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Prof Neil White

BSc, PhD, CEng, CPhys, FIET, FInstP, SMIEEE

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Professor Neil White obtained a PhD from the University of Southampton in 1988 for a thesis describing the piezoresistive effect in thick-film resistors. 

A paper based on this work was awarded the 1989 Educational Prize from the International Society for Hybrid Microelectronics (ISHM). Neil was appointed as a Lecturer within the School in 1990 and promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1999, Reader in 2000 and was awarded a personal Chair in 2002. 

He is co-author of the book Intelligent Sensor Systems, which was first published by the Institute of Physics Publishing in 1994. He is also co-author of the book MEMS: Mechanical Sensors, published by Artech House. He is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the IET, Senior Member of the IEEE, Fellow of the IoP and a Chartered Physicist. 

He is a former Director and co-founder of the University spin-out company Perpetuum Ltd., which specialises in vibration energy harvesting. He was the recipient of the 2009 Callendar silver Medal, awarded by the Institute of Measurement and Control for his 'outstanding contribution to the art of instruments or measurement'.

Landmark publications: 

1. Hayward N, Shaban M, Badger J, Jones I, Wei Y, Spencer D, Isichei S, Knight M, Otto J, Rayat G, Levett D, Grocott M, Akerman H and White NM, 2022, A capaciflector provides continuous and accurate respiratory rate monitoring for patients at rest and during exercise, Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing, doi: 10.1007/s10877-021-00798-7.

2. Duckworth C, Chmiel FP, Burns D, Zlatev ZD, White NM, Daniels TW. V, Kiuber M and Boniface, MJ, 2021, Using explainable machine learning to characterise data drift and detect emergent health risks for emergency department admissions during COVID-19. Scientific Reports, 11 (1), [23017]. (doi:10.1038/s41598-021-02481-y).

3. Chmiel FP, Azor M, Borca F, Boniface MJ, Burns DK, Zlatev ZD, White NM, TWV Daniels and Kiuber M, 2021, Using explainable machine learning to identify patients at risk of reattendance at discharge from emergency departments, Sci. Rep. 11, 21513.

4. White NM, Ash J, Wei, Y and Akerman H, A planar respiration sensor based on a capaciflector, 2017, IEEE Sensors Letters, 1(4), 1-4

Major grants: 

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), Continuous respiration monitoring using a novel, wearable capaciflector sensor for early detection of distress, enabling quicker intervention for improved patient outcomes, start September 2021 to August 2024, value £976,815

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