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.


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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 of 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 h...
    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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