Ultrasonics and embedded systems


The Ultrasonics and Embedded Systems research group has an interdisciplinary culture and a broad research area combining the fields of Engineering, Physics, Medicine and Mathematics.

The group’s expertise encompasses the application of ultrasonics and embedded systems to a wide range of problems from biomedical imaging and therapy to industrial measurement and sensing. The main strength of the research team is the development of bespoke electronics and novel signal processing algorithms.

Team members currently work on the following projects:

  • Shear wave elastography for breast imaging
  • Application of adaptive beamforming techniques and deconvolution algorithms to the detection of small lesions 
  • Analysis of the complex 2D flow pattern of heart chambers using contrast agents and ultrafast imaging.
  • Development of “Nano-Bombs” as a new personalised approach to cancer imaging and therapy
  • Design of HiFU array systems
  • An MRI-Safe 3DL intracardiac ultrasound catheter for cardiovascular intervention
  • Photoacoustic effect for detection and photothermal effects for therapy
  • In-situ characterisation of nuclear waste
  • Non-contact pipe localisation and condition assessment using large standoff magnetometry
  • Beamforming techniques for transcranial dual mode use arrays
  • Acoustic ‘trap’ - A novel method for simultaneously trapping, manipulating and imaging of microbubbles using an ultrasonic beam
  • Extremely high frame rate imaging.

For a full list of research areas, please visit the ultrasonics website.

Research team

Professor Steven Freear
Dr David Cowell
Dr James McLaughlan
Chris Adams
Thomas Carpenter
Oscar Knights
Abdulrhman Alshaya
Asraf Mohamed Moubark
Luzhen Nie
Safeer Hyder
Zainab Alomari
Stephen Staples
Chris Cookson