Projects per year
I re-joined the University in 2006 after a period in industry and I am currently Reader in Electronics and Electrical Engineering and Course Advisor for EEE fourth and fith year.
I received a BSc in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from the University of Glasgow in 1983 and after a year working for the BBC in Broadcasting House London I returned to do a PhD in Coherent Optical Communications. Following this I had my first spell at Strathclyde researching into optical sensor systems for structural monitoring. I became Senior Research fellow in 1991 and joined the Rolls Royce University Technology Centre in 1998.
I left the department during 2001-2004 when I worked as a Senior Engineer at Kamelian Limited, a start-up company in the telecommunication area making semiconductor optical amplifiers. Following this I went to Scottish Enterprise to take a post as a Senior Manager supporting the delivery of the Intermediate Technology Institute ‘ITI Techmedia’.
In 2006 I came back to Strathclyde and continued to work on optical fibre communications technologies. At that time I also began also to develop a research expertise in wireless sensor technology for asset monitoring. Almost all of my research activity is now in this area with a particular emphasis on animal health monitoring. A few years ago we started a spin out company in this area. Now known as, SilentHerdsman Ltd., which makes neck mounted activity collars for cattle. The collars monitor cow movements and send alerts to enable farmers to inseminate the cattle at the optimum time, hence optimising milk yield.
Wireless sensor systems;
Precision livestock farming
My current research interests focus on wireless sensor networks and in particular the application of sensor systems within the area of animal health monitoring and precision livestock farming. Currently we are researching methods to process signatures derived from a neck mounted accelerometer in order to determine when a cow is in heat, when she is eating, drinking, ruminating, lying, standing or walking. This information facilitates the detection of a range of welfare events and enables farmers to optimise the performance of their herd.
My teaching activities are aligned closely to my research experience and presently I teach several classes:
EE473 Photonic Systems - including optical communications technologies and systems
EM310 Signals and Systems
EE473 Information Transmission and Security
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Glasgow
Bachelor of Science, University of Glasgow
Fostering Precision Agriculture and Livestock Farming through Secure Access to Large-Scale HPC-Enabled Virtual Industrial Experimentation Environment Empowering Scalable Big Data Analytics (H2020-ICT-2018-2020) (CYBELE)
1/01/19 → 31/12/21
Research Output per year
Using animal-mounted sensor technology and machine learning to predict time-to-calving in beef and dairy cowsMiller, G. A., Mitchell, M., Barker, Z. E., Giebel, K., Codling, E. A., Amory, J. R., Michie, C., Davison, C., Tachtatzis, C., Andonovic, I. & Duthie, C-A., 13 Jan 2020, In : Animal.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
A novel implementation of vibration signal decomposition for estimation of degradation in rotating plantBrown, B., Stephen, B., McArthur, S., West, G. & Michie, C., 26 Apr 2019, (Accepted/In press). 12 p.
Research output: Contribution to conference › Paper
Data for: "Image analysis framework with focus evaluation for in situ characterisation of particle size and shape attributes" (sample)
Cardona Amengual, J. (Creator), University of Strathclyde, 22 Mar 2018
Data for: "Integration of in situ imaging and chord length distribution measurements for estimation of particle size and shape"
Agimelen, O. S. (Creator), University of Strathclyde, 1 Aug 2018
A power saving scheme for application in wireless sensor networks predictive transmission success (PTS)Author: Andrä, C., 1 Jun 2010
Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis
Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis
Activities per year
The Challenges in the Implementation of Cloud-based Precision Livestock Management Services ProvisionChristopher Davison (Contributor), Andrew Hamilton (Contributor), Robert Atkinson (Contributor), Christos Tachtatzis (Contributor), Walter Michie (Contributor), Ivan Andonovic (Speaker)
Activity: Talk or presentation types › Invited talk