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Dr David Li

Senior Lecturer

Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

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.

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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 a 3 year PhD studentship on 3D ranging, and we would expect to start the project as soon as possible.

He has also secured a 4 year PhD studentship on smart single-photon sensing systems; we expect the project to start from October 2018.

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


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

China Scholarship Council: (for students in China) 

Commonwealth Scholaraships: 

EU Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowships:

Newton Fellowships: 

Royal Society Newton Mobility Grant: 

Royal Academy of Engineering Newton Mobility Grant:


A 192 x 128 time correlated single photon counting imager in 40nm CMOS technology
Henderson Robert K., Johnston Nick, Chen Haochang, Li David Day-Uei, Hungerford Graham, Hirsch Richard, Yip Philip, McLoskey David, Birch David
44th European Solid-State Circuits Conference (ESSCIRC) 2018, (2018)
Eigenface algorithm-based facial expression recognition in conversations - an experimental study
Fei Zixiang, Yang Erfu, Li David, Butler Stephen, Ijomah Winifred, Mackin Neil
The 9th International Conference on Brain-Inspired Cognitive System​, pp. 1-10, (2018)
Single-shot time-gated fluorescence lifetime imaging using three-frame images
Li Yahui, Jia Hui, Chen Shaorong, Tian Jinshou, Liang Lingliang, Yuan Fenfang, Yu Hongqi, Li David
Optics Express Vol 26, pp. 17936-17947, (2018)
Multi-channel, low nonlinearity time-to-digital converters based on 20nm and 28nm FPGAs
Chen Haochang, Li David Day-Uei
IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, (2018)
Multi-frame blind deconvolution of atmospheric turbulence degraded images with mixed noise models
Yang Afeng, Jiang Xue, Day-Uei Li David
Electronics Letters Vol 54, pp. 206-208, (2018)
Estimating fluorescence lifetimes using the expectation-maximisation algorithm
Gao Kai, Li David Day-Uei
Electronics Letters Vol 54, pp. 1-2, (2018)

more publications


Smart Hardware-embedded Data Processors for Rapid 3D Ranging & Imaging
Li, David (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Aug-2018 - 31-Jul-2021
Smart processors for rapid 3D ranging and imaging
Li, David (Principal Investigator) Yang, Erfu (Co-investigator) Wang, Weiyu (Researcher)
Period 01-Aug-2018 - 31-Jul-2021
Smart Big Data Analysis for Time-of-Flight Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR)
Li, David (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-May-2018 - 30-Apr-2020
Development of Imaging Technologies for 3D Visualisation of Cancer Invasion (EPSRC OPTIMA)
Li, David (Principal Investigator) Hallas-Potts, Amelia May (Researcher)
Period 01-Oct-2016 - 30-Sep-2020
UK Quantum Technology Hub in Quantum Enhanced Imaging (Quantic) / R140296-202
Birch, David (Principal Investigator) Chen, Yu (Co-investigator) Li, David (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2014 - 30-Sep-2019
UK Quantum Technology Hub in Quantum Enhanced Imaging (Quantic) / R140296-106
Birch, David (Principal Investigator) Chen, Yu (Co-investigator) Li, David (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2014 - 30-Sep-2019

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