Dr Louise Coutts
Louise Coutts is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Vision Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP), one the UK’s largest academic research groups for Artificial Intelligence with over 150 researchers. Louise joined CVSSP in 2017 to undertake research using wrist wearables to investigate how stress, anxiety and depression affect heart rate variability and developing machine learning models to predict mental health status from wrist wearable data alone. The project also focuses around developing novel blockchain based techniques to enable wearable users to maintain ownership of their data. Previously she worked at the University of Southampton working on biomechanics of bone, aviation safety and using EEG to assess levels of drowsiness. Prior to this Louise completed her PhD at the Institute of Cancer Research developing novel imaging diagnostic techniques to aid diagnosis of pigmented lesions and breast cancer related lymphedema, using ultrasound and optical techniques to image tissue stiffness, before undertaking her first postdoctoral position at the University of Essex investigating the effect of wearing coloured lenses on migraineurs, using near infra-red spectroscopy to measure activity in the visual cortex. Louise's primary interests are biomechanics, neuroscience and medical imaging.