Dr Philip Terrill

Senior Lecturer

School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
pterrill@itee.uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 58312

Overview

I am an early career academic, having been awarded my PhD in January 2011. Since then I have been employed at the University of Queensland as a lecturer in Electrical Engineering and Biomedical Electronics within the school of IT and Electrical Engineering. I am trained as a biomedical engineer, and my overarching interest is the development of novel medical diagnostic tools and therapies with the goal improving the health outcomes of people in Australia and globally. My current research is focussed on the application of electronic instrumentation, mathematical modelling and signal's processing to pediatric and adult sleep medicine, and I regard my research strength to be the ability to bridge the gap between clinical physiology and biomedical engineering. In particular:

  • The development of novel instrumentation and mathematical modelling to better understand the physiology underlying disease; and
  • The application of engineering and mathematics to translate recent advances in the understanding of physiology to the clinical environment

My current research themes include:

  • Quantifying ("phenoyping") the contribution of ventilatory control "loop gain" to obstructive sleep apnoea in the clinical environment
  • Development of novel instrumentation to quantify head and torso posuture during sleep, and it's influence on obstructive sleep apnoea severity
  • Developing novel actigraphy systems (using high temporal resolution accelerometry) to quantify sleep disturbance in children
  • Quantifying cardio-respiratory stability in pre-term neonates

Research Interests

  • Investigating sleep disorders in children and adults, with the goal of developing diagnostic, and treatment technologies
  • Design of novel biological and biomedical transducers
  • Design of novel electronic instrumentation systems for application to clinical medicine, and for testing clinical and physiological hypotheses
  • Investigation of biological and physiological systems using non-linear mathematical tools, chaos theory, and signal's processi
  • The practical implementation of effective engineering education

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Engineering with Honours, The University of Queensland
  • PhD, The University of Queensland

Publications

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Supervision

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Publications

Featured Publications

  • Terrill, Philip I., Edwards, Bradley A., Nemati, Shamim, Butler, James P., Owens, Robert L., Eckert, Danny J., White, David P., Malhotra, Atul, Wellman, Andrew and Sands, Scott A. (2014) Quantifying the ventilatory control contribution to sleep apnoea using polysomnography. European Respiratory Journal, 45 2: 408-418. doi:10.1183/09031936.00062914

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • McCredden, Julie E., O'Shea, Peter, Terrill, Philip and Reidsema, Carl (2016). Don’t blame the student, it’s in their mind: helping engineering students to grasp complex concepts. In: AAEE2016 Conference. 27th Australasian Association for Engineering Education Conference, Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia, (). 4-7 December 2016.

  • Lamprecht, Marnie L., Terrill, Philip I., Parsley, Chloe L. and Bradley, Andrew P. (2014). Characterization of movements during restless sleep in children: a pilot study. In: 2014 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC). 2014 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), Chicago, United States, (274-277). 26-30 August 2014. doi:10.1109/EMBC.2014.6943582

  • Bergmann, Neil, O'Shea, Peter, Terrill, Philip and Sutton, Peter (2013). An evidence-based approach to designing a first year Electrical Engineering Course. In: Charles Lemckert, Graham Jenkins and Susan Lang-Lemckert, Proceedings of the 24th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education: AAEE2013 Proceedings. AAEE 2013: 24th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, (). 8-11 December 2013.

  • Terrill, Philip I., Leong, Matthew, Barton, Katrina, Freakley, Craig, Downey, Carl, Vanniekerk, Mark, Jorgensen, Greg and Douglas, James (2013). Measuring leg movements during sleep using accelerometry: comparison with EMG and piezo-electric scored events. In: 2013 35th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2013. 2013 35th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2013, Osaka, Japan, (6862-6865). 3-7 July 2013. doi:10.1109/EMBC.2013.6611134

  • Lamprecht, M., Tran, T., Greenhill, J., Williams, G., Parsley, C. L. and Terrill, P. I (2012). Application of continuous multisite accelerometry to discriminate between sleep and wake: comparison with a commercial actigraph. In: Annual Meeting of the Associated-Professional-Sleep-Societies (APSS), Boston, MA, United States, (A426-A426). 9-13 June 2012.

  • Iyer, K., Mason, D.G., Suresh, S., Terrill, P.I. and Wilson, S.J. (2010). A feasibility study to investigate the use of oximetry and dual RIP bands for pre-PSG screening of OSA in children. In: Sleep and Biological Rhythms. Sleep Down Under 2010 - Biodiversity of Sleep. Australian Sleep Association and Australian Sleep Technologists Association 22nd Annual Scientific Meeting, Christchurch, New Zealand, (A39-A39). 21-23 October 2010. doi:10.1111/j.1479-8425.2010.00457_2.x

  • Terrill, P. I., Wilson, S. J., Suresh, S., Cooper, D. and Dakin, C. (2010). Automatic staging of infant sleep using novel mathematical analysis of breathing data. In: Sleep Down Under 2010: Biodiversity of Sleep. Australian Sleep Association and Australian Sleep Technologists Association 22nd Annual Scientific Meeting. Sleep DownUnder 2010: Biodiversity of Sleep. Australian Sleep Association and Australian Sleep Technologists Association 22nd Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM 2010), Christchurch, N.Z., (A21-A21). 21-23 October 2010. doi:10.1111/j.1479-8425.2010.00457_3.x

  • Mason, D. G., Terrill P. I., Suresh, S., Dakin, C. and Wilson, S. J. (2010). Continuous multisite accelerometry system allows the identification and differentiation of movements which are not apparent using conventional actigraphy. In: Special Issue: Sleep Down Under 2010 - Biodiversity of Sleep. Australian Sleep Association and Australian Sleep Technologists Association 22nd Annual Scientific Meeting. Annual Australian Sleep Association Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand, (66-67). 21-23 October 2010. doi:10.1111/j.1479-8425.2010.00457_4.x

  • Terrill, Philip I., Mason, David G. and Wilson, Stephen J. (2010). Development of a continuous multisite accelerometry system for studying movements during sleep. In: 2010 Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC). 32nd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC 10), Buenos Aires, Argentina, (6150-6153). 31 August - 4 September 2010. doi:10.1109/IEMBS.2010.5627780

  • Mason, D. G., Iyer, K., Terrill, P. I., Wilson, S. J. and Suresh, S. (2010). Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea severity assessment using pulse oximetry and dual RIP bands. In: Conference Proceedings of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. 32nd Annual International Conference of the IEEE EMBS, Buenos Aires, Argentina, (6154-6157). 31 Aug - 4 Sep 2010. doi:10.1109/IEMBS.2010.5627777

  • Terrill, Philip, Wilson, Stephen, Suresh, Sadasivam and Cooper, David (2009). Automated sleep state classification in healthy infants: ALICE5 compared to a recurrence quanitfication analysis based classifier. In: Visions of the night: Sleep Science and Research on the World Stage. Australian Sleep Association and Australian Sleep Technologists Association 21st Annual Scientific Meeting, Melbourne, Australia,, (A58-A58). 8 - 10 October 2009.

  • Terrill, Philip, Wilson, Stephen, Suresh, Sadasivam and Cooper, David (2009). Characterising infant inter-breath interval patterns during active and quiet sleep using recurrence plot analysis. In: Proceedings of the 31st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. 31st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Minneapolis, USA, (6284-6287). 2-6 September 2009. doi:10.1109/IEMBS.2009.5332480

  • Terrill, P., Mason, D., Parsley, C., Dakin, C. and Wilson, S. (2009). Development of a novel actigraphy platform based on wireless accelerometry. In: Honman, K., Abstracts of: Visions of the Night. Sleep, Science and Research on the World Stage. Australasian Sleep Association and Australasian Sleep Technologies Association 21st Annual Scientific Meeting. Sleep09: Visions of the Night. Sleep, Science & Research on the World Stage: 21st Annual Scientific Meeting of Australasian Sleep Association & Australasian Sleep Technologists Association, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, (A44-A45). 8-10 October 2009. doi:10.1111/j.1479-8425.2009.00410_3.x

  • Akhand, M., Trakic, A., Terril, P., Liu, F., Wilson, S. and Crozier, S. (2009). Optimal tissue types in the thoracic electrical impedance model for thoracic electrical bioimpedance (TEB) studies. In: Proceedings of the 2009 Annual International Conference of the IEEE in Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. 2009 Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, (3913-3916). 3-6 September 2009. doi:10.1109/IEMBS.2009.5333554

  • Terrill, P., Wilson, S., Dakin, C., Suresh, S. and Cooper, D. (2008). Assessment of an automated sleep staging tool based on recurrence plot analysis of infant breathing patterns. In: Sleep and Biological Rhythms: Sleep on it. 20th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Sleep Association and the 20th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Sleep Technologists Association, Adelaide Australia, (A35-A35). 2–4 October, 2008. doi:10.1111/j.1479-8425.2008.00359_3.x

  • Terrill, P.I., Wilson, S.J., Yuill, M., Suresh, S., Harris, M.A., Parsley, C., Cooper, D.M. and Dakin, C. (2008). Investigating Maturation of Breathing Control Using Nonlinear Techniques in Healthy Sleeping Infants. In: American Journal of Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine, ATS abstracts issue. American Thoracic Society 2008 International Conference, Toronto, Canada, (A748-A748). 16-21 May 2008.

  • Terrill, P. I., Wilson, S.J., Suresh, S., Cooper, D. M. and Dakin, C. (2008). Investigating variables participating in the infant respiratory control system attractor. In: Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, 2008.. 30th Annual International Conference of the IEEE EMBS 2008, Vancouver, Canada, (2120-2123). 20-24 August 2008. doi:10.1109/IEMBS.2008.4649612

  • Terrill, P., Wilson, S., Suresh, S. and Cooper, D. (2007). Demonstrating coupling between the infant respiratory and cardiovascular systems using non-linear analysis. In: Proceedings of: 5th Congress of the World Federation of Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine Societies. 5th Congress of the World Federation of Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine Societies, Cairns, Australia, (). 2–6 September 2007.

  • Terrill, P., Wilson, S., Suresh, S. and Cooper, D. M. (2007). Developing robust recurrence plot analysis techniques for investigating infant respiratory patterns. In: 2007 Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. 29th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC 2007), Lyon, France, (5962-5966). 22-26 August 2007. doi:10.1109/IEMBS.2007.4353706

  • Terrill, Philip Ian, Wilson, Stephen, Suresh, Sadasivam and Cooper, David (2007). Infant sleep state discrimination using recurrence analysis: Assessment of an automated sleep scoring system. In: Proceedings of: 5th Congress of the World Federation of Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine Societies. 5th Congress of the World Federation of Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine Societies, Cairns, Australia, (). 3-6 September 2007.

  • Terrill, P., Wilson, S. and Cooper, D. (2006). Discrimination of sleep state in infants using recurrence analysis of inter-breath interval- A potential automated scoring tool. In: Proceedings of: 19th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Sleep Association. 19th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Sleep Association, Perth, Australia, (). 5-7 October 2006.

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

Completed Supervision