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Paul Watts

Paul Watts


School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment


Paul Watts is a lead software developer working in the medical engineering design research group. Pauls current role is on EMOTI (Emotion Mobile Observation Tracking and Intervention), a project utilising camera and audio based emotion tracking to assess, diagnose and treat emotional conditions such as anxiety and depression.

Previously Paul worked on the F.R.A.M.E (Facial Remote Activity Monitoring Eyewear) project, which aims to develop a indistinguishable pair of glasses containing sensors to detect facial movements in patients suffering from Bells Palsy. Paul is developing a cross platform mobile application (IOS/Android) that connects to a custom pair of EMG glasses via Bluetooth low energy to provide feedback on exercises conducted during rehabilitation. The application also provides information, assessment, additional exercises and advice to aid patients throughout their treatment process. Paul is also responsible for developing a cloud based website and database to provide therapist support via an online and secure website.

Career overview

Paul started his career in 2001 developing music jukeboxes for sound leisure ltd. During this time he was responsible for developing music jukeboxes including the Milestones in Music (MIM) systems still commonly in use today. Paul was responsible for developing an automated server/client online music distribution system to distribute music via the World Wide Web.

After leaving Sound Leisure Ltd Paul went on to AceCad software Ltd, working on the BIMReview software package for the visualisation and management of 3D building designs.

Upon leaving AceCad software Paul setup Lost World Creations Ltd and worked on numerous short-term contracts (3 to 6 months). Paul developed mobile and windows based solutions for multiple clients.

Research areas

Paul is currently working on emotion tracking through video and audio processing utilizing Azure cognitive services and android mobile platforms.

  • Azure Cognitive services utilizing video emotion tracking
  • Azure Cognitive services for audio transcription and analysis
  • Android Diary mobile application

Paul’s previous research within the MRDG is an i4i NIHR funded project called FRAME (Facial Remote Activity Monitoring Eyewear)

  • Development and design of a cross platform mobile application for Android and IOS.
  • Development and design of a cloud based web server implementing WebAPI calls to pass data between the cloud and the mobile application.
  • Managing and coordinating the FRAME research project

Camera based image tracking for detection of objects


Siena, F.L., Byrom, B., Watts, P. and Breedon, P., 2018. Utilising the Intel RealSense Camera for Measuring Health Outcomes in Clinical Research. Journal of medical systems, 42(3), p.53.

Siena, F., Breedon, P., Armstrong, J., Marsh, P. and Watts, P., 2017. Performance analysis for difficult airway equipment: Standardising for success. Journal of Health Design, 2(4), pp.39-41.

Siena, F.L., Breedon, P., Armstrong, J., Inkpin, K., Norris, A. and Watts, P., 2018. Performance analysis system for endotracheal tube introducers: Standardising for success. Journal of Health Design, 3(3), pp.129-134.

Siena, F.L., Byrom, B., Watts, P. and Breedon, P. , 2018. Usability assessment of facial tracking for use in clinical outcomes. In: IADIS International Conference: Interfaces and Human Computer Interaction 2018, Madrid, Spain, 18-20 July 2018.

Siena, F.L., Breedon, P., Armstrong, J., Watts, P., Inkpin, K. and Norris, A., 2018. Mechanical performance assessment system for endotracheal tube introducers using motion detection and object tracking.

Breedon, P., Watts, P., Cox, G., Szczepura, A., Baines, D., Johnson, K., Venables, V. and Nduka, C., 2017. FRAME-Facial Remote Activity Monitoring Eyewear.

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