Visualisation & the Arts Conference, London

June 2012: Dr David Smith and Prof Peter Hobson completed a UK Space Agency funded three month research project with Astrium Ltd entitled ‘Cubesat XTEND’ which involved developing a novel optical camera system for a future Cubesat satellite payload.

June 2012: Prof Peter Hobson presented a paper “Challenges in using GPU for the real-time reconstruction of digital hologram images” at the 9th International Symposium on Display Holography , MIT, USA and he and Ms Jayne Wilton also presented a poster “Visualizing breath using digital holography” at the symposium. A video of Prof Hobson’s presentation can be seen here.

June 2012: Prof Peter Hobson presented a poster "The stability of vacuum phototriodes to varying light pulse loads and long term changes in response” at the International Workshop on New Photon Detectors, Orsay, France,

May 2012: Dr Dawn Leslie presented a paper “Effect of Irradiation on Potential Ionising Radiation Detectors and Dosimeters Based on Quantum Dots” at the IEEE Symposium on Radiation Measurements and Applications, Oakland, USA.


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Research Leaders

Research Staff

  • Dr. Raul Lopes - Research Fellow
  • Dr. Henry Nebrensky - Research Fellow
  • Dr. Ivan Reid -  Research Fellow

Research Support

  • Mr. Christopher Selby -  Technician

Affiliated Members

  • Dr. Dawn Leslie - Senior Lecturer

Research Students

  • Ruzalina Baharin
  • Etienne Desjardins
  • Rhys Gardener
  • Philip Symonds
  • Thomas Tawiah
  • Thomas Walker


  • Dr William Martin: Measurement of the single top tW associated production cross section at 7 TeV with 4.9 fb-1 of data in the di-lepton decay channel at the LHC using the CMS detector
  • Dr. Rajiv Bose: The Development of an In-Vivo Dosimeter for the Application of Radiotherapy (2012)
  • Dr. Matthew Chadwick: Measurement of the tt cross section at 7tev with 36 pb-¹ of data in the electron+jests channel using the CMS (2011)
  • Dr. Richard Fenning Novel FFAG Gantry and Transport Line Designs for Charged Particle Therapy (2011)
  • Dr. Xiaoya Chen: Accounting services in multi-grid environments (2010)
  • Dr. Jason Gow, Radiation damage analysis of the swept charge device for the CIXS instrument (2009)


For more information about the research activities including opportunities for PhD projects, industrial and academic collaboration, please contact:


Postal Address

Centre for Sensors and Instrumentation
Electronic and Computer Engineering
School of Engineering and Design,
Brunel University,
Uxbridge, Middlesex,
UB8 3PH, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 (0) 1895 266 799

Location in University

Centre for Sensors and Instrumentation
Top floor of Tower D

Page last updated: Monday 05 August 2013