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The Smart Technology Advancements for Health and Rehabilitation experts include:



Professor Joy Conway Professor Joy Conway
Professor Joy Conway is the Professor of Respiratory Sciences, Centre for Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Brunel University London. Joy has extensive experience as a researcher and educator with over 25 years in UK Higher Education Institutions. Joy has a strong interest in lung disease, the care of those with lung disease, respiratory physiology and pathophysiology and lung imaging. Following qualification as a chartered physiotherapist and a Masters in Rehabilitation (University of Southampton) her PhD (University of Southampton) investigated the use of three-dimensional lung imaging techniques to quantify inhaled aerosol deposition in the lung and structural and functional changes that occur with disease. Joy then progressed through to a personal Chair at the University of Southampton in 2009. In 2019 Joy was appointed as Professor of Respiratory Sciences at Brunel University London. Joy is also the national research lead for advancing practice for Health Education England and maintains visiting Professor status with the NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre for Respiratory and Critical Care Respiratory care; lung imaging; Single Photon Computed Tomography; Magnetic Resonance Imaging; Computed Tomography; lung ultrasound; pulmonary function testing; mixed-methods approach; clinical trials; machine learning and AI; smart technology and smart wearables; inhaled aerosols; inhaler design and inhaler use; smart inhalers; educational interventions to improve inhaler use.
Dr David Bell Dr David Bell
David is a Reader in the Department of Computer Science, at Brunel University London. David is a keen multi-disciplinary researcher who has applied novel digital service solutions in a range of domains (including digital health). His research interest lies in Service Design, Emotion AI, Cyber Security, Semantic technologies and Medical Technology (MedTech) – often driven by machine learning and simulation. David has collaborated on a number of funded research grants investigating the modelling of health evidence, augmenting naturalistic cultural settings with museum objects, trading personal data and simulating COVID-19. He has also worked with a number of NHS collaborators on the design of Apps that optimise or enhance patient pathways. David has supported the NHS advising on Health Data AI and Digital Hospital working groups. Before returning to university, David worked for several small and large software development companies and then in Investment Banking becoming technology director. More recently, David has commercialised his previous health evidence modelling research grant into HecoAnalytics Limited (a Brunel University London spin-out). Service Design, Emotion AI, User Modelling, Simulation, AI/ML, Semantic & Social Web, Cybersecurity Digital Design Methodologies, Cyber security and Design Science Research.

Full members

Dr Anastasia Anagnostou Dr Anastasia Anagnostou
Senior Lecturer in Computer Science
Dr Anastasia Anagnostou is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at Brunel University London and the co-lead of the Modelling & Simulation Group (MSG). She is also member of the Intelligent Data Analytics (IDA) Group. She holds a PhD in Distributed Modelling & Simulation, an MSc in Telemedicine and e-Health Systems and a BSc(Hons) in Electronic Engineering. Her research interests lie in the areas of Advanced Computing Infrastructures for Modelling and Simulation, Open Science for Simulation, Hybrid Distributed Simulation and Modelling and Simulation for Healthcare and Industrial Applications. Since 2011, she has been involved in several interdisciplinary research projects with stakeholders from industry and academia across manufacturing, healthcare, defence and food supply chains. She has also worked in Africa helping to develop digital infrastructures and collaborative services enabling open science. She is co-chair for the OR Society’s Simulation Workshop (SW21) and member of organising committees for international conferences sponsored by the IEEE and ACM/SIGSIM. She has been awarded Horizon 2020 funding for a 9.5 million Euro project (Brunel contribution €370K) entitled “Demonstration of intelligent decision support for pandemic crisis prediction and management within and across European borders” (STAMINA). CS2005 Networks and Operating Systems (Module Leader) CS2001 Level 2 Group Project CS2555 Work Placement CS3004 Network Computing CS3072-3605 Computer Science/Business Computing Final-Year Projects CS5601 Enterprise Modelling (Module reviewer) I also taught: Introduction to Programming, Business Analysis and Process Modelling, Systems Project Management, ERP Systems Theory and Practise, ERP Systems Deployment and Configuration and SAP ERP Integration of Business Processes Certification Course (TERP-10).
Dr Wendy Martin Dr Wendy Martin
Senior Lecturer
I am a Senior Lecturer in the Division of Health Sciences at Brunel University London. I am a sociologist and qualitative researcher with a focus on health, ageing, care and the use of creative methods. My background has included clinical nursing, research fellow and lecturer roles, and I have worked in several universities in the UK. I completed a BSc in Sociology and Anthropology at Oxford Brookes University (1997); and an MA in Sociological Research in Health Care (1999) and a PhD in Sociology (2008) both from the University of Warwick. The focus of my teaching is on the MSc Public Health and Health Promotion and includes leading and contributing to study blocks on health promotion, health and society, research ethics and qualitative / digital research methods. I was previously the programme leader for 4 years. I have extensive experience in curriculum development and I am a Recognised Programme Developer at Brunel University London. I am also the Research Ethics Officer. My research focuses on ageing, embodiment, the digital and everyday life and the use of visual and creative methods in ageing research. I was Principal Investigator for the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) research project Photographing Everyday Life: Ageing, Lived Experiences, Time and Space. I am currently Co-Investigator for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) international partnership Ageing, Communication, Technologies (ACT): experiencing a digital world in later life (led by Prof Kimberley Sawchuk, Concordia University, Canada) and Collaborator for the 5 year SSHRC Insight Grant Digital Culture and Quantified Aging (with Profs Barb Marshal and Stephen Katz, Trent University, Canada). I am Co-Convenor of the British Sociological Association (BSA) Ageing, Body and Society study group and Co-Editor of the Routledge Handbook of Cultural Gerontology that was published in 2015 (both with Prof Julia Twigg, University of Kent). I am a member of the Editorial Board of the Sociological Research Online journal, of the Associate Board of the Sociology Journal and of the Executive Board for the Research Committee RC11 Sociology of Ageing of the International Sociological Association. Qualifications: PhD (2008) Department of Sociology, University of Warwick. ESRC funded. Thesis ‘Embodying ‘active’ ageing: health, bodies and emotions in later life’. MA (with distinction) in Sociological Research in Health Care. University of Warwick (1999). ESRC funded. BSc (First Class Honours) Sociology and Anthropology. Oxford Brookes University (1997) Registered General Nurse. St. Mary’s Hospital, London (1986) Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice. University of Reading (2011) My research focuses on ageing, embodiment, the digital and everyday life and the use of visual and creative methods in ageing research. Teaching Responsibilities: Study Block Leader: CM5702 Health Promotion CM5703 Health and Society Assessment Block Leader: CM5801 Essay: Social Context of Public Health and Health Promotion Dissertation Supervisor: MSc Public Health and Health Promotion Contributor: CM5706 Implementing Change in Public Health and Health Promotion CM5707 Research in Practice HH5607 Approaches to Research HH5500 Dissertation CM5805 Case Study: Public Health and Health Promotion Research Methods for Doctoral Students
Dr Sushmita Mohapatra Dr Sushmita Mohapatra
HP Lecturer - Health Studies & Community Health
Dr Mohapatra is a specialist Occupational therapist with expertise in Stroke and Neuro rehabilitation. She is a Fellow in HEA; her Doctorate was funded by the LifeCycle-3 from University of Nottingham and focused on recovery and rehabilitation of survivors of severe disabilities after stroke, including decision making for rehabilitation care provision and carergiver's experience. Sushmita joined Brunel University in 2019 as a Lecturer in the College of Health and Life Sciences. Previous to Brunel, she was a Clinical lead Therapist at Kings College Hospital, London and a Specialist Advisor for Care Quality Commission. She has experience in leading multi disciplinary rehabilitation care pathways, working across a broad range of complex neurological conditions within hospital, community and out patient setting both in public and private sectors. Sushmita is passionate about improving health care through innovative research and her area of research interest include mixed methods participatory design, co-design, user-centered design fousing on incorporating service users’ perspective to develop innovative clinical practice solutions in stroke and neurological rehabilitation. Recovery and rehabilitation of severe disability Upper limb rehabilitation Improving service delivery
Dr Alexander Nowicky Dr Alexander Nowicky
Honorary Senior Research Fellow - Health Sciences
Honorary Senior Research Fellow ( Sept 2021)
Dr Mellissa Prunty Dr Mellissa Prunty
Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy
Mellissa is the Divisional Lead for Occupational Therapy. She is a children's Occupational Therapist by background. She qualified from the MSc (pre-reg) programme at Glasgow Caledonian University in 2010. She previously completed a BSc (Hons) in Kinesiology at Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada, while on athletic scholarship for women’s basketball. She completed her PhD on handwriting difficulties in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), which she undertook at Oxford Brookes University under the supervision of Prof. Anna Barnett, Dr. Mandy Plumb and Dr. Kate Wilmut. Mellissa has worked in a variety of childrens' services and specialises in working with children with coordination difficulties. She founded the children's occupational therapy research clinic at the university which investigates key skills and participation in childhood including handwriting, activities of daily living and cycling. The clinic currently offers placements to occupaitonal therapy students at the university. Separate to this Mellissa co-led the development of wheelchair basketball and disability sport on campus. She has organised a series of inter-professional training days for health care students and has incorporated wheelchair basketball into the occupational therapy curriculum. The wheelchair basketball project has now expanded into the local community and a new club for children and adults is now underway (Brunel Bulls). Mellissa joined Brunel University London as a Lecturer in October 2013.
Dr Adam Lewis Dr Adam Lewis
Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy
I work in the Department of Health Sciences on a mixed teaching and research contract. My specialist interests are in chronic respiratory disease (particularly COPD), pulmonary rehabilitation, Arts in Health, Lung Volume Reduction, remote monitoring and breathlessness management. I teach on BSc and MSc physiotherapy and ACP modules. I also hold an honorary research contract with The Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust and aim to build collaborations between clinicians and researchers within the Academic Health Science Centre.
Professor Claire Turner Professor Claire Turner
Pro Vice Chancellor - Education
Claire Turner is an interdisciplinary scientist with a BSc in Chemistry and Biochemistry from the University of Natal and a PhD in Biochemical Engineering from UCL. Her aim is to enable all our students to have an excellent education and student experience irrespective of their background and circumstances. She is very interested in innovations in pedgagogy and how we can use these in improving the student experience. She was previously at The Open University where she taught Analytical Science, and interdisciplinary science. Her research is focussed around the analysis of volatile organic compounds, applied to diverse field as non-invasive disease dignosis and environmental monitoring.
Dr Fang Wang Dr Fang Wang
Senior Lecturer
Dr Fang Wang is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at Brunel University London. She received a PhD in artificial intelligence from the University of Edinburgh and worked as a senior researcher in the research centre of British Telecom (BT) Group, before she joined Brunel University London in 2010. Dr. Wang has published a number of papers in books, journals and conferences and filed a series of patents. Dr. Wang is an established teacher and researcher in computer science and artificial intelligence. Her research interests include nature-inspired computing, agents, intelligent information processing, intelligent distributed computing, cognitive radio networks, e-learning and cloud education, cognitive science and computer vision. She actively participated in a number of EU, EPSRC, BT long term research projects and received several technical awards, including the Gordon Radley Technical Premium Highly Commended award of BT and ACM Best Student Paper Award at the Third International Conference on Autonomous Agents. She is on the editorial boards of several international journals and serves on many program committees. Lectured, administered, tutored and examined courses at undergraduate and MSc levels on topics including Introduction to programming, Algorithms and their applications, Systems in Context, Digital Innovation, level 1 and level 2 group projects and final year projects. Class sizes varied from 8 to 350. Supervised a number of undergraduate and MSc projects.
Ms Jou Yin Teoh Ms Jou Yin Teoh
Senior Lecturer (Education) in Occupational Therapy
My teaching, research and graduate student supervision is focused on digital, collectivist, community-centred approaches to develop and deliver cost-effective, high-value healthcare education and services which are just, equitable, and inclusive for populations with complex diversity. I am a recipient of the 2022 Council of Deans of Health Fellowship and was awarded BUL's highest accolades for exceptional contribution to teaching and student experience in 2020 / 2021: the Ken Darby-Dowman Memorial Prize as well as highest score for the Brunel Union of Students Student-Led Awards. Prior to my current appointment with the Occupational Therapy Division (also known as the London School of Occupational Therapy, est. 1934) at Brunel University London (BUL); I worked at Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan University College as a Lecturer and Professional Lead of Occupational Therapy - the first woman of minoritized ethnoreligious background to hold this position in the history of Malaysian Higher Education. Pre-academia, I was an occupational therapy entrepreneur with a special interest in social innovation for public health in the Global South; particularly in the integration of digital and community-centred approaches to build and run systems that contribute towards addressing disparities that affect health and well-being. I am an editorial board member for the following peer-reviewed academic journals: the Phillipine Journal of Allied Health Sciences, Neuroscience Research Notes and Sports & Health Research Notes. I am also a Member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Advance HE). My PhD titled The Hidden curriculum of Occupational Therapy Learning and Praxis in Superdiversity is pending completion, funded by BUL and the Elizabeth Casson Trust, and supported by the supervisory committee of Dr Sofia Barbosa Bouças (Division of Psychology), Dr Geeta Ludhra (Dept of Education), Dr Michael Iwama (Duke University, USA), and Dr Terry Roberts (Division of Bioscienes).
Dr Isabel Sassoon Dr Isabel Sassoon
Senior Lecturer
Dr Isabel Sassoon is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at Brunel University. Isabel was Brunel Lead Investigator on IMMUNE (Immunity Passport Service Design) an UKRI Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project. IMMUNE's aim is to research the unintended consequences and risks related to immunity passports for COVID-19 with a view to inform their design in way that mitigates these. Before joining Brunel Isabel was Research Associate on the CONSULT (Collaborative Mobile Decision Support for Managing Multiple Morbidities), an EPSRC funded project in the Department of Informatics in King’s College London. This project developed a collaborative mobile decision-support system to help patients suffering from chronic diseases to self-manage their treatment, by bringing together and reasoning with wellbeing sensor data, clinical guidelines and patient data. Prior to that Isabel was Teaching Fellow in the Department of Informatics in King’s College London, primarily on the Data Science MSc. Isabel's research interests are in data-driven automated reasoning, and its transparency and explainability. Her PhD research developed a computational argumentation based system to support the appropriate selection of statistical model given a research objective and available data. Her current research continues to explore how computational argumentation can assist in model explainability and trust. Prior to joining King's College London Isabel worked for more than 10 years as a data science consultant in industry, including 8 years in SAS UK. Isabel read Statistics, Operations Research and Economics at Tel Aviv University and received her Ph.D. in Informatics from King's College London. Isabel is a fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and Editorial Board Member of Real World Data Science, Data Science Explainable AI Computational Argumentation Health Informatics
Dr Kangkang Tang Dr Kangkang Tang
Senior Lecturer in Civil and Environmental Engineering
Dr Kangkang Tang is a chartered civil and structural engineer (CEng MICE IStructE) and a senior lecturer leading the undergraduate civil engineering modules at Brunel University London. He is the course director of BEng Civil Engineering and BEng Civil Engineering with sustainablity. Dr Kangkang Tang is the course director of BEng Civil Engineering and BEng Civil Engineering with sustainablity. He is the module leaders of CE2003 Structural Mechanics, CE3003 Steel and Concrete, and CE3610 Design of Structural System.

Affiliate members and collaborators


  • Dr Elmar Kal, Research Fellow Physiotherapy and Physician Associate CHMLS


  • Professor Olwyn Westwood, Medical School, Simulation in Medical Education
  • Professor Mike Ferenczi, Medical School, AI and Smart Technologies

 Affiliated Members and Collaborators

  • Dr Aliah Shaheen,
  • Dr Dan Bishop, Senior Lecturer Psychology, LEAP Lab
  • Dr David Broadbent, LEAP Lab
  • Dr Adam Cocks LEAP Lab
  • Dr Lesley Collier, Reader Occupational Therapy, Senior Surfers
  • Dr Allan Tucker,
  • Dr Chris Cox
  • Dr Marios Angelides,
  • Professor Abdul Sadka
  • Professor John Cosmas
  • Professor George Ghinea, Computer Science, multisensory media
  • Dr Andra Ivanescu, Lecturer in Games Studies Arts and Humanities,  CBASS. Game Design
  • Dr Ivan Girina, Lecturer in Games Design, CBASS
  • Dr Carolyn Dunford, Senior Lecturer Occupational Therapy, Technologies in Evaluation/Evidence based practice
  • Professor Steven Langdon, CEDPS, Mathematics
  • Dr Cherry Kilbride
  • Professor Kate Hone
  • Professor Dominik Havsteen-Franklin, Professor of Practice Arts

Business support/Innovation Management

  • Dr Monomita Nandy – Reader, Accounting and Finance, Clinical Health Pathway/ Commissioning development projects
  • Dr Michael Joseph – Business Development Health and Med Tech; supporting engagement with industry