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Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

1. Smart fluorescence lifetime flow cytometry based on single-photon sensor arrays 2. FPGA-based multichannel picosecond time-to-digital converters 3. Innovative CMOS single-photon sensors for time-resolved spectroscopy and 3D ranging 4. GPU enhanced biomedical image analysis

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Personal profile

Personal Statement

David Li is a senior lecturer in photonics/electronics. He received his PhD in electrical engineering from the National Taiwan University. He then joined the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), Taiwan, as a R&D engineer working on 1.25-12.5Gbps optical communication chipsets and wireless communication IP, knowledge transfer, and international joint projects with the Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA.

From 2007 to 2011, he worked at the Institute for Integrated Micro and Nano Systems, University of Edinburgh, on the European projects "MEGAFRAME" and "METOXIA" for CMOS single-photon avalanche diode (SPAD) based fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (FLIM) cameras and analogue front-end circuits. He has invented several hardware-embedded imaging processors which resulted in the first video-rate FLIM imaging on CMOS SPAD arrays.

From January 2014, he joined the Centre for Biophotonics, SIPBS, after his first lecturing position in biomedical engineering and embedded systems at the School of Engineering and Informatics, University of Sussex (where he led a research team working on industry-funded projects).

His current research interests include CMOS imaging and sensor systems, embedded systems and GPU computing, digital signal processing, mixed-signal integrated circuits, fluorescence based sensing systems, electrical impedance sensing systems, forward models of electrical impedance tomography, finite-element/finite-difference and numerical modelling. He has been working with researchers within the UK and from oversea such as Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, France, China, USA, and Taiwan.

Please also check: https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?hl=en&user=UFE7FyIAAAAJ.

David would be delighted to collaborate with colleagues or hear from potential PhD candidates interested in exploring any aspect of imaging/sensing and embedded systems research.


Available Studentships:

David has secured four 3-year PhD studentships in time-resolved spectroscopy/imaging and high-precision time-resolved measurements, and we would expect to start the projects from 1st October 2019

Candidates interested in these projects could send CVs and transcripts to him for further discussions.


Other funding opportunities for post-graduate students, postdoc researchers and visiting scholars:

China Scholarship Council: http://en.csc.edu.cn/ (for students in China) 

Commonwealth Scholaraships: http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk 

EU Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowships: http://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/

Newton Fellowships: http://www.newtonfellowships.org 

Royal Society Newton Mobility Grant: https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/newton-mobility-grants/ 

Royal Academy of Engineering Newton Mobility Grant: http://www.raeng.org.uk/grants-and-prizes/international-research-and-collaborations/newton-fund-programmes/newton-research-collaboration-programme

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Projects 2012 2023

Stand-off, SPAD-enhanced Ultra-Violet Raman Spectroscopy

Kelly, E., Stothard, D. & Li, D.


Project: Research

High-precision timing circuits for time-resolved measurements

Li, D. & XIE, W.


Project: Research - Studentship

Research Output 2003 2019

8 Citations (Scopus)
85 Downloads (Pure)

A 192 X 128 time correlated SPAD image sensor in 40nm CMOS technology

Henderson, R. K., Johnston, N., Mattioli Della Rocca, F., Chen, H., Li, D. D-U., Hungerford, G., Hirsch, R., McLoskey, D., Yip, P. & Birch, D. J. S., 31 Jul 2019, In : IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits. 54, 7, p. 1907-1916 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Avalanche diodes
avalanche diodes
Image sensors
3 Downloads (Pure)

A survey on computer vision techniques for detecting facial features towards the early diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment in the elderly

Fei, Z., Yang, E., Li, D. D-U., Butler, S., Ijomah, W. & Zhou, H., 31 Jul 2019, In : Systems Science and Control Engineering. 7, 1, p. 252–263 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Facial Expression
Computer Vision
Computer vision
Feature extraction


Development of computational methods for standing wave microscopy

Author: Scrimgeour, R., 1 Apr 2019

Supervisor: McConnell, G. (Supervisor) & Li, D. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis