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 , Seifnaraghi, Nima, Bardill, Andy, Wu, Yu, Frerichs, Inéz, Demosthenous, Andreas, Tizzard, Andrew and Bayford, Richard (2020) Towards a thoracic conductive phantom for EIT. Medical Engineering and Physics . ISSN 1350-4533 (Published online first)
Wu, Yu, jiang, Dai, Bardill, Andy, 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, Jiang, Dai, Bardill, Andy, de Gelidi, Serena, 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, Seifnaraghi, Nima, Bardill, Andy, Tizzard, Andrew, Wu, Yu, Sorantin, Erich, Nordebo, Sven, Demosthenous, Andreas and Bayford, Richard (2018) Torso shape detection to improve lung monitoring. Physiological Measurement, 39 (7). ISSN 0967-3334
Jordan, Patrick W., Bardill, Andy, 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 (doi:10.1080/14606925.2017.1352926)
Jordan, Patrick, Bardill, Andy, Herd, Kate and Grimaldi, Silvia (2017) Design for subjective wellbeing: towards a design framework for constructing narrative. In: Design for Next 12th EAD Conference, 12-14 Apr 2017, Rome, Italy.
Marzano, Lisa, Al-Ayoubi, Laila, Bardill, Andy, Herd, Kate, Vale, David, Grey, Nick and Moran, Paul (2017) Making a difference with ‘smartphone psychology’: can mobile digital technologies help create new insights into self-harming behaviours? In: Making a Difference with Psychology. Niven, Karen, Lewis, Suzan and Kagan, Carolyn, eds. Richard Benjamin Trust, United Kingdom, pp. 139-147. ISBN 9781788085670
Nguyen, Phong H., Xu, Kai, Bardill, Andy, Salman, Betul, Herd, Kate and Wong, B. L. William (2016) SenseMap: supporting browser-based online sensemaking through analytic provenance. In: VIS 2016: IEEE Visualization Conference, 23-28 Oct 2016, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
Marzano, Lisa, Bardill, Andy, Fields, Bob, Herd, Kate, Veale, David, Grey, Nick and Moran, Paul (2015) The application of ‘mHealth’ to mental health: opportunities and challenges. The Lancet Psychiatry, 2 (10). pp. 942-948. ISSN 2215-0366
Fields, Bob, Bardill, Andy, Marzano, Lisa and Herd, Kate (2015) Hard-to-get-at data from difficult-to-access users. In: 15th IFIP TC 13 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction – Interact 2015:, 14-18 Sept 2015, Bamberg, Germany.
Herd, Kate (2012) The development of conceptual models and frameworks to inform design for co‐design in mass customisation. PhD thesis, Middlesex University.
Griffiths, Wyn, Bardill, Andy and Herd, Kate (2012) Participatory Design in a compressed timeframe, through an unConference format. In: Perspectives on Participation @ DIS 2012, June 2012, Newcastle University.
Herd, Kate, Karamanoglu, Mehmet and Bardill, Andy (2011) Mass customisation. What are we designing? In: 2011 World Conference on Mass Customization, Personalization, and Co-Creation, 16-19 Nov 2011, San Francisco, CA, USA.
Fields, Bob, Bardill, Andy and Jones, Sara (2010) Conversational spaces for learning and designing. In: CHI2010 Workshop on New Generation of HCI and Education, 10-15 Apr 2010, Atlanta, GA, USA.
Bardill, Andy, Griffiths, Wyn, Jones, Sara and Fields, Bob (2010) Design tribes and information spaces for creative conversations. In: The 12th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, 02-03 Sept 2010, Trondheim, Norway.
Herd, Kate, Bardill, Andy and Karamanoglu, Mehmet (2009) The co-design experience: conceptual models and design tools for mass customisation. In: Advances in mass customization and personalization. Piller, Frank T. and Tseng, Mitchell M., eds. World Scientific Publishing, London, UK, pp. 181-207.
Herd, Kate, Bardill, Andy and Karamanoglu, Mehmet (2009) X-ray specs, stickers and colouring in: seeing beyond the configurator using design probes. In: The 5th International Conference on Mass Customization and Personalization, 04-08 Oct 2009, Helsinki, Finland.
Herd, Kate, Bardill, Andy and Karamanoglu, Mehmet (2009) Development of a design probe to reveal customer touch points in the sale of mass customised products. Design Principles and Practices, 3 (3). pp. 193-208. ISSN 1833-1874
Bardill, Andy, Herd, Kate and Karamanoglu, Mehmet (2007) Designing for co-design: using the product envelope model as a framework for reflection. In: Proceedings of the World Conference on Mass Customization & Personalization (MCPC), Innovation and Research Conference, 07-10 Oct 2007, Cambridge/Boston, MA, USA.
Bardill, Andy, Herd, Kate and Karamanoglu, Mehmet (2007) Product envelopes: designing positive interplay between brand DNA and customer co-designers. International Journal of Mass Customization, 2 (1/2). pp. 57-75. ISSN 1742-4208
Bardill, Andy and Herd, Kate (2006) Maintaining positive interplay between brand DNA and customer co-designers in mass customised products. In: International Conference on Strategic Innovation and Creativity in Brand & Design Management, 29 Nov 2006, Korea.
Karamanoglu, Mehmet , Bardill, Andy and Herd, Kate (2005) Pleasure-based design approaches to the built environment. Municipal Engineer, 158 (3). pp. 183-193. ISSN 0965-0903
Rodrigues, Helder, Gaspar, T., Odedra, Sid, Costa, Monica, Metrolho, Jose Carlos, Prior, Stephen D., Bardill, Andy, Silva, Carlos Nunes, Tavares, A. and Couto, C. (2005) Development of mobile platforms using PDA bluetooth control. In: ISIE 2005 : Proceedings of the IEEE international symposium on industrial electronics 2005. Peric, Nedjeljko, Petrovic, Ivan and Butkovic, Zeljko, eds. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), pp. 1353-1358. ISBN 0780387384
Gaspar, T., Rodrigues, Helder, Odedra, Sid, Costa, Monica, Metrolho, Jose Carlos, Bardill, Andy and Prior, Stephen D. (2004) Handheld devices as actors in domotic monitoring system. In: 2004 2nd IEEE International conference on industrial informatics: collaborative automation: one key for intelligent industrial environments. Schoop, Ronald, ed. Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers, pp. 547-551. ISBN 0780385136
Prior, Stephen D., Bardill, Andy, Odedra, Sid, Gaspar, T., Rodrigues, Helder, Costa, Monica and Metrolho, Jose Carlos (2004) Poster on domotic applications using PDA technologies as actors. In: Technical Workshop of the Forum CYTED-IBEROEKA: Inovação na Região Ibero-Americana, 17-19 Oct 2004, FIL Reunions Centre, Parque das Nações, Lisbon.
Bardill, Andy (2003) The development of intelligent hypermedia courseware, for design and technology in the English National Curriculum at Key Stage 3, by the sequential combination of cognition clusters, supported by system intelligence, derived from a dynamic user model. PhD thesis, Middlesex University.
Andy is currently co-investigator on CoRLEIT, Covid Regional Lung EIT, funded by UKRI £0.5M. A key challenge for the COVID-19 pandemic is the requirement to monitor for deterioration and provide timely escalation interventions to an unprecedented number of patients at risk of respiratory failure. Existing monitoring poorly predicts sudden deterioration in COVID-19 pneumonia. There is an urgent need for a low cost, bedside, non-invasive imaging system, to continuously monitor dynamic changes in regional lung ventilation. Andy's principal contribution is to develop new, low-cost patient wearable interfaces that can be manufactured at large scale, within an agile suplly chain. He has developed patentable technology to meet this need. He will oversee the industrial design of the ICU bedside devices and is advising on clinical interface design.
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