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Dr Craig Michie


Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Personal statement

I re-joined the University in 2006 after a period in industry and I am currently Reader in Electronics and Electrical Engineering and Course Advisor for EEE fourth and fith year.

I received a BSc in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from the University of Glasgow in 1983 and after a year working for the BBC in Broadcasting House London I returned to do a PhD in Coherent Optical Communications. Following this I had my first spell at Strathclyde researching into optical sensor systems for structural monitoring. I became Senior Research fellow in 1991 and joined the Rolls Royce University Technology Centre in 1998.

I left the department during 2001-2004 when I worked as a Senior Engineer at Kamelian Limited, a start-up company in the telecommunication area making semiconductor optical amplifiers. Following this I went to Scottish Enterprise to take a post as a Senior Manager supporting the delivery of  the Intermediate Technology Institute ‘ITI Techmedia’.

In  2006 I came back to Strathclyde and continued to work on optical fibre communications technologies. At that time I also began also to develop a research expertise in wireless sensor technology for asset monitoring. Almost all of my research activity is now in this area with a particular emphasis on animal health monitoring. A few years ago we started a spin out company in this area. Now known as, SilentHerdsman Ltd., which makes neck mounted activity collars for cattle. The collars monitor cow movements and send alerts to enable farmers to inseminate the cattle at the optimum time, hence optimising milk yield. 


Enabling digitisation of continuous manufacturing processes : the role of image analysis
Cardona Javier, Ferreira Carla Sofia, McGinty John, Hamilton Andrew, Agimelen Okpeafoh, Cleary Alison, Chen Yi-Chieh, Sefcik Jan, Michie Walter, Atkinson Robert, Andonovic Ivan, Tachtatzis Christos
Network Plus: Industrial Systems in the Digital Age Conference 2017, (2017)
Wireless MEMS sensors for precision farming
Michie C, Andonovic I, Tachtatzis C, Davison C, Konka J
Wireless MEMS Networks and ApplicationsWoodhead Publishing Series in Electronic and Optical Materials, (2016)
Lameness affects cow feeding but not rumination behaviour as charactersied from sensor data
Thorup Vivi M, Nielsen Birte L., Robert Pierre-Emmanuel, Giger-Reverdin Sylvie , Konka Jakub , Michie Walter, Friggens Nicholas C.
Frontiers in Veterinary Science Vol 3, (2016)
Integration of in situ imaging and chord length distribution measurements for estimation of particle size and shape
Agimelen Okpeafoh S., Jawor-Baczynska Anna, McGinty John, Dziewierz Jerzy, Tachtatzis Christos, Cleary Alison, Haley Ian, Michie Craig, Andonovic Ivan, Sefcik Jan, Mulholland Anthony J.
Chemical Engineering Science Vol 144, pp. 87-100, (2016)
Image-based monitoring of encrustation in the crystallisation process
Tachtatzis Christos, Sheridan Rachel, Michie Craig, Atkinson Robert C., Cleary Alison, Dziewierz Jerzy, Andonovic Ivan, Briggs Naomi E.B., Florence Alastair J., Sefcik Jan
Chemical Engineering Science Vol 133, pp. 82-90, (2015)
Evaluation of Visible Light Communication system performance in the presence of sunlight irradiance
Beshr Mahmoud, Michie Craig, Andonovic Ivan
17th International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks, pp. 1-4, (2015)

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My teaching activities are aligned closely to my research experience and presently I teach several classes:

EE473 Photonic Systems - including optical communications technologies and systems

EM310 Signals and Systems

EE473 Information Transmission and Security

Research interests

My current research interests focus on wireless sensor networks and in particular the application of sensor systems within the area of animal health monitoring and precision livestock farming. Currently we are researching methods to process signatures derived from a neck mounted accelerometer in order to determine when a cow is in heat, when she is eating, drinking, ruminating, lying, standing or walking. This information facilitates the detection of a range of welfare events and enables farmers to optimise the performance of their herd. 


KTP - Fathom Systems
Tachtatzis, Christos (Principal Investigator) Andonovic, Ivan (Co-investigator) Atkinson, Robert (Co-investigator) Cleary, Alison (Co-investigator) Michie, Walter (Co-investigator)
Period 04-Sep-2017 - 03-Sep-2020
Smart Tooling Spirit Phase 3
Tachtatzis, Christos (Principal Investigator) Andonovic, Ivan (Co-investigator) Atkinson, Robert (Co-investigator) Cleary, Alison (Co-investigator) Michie, Walter (Co-investigator)
Period 03-Jul-2017 - 02-Jul-2018
KTP - Aggreko
Tachtatzis, Christos (Principal Investigator) Michie, Walter (Co-investigator)
Period 01-May-2017 - 30-Oct-2019
Prosperity Partnership: Delivering Enhanced Through-Life Nuclear Asset Management
McArthur, Stephen (Principal Investigator) Dobie, Gordon (Co-investigator) Gachagan, Anthony (Co-investigator) Hamilton, Andrea (Co-investigator) Lunn, Rebecca (Co-investigator) Michie, Walter (Co-investigator) Pierce, Stephen (Co-investigator) Renshaw, Joanna (Co-investigator) West, Graeme (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Sep-2017 - 31-Aug-2022
Membrane performance study with GSK
Cleary, Alison (Principal Investigator) Andonovic, Ivan (Co-investigator) Atkinson, Robert (Co-investigator) Michie, Walter (Co-investigator) Tachtatzis, Christos (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Jul-2016 - 31-Mar-2018
Internet of Food Farm 2020 (IoF2020) (H2020 LEIT CC)
Andonovic, Ivan (Principal Investigator) Michie, Walter (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Jan-2017 - 31-Dec-2020

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