Dr Tim Collins BEng, PhD

Dr Tim Collins

Department of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering

Contact details

(+44) (0) 121 414 4417
+44 (0) 121 414 4291
School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Tim Collins is a lecturer in the School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering. His field of research is signal processing with applications including 3D computational geometry, healthcare devices and data analysis, audio, acoustics and sonar. His most recent research has focused on algorithms for the automated reconstruction of fragmented cuneiform tablets, wearable sensing devices for monitoring physiological parameters, and 3D image processing for person re-identification.


• PhD in Electronic & Electrical Engineering, University of Birmingham, 1997
• BEng (Hons) in Electronic & Communications Engineering, University of Birmingham, 1993


Tim Collins is a lecturer in the School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Birmingham. His research interests are in applied signal processing. He has served as Examinations Officer, Head of Education, Admissions Tutor and Joint-honours Senior Tutor, and has acted as external examiner for courses at the universities of Derby and Wolverhampton.

After working for British Rail’s Signals & Telecommunications department during his undergraduate degree Tim completed a PhD on Active Sonar Pulse Design in 1996. Following a period of research fellowship he was appointed to the lecturing staff in 2000.

His research has included many applications of signal processing, funded by QinetiQ, DSTL and the European Union. Most recently his research interests have focused on signal processing for digital heritage in the automated reconstruction of fragmented cuneiform tablets, and on healthcare devices for physiological monitoring and also the analysis of data acquired by intensive care unit monitoring equipment.

Tim Collins has contributed to the School’s Teaching, Management, Industrial Liaison, Health and Safety, Computer, Ethics and Promotions Committees, and to the School Extenuating Circumstances Panels. He has also contributed to the Engineering & Physical Sciences College Recruitment and Marketing Committee, Learning and Teaching Committee, and Quality Committee. At University level, he has contributed to the University Learning Environments Group and the ‘Valuing Teaching at Birmingham’ Project.

Outside the University, Tim Collins has reviewed for the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society, IET Electronics Letters, IET Radar, Sonar and Navigation, IET Communications. He also reviews book proposals for Elsevier and grant applications for the EPSRC. He is a member of the Audio Engineering Society.


Tim Collins’ teaching has included digital and analogue electronics modules in the past and currently includes:

  • 4th year Advanced Digital Design (MSc)
  • 4th year Digital Design (MEng)
  • 2nd year Music Technology
  • 2nd year Organisation and Management
  • PG Certificate in Academic Practice
  • Post-experience course in Underwater Acoustics and Sonar Systems

Resources for these courses are available for current students via https://canvas.bham.ac.uk/login

Postgraduate supervision

Tim Collins supervises doctoral research in applied signal processing for 3D computational geometry, medical data analysis, audio and music.

If you are interesting in studying in these areas please contact Tim Collins using the contact details above.

PhD opportunities


Tim Collins research area is the broad field of applied signal processing. Recently, his specific research activities have included:

  • 3D Signal Processing
    • Automated reconstruction of broken artefacts
    • Computational Geometry
    • GPGPU Parallel Computing
  • Health Signal Processing
    • eHealth Devices
    • Big data analysis of diagnostic data
  • Audio Signal Processing
    • Spatial audio processing
    • Room-response estimation
    • Acoustic source location
    • Audio therapy and bio-feedback in medicine
    • Hi-fi audio signal processing
    • Digital audio and music production processing
  • Acoustics and Sonar Signal Processing
    • Tangible acoustic interfaces
    • Active sonar transmissions
    • Underwater communications
    • Coding of underwater images and sonar data


Selected Publications:

Evaluation of AllergiSense Smartphone Tools for Adrenaline Injection Training
Hernandez-Munoz, L.; Woolley, S.; Luyt, D.; Stiefel, G.; Kirk, K.; Makwana, N.; Melchior, C.; Dawson, T.; Wong, G.; Collins, T. & Diwakar, L.
IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics, in press.

Addressing the Deployment Challenges of Health Monitoring Devices for a Dementia Study
Collins, T., Woolley, S.I., Aldred, S. & Rai, S.
MobiHealth 2015, London, UK, Oct. 2015.

Final-year projects using open source OpenEEG
Collins, T., Woolley, S.I., Rawson, N.C. & Haroon, L.
Computer Applications in Engineering Education Sept 2015, DOI: 10.1002/cae.21682

Timbral and Spatial Fidelity Improvement in Ambisonics
Yao, S.N., Collins, T. & Jancovic, P.
Applied Acoustics 93 (2015): 1-8.

Computer-Assisted Reconstruction of Virtual Fragmented Cuneiform Tablets
Collins, T., Woolley, S.I. Ch'ng, E., Lewis, A.W., Ghelken, E., Hernandez Munoz, L.
IEEE VSMM, Hong Kong, Dec 2014.

The Development of a Collaborative Virtual Environment for 3D Reconstruction of Cuneiform Tablets
Ch'ng E., Woolley S.I., Munoz L.H., Lewis A., Gehlken E. and Collins T.
IEEE VSMM, Hong Kong, Dec 2014.

Automated Joining of Cuneiform Tablet Fragments
Gehlken, E., Woolley, S., Collins, T. & Ch'ng, E.
NABU: Nouvelles Assyriologiques Breves et Utilitaires Dec 2014, 4.

Binaural Ambisonic Decoding with Enhanced Lateral Localization
Collins, T.
134th Convention AES, Rome, Italy, 4-7 May 2013, Paper no. 8878.

A full list is available at www.eee.bham.ac.uk/collinst/publications.html

More details are also available at https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Tim_Collins2