Prof Ian Wells

Prof Ian Wells BSc, MSc, PhD, CEng, SMIEEE, FIET, FBCS

Head of School of Applied Computing

Swansea

Tel: +(44) 01792 481008
E-mail: ian.wells@uwtsd.ac.uk

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Jointly the Director or the Wales Informatics Institute (TWII), Head of the School of Applied Computing and Professor in Digital Signal Processing (DSP), 

Currently Professor of DSP, Head of School of Applied Computing and Director of TWII

Other roles have included the following:

June 2013 – November 2015: Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience) (2 years fixed term):

As a member of the Senior Directorate of the University and the Senior Management Team he attended all strategic and major operational committees of the University. He covered strategic and operational leadership across the University in:

  • student engagement
  • student recruitment and retention
  • marketing
  • student satisfaction
  • widening access
  • Engagement with the student union.
  • Student services
  • Learning and teaching (non-regulatory)

 Sept 2011 – June 2013: Assistant Dean of Quality in the Faculty of Applied Design and Engineering. The duties of this role were to deal with all matters relating to Quality Assurance and Enhancement within the Faculty as well as all matters related to Learning and Teaching and to represent the Faculty on University level committees.

Sept 2005 –Sept 2011: Head of School, School of Applied Computing  in the Faculty of Applied Design and Engineering at Swansea Metropolitan University.

Sept 2003-August 2005: Head of School, School of Internet and Computer Technology in parallel with being Research Director of Technium Digital. The Technium concept was an important part of the Welsh Assembly Government’s economic policies was involved with this project at an early stage. This role was an interface between industry and academia and involved the selection of start-up and University spin out high technology companies throughout the Welsh Technium network. Held many meetings with SMEs, multinationals, academics of all levels and representatives of government via the WDA during this period. The role was also to facilitate research collaborations with these companies and academia.

  • Chair of the Wales South West branch of the IET
  • Member of the Cross Party Group for Science and Technology at the Welsh National assembly
  • Welsh Representative on the Council of Professors and Heads of Computing (CPHC) National Committee
  • Founding member of the Welsh section of the Council of Professors and Heads of Computing (CPHC)
  • British Computer Society South Wales Higher Education Committee
  • Committee member for the IET Wales South West
  • Higher Education Officer for the IET Wales SW branch.
  • Committee member for BCS Wales.
  • STEM Ambassador

Subject expertise with regard to teaching has included:

  • Digital Signal Processing,
  • Computer Networks and Protocols
  • Digital Communications Systems
  • Mobile Internet Protocol,
  • IC Design,
  • VHDL
  • Digital Systems
  • Digital Electronics

PhD and MPhil Supervision/Examination as follows:

  • examiner for four and a supervisor for six successfully completed PhDs and 2 MPhils.
  • currently a supervisor for 8 on-going PhDs.
  • successfully supervised around 20 M.Sc. projects.
  • external examiner for 4 PhDs and 3 MPhils and a chair of two PhD examinations.

Current personal research interests include sensor networks (both terrestrial and underwater), ultrasonic non-destructive testing (NDT), medical signal processing, communications systems and computer networks.

Led the ASTEC project which was to develop the world’s first underwater sensor network using radio waves. Currently supervising a PhD investigating the pollution distribution in rivers and sea using a rapidly moving sensor network. Was involved in a major research collaboration with the Welding Institute based in Port Talbot. This involved the development of research in ultrasonic non-destructive testing has supervised three PhD students in this area.

Research in the acoustic analysis of snoring sounds as a method for snore site discrimination and eventually as a medical diagnostic tool for the diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnoea. Successfully supervised one PhD and currently supervising two PhDs in this area. Invited as a guest expert speaker to an IEEE International conference on the strength of this research work (IEEE First International Symposium on Audible Acoustics in Medicine and Physiology, Purdue University, USA; September 8th and 9th 2008).

Current main focus of research is involved with mobile sensor networks for environmental monitoring. The current project is developing a floating sensor network for the measurement and monitoring of coastal erosion.

Technical Research Related Activity

Journal Editorial

Editorial Board member for the International Journal of Computer Applications, Foundation of Computer Science, New York, USA since 2010

Editorial Board member for USM Journal of Advanced Computing & Applications (JACA) since 2009

Editorial Board Member for the MASAUM Journal of Computing (MJC), (Masaum Network) since 2009

Technical Programme Committee Member

Technical Programme Committee Member and Paper Reviewer (Signal Processing in Communications) for “IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICCT)”, 2004 to present

Technical Programme Committee Member and Paper Reviewer (Signal Processing in Communications) for “IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICCT)”, 2004 to present

Technical Programme Committee Member and Paper Reviewer for “IEEE International Conference on Advances in Computing and Communications and Informatics (ICACCI’2011)”, 2011 to present

Technical Programme Committee Member and Paper Reviewer for International Conference on Computer Communications and Networks (ICCCN), 2011 to present

Technical Programme Committee Member and Paper Reviewer for  IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (IEEE WCNC 2013 – PHY), 2013

Technical Paper Reviewer

Paper Reviewer for the IET Transactions on Wireless Sensor Systems since 2011

Technical Programme Committee Member and Paper Reviewer (International conference on advances in computing and communications”,  (ACC2011).

Paper reviewer for the Institute of Physics Journal of Physiological Measurement since 2007

Technical expertise in the areas of Computer Networks from a commercial viewpoint and also from a low level protocol design view. High level technical expertise in physical layer digital communications systems and digital signal processing. Expertise in the realisation of complex digital systems using integrated circuit synthesis technologies. Specific skills include Matlab , Simulink, Xilinx, VHDL, Cisco IOS, OPNET Modeller.

Currently leads on a major strategic initiative being developed in partnership with the ‘NHS Wales Informatics Service (NWIS)’ which heads up all IT services in the Welsh NHS. The initiative known as ‘The Wales Informatics Institute’ (TWII) is pulling together the developing work of NWIS with the teaching, training and ‘research and development’ work at the University, other partners and the School of Applied Computing. TWII will develop, in partnership with the Wales Institute for Work-based Learning (WIWBL); close to market research and development; commercialisation of concepts; industry focused academic programmes; focused CPD work for NWIS and student employability experiences. This will have many advantages both for NWIS, other partners and UWTSD. NWIS has relocated to the new SA1 campus of UWTSD as a part of this project which will involve around 100 staff.

Shortlisted for “The Engineer Technology & Innovation Awards 2010” in the Environmental Technology category at the Royal Society, London on December 2010

In August 2008 awarded £611,000 bid for an 18 month Technology Strategy Board Project (ASTEC) involving the School of Natural and Built Environment at SMU, Wireless Fibre Systems (Edinburgh) and Valeport (Dorset). The project concluded successfully; slightly behind schedule (2 months) and, as Project Manager, was given the highest commendation at all stages of development by the TSB, particularly the project management process.

Winner of the 1989 (QED/Wintech) prize for an Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) design to control a medical laser system. An initiative to develop academic and industrial partnerships to promote the use of ASIC technology

Journals

Mosey, S.A.,  Charlton, P.C.,  and Wells, I., ‘Resolution enhancement of ultrasonic B-mode images’,  Insight Vol 55 No 2 February 2013

Mosey, S.A.,  Charlton, P.C.,  and Wells, I., ‘ A Modified Synthetic Aperture Focussing Technique Utilising the Spatial Impulse Response of the Ultrasound Transducer’, NDT.net e-Journal, March 2013

 

Xianhui Che, Ian Wells, Gordon Dickers, Paul Kear, “TDMA Frame Design for a Prototype Underwater RF Communication Network”, Ad Hoc Networks, Elsevier, Volume 10, Issue 3, May 2012, pp 317-327 . (DOI: 10.1016/j.adhoc.2011.07.002)

Che, X.; Wells, I.; Dickers, G.; Kear, P.; Gong, X.; , "Re-evaluation of RF electromagnetic communication in underwater sensor networks," Communications Magazine, IEEE , vol.48, no.12, pp.143-151, December 2010 doi: 10.1109/MCOM.2010.5673085

Wells, I., Charlton, P. C., Mosey, S. and Donne, K. E. , Background noise removal in ultrasonic B-scan images using iterative statistical techniques. Quality and Reliability Engineering International, February 19th 2008, 24: 873–879. doi: 10.1002/qre.902

R. J. Beeton, I Wells ,P. Ebden, H.B. Whittet, J. Clarke, “Snore site discrimination using statistical moments of free field snoring sounds recorded during sleep nasendoscopy”, (Institute of Physics Journal of Physiological Measurement 28 (2007) pp1225-1236.) doi: 10.1088/0967-3334/28/10/008

S Mosey, P C Charlton and I Wells, “Iterative Method for Background Noise Removal in Ultrasonic B-Scan Images”, INSIGHT - NDT and Condition Monitoring, the Journal of the British Institute of NDT, Special Issue on Ultrasonics, October 2006 doi: 10.1784/insi.2006.48.11.677

Conferences

Abuhmida, M, Rhadhakrishnan, K and Wells, I, “Performance Evaluation of Mobile Adhoc Routing Protocols on Wireless Sensor Networks for Environmental Monitoring”,  International Conference on Modelling and Simulation (UKSIM’15)

Abuhmida, M, Rhadhakrishnan, K and Wells, I, “Novel Ant Colony Optimized Routing in mobile Ad-hoc Network” , International Conference on Internet Technologies and Applications (ITA’15)

Abuhmida, M, Rhadhakrishnan, K and Wells, I, “ANTMANET: A Routing Protocol for Mobile Ad Hoc Networks”, International Conference on Computational Intelligence, Communication Systems and Networks  (CICSyN2015)

Abuhmida, M., Wells, I. and Che, X., 'A Survey of Wireless Sensor Network Protocols Enabling High Mobility with a Focus on Swarm Intelligence', Fourth International Conference on Internet Technologies and Applications (ITA 11)

 Wells, I.; Davies, A.; Xianhui Che; Kear, P.; Dickers, G.; Xiaochun Gong; Rhodes, M.; , "Node pattern simulation of an undersea sensor network using RF electromagnetic communications," Ultra-Modern Telecommunications & Workshops, 2009. ICUMT '09. International Conference on , vol., no., pp.1-4, 12-14 Oct. 2009
doi: 10.1109/ICUMT.2009.5345555

Xianhui Che; Wells, I.; "A selective-abstraction modelling approach for simplifying computer network studies," Ultra-Modern Telecommunications & Workshops, 2009. ICUMT '09. International Conference on , vol., no., pp.1-4, 12-14 Oct. 2009
doi: 10.1109/ICUMT.2009.5345432

Xianhui Che; Wells, I.; Kear, P.; Dickers, G.; Xiaochun Gong; Rhodes, M.; , "A Static Multi-hop Underwater Wireless Sensor Network Using  RF Electromagnetic Communications," Distributed Computing Systems Workshops, 2009. ICDCS Workshops '09. 29th IEEE International Conference on , vol., no., pp.460-463, 22-26 June 2009
doi: 10.1109/ICDCSW.2009.36

Xianhui Che; Wells, I.; Dickers, G.; Kear, P.; Xiaochun Gong; Rhodes, M.; , "Failure Tolerance Analysis of a Small Scale Underwater Sensor Network with RF Electromagnetic Communications," Sensor Technologies and Applications, 2009. SENSORCOMM '09. Third International Conference on , vol., no., pp.671-675, 18-23 June 2009
doi: 10.1109/SENSORCOMM.2009.108

I. Wells and J. Beeton, “Acoustic Analysis of Snoring Sounds”, IEEE First International Symposium on Audible Acoustics in Medicine and Physiology, Purdue University, USA Sept 8-9, 2008

Wells, I.; Pell, D.; , "Implementation of Low Power Finite Impulse Response Primitive Operator Filters on FPGAs," Digital Signal Processing, 2007 15th International Conference on , vol., no., pp.323-326, 1-4 July 2007
doi: 10.1109/ICDSP.2007.4288584

The Second World Congress on Engineering Asset Management (EAM) and The Fourth International Conference on Condition Monitoring, 11-14 June 2007, Harrogate, United Kingdom

R J Beeton and  I Wells, “Predictive value of the Acoustic Analysis of Snoring Sounds for Identifying Sleep-arousal Events”, 6th International Conference on Quality Reliability and Maintenance (QRM ’07), March 15th to 16th 2007, Oxford

Wells, I and Dan-Asabe, T., “Modelling of the IEEE 802.11 MAC Layer using Finite State Machines”, Eighth International Symposium on Communication Theory and Applications (ISCTA ’05), 17th – 22nd July, 2005, Ambleside, Lake District, UK

Qazi, B.R., Harikrishnan, Y., Ahmed, S.B., Wells, I., and Elmirghani, J.M.H., “Performance Analysis of a MAC Protocol for Speech transmission in Optical Wireless Communications”,  London Communication Symposium (LCS’03) (University College London 2003)

Wells, I, "A Novel Algorithm for FIR Filter Design", International Symposium on Digital Signal Processing (London) 1997

Wells, I, "A Novel Algorithm for IIR Filter Design", International Symposium on Digital Signal Processing (London) 1996

Wells, I,"FIR Filter Bank Multiplier Block Implementation" Signal Processing VI: Theory and Applications Vandewalle J. et al (Editors) 1992 EUSIPCO, Elsevier Science Publishers

Other Publications

Wells, I, “Sensing Erosion from Below”, (Advances Wales Magazine, Welsh Assembly Government), Autumn 2009, issue 6, pp. 24-25

Wells, I, “Automated Sensing Technologies For Coastal  Monitoring ( ASTEC)”, (International Ocean Systems Magazine, Underwater World Publications Ltd), March/April 2009, Vol. 13, No. 2.

PhD thesis Digital Signal Processing Architectures for Speech Recognition University of The West of England, 1996

Session Chairman at the IEEE International Conference on Ultra-Modern Telecommunications (ICUMT 2009), 12-14 October 2009, St. Petersburg, Russia

Guest expert speaker to an IEEE International conference on the strength of this research work (IEEE First International Symposium on Audible Acoustics in Medicine and Physiology, Purdue University, USA; September 8th and 9th 2008).

Conference organiser of the CPHC national Conference, Cardiff University, 25th -26th March 2013