Cassim Ladha

cassim.ladha@ncl.ac.uk | Research Associate

Cassim Ladha

My background stems firmly from engineering - I hold a MEng in Electronic Communication Engineering and a PhD in Wireless Sensor Networks, both from Newcastle University. However, I currently sit as a Senior Research Associate (SRA) within the Computing Science faculty. Currently my time is split over a number of projects, all of which have an embedded or pervasive technology theme. My research interests predominantly lie within health and wellbeing. Put simply, this means I spend the majority of my time applying technologies or designing new technologies to improve peoples lives both physically and mentally. While some of this work is very practical, for example re-designing old medical technologies, at other times it is quite exploratory and experimental. I find this variation in my role keeps me sane!
Outside of the lab I enjoy spending my time outdoors and am a keen rock/ice climber and surfer.


2016

Challenges for Designing new Technology for Health and Wellbeing in a Complex Mental Healthcare Context
Thieme A, McCarthy J, Johnson P, Wallace J, Lindley S, Ladha K, Jackson D, Nowacka D, Rafiev A, Ladha C, Nappey T, Kipling M, Wright P, Meyer TD, Olivier P, ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 20162136-2149
A study of wrist-worn activity measurement as a potential real-world biomarker for late life depression
O&#39, Brien J, Gallagher P, Stow D, Hammerla N, Ploetz T, Firbank M, Ladha C, Ladha K, Jackson D, McNaney R, Ferrier N, Olivier P, 18th Annual Conference of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders & 8th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Affective Disorders146-146

2014

Occupancy Monitoring using Environmental & Context Sensors and a Hierarchical Analysis Framework
Khan A, Nicholson J, Mellor S, Jackson D, Ladha K, Ladha C, Hand J, Clarke J, Olivier P, Ploetz T, BuildSys '14 Proceedings of the 1st ACM Conference on Embedded Systems for Energy-Efficient Buildings90-99

2013

Dog's Life: Wearable Activity Recognition for Dogs
Ladha C, Hammerla N, Hughes E, Olivier P, Ploetz T, ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp)415-418
ClimbAX: Skill Assessment for Climbing Enthusiasts
Ladha C, Hammerla N, Olivier P, Ploetz T, ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp)235-244
The Break-Time Barometer -- An Exploratory System for Workplace Break-time Social Awareness
Kirkham R, Mellor S, Green D, Lin J, Ladha K, Ladha C, Jackson D, Olivier P, Wright P, Ploetz T, ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp)73-82

2012

The French Kitchen: Task-Based Learning in an Instrumented Kitchen
Hooper C, Preston A, Balaam M, Seedhouse P, Jackson D, Pham C, Ladha C, Ladha K, Ploetz T, Olivier P, 14th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing (Ubicomp)193-202
Telematic Dinner Party: Designing for Togetherness through Play and Performance
Barden P, Comber R, Green D, Jackson D, Ladha C, Bartindale T, Bryan-Kinns N, Stockman T, Olivier P, Designing Interactive Systems (DIS)38-47
Empathy, Participatory Design and People with Dementia
Lindsay S, Jackson D, Ladha C, Ladha K, Brittain K, Olivier P, CHI 2012: Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems521-530
Empathy, Participatory Design and People with Dementia
Lindsay S, Britain K, Jackson D, Ladha C, Ladha K, Olivier P, ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing (CHI'12)521-530

2011

Towards a pervasive kitchen infrastructure for measuring cooking competence
Wagner J, van Halteren A, Hoonhout J, Ploetz T, Pham C, Moynihan P, Jackson D, Ladha C, Ladha K, Olivier P, International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare (PervasiveHealth'11)107-114
Cueing for drooling in Parkinson's disease
McNaney R, Lindsay S, Ladha K, Ladha C, Schofield G, Ploetz T, Hammerla N, Jackson D, Walker R, Miller N, Olivier P, 29th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI)619-622

2010

TouchBridge: augmenting active tangibles for camera-based multi-touch surfaces
Ladha C, Ladha K, Hook J, Jackson D, Wood G, Olivier P, ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces (ITS)271-272

2008

Dynamic clustering using binary multi-objective particle swarm optimization for wireless sensor networks
Latiff N, Tsimenidis C, Sharif B, Ladha C, IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC)5pp
Minimising distance ambiguity through thresholding RSS measurements in Wireless Sensor Networks
Ladha C, Sharif B, Tsimenidis C, Latiff NMA, IEEE 19th International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC)1297-1300

2007

Mitigating propagation errors for indoor positioning in wireless sensor networks
Ladha C, Sharif BS, Tsimenidis CC, IEEE International Conference on Mobile Adhoc and Sensor Systems704-709

Associated Projects

  • Touchbugs: Actuated Tangibles on Multi-Touch Tables
    Touchbugs is an open source hardware and software framework for a novel actuated tangible technology. Touchbugs are small tangibles that use directed bristles and vibration motors for actuation (giving them the ability to move independently). Their inf...
    August 30, 2011
  • The Break-Time Barometer
    The Break-Time Barometer is a social awareness system, which was developed as part of an exploratory study of the use of situated sensing and displays to promote cohesion in a newly-dispersed workplace. The Break-Time Barometer specifically aims to...
    August 30, 2011
  • Spheres of Wellbeing
    The Spheres of Wellbeing are a set artefacts specifically designed for a group of six women who live in the medium secure services of a forensic hospital in the UK. These women present a very vulnerable group due to the severity of their mental heal...
    August 30, 2011
  • Lifelong Health and Wellbeing
    Older people are accounting for an increasingly higher percentage of the UK’s population, with life expectancy rising at an unprecedented rate and predictions that by 2033, 25% of the population will be over 65 years old. The Lifelong Health and ...
    August 30, 2011
  • Wearable Acoustic Monitor
    Current approaches to assessing a person's social wellbeing generally rely on subjective retrospective judgments by the person themselves at the time of the assessment. As part of the MRC-funded Monitoring Device to Objectively Assess Psychosocial Impa...
    August 30, 2011
  • TouchBridge
    TouchBridge was an active tangible marker system for optical based multi-touch surfaces. It built on a previously proposed method of marker tracking based upon the augmentation of physical objects with IR Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs). In this previ...
    August 30, 2011
  • ShoeMote: Shoe-based Monitoring of Gait & Mobility
    Gait assessment techniques for post-operative and mobility-impaired patients generally involve the use of expensive clinic-based assessment technologies, utilising a range of gait analysis hardware (e.g. motion capture suites, force plates and pressure...
    August 30, 2011
  • Embodied Selves in Transition: Disabled Young
    Currently, we do not know much about what it is like for young people with physical disabilities to transition into adolescence, how a physical disability can interact with their changing body and complicate societal assumptions about how an adolescent...
    August 30, 2011
  • Ambient Kitchen - Lite
    AK-Lite is a portable version of the Ambient Kitchen and is intended for real-world home-based deployments of our experiments in pervasive sensing and display for situated cooking support. AK-Lite consists of a set of utensils fitted with accelerometer...
    August 30, 2011
  • OpenMovement
    OpenMovement is a collection of opensource hardware sensors and software tools for research use. The sensors all feature a MEMS triaxial accelerometer as a base sensor but also contain other sensors for context. There are two types of OpenMovement sens...
    August 30, 2011
  • TEDDI: Building Management and Energy Demand
    This research project involves the design and development of a sensing infrastructure that consists of networked physical (e.g. presence sensors, power consumption sensors) and virtual (e.g. calendar and room booking sensors, application usage sensors)...
    August 30, 2011
  • CraftCube
    The CraftCube initiative presented new and exciting ways of displaying, interpreting and accessing contemporary craft with a focus on new technology. The aim of the research-based CraftCube series was to champion and expose to a broader audience practi...
    August 30, 2011
  • Landscapes of Cross-Generational Engagement
    The Net Neighbours scheme, which ran throughout 2005, involved local volunteers shopping online for older people, creating an opportunity for intergenerational friendship through the provision of this service. The Landscapes of Cross-Generational Engag...
    August 30, 2011
 
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