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Marina Cole

Brief CV  

A. Personal details

Full Name and Title: Dr Marina Cole Title of current appointment: Associate Professor Department and Address: Engineering (Electrical and Electronics Engineering Division), Warwick University, Coventry, CV4 7AL, UK Contact Details: Telephone: +44 7624 523546 Email: B. EDUCATION INSTITUTION DEGREE YEAR FIELD OF STUDY University of Montenegro, Serbia & Montenegro B.Sc. 1988 Electronics (8.9/10 average) Coventry University, UK Ph.D. 1998 Electronics & Metrology

C. Positions and Honors

Positions and Employment: 2006 – to date Associate Professor, University of Warwick, UK 1998 - 2006 Lecturer, University of Warwick, UK. 1996 - 1998 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Warwick, UK. 1993 - 1996 Research Student/Part-time Lecturer, Coventry University, UK. 1991 - 1993 Electronic Engineer, The Aluminium Plant, Dept. of Equipment Maintenance, Montenegro, Yugoslavia. 1988 - 1991 Electronic Engineer, The Aluminium Plant, Dept. of Quality Control, Montenegro, Yugoslavia. Professional Membership and Activities 1998 - Member of IEEE Member of Program Committees of Conferences:

2000 Member of the Organising Committee of the 6th Joint Warwick/Tokyo Nanotechnology Symposium, Warwick, UK 2003 – 2007 Member of the Technical Program Committee of the IEEE Sensors Conference. 2007 - 2008 Member of the International Program Committee of the Sixth IASTED International Conference on Biomedical Engineering Session chair:

1. SPIE Conference on Smart Electronics, MEMS, BioMEMS, and Nanotechnology, Session title: Microsensors, Actuators, and MEMS III, 14-18 March 2004, San Diego, California, USA. 2. IEEE Sensors 2004 Conference, Session title: CMOS Sensors, Vienna, Austria, October 2004. 3. IEEE Sensors 2005 Conference, Session title: FETs for Chemical Sensing, Irvine, California, USA, November 2005. 4. IASTED International Conference on Biomedical Engineering, Session title: Medical Devices, Measurement and Technology, Innsbruck, Austria, February 2007 Reviewer:

Sensors and Actuators, IEEE Sensors Journal, Royal Society of Chemistry Selected Recent Invited Papers and Lectures: 1. Gardner, J.W and Cole, M, Medical Applications of Electronic nose technology The Fifth International Conference on Breath Odour (5th ICBO) and the biennial meeting of the International Society of Breath Odour Research (ISBOR) in Tokyo, Japan, 1-2 July 2001. 2. Gardner, Cole, M. and Udrea, F., CMOS Gas Sensors and Smart Devices, IEEE Sensors 2002 Conference, Florida, USA, June 12-14, 2002 3. Lecturer at The International School on Gas Sensors, Lecce, Italy, 28 May – 2 June 2001. 4. Lecturer at First NOSE II Short Course, Bressanone, Italy, 24 February – 1 March 2002. 5. Lecturer at Fourth NOSE II Short Course, Analipsi, Crete, Greece, 9 – 14 October 2005. 6. Cole, M and Gardner, J.W, Electronic nose technology, PASG’s (Pharmaceutical Analytical Sciences Group) 15th Autumn Meeting, 11-12 October 2004, Meriden, UK. 7. Cole, M. and Gardner, J.W, Smart Microsensors and Microsystems for Chemical Sensing, research seminar at the Institute of Microtechnology, University of Neuchatel, Switzerland, 17 December 2004. 8. S. al-Khalifa, M. Cole and J.W. Gardner, Electronic Tongue: Concept and applications, research seminar at the University Alcala, Signal Processing Department, Madrid, Spain, 6 July 2005. 9. Cole, M and Gardner, J.W, Invited talk at the MEMS meeting organised by The Society of Environmental Engineers, 1 December 2005, London, UK D. Teaching 1. ES390 Fundamentals of Modern VLSI Design 2. ES3B2 Digital Systems Design 3. ES434 ASICs, MEMS and Smart DEvices E. Research Support

Ongoing Research Support

1. Novel implementation techniques for a wavelet-based broadband signal detection system, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Grant , UK support, 2005-2008. Project summary:

In an active sonar system working in a reverberation-limited environment, the detection of low- and zero-Doppler signals in real-time is computationally expensive if we are to use the optimum technique using the correlation matrix. Previous research on the topic showed that an Adaptive Noise Canceller(ANC) can be a useful and computationally efficient alternative in the narrowband case and promising results were shown implementing an ANC by means of a least-squares lattice algorithm. The proposed research aims to look at the broadband case in which the doppler-shift model, used in the narrowband case, is no longer valid. In particular, the use of wavelets is proposed since the family of scaled wavelets better models the behaviour of pulses in a reverberation-limited broadband and shallow-water environment. Furthermore, this approach allows the possibility of designing a wavelet pulse that can maximise the signal and noise to local background ratio. The main thrust of the research is to design and model a broadband detection system based on a digital VLSI architecture. Evaluation of designs using ASICs and FPGAs will be made. In addition the feasibility of an analogue approach based on an acousto-optical wavelet correlator will be considered. 2. Biosynthetic Infochemical Communication (iCHEM), EC 6th Framework Programme, 2007-2010. Project summary: By exploiting recent advances in the understanding of pheromone biosynthesis pathways and how pheromone molecules (a key category of so-called infochemicals) are detected and decoded in the insect nervous system we will develop a new class of technology for infochemical communication. In a novel approach to information and communication technology (ICT) we will first investigate, design and implement using microreactor technology, the biosynthesis pathways of infochemical production in the moth Spodoptera littoralis. This subsystem we term a “chemoemitter” (a microsystem capable of generating a precise mix of predefined synthesised compounds in programmable ratios of concentration). In parallel we will investigate, design and implement a complementary tuned detector of this volatile chemical mixture based upon principles of molecular detection in the receptor and antennal lobe neurons of the same animal (termed a “chemoreceiver”) which is able to recover the ratiometric information deployed in the world. As a combined system this innovative chemoemitter/receiver will be capable of information transmission using chemicals alone and will form the basis of a new technological field for labelling, information transmission and biochemical interfacing. Chemical messages may be deposited on surfaces or transmitted through gaseous/liquid media. Moreover, by controlling the volatility of the predefined pheromone compounds (by adjusting molecular chain length) it will be possible to transmit time-sensitive and time-registered information. As such we expect our approach and the technologies developed in this project to have long-term implications for automatic identification and data capture (AIDC), product labelling, search and rescue, data storage, unexploded ordinance and mine localisation, air silent communication, unmanned space exploration, medical diagnosis/treatment, therapeutic agents and environmental monitoring/control.

Completed Research Support

1. Design and fabrication of a novel analogue ASIC chip for hand-held organic vapour monitor, (ended. 2001) 2. Smart Tongue for Medical Diagnosis, Royal Society, UK Grant, (ended 2002). 3. Smart sensor for hand-held organic vapour monitor, Engineering and Physical Sciences Council (EPSRC) Grant, UK support, 2000-2004. 4. Developing Chemical Sensor Devices based on Metal-nanoparticle/Organic Composite Materials, industrial support (ended 2005). F. Selected publications 1. Cole, M., Gardner, J.W., Bartlett, P.N. Low-drift odour and vapour ratiometric resistive elements for analogue CMOS smart sensors, in Artificial Chemical Sensing: Olfaction and the Electronic Nose (ISOEN 2001), sensor Division, (Eds. J.R. Setter and W.W. Penrose), The Electrochemical Society Inc. USA, Proceedings Volume 2001-15, pp. 117-120, ISBN 1-56677-321-0, (2001). 2. Gardner, J.W., Cole, M. Integrated Electronic Noses and Microsystems for Chemical Analysis, Pearce, Gardner, Schiffman, Nagle (Eds.): Handbook of Electronic Noses, WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH, Weinheim, Germany, pp. 231-266 (2003). 3. Cole, M, Gardner, J.W., Lim, A.W.Y., Scivier, P.K. and Brignell, J.E. Polymeric resistive bridge gas sensor array driven by a standard cell CMOS current drive chip, Sensors and Actuators B, 58, pp. 518-525, (1999). 4. Cole M., Ulivieri N., Garcia-Guzman J., and Gardner J.W., Parametric model of a polymeric chemoresistor for use in smart sensor design and simulation” Microelectronics Journal, 34, (2003), 865-875. 5. Garcia-Guzman J., Ulivieri N., Cole M., and Gardner J.W., Design and simulation of a smart ratiometric ASIC chip for VOC monitoring, Sensors and Actuators B, 95 (2003), pp. 232-243. 6. Cole M, Sehra G, Gardner JW and Varadan VK, Development of smart tongue devices for measurement of liquid properties, IEEE Sensors Journal, Vol. 4, No. 5, (2004), pp. 543-550. 7. Sehra G, Cole M, and Gardner JW, Miniature tasting system based on dual SH-SAW sensor device: an electronic tongue, Sensors and Actuators B, 103, (2004), pp. 233-239. 8. Jacesko S, Abraham JK, Taeksoo J, Varadan VK, Cole M and Gardner JW Investigations on an electronic tongue with polymer microfluidic cell for liquid sensing and identification, Smart Mater. Struct., 14, (2005), pp.1010-1016.

I. Leonte, G. Sehra, M. Cole, P. Hesketh and J.W. Gardner, Taste Sensors Utilising High Frequency SH-SAW Devices, Sensors and Actuators B, 118(1-2), (2006),pp.349-