Professor Andrew Richardson



My work over the past 20 years has been focused around the semiconductor industry where I have mainly contributed to research in system design and test. I have worked on large digital chips with Philips Semiconductors (before it changed name to NXP), Mixed Signal and Analogue Designs with Austria Microsystems and AMI Semiconductors and on the integration of silicon sensors with ST Microelectronics. I have also become heavily involved in the field of bioelectronics through work on microfluidics with companies including EPIGEM UK and QinetiQ. I am heavily involved with several international conferences including the IEEE European Test Symposium (ETS), IEEE Design Automation & Test in Europe (DATE) and the IEEE International Mixed Signal, Sensors and System Test Workshop. Over the past few years I have become very interested in the applications of design and test technology to high reliability systems and the related manufacturing processes for miniaturised intelligent systems. My main focus here is on smart sensors for health & usage monitoring in aerospace, energy and environmental applications (with Centrica and ULTRA Electronics) and with the EPSRC Innovative Electronics Manufacturing Centre where I take the lead on Design for Test Engineering. I am also looking at adaptive systems and self-repair technologies for mixed signal systems with Dialog Semiconductor and for nano-mechanical switches with IBM. Finally, I also get heavily involved in continuing professional development. I run courses in both Digital and Analogue Design for Test for companies in the Penang area of Malaysia through the rapidly growing organisation “Dreamcatcher” that includes Intel, Agilent and Altera. I have also built a new CPD course in Microfluidics and run a UK company, EnablingMNT, UK that is part of the EnablingMNT group with offices in Germany and Holland.