Professor Steven Freear


Steven Freear (IEEE S’95–M’97–SM’11) gained his doctorate in 1997 and subsequently worked in the electronics industry for 7 years as a medical ultrasonic system designer. He was appointed Lecturer (Assistant Professor), Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) and then Professor in 2006, 2008, 2016 respectively, at the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Leeds. In 2006, he formed the Ultrasound Group, specializing in both industrial and biomedical research.

His main research interest is concerned with advanced analog and digital signal processing and instrumentation for ultrasonic systems. He teaches digital signal processing, VLSI and embedded systems design, and hardware description languages at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has been Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferrorelectrics and Frequency Control since 2009, and was appointed Editor-In-Chief in 2013. In June 2014 he was appointed Visiting Professor at Georgia Tech. He is External Examiner to undergraduate programmes in Electronic Engineering at Queen’s University, Belfast.

Research interests

Steven Freear is head of the ultrasound group, formed in 2006, specialising in biomedical ultrasonics. Current EPSRC supported biomedical research includes EP/I000623/1 and EP/K029835/1, which make extensive use of in-house designed Ultrasound Array Research Platform (UARP). The UARP and associated intellectual property (IP) is also widely used on a number of industrial projects. Over the last 12 months 5 patents have been submitted in these areas. The group has received >£3m in industrial research contracts and has performed 3 successful Knowledge Transfer Partnership projects.

The Ultrasound Group has it's own website please click here

Research groups and institutes

  • Robotics at Leeds
  • Institute of Robotics, Autonomous Systems and Sensing