Dr Alex Yue

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  • Position:Senior lecturer in bio-instrumentation
  • Department:FET - Engineering, Design and Mathematics
  • Telephone:+4411732 85208

About me

Dr Yue is a senior lecturer in bio-instrumentation. He is also head of instrumentation at the Institute of Biosensing Technology at UWE, undertaking research on world-leading topics in passive bioimpedance sensing for wearable biosensors, zero-power human-computer interactions, passive locating for home management of dementia patients, and micro/nanoelectronics for motion insensitive contactless electrodes in digital health.  He has degrees in BEng Telecommunication (1985), MEng Biomedical Engineering (1995) and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering (1999). Further, he has worldwide experience as an academic researcher based in prestigious universities (e.g. Tsinghua University in China, Imperial College London) and leading industrial settings (e.g. Sharp laboratories of Europe). 

He has worked on many EPSRC/BBSRC/Innovate-UK funded research projects, partnering with academia and industry collaborators. For instance, he has experience in biomedical circuits and systems design in both component and transistor levels for biosensor interfacing, medical imaging data acquisition (electrical impedance tomography) for respiration indexing in intensive care, ultrasound with automatic scan probe for GP use, single-photon counting X-ray for reduced dosage mammography screening, real-time traumatic brain injury providing an observation window for recovering process evaluation, and implantable neural recordings of tiny insects for flying mechanism studies. This is further exemplified by his design work that led to the low-power, minimum area mixed-signal implantable integrated circuit (IC) die in the world for blowfly's  neural recordings.

He has a wealth of research funding both as P.I. and Co.I. His most recently funded projects include: (i) UKRI Smart Grant/Industrial funded "Non-contact technology for vital sign monitoring in neonate and pediatric populations", where an SoC electrode to deal with motion artefacts issue of the contactless electrode which has been an ongoing obstacle for its wearable applications for decades (Academic PI, 2020-2022); and (ii) and Innovate UK: "POEM: Pulse oximetry from eardrum" (Academic Co-I, 2022-2023).

He has an extensive portfolio of publications, both as the first and co-author of many tens of peer-reviewed articles, including international journal papers, scientific patents, and book chapters. His work is widely acknowledged and cited in academic and industry documents and reports. Furthermore, he is an award-winning engineer, which is evidenced by him designing electronic instrumentation for stem cell cultures, which won a "Live Demos" Prize at the IEEE ISCAS (the flagship conference of IEEE circuits and systems society). Moreover, he is also a senior member of the IEEE and he has been an associate editor of the "Measurement" journal (Elsevier) since 2018. 

Area of expertise

Analog/digital electronics (sensor interface and signal conditioning, data conversion (ADC and DAC))embedded system design (Microcontroller/FPGA)digital signal processing  (joint time-frequency analysis, genetic algorithm) and pattern recognition with artificial neural networkslow-power mixed-signal CMOS IC designIC design in TFT process

Dr Yue's additional research experience includes biomedical signal processing on auditory evoked brainstem responses, otoacoustic emission signal processing for newborn's hearing screening, noise reduction for improved measurements, and artificial intelligence (AI)/pattern recognition with neural networks for speaker identification, Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMs) digital speaker for high audio quality flat speaker, electrooculography (EoG) based gaze tracking for augmented reality, telecommunication (mainly in real-time multitask stored-program controlled telephone switching) and powering internet of things (IoT) sensor nodes with indoor photovoltaic (PV) energy harvesting.    


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