David Li

Senior Lecturer

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.

Please also check: https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?hl=en&user=UFE7FyIAAAAJ.

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: http://en.csc.edu.cn/ (for students in China)

Commonwealth Scholaraships: http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk

EU Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowships: http://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/

Newton Fellowships: http://www.newtonfellowships.org

Royal Society Newton Mobility Grant: https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/newton-mobility-grants/

Royal Academy of Engineering Newton Mobility Grant: http://www.raeng.org.uk/grants-and-prizes/international-research-and-collaborations/newton-fund-programmes/newton-research-collaboration-programme 



  1. A survey of the state-of-the-art techniques for cognitive impairment detection in the elderly

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  2. Estimating fluorescence lifetimes using extended Kalman filter

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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