Dr. Emmett Kerr received a BEng (Hons) in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering from Queens University Belfast, UK in 2005.
He was a project engineer, co-managing over €7.5 million in projects, and later a Mechanical Engineering Supervisor for the Smurfit-Kappa Group from 2005-2009. He then returned to research work and his studies and received a MSc with distinction in Computing and Intelligent Systems from the Ulster University, UK in 2012 and was awarded the “8-over-8” industry award for best student in his MSc studies. He graduated with his PhD in Robotics in 2018, also from the Ulster University, UK.
Emmett reached the top 10 of the EPSRC UK ICT Pioneers competition in 2015 for his PhD work in developing a robotic system that can measure human vital signs in a similar manner to medical professionals.
Emmett won both the local (Derry) and the National (UK) JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) award in 2018 for the category of Scientific and/or technological development.
He is a lecturer in Mechanical Engineering in the School of Computing, Engineering and Intelligent Systems and a researcher in The Intelligent Systems Research Centre (ISRC) in Ulster University, Magee Campus.
Emmett has been involved in the submission of numerous grant proposals and worked on numerous research projects, including the IM-CLeVeR and VISUALISE FP7 EU projects.
He is author or co-author on 20 research papers. Emmett has ongoing research collaborations with universities in the USA, China and Japan. Emmett’s research areas include Robotics, Tactile Sensing, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics for Vital Sign Monitoring and Assistive Living, Advanced Automation and Smart Manufacturing.