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Barrie Hayes-Gill

Professor of Electronic Systems and Medical Devices, Faculty of Engineering

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Biography

Professor Barrie Hayes-Gill FREng, graduated in 1976 in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Nottingham, UK. He obtained his PhD in 1979 specialising in semiconductor field effect devices also from the University of Nottingham, UK. Barrie is a keen sportsman having played hockey and tennis to a high level. At hockey he represented England U18 (playing at the Munich Olympic youth tournament in 1972) and was selected to play for the England U21, UAU, BUSF and the Midlands senior hockey teams eventually winning the HA cup with Nottingham HC in 1978. At tennis Barrie played at Junior Wimbledon, represented his county and captained the English national UAU and BUSF tennis teams.

Following his PhD he worked in industry for four years as a senior semiconductor product engineer at Texas Instruments, AEI Semiconductors and Marconi Electronic Devices Ltd specialising in CMOS Integrated Circuit design and high power semiconductor devices, manufacture and test. Between 1983 and 1986 he was a Lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Nottingham Trent University, UK.

In 1986 he moved to the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Nottingham, UK where he has been lecturing VLSI Integrated circuit design, analogue electronics and medical regulatory matters. In 1992 and 1993 he was awarded the Chartered Engineer and Eur Ing respectively. In 1997 he was appointed Project Monitoring Officer for the DTI on integrated circuit design and fabrication of advanced semiconductor materials. In 1998 he was promoted to Senior Lecturer, in 2004 to Associate Professor and in 2010 to Professor of Electronic Systems and Medical Devices.

His electronics and VLSI integrated circuit work opened up numerous medical device applications such as fetal monitors (from 1995) and laser Doppler blood flow cameras (from 1999). The latter technology has since been licensed to Moor Instruments (2004) who are now selling their burns scanner device around the world.

In 2004 he was joint winner of the JRC Biosciences business plan competition for his work on a novel ambulatory foetal monitoring device. As a result of this, in 2005 he jointly founded Monica Healthcare Ltd, a University of Nottingham spin out company, tasked with the commercialisation of patented fetal monitoring technology from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He is a past research director at Monica Healthcare Ltd, which was awarded its CE mark in 2008 and in 2011 obtained FDA 510k clearance for sale of devices in USA. Monica Healthcare Ltd are currently selling its fetal and maternal monitor throughout the world. In March 2017 Monica Healthcare Ltd was acquired by General Electric Healthcare, USA for an undisclosed sum. The Monica story was highly commended in the REF2014 4* Impact Case Study exercise.

Building on his knowledge of technology transfer with Monica Healthcare Ltd he set up in 2014 a second University of Nottingham spin out company called Surepulse Medical Ltd (ex Heartlight). Surepulse was formed from further research work within his group on optical medical devices that incorporated his expertise in low noise lock-in CMOS camera pixel design. Surepulse Medical Ltd is a joint venture between Tioga Ltd (a contracts electronics manufacturer based in Derby) and The University of Nottingham and represents a first JV for the University. Here, Barrie is the research director and works with the team to manage the technology transfer, IP and grant portfolios leading to yet another strong REF Impact Case Study for the University.

Professor Hayes-Gill specialises in the design of electronic medical instrumentation which utilises: highly sensitive low noise analogue electronics; CMOS integrated circuits and integrated optical sensors; low noise photodetector transimpedance amplifiers, wireless radio links and real time signal processing. (The CMOS integrated optical sensor work has been licensed in 2005 following a DTI innovation consortium for the design of new blood flow and modulated light cameras).

Professor Hayes-Gill is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering Technology (FIET), has published over 300 papers, an undergraduate textbook, has research income totalling circa £10M, has fabricated over 40 custom integrated circuits, is the holder of 25 patent families on medical instrumentation (over 120 patent territories), has successfully supervised over 55 PhDs at the University and has been external examiner at over 5 other UK Universities. He is a member of the Expert Witness Institute (EWI) specialising in medico-litigation cases on fetal monitoring with cardiotocograph devices during labour and delivery.

In 2020 he was nominated and subsequently elected (2021) to the prestigious honour of Fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering - FREng..

Professor Hayes-Gill is a member of the Optics and Photonics research group and is a proud father of 4 beautiful daughters and one very adorable son !

Expertise Summary

Fetal and neonatal monitoring; medical electronic devices, signal processing, low noise optical detection, medical regulatory matters (MDD 93/42 and FDA 510k), Instrumentation, Integrated circuit design, electronic systems, radio telecommunications and low noise sensors.

Teaching Summary

Lecturing VLSI Integrated circuit design, analogue electronics and medical regulatory matters.

Research Summary

Novel medical device design Photoplethysmography Smart wearable medical devices Design and fabrication of custom integrated circuits for medical instrumentation Design… read more

Current Research

  • Novel medical device design
  • Photoplethysmography
  • Smart wearable medical devices
  • Design and fabrication of custom integrated circuits for medical instrumentation
  • Design and fabrication of CMOS integrated sensors for flow and vibrometry and modulated light cameras
  • Electronic systems and radio telecommunications/telemetry
  • Remote Monitoring and observation of physiological and environmental variables - LEDs for plant growth

Future Research

Applied Optics for Physiological monitoring

Optics and Photonics Research Group

Faculty of Engineering
The University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD


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email: optics@nottingham.ac.uk