Dr Sandra Woolley PhD FHEA SMIEE

Dr Sandra Woolley

School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering

Contact details

School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Sandra Woolley’s research interests include digital health and heritage technology. She trained as a graduate apprentice engineer with Lucas Aerospace, U.K. and received the PhD degree in Electronic Engineering from The University of Manchester before working as a researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Maryland, U.S.A. She has lectured students in a variety of subjects, including microcontrollers, multimedia and computer networking. She previously researched digital imaging and data storage. Her current research interests include aspects of e-health and, in particular, new applications in assistive and rehabilitation technology. Recent projects have involved studies with clinicians in the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham and other hospitals in the region. She also works on multidisciplinary research in cultural heritage and has enjoyed working on two Leverhulme funded projects related to the digitization and reconstruction of cuneiform tablets.


3rd Yr Computer Networking

Postgraduate supervision

Current PhD supervision

  • AllergiSense - smartphone app and adrenaline injection sensing for anaphylaxis management
  • CircadianSense – systems for collecting and mining physiological and ambient sensing.
  • Rehabilitation Health Technology
  • Re-identification for smart environments.
  • Virtual collaborative reconstruction of cuneiform tablets.

PhD opportunities


Digital health and heritage technology.

Other activities

  • School Ethics Committee Chair
  • Member of University STEM Ethics Committee
  • Member of EPSRC College
  • Member of COST Action IC1303 Algorithms, Architectures and Platforms for Enhanced Living Environments (AAPELE)


Selected Publications

Pilot Evaluation of Smartphone Technology for Adrenaline Injection Training,
L Hernandez-Munoz, S.I. Woolley, L Diwakar,
Clinical and Experimental Allergy, 45(2), 2015, p507

Observed Methods of Cuneiform Tablet Reconstruction in Virtual and Real World Environments,
A. Lewis A., S.I. Woolley, E.Ch’ng and R.E. Gehlken,
Journal of Archaeological Science, 53, 2015, pp156–165.

The Development of a Collaborative Virtual Environment for 3D Reconstruction of Cuneiform Tablets,
E. Ch’ng, S.I.Woolley, L.Hernandez-Munoz, A. Lewis., E. Gehlken and T. Collins,
20th International Conference on Virtual Systems and Multimedia, VSMM, 2014, pp35-42

Computer-Assisted Reconstruction of Virtual Fragmented Cuneiform Tablets,
T. Collins, S.I.Woolley, E. Ch’ng, E. Gehlken, A. Lewis and L. Hernandez-Munoz
20th International Conference on Virtual Systems and Multimedia, VSMM, 2014, pp70-77

Automated Joining of Cuneiform Tablet Fragments,
E. Gehlken, S. I. Woolley, T. Collins, and E. Ch’ng
Nouvelles Assyriologiques Brèves et Utilitaires, 2014, [NABU 2014/73]

A Theoretical Framework for Stigmergetic Reconstruction of Ancient Text
E.Ch’ng, A.Lewis, R.E.Gehlken and S.I.Woolley,
Visual Heritage in the Digital Age, Springer Cultural Computing Series, 2013, pp43-65

Mobile Phone Tools with Ambient Intelligence for the Management of Life-Threatening Allergies
L. H. Munoz and S.I.Woolley
Human Aspects in Ambient Intelligence - Contemporary Challenges and Solutions, Atlantis Ambient and Pervasive Intelligence, Vol. 8, 2013, pp153-172

A Personal Handheld Device to Support People with Life-Threatening Anaphylactic Allergies
L.U. Hernandez Munoz, and S.I.Woolley
International Journal of Handheld Computing Research (IJHCR). 1(1), 2010, pp61-73

A Critical Review of Past Research into the Neuro-Linguistic Programming Eye-Accessing Cues Model
G. Diamantopoulos, S. I. Woolley and M. Spann
Current Research in NLP, 1, December 2009, ISBN 1-84469-019-9, pp8-22

A Mobile Health Device to Help People with Severe Allergies
L.U.Hernandez-Munoz, S.I. Woolley and C.Baber
2nd International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare, 2008, pp8-10

A Mobile Context-Aware Device to Help People with Anaphylaxis
L.U.Hernandez-Munoz, S.I. Woolley and C.Baber
EuroSSC 2007 - 2nd European Conference on Smart Sensing and Context, 2007, pp24-5

A Wavelet-Based Region of Interest Encoder for the Compression of Angiogram Video Sequences
D.Gibson, M.Spann and S.I.Woolley
IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine, 8(2), 2004, pp.103-113

Fair Weighted Round Robin Scheduling Scheme for Diffserv Networks
L. Ji, T.N.Arvanitis and S.I. Woolley
IEE Electronic Letters, 39(6), 2003, pp 333- 335

Communicating Cuneiform: The Evolution of a Multimedia Cuneiform Database
S.I.Woolley, T.R. Davis, N.J. Flowers, J. Pinilla-Dutoit, A. Livingstone and T.N.Arvanitis
The Journal of Visible Language, 36, (3), Special Edition on Research in Communication Design, 2002, pp 308-324

The Digital Classification of Ancient near Eastern Cuneiform Data
T. N. Arvanitis, T. Davis, A. Livingstone, J. Pinilla-Dutoit and S. I. Woolley
British Archaeological Review, BAR International Series 1075, 2002

Quality-of-Service Measurement for Broadband Residential Video Services
R.J.Green, S.I.Woolley, N.W.Garnham and K.P.Jones
IEE Electronics and Communication Engineering Journal, 13(16), 2001, pp265-275

A Multi-stage Perceptual Quality Assessment for Compressed Digital Angiogram Images
J.Oh, S.I.Woolley, T.N.Arvanitis and J.Townend
IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, 20 (12), 2001, pp1352-1361