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Dr Manivannan is currently a Lecturer for electronics, computer languages and embedded systems in the Design Department at Brunel University. He is the module leader for two Design undergratuate modules and the chair of department panel. Dr Manivannan is currently a senate appointed panel member for  the University desiplinary panel  and served as an elected senate member for researchers for 2016/17 academic year.

Dr Manivannan received his doctorate degree (DPhil) from University of Oxford in the field of  optical pattern recognition in 1997 and his bachelor's degree {BEng (Hons)} with a first class Hons in electrical and electronic engineering from City University, London, UK in 1994.  He then worked for Motorola, Symbian Ltd and Open Trade Technologies Ltd; mainly in Computer Modelling/ Software development for scientific applications.   He then spent some good time in teaching electronics and maths at further education colleges at undergraduate level in UK before joining Brunel University as a researcher in 2009.

Dr Manivannan has attended many international conferences, chaired sessions and delivered keynote address.  His work has received many best paper awards.  He has published more than sixty journal and conference papers over the last eight years, including one invited article and published four book chapters.  Dr Manivannan was the pioneer and an investigator  of an Innovate UK R & D project worth of £1.2 million spanned across 2015 to 2016. He has also sucessfully secured a number of internal and external (EPSRC) funding recently.

Dr Manivannan is a senior member of IEEE, senior member of APCBEES and member of Electrostatics Society of America, USA, Oxford Engineering Society, and member of Oxford university alumni. He is also technical committee member of ICEEA 2013 to 2016. Dr Manivannan is the treasure of IOP Dielectrics and Electrostatics (D&E) Group sicne July 2017 and the Program Chair of an IOP international conference, "Electroststics 2019".  He has been a reviewer of many internationally reputed journal such as  OSA Applied optics, IEEE transaction of Industrial Applications and SPIE Optical Engineering

Recent Achievements and Recognitions

  • PI of an EU Innovation voucher - Touch devices for Blind reading (May 2018 to May 2019).
  • PI of TeachBrunel Project (Learning Electronics with the use of MATLAB) {May 2017 to May 2018}.
  • PI of EPSRC research base exhaust funding {(Jan 2017 – March 2017}.
  • Pioneer and an investigator of an InnovateUK   grant under theme of "Vessel Efficiency II" (£1.2m)  { Feb 2015 to Aug 2017}.
  • Publications – Over sixty  research publications, many technical reports and presentations to date (Four book chapters, one featured article, twenty six journal papers. and thirty conference papers and many technical reports and  conference presentations).
  • International conference participation – more than fifteen oral presentations including one keynote addrss, two invited talks and received three best paper awards.
  • Research students supervision: PhD ( three current PhDs and seven PhDs to sucessful completion).
  • Senior member of IEEE (May 2013) and senior member of APCBEES (July 2013).
  • Reviewer for many scientific journals including OSA Applied optics, IEEE transaction of Industrial Applications and SPIE Optical Engineering.
  • Fellow of HEA
  • IEEE senior member review panel member of Admission and Advancement Committee 2015.
  • IEEE Senior member review and advisory panelist  2015.
  • Elected Senate member (Brunel University) {July 2016 to Sept 2017}.
  • Treasure of IOP D & E Group since July 2017.
  • Program Chair of "IOP Electrostatics 2019" - an international conference.
  • Technical committee member of ICEEA 2013 - 2016.
  • Standing committee member of Brunel UCU 2011-2017.

Area of Expertise and Interest: Multi-Physics modelling and computer simulation, Optical pattern recognition, Image processing, Electronic Systems Engineering,  and Plasma systems. 

Skills: computer modelling and simulations (COMSOL and Matlab) and computer programming (C/C++ and Matlab).