- Consultant, TTP plc
Joe is a senior consultant at TTP focused primarily in the modelling, simulation, and prototyping of complex systems. Recent projects have included: connected computer vision systems for applications including the precise measurement of athlete position and analysis of road traffic movement; automated network planning tools, the development of very low power sensors connected via low-power, long-range, IoT RANs, and the design and development of full duplex voice over radio in challenging environments. During and after his doctoral studies Joe worked for Verigy, a leading manufacturer of semiconductor test equipment. Joe has a MEng in Computers, Electronics, and Communications from the University of Bath and received his PhD in modelling redundant repair structures for DRAM from the University of Durham.
- CEO, PervasID
Dr Sabesan Sithamparanathan founded PervasID Ltd in 2011, based on his PhD research, begun in 2007, into ‘Passive RFID real time sensing system for intelligent infrastructure’ at Cambridge University. As founder and CEO, Dr Sabesan successfully grew PervasID from its inception to become a global enterprise, providing transformative solutions to healthcare, industrial, security, retail and supply chain and logistics sectors with a complete product suite of the world’s most accurate passive RFID readers.
Dr Sabesan’s customers include the largest aircraft manufacturers, Stanley Black & Decker, blue chip retailers and NHS hospitals including Guy's and St Thomas' in London. Stanley Black & Decker also use the tags to track supplies from their tool cabinets used by aircraft manufacturers. Each cabinet contains over 1,000 tools, and it can result in serious safety incidents if any are left inside an aircraft. It is estimated that Foreign Object Debris (FOD) costs the aviation industry $13 Billion per year in direct and indirect costs, including flight delays, plane changes and fuel inefficiencies. In healthcare, PervasID solutions are being deployed in NHS hospitals for tracking surgical instruments to enhance decontamination and sterilisation processes and for tracking hospital assets to ensure that mission critical medical devices are available at the right place and time, for robust and efficient care. The need for this level of traceability of medical devices has been particularly evident in the COVID-19 pandemic. The solution is predicted to save £billions for NHS hospitals and will save lives.
Dr Sabesan was awarded the 2011 Royal Academy of Engineering ERA Entrepreneurs Award and the 2011 UK ICT Pioneers of Connected World award for his RFID breakthroughs. Subsequently he was elected to a Research Fellowship at Girton College, Cambridge, and in 2014 was awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Fellowship. Since then he has been awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Young Engineer of the Year award, as well as the Sir George Macfarlane Medal 2016 for excellence in the early stage of his career and most recently in 2021 has been awarded a Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation and the Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal. Sabesan also holds a BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering at Sheffield University in 2004, where he graduated with the highest performance in his year, and was among the UK’s top 18 science and technology students to be awarded the Sir William Siemens Medal. He is a Fellow of the ERA Foundation, and has completed management leadership training at the Harvard Business School.