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Mr. David Fletcher
Chief Technical Officer (Specialist), Physiology


David Fletcher is a Computer Science graduate with a first class honours degree in Management Information Systems (2004; TCD) and was awarded his M.Sc. in Management Information Systems in 2006 (TCD). In 2021, David was awarded a distinction in Healthcare Innovation, run by Tangent and the School of Medicine. David is also an Electronic Engineering graduate (AIT, 1993). In June 2018 David received his Master In Arts (jure officii, TCD).

David was appointed to the technical staff panel in the Department of Physiology, TCD, in 2000. David's current role is Chief Technical Officer (Specialist)

The role encompasses the design and development of novel testing instruments, sensors, software applications, and data acquisition systems in the discipline of physiology across its teachings and research themes - neuroscience, cell physiology, drug development & engineering, exercise science, and disease areas & pathophysiology.

The role explores advances in engineering, embedded technology, cloud computing, client server technology, machine 2 machine, artificial intelligence, and relational database management systems, for the design of more practical, functional, non-intrusive, non-invasive instrumentation devices, and the acquisition of data from local and remote low powered smart sensors for both lab and field base research on humans and animals.

The objectives are to bridge the gap between engineering and medical professionals, merging the expertise of all professionals to advance health care research, diagnosis, treatment and health care delivery.

The role also involves mentoring PhD, MSc and BSc students. The role facilitates the procurement of goods and services, teaching, publishing academic research, and administration.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Karok,S., Fletcher, D., Witney, A.G., Task-specificity of unilateral anodal and dual-M1 tDCS effects on motor learning, Neuropsychologia, 94, 2017, p84 - 95 Journal Article, 2017 URL

Sophia Karok, David Fletcher, Alice Witney, Single session of tDCS transiently enhances movement speed in a motor task for the whole lower limb, Brain Stimulation, 01/03/2015, 2015 Conference Paper, 2015 URL

Neil Fleming, Bernard Donne, David Fletcher, Nich Mahony, A Biomechanical Assessment Of Ergometer Task Specificity In Elite Flatwater Kayakers, Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 2012, (11), 2012, p16 - 25 Journal Article, 2012 URL

Neil Fleming, Bernard Donne and David Fletcher, Effect of kayak ergometer elastic tension on upper limb EMG activity and 3D kinematics, Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 11, 2012, p430 - 437 Journal Article, 2012 URL

Bernard Donne, Mark Jordan, David Fletcher, Energy Expenditure during "exergaming"; Comparison with common sub-maximal exercise modes., 15th Annual Congress of European College od Sport Science, Antalaya, Turkey, 23 - 27 June, 2010 Conference Paper, 2010 URL

Neil Fleming, Bernard Donne, David Fletcher, A Biomechanical Assessment of Kayak Ergormeter Task Specificity, 15th Annual ECSS-Congress, Antalya, Turkey, 23 - 27 June, 2010 Conference Paper, 2010

Mark Jordan . Bernard Donne . David Fletcher, Only lower limb controlled interactive computer gaming enables an effective increase in energy expenditure, European Journal of Applied Physiology, 2010, 2010 Journal Article, 2010 URL URL

David Fletcher, Cathal Walsh, Adrian Parkinson, James A. Redmond. , The design and implementation of a prototype web-based route navigation simulator embedded with a test of cognitive style, Proceedings of the 13th Annual Conference of the European Learning Styles Information Network, ELSIN XIII Style and cultural differences: how can organisations, regions and countries take advantage of style differences?, Gent, Belgium, June 23-25, 2008, edited by Eva Cools, Hermann Van den Broeck, Carol Evans and Tony Redmond , (ISBN: 9789078858164), Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School, Gent, Belgium, 2008, pp417 - 436 Conference Paper, 2008

Research Expertise


1) Protocol design; 2) Reliability and reproducibility of test protocols; 3) Biomedical instrumentation design and development; 4) Wireless instrumentation design and development; 5) Real time data acquisition & real time feedback systems; 6) Smart Sensors; 7) Medical Devices; 8) Patient remote monitoring; 9) Field testing; 10) Motor neuron recruitment; 11)Non-invasive clinical measurements; 12) Force transducer design and integration


Biomedical Instrumentation and Applications,; EEG; EEG BRAIN MAPPING; ELECTROMYOGRAPHY (EMG); ELECTRONICS; FIELD PERFORMANCE; Human computer interactions; Information systems development; INSTRUMENTATION AMPLIFIERS; Instrumentation development; Internet of Things; Management Information Systems; MEDICAL-INSTRUMENTATION; Physiology; Project Management; QUANTITATIVE EEG ANALYSIS; SOFTWARE DESIGN; SOFTWARE RELIABILITY; SOFTWARE TESTING; Systems analysis and models development; Systems/Control; wireless networks; Wireless Sensor Networks