Ian Swain

Professor Ian Swain

Professor of Clinical Engineering

Areas of expertise

  • 3D printing
  • 3D printing and intellectual property
  • amusements
  • ancient telescope
  • animation
  • anthropology
  • assistive technology
  • BAFTA Albert in Education partnership
  • Battle of Jutland
  • biological signs of stress
  • biomedical engineering
  • Bletchley Park
  • blockchain
  • blockchain and intellectual property
  • Booker prize
  • brain injury
  • British Archaeology
  • celestial alignment
  • climate change
  • climate change risk assessment
  • clinical engineering
  • coastal erosion
  • comics
  • cortisol
  • cultural analysis
  • Cybersecurity
  • dementia
  • dementia care
  • dementia therapy
  • Design for Security
  • Diffusion tensor Imaging
  • digital business
  • disabled technology
  • drug analysis
  • e-readers
  • e-reading
  • entrepreneurship
  • fairgrounds
  • female comics
  • feminist theory
  • financial scams
  • First World War
  • flooding
  • forensic analysis
  • fruits and vegetables
  • functional electrical stimulation
  • gaming
  • gender
  • gender studies
  • geophysics
  • girls and comics
  • gothic comics
  • governance of bodies
  • Greek Archaeology
  • health and social care services
  • healthy eating
  • hidden voices
  • historical diving
  • influencers
  • Innovation
  • intergovernmental panel on climate change
  • Kindle
  • learning innovation
  • legal high
  • Lesion analysis
  • magazines in the digital age
  • marine archaeology
  • marine biologist
  • marine climate change
  • marine geophysics
  • marine survey
  • maritime archaeology
  • Maritime history
  • mental health
  • morality and video games
  • multibeam echo sounders
  • national centre for computer animation
  • nautical archaeology
  • naval conflict
  • naval history
  • naval intelligence
  • NCCA
  • never let me go
  • NPS
  • Odstock Medical Ltd
  • older gay people
  • older people sexuality
  • omega-3 oils and depression
  • online bullying
  • organisational image and legitimacy
  • Oscars
  • overfishing
  • parody
  • parody and intellectual property
  • participating in care
  • participatory research
  • postnatal depression
  • postnatal depression in men
  • pressure sore prevention
  • protein intake in older adults
  • Pyramids
  • reading on kindle
  • rehabilitation after stroke
  • remains of the day
  • reminiscence therapy
  • resorts
  • robot carers
  • rural communities sexuality
  • Russian Archaeology
  • scamming
  • Scapa Flow
  • scuba diving
  • seaside
  • Second world war
  • shipwrecks
  • social identity
  • social media addiction
  • social media influencers
  • social work
  • sociology
  • solar panels
  • sport consumption
  • sport fandom
  • sports mega-events
  • stop and search
  • stress diagnosis
  • stress hormone
  • student mental health
  • student wellbeing
  • sugar reduction
  • sweet taste
  • tank corrosion
  • tank protection
  • technology and dementia
  • technology in learning
  • technology in teaching
  • trolling
  • U-boat wars WW1 & WW2
  • urban spaces
  • User Experience and Security
  • VFX
  • Vlochos
  • World War 1
  • World War 2

Ian’s principle areas of interest are in rehabilitation engineering, in particular functional electrical stimula¬≠tion (FES), and in specialist seating and pressure sore prevention.

He has seven patents and has written over 150 papers on Biomedical Engineering. Ian was Director of Clinical Science and Engineering at Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust and helped develop an extensive clinical FES service in Salisbury, seeing over 4,500 patients using surface stimulation systems.

Ian’s clinical experience has enabled the design of a wide range of neuromuscular stimulators with practical clinical applications which are CE marked and FDA approved. He established the first NHS commercial company, Odstock Medical Limited (OML), and was Clinical Director for 11 years.

Ian was recently Chief Investigator on a NIHR project looking at types of assistive technologies used in upper limb rehabilitation following stroke.

His media appearances includes a range of TV and radio interviews, including two episodes of Tomorrow’s World¬†and the filming of a drama-documentary about his work starring Caroline Quentin and Kevin Whately.