Centre for Health and Bioinformatics


Dr Alan Godfrey

Associate Fellow



I obtained my undergraduate degree and PhD from the University of Limerick, Ireland. My PhD research focused on the use of inertial sensor-based wearable technology and novel signal processing techniques to examine human movement in clinic and free-living environments. On going research focuses on wearable technology and innovation in healthcare.



  • BEng (Electronic Engineering)
  • PhD (Biomedical Electronics)
  • MBA

Previous Positions

  • Research Fellow, University of Reading, UK
  • Research Assistant, University of Limerick, Ireland


  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (MIEEE)
  • Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET)
  • IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (IEEE EMBS)
  • Association of MBA's (AMBA)


Research interests

Wearable technology, sports technology, healthcare technology, connected health. In addition: business development and innovation.


  • Northumbria University, large grant award seed fund - £500
  • Northumbria University, starter Grant - £2,000
  • Northumbria University, UoA collaborative project #2 seed (Food and Drug Administration, Duke University) - £1,170
  • Northumbria University, UoA collaborative project #1 seed (video-based algorithms) - £1,200
  • Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) Travel Award - £500 (2017)
  • The Royal Society, Partnership Grant - £1,294
    PI: "A low-cost IoT clinical diagnostic for dementia" (2016/17)
  • Newcastle University, Institute of Neuroscience engagement activity - £750 (2016/17)
  • Stroke association - £207,511
    Co-Pi: "Development and clinical trial feasibility evaluation of auditory rhythmical cueing to improve gait and physical activity in community dwelling stroke survivors". (2016/19)
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences (FMS) Travel Award - £200 (2016)
  • Sarcoma UK: The bone and soft tissue cancer charity - £24,968
    Co-PI: "Can a holistic model of rehabilitation improve QoL after treatment for lower extremity sarcoma?" (2016/17)
  • Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) Travel Award - £500 (2016)
  • Newcastle University Institute for Ageing (NUIA), Responsive Mode - £5,776
    Co-PI: "Effect of medication on habitual gait in people with PD: a feasibility study" (2016)
  • Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Fund 2014/16 (Specialist knowledge & Skills) - £1,100
  • Newcastle University Institute for Ageing (NUIA), Responsive Mode - £5,002
    PI: "A feasibility study of instrumented fall detection within the ICICLE-Gait cohort" (2015)
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences (FMS) Travel Award - £200 (2014)


  • MBA Business Excellence Scholarship (2016/17)
  • Wellcome Trust, Frontiers Innovator: Digital Phenotypes - health research in the digital age (2015)
  • European Delirium Association, gold medal (2007)

Professional Service

Funding agencies reviewer


Conferences & workshops:

  • IEEE Biomedical and Health Informatics - Special Symposium 2018: The development of technologies for modern medicine
  • ICAMPAM Organising Committee. Limerick, Ireland, 2015
  • ICAMPAM Workshops, Body worn monitors: hardware configuration and gait analysis. Limerick, Ireland, 2015
  • The Healthy Ageing Phenotype Workshop. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, 2012
  • International Workshop on Frontiers in Activity Recognition (IWFAR) using Pervasive Sensing Organising Committee. San Francisco, USA, 2011
  • IEEE EMBS Mentor Program


University of Limerick

  • Electrical Science 1 (2005-2008)
  • Electrical Science 2 (2005-2008)
  • Bioinstrumentation, MSc Biomedical Engineering (2006-2008)

Newcastle University

  • PhD and MRes supervision (2010-2017)

Northumbria University

  • PhD supervision
  • Individual Project (CM0645)
  • Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (KF6007)
  • Artificial Intelligence and Affective Computing (CM0671)
  • Professionalism and Artificial Intelligence Case Project (CM0672)