His research interests include digital signal processing, biomedical computing and knowledge based and expert systems. More information
Intelligent Seating Design
Prolonged wheelchair use puts the user at risk of acquiring sitting-induced pressure sores and posture-induced musculoskeletal damage. Body-contoured special seats are designed to manage pressure and posture by appropriately distributing the forces experienced by the wheelchair user over the body-seat interface. Traditional methods of customized seat design and manufacture are labour-intensive and heavily reliant on the skill of the clinician.
The aim of this project is to develop an expert system which incorporates knowledge-based engineering and which will integrate the special seating and wheelchair system design into a single computer model. The application will guide the operator through the different stages of special seat manufacture and give insights into the ways in which seat design can be improved.
The research project has received funding from the EPSRC, KESS and the Cardiff & Vale NHS Trust.
Dr Janusz Kulon,Prof Steve Wilcox , and Professor Colin Gibson, Dr Paul Rogers, Dr Adam Partlow (Rehabilitation Engineering Unit, Cardiff & Vale NHS Trust )
Digital Human Model
3D interactive digital human model (DHM) is being developed to visualise the anatomical landmarks and accurately represent various musculoskeletal configurations. The DHM will allow clinical engineers to represent the relationship between the anatomical landmarks, body shape and the underlying musculoskeletal conditions. In-turn this could facilitate communication between experts and monitoring of the progression of client’s’ musculoskeletal conditions over time by comparing previously recorded DHM’s.
DHM has been developed at the University of South Wales in collaboration with Cardiff and Vale University Health Board’s Rehabilitation Engineering Unit. The model has been based on the skeleton mesh from Zygote Media Group Inc., Provo, UT, USA. A new heuristic method has been developed to dynamically position the DHM to represent the spinal shape from the set of anatomical markers taken along the spine.
The project has been jointly supported by the Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships programme, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and the University of South Wales.
Dr. Janusz Kulon, Michael Voysey (USW) , and Professor Colin Gibson, Dr Paul Rogers, Dr Adam Partlow (Rehabilitation Engineering Unit, Cardiff & Vale NHS Trust )