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Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Automatic robot arm with optical sensor working in factory

Sensors and sensing systems

All modern devices are dependent on sensors and simply could not operate or work without them. This is true for the gadgets in your pocket to large industrial processes generating the worlds food and medicine supplies. Our world is driven by data; if data is not typed via a keyboard then it is acquired from some form of sensor.

Sensors research at The University of Manchester extends from nanometre sized semiconductor devices to sensors for biomedical inspection to large scale systems used to control major industrial processors. We have been working in this field for several decades and some of our achievements include the realisation of very high sensitivity Hall effect sensors to create a magnetic camera, pioneering industrial process tomography technology for looking inside industrial processes, and inventing new food inspection systems, which has helped a local company to win the Queens Award for Innovation in 2016.

We’re conducting research at all levels, developing new sensors and designing the systems and integration tools that will make sure that they work consistently and reliably. Our work also spans different power levels from very low powered non-invasive bioelectronics which can be worn or embedded into clothing, through to more powerful sensors used for demanding high security environments such as landmine detection.

Research focus

We are experts in this field and cover all aspects related to sensors and sensing systems.

Some specific areas we focus on are:

  • Non-destructive testing icon
  • Non-invasive bioelectronics icon
  • Security icon