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Research areas

The academic supervisors of the CDT for Sensor Technologies and Applications work in a large number of sensor related research areas. These can be broadly categorised into Sensor Technology, Sensor Networks and Middleware and Sensor Applications. Most supervisors are active in areas across these categories, i.e. developing a technology with a specific application in mind or combining different sensor technologies into one network.

The following table lists the main research topics of the Sensor CDT according to the above three categories.

TechnologyMiddlewareApplications
  • MEMS
  • Optical sensors
    fibre optic, waveguides,
    discrete optics
  • THz technology
  • Acoustic and
    ultrasonic sensors
  • Biosensors
  • Chemical sensors
  • Imaging
  • Lab on a chip
  • Microfluidics
  • Open source hardware
  • Low power technology and power harvesting
  • Sensor networks
  • Signal processing
  • Data analysis
  • Data mining
  • Sensor - human interface
  • Smart infrastructure:
    structural monitoring, energy use,
    traffic management
  • Imaging:
    biological  and medical
  • Healthcare
  • Life sciences
  • Environmental monitoring:
    gas and fluid sensors,
    acoustic sensors
  • Remote sensing
  • Security
  • Food security and production

Research activities are always evolving. As a result the above table should only be used as an indication of the sensor related research at Cambridge University. Sensor CDT students and industrial partners will have the opportunity to learn more about the up-to-date research carried out at the University during the MRes phase of the programme and at the yearly Sensors Day conference.