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Research Statement


The focus of my research is the application of tools and technologies to lead new disruptive practices and systems for many application areas.  The main application areas I work with are Health & Training and Industry & Automation.  I am particularly interested in how virtual and augmented reality technologies can be used in these areas and how they can change the future practices within such areas. I have over fifteen years’ experience working within the fields of software engineering, sensor fusion and real time software development and I have over ten years’ experience working within the areas of virtual and augmented reality and multi sensorial systems.   


My main teaching interests within the School are in the subject areas of Engineering Entrepreneurship and Virtual & Augmented Reality. 


During my research career I have been PI and CI on several national and European funded grants.  I am actively engaged with external professional bodies and I am currently a professional registration interviewer for the IET. I have been and continues to act as an expert evaluator, recorder and Vice Chair for various calls in H2020, FP7 and FP6.

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Projects 2005 2019

Research Output 2003 2019

A Proof of Concept Integrated Multi-Systems Approach for Large Scale Tactile Feedback in VR

Brice, D. & Rafferty, K., 24 Jun 2019, (Accepted).

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Virtual reality
Augmented reality

Critical assessment of recent trends related to screening and confirmatory analytical methods for selected food contaminants and allergens

Tsagkaris, A. S., Nelis, J. L. D., Ross, G. M. S., Jafari, S., Guercetti, J., Kopper, K., Zhao, Y., Rafferty, K., Salvador, J. P., Migliorelli, D., Salentijn, G. IJ., Campbell, K., Marco, M. P., Elliot, C. T., Nielen, M. W. F., Pulkrabova, J. & Hajslova, J., 17 Oct 2019, In : TrAC - Trends in Analytical Chemistry. 115688.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Food safety
Chemical compounds
1 Citation (Scopus)

FPGA-based Processor Acceleration for Image Processing Applications

Siddiqui, F., Amiri, S., Minhas, U. I., Deng, T., Woods, R., Rafferty, K. & Crookes, D., 13 Jan 2019, In : Journal of Imaging. 5, 1, 22 p., 16.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Field programmable gate arrays (FPGA)
Image processing
Traffic signs
Program processors
Graphics processing unit

Pixel-wise Illumination Correction Algorithms for Relative Color Constancy under the Spectral Domain

Zhao, Y., Elliott, C., Zhou, H. & Rafferty, K., 14 Feb 2019, 2018 IEEE International Symposium on Signal Processing and Information Technology, ISSPIT 2018. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., p. 638-643 6 p. 8642759

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Colorimetric analysis

Programmable Architectures for Histogram of Oriented Gradients Processing

Kelly, C., Woods, R., Amiri, M., Siddiqui, F. M. & Rafferty, K., 2019, Handbook of Signal Processing Systems. Springer, p. 649 - 682 33 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Field programmable gate arrays (FPGA)
Computer hardware description languages
Image processing


Best Paper Awarded by Springer

Daniel Brice (Recipient) & Karen Rafferty (Recipient), 28 Jun 2019

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Augmented reality
Computer graphics
Virtual reality

Best paper award for Niblock J*, Peng J, McMenemy K, Irwin GW

James Niblock (Recipient), Jian Peng (Recipient) & Karen Rafferty (Recipient), 01 Mar 2007

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Best Paper presented at Digital Enterprise Technology 2016

Roisin McConnell (Recipient), Joseph Butterfield (Recipient), Karen Rafferty (Recipient) & Mark Price (Recipient), 01 Mar 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Best Student Paper Award: 33rd International Manufacturing Conference

Zara Gibson (Recipient), Roisin McConnell (Recipient), Michael McGeown (Recipient), Joseph Butterfield (Recipient), Adelaide Marzano (Recipient), Brian Murphy (Recipient) & Karen Rafferty (Recipient), 01 Sep 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Institution of Engineering and Technology Innovation Awards 2011

Karen Rafferty (Recipient), 01 Jan 2011

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Activities 2005 2017

IET Faraday Challenge

Karen Rafferty (Organiser)
07 May 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

EC-Horizon 2020 (External organisation)

Karen Rafferty (Advisor)
28 May 201702 Jun 2017

Activity: Membership typesMembership of public/government advisory/policy group or panel

Irish Research Council (External organisation)

Karen Rafferty (Advisor)
01 Apr 201701 May 2017

Activity: Membership typesMembership of public/government advisory/policy group or panel

International Conference on Thermoelectrics

Karen Rafferty (Chair)
15 May 201719 May 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Virtual Reality in Health and Social Care Workshop

Karen Rafferty (Advisor), Robin Ferguson (Advisor), Daniel Brice (Advisor)
28 Apr 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk