Dr Viji Ahanath

Course Director, MSc Medical Engineering Applications for Healthcare and MSc Medical Imaging Technology, Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering

School of Health Sciences

Viji received a B.Eng in Electronics and Communication Engineering (1999-2003) from Thiagarajar College of Engineering in India, and a PhD in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from the Centre for Signal and Image Processing at the University of Strathclyde (2005-2010).

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I am a Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering and Course Director for two MSc programmes - MSc Medical Engineering Applications for Healthcare/ MSc Medical Imaging Technology, based within the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences. I teach in the BEng/ MEng/ MSc Biomedical Engineering Courses and supervise undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD research projects. I am also an Associate Editor for IET Healthcare Technology Letters.

Academic history and expertise

I completed a PhD in biomedical signal and image processing at University of Strathclyde. After my PhD, I worked as an image processing algorithms engineer for Lucid software Ltd., working on industrial non-destructive testing application. Later, I joined Institute of Digital Healthcare within University of Warwick as a post-doctoral researcher to work on wearable technology. I also worked with Learning and development centre to identify career development opportunities for research active staff. Most recently, I worked as a development scientist at Malvern Panalytical Ltd, developing novel image processing algorithms for nanoparticle sizing instrument range. In 2019, I joined Birmingham City University as a lecturer in Biomedical Engineering.

Industry connections

We closely work with NHS Trust partners, medical technology SMEs and multinational companies in the biomedical engineering sector to incorporate real world scenarios/applications through guest lectures and industrial visits etc. to enhance student learning experience.

We have research collaborations with academics from other disciplines within the university and external research organisations and with Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) to set up Knowledge Transfer Partnership and/or explore potential collaborations.

Working at BCU

We are currently working on a research project using wearable sensors and technology to monitor menstrual cycle and understand women health, which can then be used to improve sports performance.