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Dr. Martin J Burke

Adjunct Assistant Professor (Electronic & Elect. Engineering)


Martin J Burke obtained the Higher Diploma in Telecommunications and Electronics with distinction from the Dublin Institute of Technology in 1975 and graduated from the Institute of Radio and Electronic Engineers in the Council of Engineering Institutions in 1978. After a brief period working in industry, he took up postgraduate research in Biomedical Engineering and was awarded the MSc and PhD degrees by Trinity College Dublin in 1983 and 1991 respectively. He joined the academic staff of the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering in Trinity College in 1987. He is currently an Associate Professor in this department and has served two terms as Head of Department. His research interests lie in Biomedical Instrumentation and its applications, particularly in the area of non-invasive clinical measurements. His current work includes development of a dry-electrode electrocardiogram (ECG) recording system for ambulatory diagnostic purposes. He is also working on accurate characterisation and synthesis of the ECG signal for stand-alone programmable instrumentation to generate highly accurate and controllable ECG signals for test, commissioning and training purposes in electrocardiography.
  Applied Electronics   Biomedical Engineering   Biomedical Instrumentation and Applications,   Biopotential Amplifiers   Electronic circuit design   Electronic Engineering, circuit design   Medical Electronics   Medical Instrumentation   Non-Invasive Clinical Measurements   Sensing Devices and Transducers   Transducer Interfacing
 Dry-Electrode ECG Amplifier and Detector
 ECG Dry-Electrode Vest
 Electrocardiogram(ECG) Characterisation and Synthesis
 Analogue ECG Filtering
 Electronic Sphygmomanometer

Details Date
Trinity College Representative in Europractice Programme 1999-2012
Introduction of Bioengineering Stream in BAI Programme: preparation and presentation of proposal to College Committees and External Reviewer 2012
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
French Medium Medium Medium
Greek Basic Basic Basic
Details Date From Date To
MIET, Member of Institution of Engineering & Technology. 1978 present
Maji S, Burke M.J, Effect of Electrode Impedance on the Transient Response of ECG Recording Amplifiers, MeMeA 2018 - 2018 IEEE International Symposium on Medical Measurements and Applications, Proceedings, 2018, 2018, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Hermann, S. and Lombardo, L. and Campobello, G. and Burke, M. and Donato, N., A ballistocardiogram acquisition system for respiration and heart rate monitoring, 2018, pp1-5 , Notes: [cited By 0], Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI
Maji S, Burke M.J, The skin-electrode interface impedance and the transient performance of ECG recording amplifiers, Proceedings of IEEE Sensors, 2018, 2018-January, 2018, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Measuring Tissue Compression: A Circuit for Sensing and Signal Conditioning in, editor(s)De Gloria, A. , Applications in Electronics Pervading Industry, Environment and Society, Munich, New York, Springer, 2017, pp101 - 107, [Hermann, S., Thomas, P., Reilly, R. B., Burke, M. J.], Notes: [Lecture Notes in Computer Science], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  DOI
Burke M. J. & Tuohy O., Transient Response of Low-Power ECG Recoding Amplifiers for Use with Un-gelled Electrodes, Proc. 21st Int. WSEAS Conf. Circuits, Systems Comms. & Comput., CSCC, Crete, 14th - 16th July, Matec Web of Conferences, 2017, ppppr. no. 057 , Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
M. J. Burke & O. Tuohy, Time Domain Response of ECG Bioelectric Amplifiers, WSEAS Transactions on Circuits & Systems, 16, 2017, p171-180 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Burke, M. J., Kofler, K., Optimisation of the Low-Frequency Response of a Multi-Stage Bioelectric Amplifier for Electrocardiogram Recording , Proc. 20th Int. Conf. Circuits Systems Comms. & Comput., Corfu, Greece, 14th - 17th July, Matec Web of Conferences, 2016, ppr. No. 153 , Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Burke, M. J., Molloy, C., Fossan, H., An Improved Very Low-Power Electrode Contact Impedance Monitor, Proc. 20th Int. Conf. Circuits Systems Comms. & Comput., Corfu, Greece, 14th - 17th July, Matec Web of Conferences, 2016, ppr. no. 154 , Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
M. J. Burke & K. Kofler, Low-Frequency Response of a Multi-Stage Dry-Electrode Bio-Electric Amplifier, WSEAS Trans Biology & Biomedicine, Vol. 13, 2016, p124 - 133, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
M. J. Burke, C. Molloy & H. Fossan, Low-Power Measurement of Contact Impedance , WSEAS Trans. Electronics , Vol. 7, 2016, p65 - 78, Journal Article, PUBLISHED

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A. Quinn, M. Burke, B. Foley, New Signal Processing Techniques for use in Medicine, The Irish Scientist Year Book, 7, 1999, p150. , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Sheridan, J., Burke, M. J. et. al., ''Accuracy of the Spacelabs Automatic Indirect Ambulatory Blood Pressure Recorder: A Comparison with the Remler M2000'', Abstracts of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Research Day, 1987, pp32. , Poster, PUBLISHED
M. J. Burke, et. al., ''A System for the Ambulatory Measurement of Blood Pressure, Abstracts of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Research Day, 1984, pp25. , Poster, PUBLISHED


Award Date
C. Eng. (Chartered Engineer, Council of Engineering Institutes) 2006
Keywords: Biomedical Electronics, Instrumentation and Applications, Non-Invasive Clinical Measurements, Bioelectric Amplifiers, Transducer Interfacing, Biomedical Signal Processing, ECG Signal Characterization and Synthesis. Dry-Electrode ECG Recording: Work in this are has centred on developing a system for monitoring the ECG using un-gelled or dry electrodes which are mounted in an elasticated vest. The target is to attain full clinical diagnostic quality in the signal recorded. This involves the analysis and design of high-performance low-power bioelectric amplifiers for the purpose. ECG Signal Synthesis: Work on this theme is focused on using signal processing techniques to characterise clinical quality ECG signals in the time and frequency domains. This will then be used to allow the synthesis of a fully programmable ECG signal having precision variable features for the purposes of testing, calibration, commissioning and fault-finding of ECG recording equipment.