Dr Kianoush Nazarpour
Lecturer

  • Email: kianoush.nazarpour@ncl.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6860
  • Address: E2.17
    School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
    Merz Court
    Newcastle University
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE1 7RU, UK

Introduction

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

My research is in the emerging and highly interdisciplinary area of biomedical engineering. In my research I use principles of statistical and intelligent signal processing to understand how the brain learns and controls hand movement. One particular area of work is the design of brain-machine interface architectures to restore movement after amputation or injury to the spinal cord.

  • Biomedical Signal Processing Laboratory (link). 
  • My Google Scholar profile (link).

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 Students (ORS) Academic Scholarship, Cardiff University, 2006
  • Academic Scholarship, School of Engineering, Cardiff University, 2005

Previous Positions

  • 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)

Professional Service

Journals
  • Editorial Board of Medical Engineering and Physics (Since 2013)
Special Issues
  • Co-Editor: Analysis and Applications of Electromyogram (EMG), Journal of Medical Engineering, 2015 (link)
  • Lead Editor: Advances in Control of Multi-functional Powered Upper-Limb prostheses, IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems Rehabilitation Engineering, 2014 (link)
Conference Programme Chair:
  • Workshops Chair: IEEE Int Symp Biomedical Engineering (ISBME), 2009
Technical Program Committee (TPC) Memberships:
  • IEEE MLSP, 2013, 2014
  • Digital Signal processing, 2009, 2011
  • IEEE Computational Intelligence, Cognitive Algorithms, Mind, and Brain (CCMB), 2011
  • IASTED Biomedical Engineering, 2010

Research Interests

Research in the Biomedical Signal Processing Laboratory (link) 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 incorporate sensory feedback through a neural interface and feature an efficient user-in-loop control mechanism. 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. accelerometry;
  • the generation of naturalistic sensory feedback signals;
  • the delivery of the feedback signals to the peripheral nervous system to restore sensation;
  • the validation of this framework with able-bodied subjects and upper-limb prosthesis users. 
PhD supervision

I am always looking for exceptional PhD students. More information about can be found here.

Current PhD Students
  • Ghazal Ghazaei (EEE, Newcastle Uni, 2014-present, with P Deganaar and G Morgan)
  • Ali Alameer (EEE, Newcastle Uni, 2014-present, with P Deganaar)
  • Kabita Adhikari (EEE, Newcastle Uni, 2013-present, with S Dlay and L Woo)
  • Agamemnon Krasoulis (Informatics, Edinburgh Uni, 2013-present, with S Vijaykumar)
  • Austin Ogweno (EEE, Newcastle Uni, 2013-present, with A Yakolvlev and P Deganaar)
Past PhD Students
  • Dr Claire Schofield (Neuroscience, Newcastle Uni, 2010-2014, with A Jackson)


Foundation Year

Electrical and Electronic Engineering 0 (SFY0012)


Undergraduate

Stage II - Signals and Communications II (EEE2009)