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Michael Craven

Senior Research Fellow, Faculty of Engineering

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Biography

Dr. Michael Craven is Senior Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham in the NIHR MindTech Healthcare Technology Co-operative, http://mindtech.org.uk specialising in technology design and evaluation in healthcare and currently focussed on mental health and dementia. He has over 25 years of research experience spanning healthcare, electronic engineering, computer science, health economics & 5 years in teaching & learning.

Mike is also a member of the Centre for Dementia at the University of Nottingham, and is a member of the Faculty of Engineering Bioengineering Research Group.. He has an honorary contract with Nottingham Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and is also involved with the Centre for Healthcare Equipment and Technology Adoption (CHEATA) based in the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. He is a trustee and co-director of the Trent Dementia Services Development Centre charity which runs the ATdementia.org.uk website and a member of the East Midlands Research into Aging Network (EMRAN).

Current/recent MindTech projects include:

  • Remote Monitoring Technology platform for central nervous system disorders (RADAR-CNS)
  • Designing for Dementia (MinD)
  • Smartphone Apps for self-monitoring in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (SnappyApp & iRAM);
  • Gamification of ADHD public awareness on large touchscreens (Attention Grabber);
  • Evaluation of digital technology (websites and Apps) for mental health and well-being co-produced by young people (Innovation Labs evaluation for Comic Relief);
  • Evaluation of The Big White Wall online mental health portal implementation in Derbyshire.
  • Design and evaluation of technologies for older people with dementia and carers (CASA and KuPA);

Prior to joining MindTech he was in the MATCH programme at Nottingham researching methods and tools to ease the process of determining the value of healthcare technology innovations. There he worked closely with NHS innovation partners and medical device companies. Knowledge exchange activities included early stage health economic modelling and human factors methods to capture the needs of users (health professionals and/or patients) and delivery of training workshops with the support of Medilink organisations and the Knowledge Transfer Network. He also conducted Health Technology Assessments for the Centre for Evidence Based Procurement (CEP), NICE and the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS). His current research interests are the following areas: self-monitoring of health (devices & Apps); games and simulation; information design in diagnostics and screening; evaluation of imaging and surgery navigation systems. Other research interests have included design of a variety of technologies: collaborative virtual environments; assistive & augmentative communication systems (gesture-based); microelectronics. Mike obtained a PhD (1994) and MSc (Modern Electronics, 1989) from the University of Nottingham and BSc (Physics, 1987) from the University of Bristol.

Expertise Summary

Dr. Michael Craven is Senior Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham in the NIHR MindTech Healthcare Technology Co-operative, http://mindtech.org.uk specialising in technology design and evaluation in healthcare, currently focussed on mental health and dementia.

- Evaluation methods for healthcare innovations, in particular medical devices and digital/ICT products. Co-design methods. Early stage evaluation tools. Health economics reports for the NHS.

- Collaborative Virtual Environments, web & mobile applications, in particular applications for media and entertainment.

- Application of Artificial Neural Networks to pattern recognition, and improvement of learning algorithms. Gesture recognition systems, in particular assistive gesture-to-speech system for persons with motor disability.

- Other areas of past research: VLSI techniques for analogue computation, in particular neural network design; Digital video annotation, for distance learning applications; Stereoscopic display technologies for 3D TV; Teaching quality improvement - using Action Research techniques; Computer modelling of microwave heating of ceramic materials.

Teaching Summary

Current. C84DEM Dementia and Ageing (lecturer on Dementia and Technology).

Up to 2013, convenor and lecturer, School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering: Electronic Design (3rd year BSc/MEng/MSc module H63END); Industrial Awareness (3rd year MEng module H64IND); VLSI Design (3rd year BSc/MEng/MSc module H63VLS).

Elsewhere: Digital Signal Processing, Electromagnetics, Microprocessors and Microcontrollers, Automation, PCs & PLCs, Introduction to C++, Computers in Engineering, Information Technology (BEng & Dip. Eng modules).

Research Summary

Dr. Michael Craven is Senior Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham in the NIHR MindTech Healthcare Technology Co-operative. http://mindtech.org.uk specialising in technology design and… read more

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Current Research

Dr. Michael Craven is Senior Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham in the NIHR MindTech Healthcare Technology Co-operative. http://mindtech.org.uk specialising in technology design and evaluation in healthcare, currently focussed on mental health and dementia.

- Co-design of mobile solutions used by patients or for wellness applications e.g. ADHD self-monitoring (SnappyApp & iRAM projects), remote monitoring wearable platform (RADAR-CNS project).

- Assistive technologies in dementia care (CASA & KuPA projects).

- Evaluation methods for healthcare innovations, in particular medical devices and digital/ICT products (Innovations Labs project).

- Early stage value assessment tools. User elicitation methods. Health economics reports for the NHS (MATCH programme).

- Design of patient information for diagnostics and screening (PhD Supervision)

Past Research

- Applications of Artificial Neural Networks to pattern recogition, and improvement of learning algorithms.

- Gesture recognition systems, in particular assistive gesture-to-speech system for persons with motor disability.

- VLSI techniques for analogue neural network design, and analogue computation in general.

- Collaborative Virtual Environments, in particular applications for media and entertainment.

- Web technologies including visualisation and applications in tourism.

- Digital video annotation, for distance learning applications.

- Stereoscopic display technologies for 3D TV.

- Teaching quality improvement - using Action Research techniques

- Computer modelling of microwave heating of ceramic materials

Future Research

I am developing research in the area of innovation and evaluation for healthcare technologies (medical devices and digital tools) for mental health and dementia care. I am currently interested in co-developing applications and evaluation methods for pervasive and ubiquitous computing in Healthcare (mHealth, such as mobile Apps). I am interested in gamification of healthcare technologies. I also wish to pursue collaborations in the design and evaluation of surgical simulators and am open to discussion of developing past research areas.

Faculty of Engineering

The University of Nottingham
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Nottingham, NG7 2RD



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