Philip Sewell

Dr Philip Sewell

  • Head of Department - Design & Engineering
  • Poole House P121, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
Back to top

Biography

Philip's interests are in the areas of design simulation & modelling, mechanics of materials, artificial intelligence and medical engineering. He has published over 30 journal, conference and magazine articles in these areas.

He has conducted research supported by EPSRC and the medical charity REMEDI developing methodologies for the clinical assessment of lower-limb prosthesis fit. This has also led to involvement with the International Paralympic Committee. He has also collaborated with BAE Systems Surface Ships Ltd. to develop a load measurement system for marine structures. Current research funding has led to collaborations with Chas A Blatchford & Sons Ltd Bournemouth Hospital, Poole Hospital and Hydreco Hydraulics.

In 2010 he was part of a team shortlisted for "Outstanding Engineering Research Team of the Year" at the national THE (Times Higher Education) Awards. In 2011 he won a Vice-Chancellor's Award for "Research/Enterprise Project of the Year".

In 2009 he won a BU Award for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning for "Enhancing Design students' engagement in technology-based subjects: A practical learning and online assessment strategy"...

more

Research

As a member of the Design and Engineering Research Centre at BU my current research is focused on the application of Inverse Problem Analysis techniques utilising Artificial Intelligence to solve a number of engineering problems.

Since joining BU I have been involved in developing research collaborations with Dorset Orthopaedics, Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Poole Hospital, Blatchford & Sons and BVT Surface Fleet, Poole and Bournemouth Hospitals and Hydreco Hydraulics. These collaborations have led to several bids for funding. In conjunction with Professor Noroozi and Professor Zahedi (Blatchford) we were awarded an EPSRC Case Award in 2009 to fund a PhD researcher for 3.5 years (£86k) to investigate utilising Inverse Problem Analysis in the design of new smart lower-limb prostheses.

I have also been awarded a matched funding studentship in collaboration with BVT Surface Fleet to investigate load measurement and monitoring in marine structures. This generated £26k of income to BU. On the strength of this collaboration and in conjunction with Professor Noroozi and Professor Cripps (BVT) we were awarded an EPSRC Case Award in 2009 to fund a PhD researcher for 3.5 years (£95k) to investigate new methods of flexible composite tooling for the marine industry.

Research in the field of lower-limb prosthetics design has led to being shortlisted as a finalist in the category of “Outstanding Engineering Research Team of the Year” at the National THE (Times Higher Education) Awards in 2010...

more

Journal Articles

Chapters

  • Sewell, P., Noroozi, S., Vinney, J., Amali, R. and Andrews, S., 2008. An Artificial Intelligence Approach for Measurement and Monitoring of Pressure at the Residual Limb/Socket Interface- A Clinical Approach. Proceedings CM 2008 / MFPT 2008 - The Fifth International Conference on Condition Monitoring & Machinery Failure Prevention Technologies Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, 15-18 July 2008. CM and MFPT, 1294-1304.
  • Vinney, J., Noroozi, S., Sewell, P. and Blount, G., 1999. The Case for a Case-Based Prosthetic Socket Design Assistant. In: Fiala, P. and Smrc ek, L., eds. Proceedings of the First International Conference on Advanced Engineering Design, Prague, May 31 - June 2, 1999. Prague, Czech Republic: CTU Publishing House, 45-46.

Conferences

  • Craig, E., Noroozi, S., Harvey, A. and Sewell, P., 2017. Gait symmetry in walking and running after unilateral total knee replacement: Is there a relationship between walking and running symmetry? In: 26th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Movement Analysis in Adults and Children (ESMAC) 6-9 September 2017 Trondheim, Norway.
  • Dupac, M. and Sewell, P., 2017. Quick 3D trajectory planning for rotating extensible manipulators using piecewise polynomial interpolation. In: Arias, I., Blanco, J.M., Clain, S., Flores, P., Lourenço, P., Ródenas, J.J. and Tur, M., eds. Congress on Numerical Methods in Engineering 3-5 July 2017 Valencia, Spain, 3-5 July, 2017. Valencia, Spain: International Center for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE), 1944-1949.
  • Noroozi, S., Aslani, N., Sewell, P., Ong, A. and Khoo, M., 2017. Visualising kinematics of an elastic Ossur ESR prosthetic foot using novel low-cost optical tracking systems. In: First World Congress on Condition Monitoring 2017 (WCCM 2017) 13-16 June 2017 ILEC Conference Centre, London, UK.
  • Davenport, P., Noroozi, S., Sewell, P. and Zahedi, S., 2017. Monitoring the suitability of the fit of a lower-limb prosthetic socket using artificial neural network in commonly encountered walking conditions. In: First World Congress on Condition Monitoring 2017 (WCCM 2017) 13-16 June 2017 ILEC Conference Centre, London, UK.
  • Hawkins, J., Noroozi, S., Dupac, M. and Sewell, P., 2017. An investigation of the effect of boundary conditions on the mechanical characteristics of an energy storing and returning prosthetic foot subject to non-destructive testing. In: First World Congress on Condition Monitoring 2017 (WCCM 2017) 13-16 June 2017 ILEC Conference Centre, London, UK.
  • Davenport, P., Noroozi, S., Sewell, P., Zahedi, S., McCarthy, J. and McGrath, M., 2017. An augmented reality method of visualising transtibial socket pressures and limb orientation. In: International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics 16TH World Congress 8-11 May 2017 Cape Town, South Apfrica.
  • Davenport, P., Sewell, P., Noroozi, S., Zahedi, S., McCarthy, J. and McGrath, M., 2017. Sensitivity of an inverse-problem socket pressure measurement system to changes in applied forces from standing. In: International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics 16TH World Congress 8-11 May 2017 Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Sewell, P., Noroozi, S., Davenport, P., Bascou, J., Villa, C. and Zahedi, S., 2016. Technological Innovations in prosthetic socket fitting – an external method to assess the residual limb/socket interaction. In: 20th National Scientifc Congress - ISPO France 17-18 November 2016 Lille, France.
  • Roberts, A., Thomas, B., Sewell, P., Aslani, N., Balmain, S., Balmain, I. and Gillman, J., 2016. The Potential of the Water Hammer in Pico-Scale Tidal Power Systems: an Experimental Investigation.
  • Davenport, P., Noroozi, S., Sewell, P. and Zahedi, S., 2016. Applying Ensemble Neural Networks to an Inverse Problem Solution to Prosthetic Socket Pressure Measurement.
  • Hawkins, J., Sewell, P. and Dupac, M., 2016. Understanding the design variables that contribute to the response of a prosthetic foot: Part II - Rig Validation.
  • Hawkins, J., Sewell, P. and Dupac, M., 2016. Understanding the design variables that contribute to the response of a prosthetic foot: Part I -Rig Design.
  • Hawkins, J., Noroozi, S., Dupac, M. and Sewell, P., 2015. An Investigation of the Ground Contact Point and Sagittal Plane Displacement of Energy Storage and Return (ESR) Composite Lower-Limb Prosthetic Feet during Running. In: International Society for Prosthetics & Orthotics (ISPO) World Congress 2015 22-25 June 2015 Lyon, France. 18.
  • Davenport, P., Noroozi, S., Sewell, P. and Zahedi, S., 2015. A proposed system for automatic categorisation of lower-limb prosthesis alignment using Learning Vector Quantisation and an inverse problem pressure measurement approach. In: International Society for Prosthetics & Orthotics (ISPO) World Congress 2015 22-25 June 2015 Lyon, France.
  • Romouzy Ali, A.M., Noroozi, S., Sewell, P. and Humphries-Smith, T., 2012. The Barriers Hindering Rapid Prototyping Deployment within Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises: Which Should Come First? In: Twelfth International Conference on Knowledge, Culture and Change Management 6-8 July 2012 Chicago, USA.
  • Sewell, P., 2010. Enhancing Design students’ engagement in technology-based subjects: A practical learning and online assessment strategy. In: DEC E-learning seminar 26 May 2010 Bournemouth University, England.
  • Dyer, B.T.J., Noroozi, S., Sewell, P. and Redwood, S., 2010. An Argument for Assessing Lower-Limb Sprinting Prostheses Technology. In: 13th ISPO World Congress 10-15 May 2010 Leipzig, Germany.
  • Sewell, P., 2010. Enhancing design student’s engagement in technology-based subjects: A practical learning and online assessment strategy. In: Education Enhancement Conference 2010 20 May 2010 Bournemouth University.
  • Khandan, R., Noroozi, S., Sewell, P. and Vinney, J., 2010. Optimum Design of Fibre Orientation Angles in Composite Laminate Plates for Minimum Thickness. In: ASME 2010 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition 12-18 November 2010 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  • Khandan, R., Noroozi, S., Sewell, P. and Vinney, J., 2010. Smart Passive Adaptive Control of Composite Plates. In: ASME 2010 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition 12-18 November 2010 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  • Behnia, M., Amali, R., Sewell, P., Vinney, J. and Noroozi, S., 2006. Application of Artificial Intelligence to Predict the Effect of Fertilizers on Saffron Production. In: 2nd International Symposium on Saffron Biology and Technology 28-30 October 2006 Mashhad, Iran.
  • Noroozi, S., Sewell, P. and Vinney, J., 2006. The Application of a Hybrid Inverse Boundary Element Problem Engine for the Solution of Potential Problems. In: 7th International Conference on Boundary Element Techniques 4-6 September 2006 École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (ENPC) Paris, France.
  • Amali, R., Noroozi, S., Vinney, J., Sewell, P. and Andrews, S., 2002. A Novel Approach for Predicting Interfacial Pressure Between a Prosthetic Socket and a Residual Limb. In: Annual Reception at the House of Commons for Britain's Younger Engineers from UK University, Industrial and Public Sector Laboratories 9 December 2002 London, England.
  • Amali, R., Noroozi, S., Vinney, J., Sewell, P. and Andrews, S., 2001. A Novel Approach for Assessing Interfacial Pressure Between the Prosthetic Socket and the Residual Limb for Below Knee Amputees using Artificial Neural Networks. In: IJCNN '01. International Joint Conference on Neural Networks 15-19 July 2001 Washington, DC. Washington DC, USA: IEEE Press, 2689-2693.
  • Andrews, S., Noroozi, S., Vinney, J., Amali, R. and Sewell, P., 2001. A Novel Approach to Assess Prosthetic Socket Fit Based on Combining Experimental and Empirical Techniques. In: Hughes, J. and Jacobs, N.A., eds. Proceedings of the 10th World Congress of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO 2001) 1-6 July 2001 Glasgow, Scotland. International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics.
  • Andrews, S., Noroozi, S., Sewell, P. and Vinney, J., 2001. A Novel Transducer to Aid the Assessment of Prosthetic Socket Fit. In: Seventh Annual Conference of the British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists 6-8 April 2001 Nottingham, England.
  • Sewell, P., Noroozi, S., Vinney, J. and Andrews, S., 2000. A Tool to Aid Below-Knee Prosthetic Socket Fitting. In: Special Reception in 2000 for Britain's Younger Engineers 4 December 2000 The House of Commons, London.
  • Noroozi, S., Sewell, P., Vinney, J. and Andrews, S., 2000. Introduction of a Novel Tool for Real-Time Monitoring and Assessment of Prosthetic Socket Fit. In: Pusey, H.C. and Rao, R.B.K.N., eds. Condition monitoring and diagnostic engineering management : COMADEM 2000 : proceedings of the 13th International Congress. 3-8 December 2000 Houston, Texas, USA. Elsevier, 597-605.
  • Noroozi, S., Vinney, J., Sewell, P. and Al-Rawe, A., 2000. An Empirical Model of the Structural Characteristics of Un-ribbed Cylindrical GRP Tanks. In: Horváth, I., Medland, A.J. and Vergeest, J.S.M., eds. TMCE 2000 Third international symposium on tools and methods of competitive engineering 18-21 April 2000 Delft University. Delft, The Netherlands: Delft University Press, 571-580.
  • Noroozi, S., Vinney, J. and Sewell, P., 1999. The Application of Redundant Industrial Robots In Bio-Mechanical Engineering. In: Advanced Robotics Development Conference on Medical Robotics 23-24 September 1999 Pisa, Italy.
  • Noroozi, S., Vinney, J., Wait, D. and Sewell, P., 1999. The Use of Boundary Element Analysis as a Design Aid to Analyse Complex Aspects of Aircraft Landing Gear Joint Design. In: 1st International Conference in Boundary Element Techniques July 1999 Queen Mary College, London. 425-436.

Reports

PhD Students

  • Philip Davenport (Development and clinical application of a prosthetic socket interface pressure measurement system using artificial neural networks)
  • Navid Aslani (a novel transducer to measure or estimate the deltoid tension in Reverse Shoulder Replacement)
  • Richard Glithro (Design and Optimisation of Conformal Cooling Channels for Injection Moulding Tools)
  • Rasoul Khandan (Smart Passive Adaptive Control of Laminated Composite Plates (Through Optimisation of Fibre Orientation))
  • Bryce Dyer (An Insight into the Acceptable Use & Assessment of Lower-limb Running Prosthesis used in Disability Sport)
  • Ahmed Romouzy Ali (A Strategy to Deploy Rapid Prototyping within SME’s)
  • James Hawkins (Dynamic characteristics of composite energy-storing-and-returning (ESR) prosthetic feet)
  • Mohammad Reza Ramazani (Load Measurement of In-service Marine Structures to Influence their Design)

Profile of Teaching PG

  • Design Simulation
  • MEng Project

Profile of Teaching UG

  • BEng Project
  • Engineering Tools
  • Advanced Engineering
  • Technological Principles

Grants

  • Investigation of the design of a new generation of hydraulically driven mechanical drive systems (Bournemouth University and Hydreco Hydraulics, 01 Jan 2015). Awarded
  • Investigating the next generation of controls systems for novel hydraulic actuator systems (Bournemouth University and Hydreco Hydraulics, 01 Jan 2015). Awarded
  • Gait cycle analysis after Total Knee Replacement (Bournemouth University and Poole Hospital, 01 Dec 2014). Awarded
  • Investigation to Improve Lower-Limb Amputee Prosthesis Fit through the Design of a Smart Socket (EPSRC, 01 Apr 2014). In Progress
  • An Optimised Tidal Energy Design for Poole Harbour (Balmain Charitable Trust, 06 Jan 2014). In Progress
  • Investigating the ideal Deltoid Tension in Reverse Shoulder Replacements (Bournemouth Hospital and Bournemouth University, 01 Oct 2013). In Progress
  • Dynamic characteristics of composite energy-storing-and-returning (ESR) prosthetic feet (Bournemouth University, 02 Jan 2012). In Progress
  • Load Measurement of In-service Marine Structures to Influence their Design (BVT Surface Ships Ltd and Bournemouth University, 01 Oct 2009). Completed

External Responsibilities

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • A talk was give at the BU Festival of Learning 2015 entitled "What professional engineers do and how to become one" - It is estimated only 36% of engineers in the UK are registered as professional engineers and the overall number of professional engineers is in decline. However, they are vital to the growth of the UK economy. The role/benefits of becoming a professional engineer and an innovative professional registration scheme co-created by BU staff, students and employers were discussed.
  • Voluntary six month role of Higher Education (HE) Sector Advocate in Engineering, the primary role was to be a point of contact in HE and a source of advice for Local Authority 14-19 teams in the local vicinity to enhance progression opportunities from the new Diplomas and other qualifications into HE in the South West.

Qualifications

  • PGCert in Research Degree Supervision in Research Degree Supervision (Bournemouth University, 2008)
  • PhD in The application of photoelastic analysis for the a (University of the West of England, Bristol, 2003)
  • BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering (University of the West of England, Bristol, 1998)

Honours

  • International Award for Excellence for research into deploying Rapid Prototyping in SMEs (International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management: Annual Review., 2013)
  • Vice-Chancellor's Award for "Research/Enterprise Project of the Year (Bournemouth University, 2011)
  • Runner up in the category of “Outstanding Engineering Research Team of the Year” (Times Higher Education, 2010)
  • BU Award for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (Bournemouth University, 2009)

Memberships

  • Engineering Council UK, Chartered Engineer (2011-),
  • Higher Education Academy, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2012-),
  • Institution of Engineering Designers (MIED), Member (2011-),
  • Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), Member (2015-),
The data on this page was last updated at 04:07 on September 19, 2017.