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Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching
Career

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Biomedical Sensors and Emerging Communication Techniques
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Nanomaterials

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

About Daniel T H Lai

Daniel T H Lai works in the area of smart bioelectronics with a focus on developing new intelligent sensors and communication technologies for next generation monitoring platforms. Some of these technologies include:

  • new prediction algorithms for human movement in falls risk
  • short range intrabody communications using human tissue as the transmission medium¬†
  • new flexible nanomaterial sensors for measuring forces.

He currently leads the Smart Electronic Systems research group and frequently collaborates with industry and academia to develop new technologies in areas of health, manufacturing, agriculture and defence.

Daniel has over 120 peer-reviewed publications, including 3 books in areas of machine learning and sensor networks. He is a frequent reviewer for several high impact international journals such as Nature Materials, IEEE Transactions of Biomedical Engineering, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, and Frontiers Bioengineering and Biotechnology. He has organised several workshops and given invited talks in the areas of communications and sensors.

Recently, he is VU's liasion manager to the Defence Science Institute (DSI) and frequently represents VU interests in engagement with Australia's Defence network.

Qualifications

  • BEng (Hons) (Electrical and Computer Systems), Monash University, Australia, 2002
  • PhD, Monash University, Australia, 2006

Key publications

Year Citation
2016 Lai, D. TH., Begg, R. K., & Palaniswami, M. (160419). Healthcare sensor networks: Challenges toward practical implementation.

Year Citation
2019 Gong, S., Yap, L. W., Zhu, B., Zhai, Q., Liu, Y., Lyu, Q., Wang, K., Yang, M., Ling, Y., & Lai, D. TH. (190101). Local Crack-Programmed Gold Nanowire Electronic Skin Tattoos for In-Plane Multisensor Integration. Advanced Materials,

doi: 10.1002/adma.201903789

2018 Teshome, A. K., Kibret, B., & Lai, D. TH. (180615). A Review of Implant Communication Technology in WBAN: Progress and Challenges. IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering, 12 (88-99).

doi: 10.1109/RBME.2018.2848228

2017 Li, R., Lai, D. TH., & Lee, W. S. (170810). A Survey on Biofeedback and Actuation in Wireless Body Area Networks (WBANs). IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering, 10 (162-173).

doi: 10.1109/RBME.2017.2738009

2016 Bulut, Coskun., Akbari, A., Lai, D. TH., Neild, A., Majumder, M., & Alan, T. (160831). Ultrasensitive Strain Sensor Produced by Direct Patterning of Liquid Crystals of Graphene Oxide on a Flexible Substrate. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 8(34), (22501-22505).

doi: 10.1021/acsami.6b06290

2016 Gong, S., Zhao, Y., Yap, L. W., Shi, Q., Wang, Y., Bay, J. APB., Lai, D. TH., Uddin, H., & Cheng, W. (160701). Fabrication of Highly Transparent and Flexible NanoMesh Electrode via Self-assembly of Ultrathin Gold Nanowires. Advanced Electronic Materials, 2(7),

doi: 10.1002/aelm.201600121

2016 Teshome, A. K., Kibret, B., & Lai, D. TH. (160701). Galvanically Coupled Intrabody Communications for Medical Implants: A Unified Analytic Model. IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, 64(7), (2989-3002).

doi: 10.1109/TAP.2016.2559519

2015 Gong, S., Lai, D. TH., Su, B., Si, K. J., Ma, Z., Yap, L. W., Guo, P., & Cheng, W. (150101). Highly Stretchy Black Gold E-Skin Nanopatches as Highly Sensitive Wearable Biomedical Sensors. Advanced Electronic Materials, 1(4),

doi: 10.1002/aelm.201400063

2013 Seyedi, M., Kibret, B., Lai, D. TH., & Faulkner, M. (130805). A survey on intrabody communications for body area network applications. IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, 60(8), (2067-2079).

doi: 10.1109/TBME.2013.2254714

2009 Lai, D. TH., Begg, R. K., & Palaniswami, M. (090930). Computational intelligence in gait research: A perspective on current applications and future challenges. IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine, 13(5), (687-702).

doi: 10.1109/TITB.2009.2022913

Research funding for the past 5 years

Please note:

  • Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
  • Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
  • The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.

Machine Learning for Improved Spine Exoskeleton Control
From: The University of Melbourne
Investigators: Prof Rezaul Begg
For period: 2019-2020
$49,600

Using Technology to Measure Tennis Playing Behaviour
From: The International Tennis Federation, UK
Investigators: Dr Damian Farrow
For period: 2018-2018
Not disclosed

Engineering the future of sports equipment.
From: Tennis Australia
Investigators: Dr Simon Taylor, Dr Damian Farrow
For period: 2017-2020
$126,794
The effect of football boot design on movement agility and control.
From: X-Blades Pty Ltd (NSW)
Investigators: Dr Simon Taylor, Aspr Patrick Mclaughlin
For period: 2017-2018
$27,466

Advanced brake pad image recognition software.
From: FMP Group (Australia) Pty Ltd
For period: 2016-2017
$35,000
Next generation human interface devices based on wearable body area networks.
From: Victorian Centre for Advanced Materials Manufacturing (VCAMM)
For period: 2016-2016
$20,000

Autocoach Swimming Cap
From: Autocoach Research Grant
For period: 2015-2016
$25,000
Wireless Glove for Ventou
From: Victorian Centre for Advanced Materials Manufacturing (VCAMM)
For period: 2015-2015
$18,265

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
2 Masters by Research Principal supervisor
4 PhD Associate supervisor
5 PhD Principal supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
Masters by Research (2) Principal supervisor
PhD (4) Associate supervisor
PhD (5) Principal supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
2 Masters by Research Principal supervisor
1 PhD Associate supervisor
4 PhD Principal supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

Students & level Role
Masters by Research (2) Principal supervisor
PhD (1) Associate supervisor
PhD (4) Principal supervisor

Teaching activities & experience

Daniel currently teaches in the Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Electronics) (NHEE) degree. He is unit coordinator and teaches the following units:

He was previous course coordinator of the Bachelor of Engineering Science (Sports Engineering) and Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Sport) which he developed. 

Key academic roles

Dates Role Department / Organisation
Sep 2018 - Sep 2019
Leader Electrical and Electronics Engineering Discipline
College of Engineering and Science
Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Sep 2018 -
Sep 2019
Leader Electrical and Electronics Engineering Discipline
College of Engineering and Science

Key industry, community & government roles

Dates Role Department/Organisation
Jul 2017 - Dec 2019
Liaison Manager
Defence Science Institute (DSI)
Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Jul 2017 - Dec 2019
Liaison Manager
Defence Science Institute (DSI)

Awards

Year Award
2013

Vice Chancellor's Award for Early Career Researcher - Victoria University

Professional memberships

  • Academic Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering