James McLaughlin

James McLaughlin

James McLaughlin OBE, a physicist, is the Director of the Engineering Research Institute (ERI) and Director of NIBEC. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and the Irish Academy of Engineering; and was awarded an OBE for his services to Research and Economic Development in N. Ireland. Present research interests address pointof-care sensors and medical diagnostics and have led key developments in sensor materials technology.

He has over three hundred publications, numerous successful patents and achieved outstanding paper awards at international conferences, as well as being honored as an invited keynote speaker at numerous International Conferences. In recent years Professor McLaughlin’s over-arching strategy is aimed at developing a strong Connected Health Platform within the University of Ulster. Professor McLaughlin has attracted over £41m of funding to establish research that has led to the establishment of multiple research centers. He is the co-founder of Intelesens Ltd. which specializes in the design and fabrication of wireless vital-signs monitoring systems, as well as incorporating new micro- and nano-scale technologies, thus enabling the miniaturization and integration of low-cost medical device systems. He is also a Director with Noribic, SiSAF (Chief Scientific Officer) and the European Connected Health Campus/Alliance (Chair 2009-2011).


  • Bio-fluid sample tester system with LoRa radio
    A Community-based IoT Personalized Wireless Healthcare Solution Trial

    Part of the Special Issue Advanced Internet of Things in a Personalized Healthcare System: Validation, Analysis and Utilization
    This paper presents an advanced Internet of Things point-of-care bio-fluid analyzer; a LoRa/Bluetooth-enabled electronic reader for biomedical strip-based diagnostics system for personalized monitoring. We undertake test simulations (technology trial without patient subjects) to demonstrate potential of long-range analysis, using a disposable test `key’ and companion Android app to form a diagnostic platform suitable for remote point-of-care screening for UTI.


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