Philip Breedon

Philip Breedon

Professor

School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment

Role

Professor Philip Breedon is a Professor in Smart Technologies at Nottingham Trent University, he is also a Chartered Engineer and a Chartered IT professional. Philip Breedon received his doctorate from Nottingham Trent University in 2002.

In 2006 he commenced as a Senior Lecturer in Product Design at NTU. In 2010 he was instrumental in developing the postgraduate Smart Design programmes for which he is now the course leader. He also leads the Design for Health and Well-being research group. He has given guest lectures on Smart materials in a number of European countries as well as in Canada and New Zealand.

His research interests focus on the utilisation of new and emerging materials and technologies, and includes biomimetics, biomaterials, biorobotics, wearable technologies, intelligent environments and investigative research related to the utilisation of 'smart materials' for clinical and medical applications related to in vivo devices.

He holds a number of research journal editorial positions and in 2010 he chaired the first international conference on Smart Design. As Principal Investigator he and a multidisciplinary group of clinicians, therapists, surgeons and patients have recently been awarded a National Institute for Health Research innovation grant to develop a system for the treatment of facial palsy following stroke.

Projects

EPSRC Cross-Disciplinary Feasibility Account research project - development of links from the EPSRC and other Smart Materials funded research within Science to design and functional applications, joint between Science & Technology and Art & Design and Built Environment. Grant £202k, 2010 - 2012.

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Research grant to investigate how the Microsoft 'Kinnect' can assist with the rehabilitation of facial paralysis caused by a stroke.

The project, which is in partnership with the University of Nottingham, Nottingham University Hospital, Nottingham City Care Partnership and Maddison Product Design, has been funded by a National Institute for Health Research Invention for Innovation (NIHR i4i) grant. Project duration: April 2013 to October 2014, the research group are aiming to create a prototype that can eventually be mass produced.

Inaugural Lectures

Career overview

Philip's research interests and current research activities are related to: new and emerging technologies, smart materials, biomimetics, biomaterials, biorobotics, wearable technologies, adaptive architecture, intelligent environments and smart packaging/processes.

Philip is currently the Director of Studies for four PhD students working in the areas of biomaterials / biomechatronic systems, technical textiles, swarm robotics and digital design and ceramics. Philip is  also the second supervisor for a PhD student working in the area of smart fibres.

Research areas

  • Materials
  • Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (ADMEC)
  • Product Design

Research interests focus on the utilisation of new and emerging materials and technologies, and includes biomimetics, biomaterials, biorobotics, smart packaging, wearable technologies, intelligent environments, swarm robotics and investigative research related to the utilisation of 'smart materials' for clinical and medical applications related to in vivo devices.

External activity

  • 2012: Editor, Smart Design: First International Conference Proceedings
  • 2012: Chair, Special Interest Group, Biomaterials, Medilink EM, UK Cluster
  • 2012: Program Committee member, IADIS Interfaces and Human Computer Interaction
  • 2012: Science Advisory Board member, 1st Annual World Congress of Cultural & Creative IT Industries
  • 2011: Conference Chair, 1st International Conference on Smart Design, Nottingham Trent University
  • 2011: Associate Editor, The International Journal of Science in Society, Volume 2, Issue 1
  • 2011: Invited book reviewer, Pearson Higher and Professional Education
  • 2011: Editorial Review Board, Technology and Society Book Series, Common Ground Publishing
  • 2011: Associate Editor, Volume 5, Issue 6, Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, 2011
  • 2011: Associate Editor, Volume 5, Issue 4, Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, 2011
  • 2010-2011: Member of the Organising Committee, Intelligent Environments 2011
  • 2010: Member of the Editorial Board, Australian Medical Journal on Design and Health
  • 2010: Invited Lecturer, Health and Design Innovation, TEDx lecture series, University of Montreal, Canada
  • 2010: Invited Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Research, Design and Smart Materials, PepsiCo Europe Transformational Productivity Seminar, Nottingham Conference Centre
  • 2010: Invited Lecturer, Biomimetics for Design, Copenhagen University College of Engineering
  • 2010: Associate Editor, Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Vol. 4, Number 1
  • 2010: Associate Editor, The International Journal of Science in Society
  • 2010: Chair NTU Materials Research Group
  • 2009: Invited Lecturer, Smart Materials, UK Trade and Industry, UK Mission to New Zealand on Smart Materials and Textiles
  • 2007-2008: The Snake project was supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as part of the 'Designing for the 21st Century' funding scheme. The Nottingham Trent University researchers are one of three teams participating in Emergent Objects, a portfolio of projects funded by the scheme, and which explores design processes through the lens of performance led by the University of Leeds.
  • 2007: Snake project presentation, Ninth Great British Research and R&D Show, House of Commons, Westminster, London.

Sponsors and collaborators

Current and recent research is being conducted with the collaboration, funding and/or support of:

  • PepsiCo Europe
  • Unilever
  • Nottingham University Hospital
  • Medilink East Midlands
  • Aqualab (Speedo)
  • Merlin Systems Corp.
  • Tyrone Textiles
  • JPL (Ocular prosthetics).

Publications

COULTER, F., BREEDON, P. and VLOEBERGHS, M., 2011. Dynamic Facial Prosthetics for Sufferers of Facial Paralysis, Australasian Medical Journal, Vol.4, No.10, pp.555-562 (doi: 10.4066/AMJ.2011.921) ISSN 1836-1935

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Press expertise

  • Materials
  • Product Design
  • Smart Design
  • Smart Packaging
  • Technical textiles
  • Wearable electronics
  • Clinical/medical devices
  • Technologies (new and emerging)
  • Robotics