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Professor Neil Vaughan

Professor Neil Vaughan

Associate Professor in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence

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 RILD Building 3rd Floor

 

University of Exeter Medical School, RILD Building, RD&E Hospital Wonford, Barrack Road, Exeter, EX2 5DW, UK

Overview

Professor Neil Vaughan is Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow. He’s held tenured professorial or senior academic computer science positions in many international universities, completing 33 research supervisions and many module leaderships as HEA Fellow. His research collaborations between HEI, NHS and companies produced commercialisable patented medical devices and medical training simulators, combining AI, virtual reality (VR), computer graphics and physical haptic feedback. His patented diabetes research includes smartphone neuropathy diagnosis and Point of care testing (POCT). Professor Neil Vaughan developed extensive track record of innovation spin-outs and industry collaboration as medical research software engineer (RSE). This resulted in many international NHS and technology research innovation awards and grants as PI, including IET scholarship, EPSRC Pioneer, BCS, NHS Acorn and HEAT Awards since studying computing at Exeter in 1990s.

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Computer Science
  • MSc and PhD, Artificial Intelligence
  • Royal Academy of Engineering, Research Fellowship.
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy (HEA).
  • Senior member of IEEE & AISB.
  • Scholarship and Innovation Awards from IET.

Research

Research interests

Professor Neil Vaughan’s research track record includes AI, data science and health technology. His publications and awards track record include Virtual Reality (VR), medical training simulators, haptic feedback and artificial life. He is principal investigator and recipient of many research grants and awards in areas of innovation and AI, founding chair of AI and health technology workshops and Editor for Journal of Behavioral Robotics. He actively develops international collaborations in robotics, AI and health technology consortiums.

Research projects

  • Analysis of MRI, Ultrasound and CT scans, including analysis of Pancreas in Diabetic patients.
  • Diabetic Retinopathy Image Analysis.
  • Patented Diabetic Neuropathy Assessment Smartphone App and Medical 3D Printed Devices.
  • Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) for DIY Looping and real-time data analysis with AI Trace Analyser for Diabetes Patients.
  • Blood Glucose Monitoring for Diabetes in Sub Saharan Africa.
  • Genetics Machine Learning and AI for monogenic diabetes.

Grants/Funding:

  • Royal Academy of Engineering, Research Fellowship - Frameworks for Virtual Reality Medical Training Simulators: Skill Assessment and Tissue Modelling.
  • Health and Care Research Wales: Pathway to Portfolio Funding. ParaVR CPR Training Simulator for Schools.
  • Bevan Commission, Welsh Health Hack Winner, ParaVR – VR training simulator for paramedics.
  • Santander Universities International Research Excellence Award Funding (IREA), Evolving Neural Networks.
  • Cultural and Education Section of the British Embassy, British Council NSF-China Newton Researcher Links Workshop.
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) of China , Workshop on Health and Well-being Through VR and AR.
  • Newton Fund – British Council, Edutainment 2019 Conference, Xi’an China.
  • Collaboration Fund, IEEE Conference on Evolving & Adaptive Intelligent Systems, Greece.
  • Higher Education Innovation Funding (HEIF) - SMART Technology research group – REF impact & outreach.
  • Research and Knowledge Exchange (RKEO) Research Fellowship Award.
  • Research Excellence Framework (REF) Impact Accelerator Fund -Epidural Simulator Virtual Reality.
  • AAGBI Large Research Grant - Epidural Simulator Virtual Reality.
  • Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) Early Career Grant.
  • NHS Acorn Innovation Challenge: 1st place - Neuropathy Smartphone Health Device (Patented).
  • European Union (EU) IRIS Collaboration UK-China, RABOT Project with Shanghai Xiaotong University (#1 in China).
  • Newton Fund: Institutional Links Research Workshop.
  • Wessex Academic Health Science Network, Innovation Award Fund, Development of virtual reality NHS training.
  • Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Research Funding,  Development of Smartphone apps for Health (Patented).
  • Scholarship of Institution of Engineering & Technology (SIET) (Only 2 in the UK).
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) Innovation Showcase Grant, Collaboration with Harvard, Yale, MIT.
  • OAA (Obstetric Anaesthetists Association), Large Project Grant, Clinical Trial and Device Development.

Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Publications by category


Journal articles

Vaughan N, Gabrys B (In Press). Scoring and assessment in medical VR training simulators with dynamic time series classification. Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence Full text.
Vaughan N, Vargiu E, Mariani S, Montagna S, Schumacher M (2020). Healthcare Intelligent Multi Agent Systems. Journal of Medical Systems, 44, 138-138. Full text.
Vaughan N, Rees N, John N, Day T, Dorrington K (2020). ParaVR: a Virtual Reality Training Simulator for Paramedic Skills maintenance. Journal of Paramedic Practice: the clinical monthly for emergency care professionals, November 2020 Full text.
Lee W, Vaughan N, Kim D (2020). Task Allocation into a Foraging Task with a Series of Subtasks in Swarm Robotic System. IEEE Access, 8, 107549-107561. Full text.
Mediouni M, Madiouni R, Gardner M, Vaughan N (2020). Translational medicine. Current Orthopaedic Practice, 31(2), 196-200. Full text.
Mediouni M, Kucklick T, Poncet S, Madiouni R, Abouaomar A, Madry H, Cucchiarini M, Chopko B, Vaughan N, Arora M, et al (2019). An overview of thermal necrosis: present and future. Curr Med Res Opin, 35(9), 1555-1562. Abstract.  Author URL.
Vaughan N, Dubey V (2017). Interpreting Ultrasound Images for Accurate Epidural Needle Insertion. Journal of Medical Devices, Transactions of the ASME, 11(3) Full text.
Mediouni M, Schlatterer DR, Khoury A, Von Bergen T, Shetty SH, Arora M, Dhond A, Vaughan N, Volosnikov A (2017). Optimal parameters to avoid thermal necrosis during bone drilling: a finite element analysis. J Orthop Res, 35(11), 2386-2391. Abstract.  Author URL.
Wee MYK (2017). Quantification of the pressures generated during insertion of an epidural needle in labouring women of varying body mass indices. International Journal of Clinical Anesthesia and Research, 024-027. Full text.
Vaughan N, Dubey V (2017). Virtual Hip Replacement Simulator for 3D Printed Implants. Journal of Medical Devices, Transactions of the ASME, 11(3) Full text.
Vaughan N, Dubey VN, Wainwright TW, Middleton RG (2016). A review of virtual reality based training simulators for orthopaedic surgery. Med Eng Phys, 38(2), 59-71. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Vaughan N, Gabrys B, Dubey VN (2016). An overview of self-adaptive technologies within virtual reality training. Computer Science Review, 22, 65-87. Abstract.
Vaughan N, Gabrys B (2016). Comparing and combining time series trajectories using Dynamic Time Warping. KNOWLEDGE-BASED AND INTELLIGENT INFORMATION & ENGINEERING SYSTEMS: PROCEEDINGS OF THE 20TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE KES-2016, 96, 474-483. Author URL.  Full text.
Vaughan N, Dubey VN, Wee MYK, Isaacs R (2014). Devices for accurate placement of epidural Tuohy needle for Anaesthesia administration. MECHANICAL SCIENCES, 5(1), 1-6. Author URL.
Vaughan N, Dubey VN, Wee MYK, Isaacs R (2014). Parametric model of human body shape and ligaments for patient-specific epidural simulation. Artif Intell Med, 62(2), 129-140. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Vaughan N, Dubey VN, Wee MYK, Isaacs R (2014). Synthetic Methods for Ultrasound-Guided Epidural Insertion Simulation. JOURNAL OF MEDICAL DEVICES-TRANSACTIONS OF THE ASME, 8(2). Author URL.
Vaughan N, Dubey VN, Wee MYK, Isaacs R (2014). Virtual Reality Simulation Based Assessment Objectives for Epidural Training. JOURNAL OF MEDICAL DEVICES-TRANSACTIONS OF THE ASME, 8(2). Author URL.
Vaughan N, Dubey VN, Wee MYK, Isaacs R (2013). A review of epidural simulators: where are we today?. Med Eng Phys, 35(9), 1235-1250. Abstract.  Author URL.
Vaughan N, Dubey VN, Wee MYK, Isaacs R (2013). Epidural Simulation for Patients of Various BMI and Body Shapes. JOURNAL OF MEDICAL DEVICES-TRANSACTIONS OF THE ASME, 7(3). Author URL.
Vaughan N, Dubey VN, Wee MYK, Isaacs R (2013). Real-time length measurement of epidural Tuohy needle during insertion. IET SCIENCE MEASUREMENT & TECHNOLOGY, 7(4), 215-222. Author URL.
Vaughan N, Dubey VN, Wee MYK, Isaacs R (2013). Towards a realistic in vitro experience of epidural Tuohy needle insertion. Proc Inst Mech Eng H, 227(7), 767-777. Abstract.  Author URL.
Vaughan N, Dubey VN, Wee MYK, Isaacs R (2012). Advanced epidural simulator with 3d flexible spine and haptic interface. Journal of Medical Devices, Transactions of the ASME, 6(1), 1-1.

Chapters

Vaughan N, Dubey VN, Wee MYK, Isaacs R (2014). Development of Epidural Simulators: Towards Hybrid Virtual Reality Training. In  (Ed) Virtual Reality: Technologies, Medical Applications and Challenges, 83-124.  Abstract.
Vaughan N, Dubey V, Wee MYK, Isaacs R (2014). Hybrid Epidural Simulator: Augmented Physical Simulation with Virtual Reality Underlays. In  (Ed) .  Abstract.
Vaughan N, Dubey V, Wee M, Isaacs R (2013). Biomedical Engineering in Epidural Anaesthesia Research. In Andrade A, Pereira AA, Naves ELM, Soares AB (Eds.) Practical Applications in Biomedical Engineering, BoD – Books on Demand. Abstract.

Conferences

Vaughan N, John N, Rees N (2019). CPR virtual reality training simulator for schools.  Abstract.  Full text.
Vaughan N (2019). Evolution of Biological Eye in Computer Simulation.  Abstract.  Full text.
Vaughan N, John N, Rees N (2019). ParaVR: Paramedic virtual reality training simulator.  Abstract.  Full text.
Harvey R, Muncey A, Vaughan N (2018). Associating colours with emotions detected in social media tweets.  Abstract.
Vaughan N (2018). Evolution of Neural Networks for Physically Simulated Evolved Virtual Quadruped Creatures.  Author URL.
Vaughan N (2018). Evolutionary Robot Swarm Cooperative Retrieval.  Author URL.
Wolfenden A, Vaughan N (2018). How effective is ant colony optimisation at robot path planning.  Abstract.
Vaughan N (2018). Morphogenetic engineering for evolving ant colony pheromone communication.  Abstract.
Vaughan N (2018). Multi-agent Reinforcement Learning for Swarm Retrieval with Evolving Neural Network.  Author URL.
Vaughan N (2018). Swarm Communication by Evolutionary Algorithms.  Author URL.
Vaughan N, Dubey VN, Hickish T, Cole J, ASME (2017). A SMART DEVICE TO SUBSTITUTE THE NEUROTHESIOMETER.  Author URL.
Vaughan N, Dubey VN (2017). Interpreting ultrasound images for accurate epidural needle insertion.
Vaughan N, Dubey VN (2017). Virtual hip replacement simulator for 3D printed implants.
Vaughan N, Dubey VN, ASME (2016). HIP REPLACEMENT SIMULATOR FOR PREDICTING DISLOCATION RISK.  Author URL.
Vaughan N, Dubey VN, Wee MYK, Isaacs R (2016). Mechanism for Adaptive Virtual Reality Feedback.  Author URL.
Vaughan N (2016). Visual Navigation in Simulated Pigeons.  Author URL.
Vaughan N (2016). Visual navigation in simulated pigeons.  Abstract.
Vaughan N, Dubey VN, Wainwright TW, Middleton RG, IEEE (2015). Can Virtual-Reality Simulators Assess Experience and Skill Level of Orthopaedic Surgeons?.  Author URL.
Vaughan N, Dubey VN, Wainwright TW, Middleton RG, IEEE (2015). Does Virtual-Reality Training on Orthopaedic Simulators Improve Performance in the Operating Room?.  Author URL.
Vaughan N, Dubey VN (2015). Surface Mesh Density Extraction of Orthopedic Magnetic Resonance Image with Hue Saturation Value Filtering.  Author URL.
Vaughan N, IEEE (2015). Swapping Algorithm and Meta-heuristic Solutions for Combinatorial Optimization n-Queens Problem.  Author URL.
Vaughan N, Dubey VN, Wee MYK, Isaacs R, ASME (2014). ARTIFICIAL NEURAL NETWORK TO PREDICT PATIENT BODY CIRCUMFERENCES AND LIGAMENT THICKNESSES.  Author URL.
Vaughan N, Dubey VN, Wee MYK, Isaacs R, ASME (2014). BODY SHAPE AND SIZE MODELLING USING REGRESSION ANALYSIS AND NEURAL NETWORK PREDICTION.  Author URL.
Vaughan N, Dubey VN, Wee MYK, Isaacs R (2014). Epidural Pressure Measurements from Various BMI Obstetric Patients.  Author URL.
Vaughan N, Dubey VN, Wee MYK, Isaacs R, ASME (2014). HETEROGENEOUS TISSUE LAYER DEFORMATION WITH HAPTIC FEEDBACK.  Author URL.
Vaughan N, Dubey VN, Wee MYK, Isaacs R, ASME (2014). IN-VIVO OBSTETRIC PRESSURE MEASUREMENTS FOR PATIENT-SPECIFIC EPIDURAL SIMULATOR.  Author URL.
Isaacs R, Wee M, Parker B, Dubey V, Vaughan N (2014). Measurement of epidural insertion pressures in labouring women of varying body mass indices and imaging of the lumbar spine to develop a high-fidelity epidural simulator for training.  Author URL.
Vaughan N, Dubey VN, Wee MYK, Isaacs R, ASME (2014). SPINE FLEXION AND EXTENSION MODEL FOR EPIDURAL SIMULATOR.  Author URL.
Vaughan N, Dubey VN, Wee MYK, Isaacs R, ASME (2014). VIDEO TRACKING OF TUOHY NEEDLE FOR AN ENHANCED EPIDURAL SIMULATOR USER INTERFACE.  Author URL.
Vaughan N, Dubey VN, Wee MYK, Isaacs R (2012). Epidural needle length measurement by video processing.  Abstract.
Vaughan N, Dubey VN, Wee MYK, Isaacs R, ASME (2012). HAPTIC INTERFACE ON MEASURED DATA FOR EPIDURAL SIMULATION.  Author URL.
Vaughan N, Dubey VN, Wee MYK, Isaacs R, ASME (2012). VIRTUAL REALITY BASED ENHANCED VISUALIZATION OF EPIDURAL INSERTION.  Author URL.

Publications by year


In Press

Vaughan N, Gabrys B (In Press). Scoring and assessment in medical VR training simulators with dynamic time series classification. Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence Full text.

2020

Vaughan N, Vargiu E, Mariani S, Montagna S, Schumacher M (2020). Healthcare Intelligent Multi Agent Systems. Journal of Medical Systems, 44, 138-138. Full text.
Vaughan N, Rees N, John N, Day T, Dorrington K (2020). ParaVR: a Virtual Reality Training Simulator for Paramedic Skills maintenance. Journal of Paramedic Practice: the clinical monthly for emergency care professionals, November 2020 Full text.
Lee W, Vaughan N, Kim D (2020). Task Allocation into a Foraging Task with a Series of Subtasks in Swarm Robotic System. IEEE Access, 8, 107549-107561. Full text.
Mediouni M, Madiouni R, Gardner M, Vaughan N (2020). Translational medicine. Current Orthopaedic Practice, 31(2), 196-200. Full text.

2019

Mediouni M, Kucklick T, Poncet S, Madiouni R, Abouaomar A, Madry H, Cucchiarini M, Chopko B, Vaughan N, Arora M, et al (2019). An overview of thermal necrosis: present and future. Curr Med Res Opin, 35(9), 1555-1562. Abstract.  Author URL.
Vaughan N, John N, Rees N (2019). CPR virtual reality training simulator for schools.  Abstract.  Full text.
Vaughan N (2019). Evolution of Biological Eye in Computer Simulation.  Abstract.  Full text.
Vaughan N, John N, Rees N (2019). ParaVR: Paramedic virtual reality training simulator.  Abstract.  Full text.

2018

Harvey R, Muncey A, Vaughan N (2018). Associating colours with emotions detected in social media tweets.  Abstract.
Vaughan N (2018). Evolution of Neural Networks for Physically Simulated Evolved Virtual Quadruped Creatures.  Author URL.
Vaughan N (2018). Evolutionary Robot Swarm Cooperative Retrieval.  Author URL.
Wolfenden A, Vaughan N (2018). How effective is ant colony optimisation at robot path planning.  Abstract.
Vaughan N (2018). Morphogenetic engineering for evolving ant colony pheromone communication.  Abstract.
Vaughan N (2018). Multi-agent Reinforcement Learning for Swarm Retrieval with Evolving Neural Network.  Author URL.
Vaughan N (2018). Swarm Communication by Evolutionary Algorithms.  Author URL.

2017

Vaughan N, Dubey VN, Hickish T, Cole J, ASME (2017). A SMART DEVICE TO SUBSTITUTE THE NEUROTHESIOMETER.  Author URL.
Vaughan N, Dubey V (2017). Interpreting Ultrasound Images for Accurate Epidural Needle Insertion. Journal of Medical Devices, Transactions of the ASME, 11(3) Full text.
Vaughan N, Dubey VN (2017). Interpreting ultrasound images for accurate epidural needle insertion.
Mediouni M, Schlatterer DR, Khoury A, Von Bergen T, Shetty SH, Arora M, Dhond A, Vaughan N, Volosnikov A (2017). Optimal parameters to avoid thermal necrosis during bone drilling: a finite element analysis. J Orthop Res, 35(11), 2386-2391. Abstract.  Author URL.
Wee MYK (2017). Quantification of the pressures generated during insertion of an epidural needle in labouring women of varying body mass indices. International Journal of Clinical Anesthesia and Research, 024-027. Full text.
Vaughan N, Dubey V (2017). Virtual Hip Replacement Simulator for 3D Printed Implants. Journal of Medical Devices, Transactions of the ASME, 11(3) Full text.
Vaughan N, Dubey VN (2017). Virtual hip replacement simulator for 3D printed implants.

2016

Vaughan N, Dubey VN, Wainwright TW, Middleton RG (2016). A review of virtual reality based training simulators for orthopaedic surgery. Med Eng Phys, 38(2), 59-71. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Vaughan N, Gabrys B, Dubey VN (2016). An overview of self-adaptive technologies within virtual reality training. Computer Science Review, 22, 65-87. Abstract.
Vaughan N, Gabrys B (2016). Comparing and combining time series trajectories using Dynamic Time Warping. KNOWLEDGE-BASED AND INTELLIGENT INFORMATION & ENGINEERING SYSTEMS: PROCEEDINGS OF THE 20TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE KES-2016, 96, 474-483. Author URL.  Full text.
Vaughan N, Dubey VN, ASME (2016). HIP REPLACEMENT SIMULATOR FOR PREDICTING DISLOCATION RISK.  Author URL.
Vaughan N, Dubey VN, Wee MYK, Isaacs R (2016). Mechanism for Adaptive Virtual Reality Feedback.  Author URL.
Vaughan N, Dubey V, Hickish T, Cole J (2016). Neuropathy Assessment Device.  Abstract.
Vaughan N (2016). Visual Navigation in Simulated Pigeons.  Author URL.
Vaughan N (2016). Visual navigation in simulated pigeons.  Abstract.

2015

Vaughan N, Dubey VN, Wainwright TW, Middleton RG, IEEE (2015). Can Virtual-Reality Simulators Assess Experience and Skill Level of Orthopaedic Surgeons?.  Author URL.
Vaughan N, Dubey VN, Wainwright TW, Middleton RG, IEEE (2015). Does Virtual-Reality Training on Orthopaedic Simulators Improve Performance in the Operating Room?.  Author URL.
Vaughan N, Dubey VN (2015). Surface Mesh Density Extraction of Orthopedic Magnetic Resonance Image with Hue Saturation Value Filtering.  Author URL.
Vaughan N, IEEE (2015). Swapping Algorithm and Meta-heuristic Solutions for Combinatorial Optimization n-Queens Problem.  Author URL.

2014

Vaughan N, Dubey VN, Wee MYK, Isaacs R, ASME (2014). ARTIFICIAL NEURAL NETWORK TO PREDICT PATIENT BODY CIRCUMFERENCES AND LIGAMENT THICKNESSES.  Author URL.
Vaughan N, Dubey VN, Wee MYK, Isaacs R, ASME (2014). BODY SHAPE AND SIZE MODELLING USING REGRESSION ANALYSIS AND NEURAL NETWORK PREDICTION.  Author URL.
Vaughan N, Dubey VN, Wee MYK, Isaacs R (2014). Development of Epidural Simulators: Towards Hybrid Virtual Reality Training. In  (Ed) Virtual Reality: Technologies, Medical Applications and Challenges, 83-124.  Abstract.
Vaughan N, Dubey VN, Wee MYK, Isaacs R (2014). Devices for accurate placement of epidural Tuohy needle for Anaesthesia administration. MECHANICAL SCIENCES, 5(1), 1-6. Author URL.
Vaughan N, Dubey VN, Wee MYK, Isaacs R (2014). Epidural Pressure Measurements from Various BMI Obstetric Patients.  Author URL.
Vaughan N, Dubey VN, Wee MYK, Isaacs R, ASME (2014). HETEROGENEOUS TISSUE LAYER DEFORMATION WITH HAPTIC FEEDBACK.  Author URL.
Vaughan N, Dubey V, Wee MYK, Isaacs R (2014). Hybrid Epidural Simulator: Augmented Physical Simulation with Virtual Reality Underlays. In  (Ed) .  Abstract.
Vaughan N, Dubey VN, Wee MYK, Isaacs R, ASME (2014). IN-VIVO OBSTETRIC PRESSURE MEASUREMENTS FOR PATIENT-SPECIFIC EPIDURAL SIMULATOR.  Author URL.
Isaacs R, Wee M, Parker B, Dubey V, Vaughan N (2014). Measurement of epidural insertion pressures in labouring women of varying body mass indices and imaging of the lumbar spine to develop a high-fidelity epidural simulator for training.  Author URL.
Vaughan N, Dubey VN, Wee MYK, Isaacs R (2014). Parametric model of human body shape and ligaments for patient-specific epidural simulation. Artif Intell Med, 62(2), 129-140. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Vaughan N, Dubey VN, Wee MYK, Isaacs R, ASME (2014). SPINE FLEXION AND EXTENSION MODEL FOR EPIDURAL SIMULATOR.  Author URL.
Vaughan N, Dubey VN, Wee MYK, Isaacs R (2014). Synthetic Methods for Ultrasound-Guided Epidural Insertion Simulation. JOURNAL OF MEDICAL DEVICES-TRANSACTIONS OF THE ASME, 8(2). Author URL.
Vaughan N, Dubey VN, Wee MYK, Isaacs R, ASME (2014). VIDEO TRACKING OF TUOHY NEEDLE FOR AN ENHANCED EPIDURAL SIMULATOR USER INTERFACE.  Author URL.
Vaughan N, Dubey VN, Wee MYK, Isaacs R (2014). Virtual Reality Simulation Based Assessment Objectives for Epidural Training. JOURNAL OF MEDICAL DEVICES-TRANSACTIONS OF THE ASME, 8(2). Author URL.

2013

Vaughan N, Dubey VN, Wee MYK, Isaacs R (2013). A review of epidural simulators: where are we today?. Med Eng Phys, 35(9), 1235-1250. Abstract.  Author URL.
Vaughan N, Dubey V, Wee M, Isaacs R (2013). Biomedical Engineering in Epidural Anaesthesia Research. In Andrade A, Pereira AA, Naves ELM, Soares AB (Eds.) Practical Applications in Biomedical Engineering, BoD – Books on Demand. Abstract.
Vaughan N, Dubey VN, Wee MYK, Isaacs R (2013). Epidural Simulation for Patients of Various BMI and Body Shapes. JOURNAL OF MEDICAL DEVICES-TRANSACTIONS OF THE ASME, 7(3). Author URL.
Vaughan N, Dubey VN, Wee MYK, Isaacs R (2013). Real-time length measurement of epidural Tuohy needle during insertion. IET SCIENCE MEASUREMENT & TECHNOLOGY, 7(4), 215-222. Author URL.
Vaughan N, Dubey VN, Wee MYK, Isaacs R (2013). Towards a realistic in vitro experience of epidural Tuohy needle insertion. Proc Inst Mech Eng H, 227(7), 767-777. Abstract.  Author URL.

2012

Vaughan N, Dubey VN, Wee MYK, Isaacs R (2012). Advanced epidural simulator with 3d flexible spine and haptic interface. Journal of Medical Devices, Transactions of the ASME, 6(1), 1-1.
Vaughan N, Dubey VN, Wee MYK, Isaacs R (2012). Epidural needle length measurement by video processing.  Abstract.
Vaughan N, Dubey VN, Wee MYK, Isaacs R, ASME (2012). HAPTIC INTERFACE ON MEASURED DATA FOR EPIDURAL SIMULATION.  Author URL.
Vaughan N, Dubey VN, Wee MYK, Isaacs R, ASME (2012). VIRTUAL REALITY BASED ENHANCED VISUALIZATION OF EPIDURAL INSERTION.  Author URL.

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External Engagement and Impact

Awards

  • Recipient of the NHS England, Health Education and Technology (HEAT) award 2019 for NHS Digital and Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Innovator.
  • 2019 Best Dissertation Project, to supervised student (Lindenmayer Systems).
  • Winner of Welsh Health Gadget Hack 2018.
  • 1st Prize Winner of IET Innovation Awards 2016.
  • Shortlisted for IET Innovation Awards 2016.
  • 1st Prize at Acorn Funding Award 2016.
  • Winner of NIAA/AAGBI Research Grant 2016.
  • Winner of Acorn Funding Award at Headquarters of the UK Department of Health, London.
  • Prestigious Academic Grant from Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU).
  • 2015 - Three Highly Commended Innovation Awards from IET.
  • Shortlisted for three IET awards 2015.
  • The University Executive Team (UET) including Vice Chancellor’s Postgraduate Research Prize 2014.
  • Finalist for National Patient Safety Awards 2013, in the Technology and IT to Improve Patient Safety category.
  • Final 8 for Design of Medical Devices International Student Design Showcase 2013.
  • Final 10 for American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) Innovation Showcase in USA, with MIT and Harvard.
  • Winner of Innovation Award from Institution of Engineering & Technology 2013.
  • Winner of Scholarship in Ambition Awards from Institution of Engineering & Technology 2013.
  • Winner of EPSRC ICT Pioneers 2014, Impact of novel and emerging ICT on society.
  • Final 6 for the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards 2014 for outstanding ICT initiative.
  • Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) - UK ICT Pioneer Award awarded to Neil Vaughan for Impact of novel and emerging ICT on society.
  • Neil Vaughan’s Presentation at the House of Commons 2010, for SETforBritain, awarded by Andrew Miller MP, Past Chair of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee.
  • Brunel University London Medal 2006.
  • Brunel University Best Research Award, 2005.
  • Blackwell Publishing Prize 2005.
  • International Rotary Council, Exeter, Research Award, 1999.

Committee/panel activities

  • Program Committee - ASME International Design Engineering & Technical Conference (IDETC) USA            2012-present.
  • Nominated for EPSRC Strategic Advisory Team Committee, Programme Advisory Board for ICT Fundamentals 2014.
  • Chair - Informatics Track, Design of Medical Devices (DMD) International Conference, Minneapolis, USA.
  • International Committee - VES (Virtual Environments & Systems) conference meetings, ASME IDETC Computers and Information in Engineering Conference.
  • Technical Program Committee (TPC) member   Fuzzy Systems and Knowledge Discovery (FSKD) International conference. Nanyang Technological University, China 2015-16.
  • Technical Program Committee (TPC) member   International Conference on Natural Computation (ICNC) 2015-16.

Editorial responsibilities

  • Founding Editor for Springer, Journal of Medical Systems (JMS), Impact Factor 2.2, Special Issue For Healthcare Intelligent Multi-Agent Systems (HIMAS) 2020, May.
  • Editor for Paladyn Journal of Behavioural Robotics
  • Guest Editor for Special Issue, Topical Issue on Deep Learning and Neural Systems in Robotics, PJBR.
  • Editor of Journal of Computer Science & Systems Biology.
  • Editorial Board – Jacobs Journal of Computer Science.
  • Editor of Journal of Swarm Intelligence and Evolutionary Computation.
  • Reviewer of Elsevier Medical Engineering & Physics (Impact 2.4).
  • Reviewer for Journal of Computational Methods in Sciences and Engineering (JCMSE) of IOS Press.
  • Reviewer for Journal Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine (CMPB), 2015.
  • Reviewer for MDPI Applied Sciences.
  • Reviewer for MDPI Math. Comput. Appl.
  • Reviewer for MDPI Sensors.
  • Reviewer for MDPI Mathematics.
  • Reviewer for MDPI Robotics.

Invited lectures

  • Loughborough University 2019 research seminar.
  • Seminar at 2019 Digital Industry Roadshow, Durham.
  • Invited talk at UK Parliament, Westminster, 2019 Voice of the Future (VOTF) organised by the Royal Society of Biology, London.
  • Invited talk at House of Lords, 2018 All Party Parliamentary Engineering Group (APPEG), London.
  • Invited talk at Fellow’s Day 2018, Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng).
  • Invited talk at 2018 International Conference on Soft Computing and Machine Learning (SCML), Wuhan, China.
  • Invited Workshop delivered at createChester conference 2018-2019.
  • Invited talk at Edutainment 2019, Xi’an, China.
  • Invited Keynote talk at 5th International Conference on Biometrics & Biostatistics. October 20-21, 2016 Houston, TX.
  • Invited talk at Chinese Academy of Science Institute of Automation (CASIA), Beijing, China, Aug 25th 2015.
  • Invited Keynote talk at 2015 International Conference on Advanced Mechatronic Systems, China, Beijing Univ. of Posts and Telecommunications, Aug 22nd 2015.
  • Invited speaker and Track Chair for Informatics – Design of Medical Device Conference, USA 2014.

Media Coverage

  • NHS HEAT Award Video, 1st Prize 2019.
  • Royal Academy of Engineering Research Forum 2018 & 2019.
  • BU Annual Review 2014 – Page 4.
  • Bournemouth Research Chronicle, Jan 2014, Edition 3, p12.
  • ASME Mechanical Engineering Magazine, June 2013, p30-31 – Semi-finalist Innovation Showcase. – Seen by 130,000 ASME members in 158 countries worldwide, est.1880.
  • NHS Grapevine magazine 2013, May/June 2011 – Issue 31, Page 11.
  • The Engineer magazine – April 2013 Edition
  • Politics First magazine – March 2014 Edition, advertorial feature.
  • Conservative MP website, July 2014.
  • Shown in the House of Commons, April 2011.

Teaching

At University of Exeter, Neil Vaughan’s teaching is involved with Health Data Science MSc.

Professor Neil Vaughan’s previous teaching at many international universities has focused mainly on Health Informatics, Machine learning, computational intelligence, data science, database management (CO6002), web management (CO6027), Electronics and Design engineering at levels 4-7.

At University of Chester, for many academic years he was Associate Professor SL-B, leader and founder of the Bio-inspired Computing MSc module. He was module leader for level 6, CO6002 – Modern Database Management Systems and CO6027 – Managing a Web-based Environment for BSc Computer Science and BSc Cyber Security.

At Chandigarh University he is Visiting Full Professor in CSE Artificial intelligence & Machine Learning since 2016.

He previously taught or was module leader with tenured academic professorial / senior lecturer positions at University College Isle of Man, Laksamana College of Business Brunei, Kensington College of Business London, University of Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne USA, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) China, Teesside University, University of West London (UWL), University of Granada Spain and Brunel University, London.

Prior to those, he was involved in teaching Level 5 Design Engineering BSc at Bournemouth University for 7 academic years 2010.

Supervision / Group

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