School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Staff Profiles

Dr Kianoush Nazarpour

Senior Lecturer

Background

Profile

I am a Senior Lecturer at the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. I hold a secondary affiliation to the Institute of Neuroscience at Newcastle University.

In my research I combine analytical and experimental techniques and develop novel signal processing algorithms to understand how the brain learns to control limb movement. The findings enable the development of novel assistive technology for people with limb loss.

My Google Scholar and ORCID profiles can be seen here and here, respectively. 

If you would like to participate in our prosthesis control trials, click here for more information.

Qualifications

  • 2005-2008: PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Cardiff University, United Kingdom
  • 2003-2005: MSc in Bioelectroics, Tarbiat Modarres University, Tehran, Iran
  • 1998-2003: BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, KN Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

Awards

  • Value in People (VIP) Fellowship, Wellcome Trust, 2009
  • Best Paper Award, 3rd Int. Brain-Computer Interface Workshop, Austria, 2006
  • David Douglas Award, South Wales Institute of Engineers, 2006
  • Overseas Research Scholarship (ORS), Cardiff University, 2006
  • Academic Scholarship, School of Engineering, Cardiff University, 2005

Previous Positions

  • 2013-2016: Lecturer, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Newcastle University, UK
  • 2012-2013: Senior Algorithm Engineer, Touch Bionics, ltd, Livingston, UK
  • 2009-2012: Research Associate: Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University, UK
  • 2007-2009: Research Fellow, School of Psychology, University of Birmingham, UK
  • 2001-2003: Research Engineer, Behravesh MP, Tehran, Iran

Professional Membership

  • Senior Member (S'05-M'08-SM'14) - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Associate Fellow (AF'15) - UK Higher Education Academy

Professional Service

Journals
  • Associate Editor (Ed'13-AE'15) - Medical Engineering and Physics 
Special Issues
  • Lead Editor: Advances in Control of Multi-functional Powered Upper-Limb prostheses, IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems Rehabilitation Engineering, 2014 (link)
Conference Chair:
  • Track Chair: IEEE Sensors, 2017
  • Invited Session Chair: IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference (EMBC), 2015
  • Workshops Chair: IEEE Int Symp Biomedical Engineering (ISBME), 2009.
Technical Program Committee (TPC) Memberships:
  • IEEE Sensors 2017
  • IEEE SMC 2016, 2017
  • SIGNAL 2016
  • IEEE MLSP, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Digital Signal processing, 2009, 2011
  • IEEE Computational Intelligence, Cognitive Algorithms, Mind, and Brain (CCMB), 2011
  • IASTED Biomedical Engineering, 2010

Research

Research Interests

My research is motivated by the potential of prosthetics to restore function to individuals with sensorimotor deficit, by transforming thought into action and sensation into perception.

Our vision is that the next generation of prosthetic hands will feature an efficient user-in-loop control mechanism by incorporating sensory feedback. Such an approach will empower users to achieve tasks that are currently impossible for them, for example, playing a piano sonata or tying a shoe-lace without needing to continually look.

We aim to deliver key algorithms and technologies that will enable significant advances towards this vision. Specifically, our aims are:

  • the decoding of motor intentions via intelligent analysis of muscle and other signals, e.g. inertia and artificial vision;
  • the generation and delivery of naturalistic sensory feedback signals to the peripheral nervous system;
  • the validation of this framework with able-bodied subjects and upper-limb prosthesis users.

Co-workers

Current Research Staff
  • Ms Hannah Jones, Project Manager (2016-present, Link)
  • Dr Matthew Dyson, Research Associate (2015- present, Link)
  • Dr Emma Brunton,Research Associate (2015-present, Link)
Current PhD Students
  • Ms Carolina Silveira (2016-present, Link)
  • Ms Ghazal Ghazaei (2014-present, Link)
  • Mr Ali Alameer (2014-present, Link)
  • Ms Kabita Adhikari (2013-present, Link)
  • Mr Agamemnon Krasoulis (Edinburgh University, 2013-present, Link)
Past Postdoctoral Researchers
  • Dr Tobias Pistohl (Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University, 2011-2013, Link)
Past PhD Students
  • Dr Claire Schofield (Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University, 2010-2014)


Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunities

We support excellent early career researchers in applying for their own funding to join us. Some possible sources of  funding are: 
  • EPSRC and MRC Early Career Fellowships,  RCUK
  • Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship
  • Newton International Fellowship

Academic Visitors

  • Prof Kalyana Veluvolu, Kyungpook National University, South Korea

I welcome faculty and researchers from other research or industry institutions seeking mutually beneficial collaboration in the area of neural systems and rehabilitation engineering. I can host sabbaticals, visiting researchers and industry secondments. Please contact me to scope out interaction.

Funding

Total amount (in excess of £2m)

  • 2017 EPSRC Impact Acceleration Award (Newcastle University, PI)
  • 2016-2020 Sensory Feedback in Artificial Limbs (DTA, Newcastle University)
  • 2016-2019 Translational Alliance with Össur (EPSRC, PI)
  • 2015-2018 SenseBack (EPSRC, PI)
  • 2015-2016 SimCon (EPSRC, PI)
  • 2015-2016 Institutional Sponsorship Fund 2015 (EPSRC, PI)
  • 2015-2017 Impact Generation Fund (Newcastle University, PI)
  • 2015-2016 Ownership Devices for Internet of People (OwnDIP) (Newcastle University, Co-I)
  • 2014-2018 Artificial Vision for Artificial Hands (AVAH) (DTA, Newcastle University)
  • 2014 Equipment Fund (Newcastle University, PI)
  • 2013 Equipment Fund (Newcastle University, PI)
  • 2013 Equipment Fund (Newcastle University, PI)
  • 2013 Start-up Fund (Newcastle University, PI)
  • 2012 Equipment Fund (Wellcome Trust, ISSP Scheme, PI)
  • 2012 Recursive Estimation of Higher Order Statistics for Hand Prosthesis Control (Royal Society, PI)
  • 2011-2013 Imaging and Optimisation Techniques for Co-Adaptive Myoelectric Control (Leverhulme Trust, PI)
  • 2010-2013  Optimal Control of Neuromotor Interfaces (Wellcome Trust, Co-I)
  • 2009 EMG Prediction from Motor Cortical Recordings via a Non-Negative Point Process Filter (Wellcome Trust - VIP Scheme, PI)
  • 2006-2008 A Hybrid Factorisation–BSS Approach for Brain Computer Interfacing (Leverhulme Trust, Named Researcher)

Teaching

2013-cont.

  • Stage II: Signals and Communications II (EEE2009)

2013-2016 

  • Foundation Year: Electrical and Electronic Engineering 0 (SFY0012)


If you have questions regarding my teaching, please contact me through blackboard or email me.


Publications