Andy is the Director of redLoop: the mdx design and innovation centre
His expertise is in product, service and interaction design, innovation and technology development, which he practices with external clients through redLoop and through collaboration with research colleagues in the university and wider academic community.
He conceived of redLoop, along with Kate Herd, to build capactiy in the University to respond to research, knowledge transfer and partnership opportunities.
redLoop is a research led, innovation and design collabortion centre run by the faculty of Science and Technology.
It is driven by collaborative innovation, working successfully with research teams and project groups to develop and deliver projects that increase the potential and impact of the University’s work for internal and external partners, networks and clients.
It provides opportunities for students to gain experience in a unique working environment, with leading edge design and innovation practice, delivered with the insight of educators.
It develops professional competence and employability potential of students through projects, placements and internships.
Andy began his career at Middlesex University in Teacher Education becoming a leading national innovator in secondary school design and technology provision through the development of curriculum resources, in-service training and the publication of school textbooks.
He was curriculum leader for Design and Technology for 3 years and then went on to develop Product Design and Engineering, along with Mehmet Karamanoglu, in 2000.
He chaired the University working group to develop opportunites for engineering at Middlesex in 2008, which resulted in the formation of the new school of Engineering and Information Sciences. This school subsequently developed into the faculty of Science and Technology.
Before coming to Middlesex Andy had an industrial background in advanced avionic systems with specialist expertise in communications, radar, navigation, laser ranging and target seeking and camera reconnaissance systems. He holds a Ph.D in intelligent, dynamic, virtual learning environments.
As curriculum leader for Design and Technology and then Product Design and Engineering, Andy provided academic leadership for these subjects developing innovative approaches to practice and problem based learning.
He led the first accreditation of all product design and engineering programmes by the Institution of Engineering Designers and formed productive relationships with the creative and manufacturing industries through placements and curriculum enhancement projects.
Through his PhD Andy explored his interests in developing design capability through increasing procedural autonomy in task directed, goal oriented contexts. He developed an intelligent, dynamic, virtual learning environment as part of this work.
He extended this work as a co-investigator on a JISC funded project (200K) to develop learning technology and 'information spaces' to support creative conversations.
He continues to be interested in developing professional competence, and well rounded designers, through practice and problem based learning. His current main focus for teaching is working with placement students at redLoop, final year project students in Product Design and teaching physical computing for designers.
Andy's personal research has focussed on education, affective design and design for subjective well-being (Happiness!).
As director of redLoop he engages in research with a broad range of collaborators in areas including psychology, museology, biomedical engineering, etc. Please see publication feed and engagement for details.
de Gelidi, Serena and Seifnaraghi, Nima and Bardill, Andy and Wu, Yu and Frerichs, Inéz and Demosthenous, Andreas and Tizzard, Andrew and Bayford, Richard (2020) Towards a thoracic conductive phantom for EIT. Medical Engineering and Physics , 77 . pp. 88-94. ISSN 1350-4533 (Published online first)
Wu, Yu and jiang, Dai and Bardill, Andy and Bayford, Richard and Demosthenous, Andreas (2019) A 122 fps, 1 MHz bandwidth multi-frequency wearable EIT belt featuring novel active electrode architecture for neonatal thorax vital sign monitoring. IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems , 13 (5). pp. 927-937. ISSN 1932-4545
Wu, Yu and Jiang, Dai and Bardill, Andy and de Gelidi, Serena and Bayford, Richard and Demosthenous, Andreas (2018) A high frame rate wearable EIT system using active electrode ASICs for lung respiration and heart rate monitoring. IEEE transactions on circuits and systems. I, Fundamental theory and applications , 65 (11). pp. 3810-3820. ISSN 1549-8328
de Gelidi, Serena and Seifnaraghi, Nima and Bardill, Andy and Tizzard, Andrew and Wu, Yu and Sorantin, Erich and Nordebo, Sven and Demosthenous, Andreas and Bayford, Richard (2018) Torso shape detection to improve lung monitoring. Physiological Measurement , 39 (7). ISSN 0967-3334
Jordan, Patrick W. and Bardill, Andy and Herd, Kate and Grimaldi, Silvia (2017) Design for subjective wellbeing: towards a design framework for constructing narrative. The Design Journal , 20 (Sup1). S4292-S4306. ISSN 1460-6925
Andy is currently co-investigator on the PNEUMACRIT project, funded by the EPSRC to a total of £1.8M in collaboration with UCl and Cambridge University. This project aims to create an integrated, intelligent and wearable electronic diagnostic tool that incorporates organic devices to drastically reduce damage caused to neonates by respiratory support and address the challenges of personalised wearable healthcare devices.
He was a co-investigator on the CRADL project - Continuous Regional Analysis Device for neonate Lung (CRADL)
This was a Horizon 2020 project funded by the eu and the Swiss govenment to a total of €5.5M
Each year 15 million babies are born prematurely and many suffer from respiratory failure due to immaturity of the lung and lack of control of breathing.
Although respiratory support, especially mechanical ventilation, can improve their survival, it also causes severe injury to the vulnerable lung resulting in severe and chronic pulmonary morbidity lasting in to adulthood. Heterogeneity of lung aeration, resulting in areas of lung over inflation and lung collapse, plays a crucial part in the risk of mortality and morbidity due to respiratory failure.
This distribution of lung aeration cannot be detected by currently available bedside monitoring tools and imaging methods. Thus, an imaging technique for continuous non-invasive bedside monitoring of infants lung function is urgently needed. In order to address this, CRADL will use EIT technology to establish a monitoring tool for interventions in the paediatric population.
Electrical impedance tomography (EIT) is a non-radiative, inexpensive technique that can facilitate real time monitoring of lung aeration, and recent studies have shown that it is effective in monitoring aeration in preterm babies.
CRADL showed how EIT can provide new cost effective, easy to use, respiratory management tools and clinical protocols that can be universally adopted to reduce deaths and disability in preterm babies by delivering a tool that provides continuous, non-invasive, radiation free, bedside information on regional lung aeration and ventilation during daily clinical care of (preterm) infants and children with respiratory failure.
Andy's principal contributions were in developing new product architectures to optimise manufacturability and reduce costs of the wearable devices, affective design features to improve parental emotional response to the devices and affordance design features to reduce error in the use of the device by medics. He also developed an innovative new technology to reconstruct thorax boundary shape using MEMs sensors enabling new insights into neonate physiology. He identified the need for deformable, anatomically correct, electrically conductive phantoms to enable further development of EIT as a clinically useful technology and began work on developing this new phantom technology.
As Director of redLoop Andy has led and collaborated a number of projects with external partners, increasing the impact of the University's work and its reach into the local community. We get a great deal out of working with collaborative partners, not least in being able to provide enriched educational experiences for our own students, many of whom have been involved in these projects. Some examples include:
Working with Helen Bendon and Kate Herd, we are STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) education partners with Alexandra Palace and have an ongoing project to develop innovative educational resources that can inspire the next generation of innovators. Alexandra Palace has a rich history of innovation bringing together science and the arts to provide new entertainment experiences, through theatre, cinema, as a visitor attraction and as the birthplace of mass-broadcast television.
We have been having fun delving into this rich history to develop educational experiences – reverse engineering and then building a working John Logie Baird flying spot scanner and televisor, making a 3D zoetrope, painting with light, reconstructing cinema projection technology from first principles – all to enable pupils from local schools to experience how science and technology works with the arts to enhance human experience.
The Raising of the Dornier Do17
Working with Helen Bendon, Kate Herd and Bob Fields on a partnership project with the RAF Museum, Hendon on raising the Dornier Do 17, the last known surviving light bomber of its kind from WWII.
The plane was raised from the Goodwin Sands in the summer of 2013. The team has devised a media and exhibition strategy to engage the public through the stages of the process from the lifting of the plane from the seabed to its final resting place in the museum, including physical exhibit builds, online and situated digital media and an augmented reality smartphone app.
This project was funded via RAF Museum sponsors http://rafmuseum.mdx.ac.uk/dornier17/
Project video on youTube