Institute of Neuroscience

Staff Profile

Dr Kianoush Nazarpour

Reader in Biomedical Engineering


Several PhD (with funding for UK/EU applicants) and Postdoc Positions are available.

Please contact me on my email with your CV.


I am a Reader in Biomedical Engineering and a member of the School of Engineering Executive Board. 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. 


  • 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


  • IET William James Award to team member, Ghazal Ghazaei, 2017
  • IET Dennis Hill Award to team member, Jess Barnes, 2017
  • MEC Poster Award (3rd place) to team member, Agamemnon Krasoulis, 2017
  • 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


  • Since 2017: Reader, School of Engineering, Newcastle University, UK
  • 2016-2017: Senior Lecturer, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Newcastle University, UK
  • 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

  • Associate Editor (Ed'13-AE'15) - Medical Engineering and Physics 
Special Issues
  • Lead Guest Editor: IEEE Journal of Electromagnetics, RF and Microwaves in Medicine and Biology [Selected Papers of IEEE Sensors 2017] (link)
  • Lead Guest Editor: Advances in Control of Multi-functional Powered Upper-Limb prostheses, IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems Rehabilitation Engineering, 2014 (link)
Conference Chair:
  • Track Chair and Invited Session 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 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.

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


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)
  • Dr Tobias Pistohl (Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University, 2011-2013, Link)
PhD Researchers
  • Ms Carolina Silveira (2016-present)
  • Ms Ghazal Ghazaei (2014-present)
  • Mr Ali Alameer (2014-present)
  • Ms Kabita Adhikari (2013-present)
  • Dr Agamemnon Krasoulis (Edinburgh University, 2013-2017)
  • 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.


Total amount (in excess of £3m)

  • 2018-2023 Healthcare Technologies Challenge Award (EPSRC, PI)
  • 2017 EPSRC Impact Acceleration Award (Newcastle University, PI, with Dr Matthew Dyson)
  • 2017 EPSRC Impact Acceleration Award (Newcastle University, PI, with Prof Ilias Kyriazakis)
  • 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)3


I teach on the MSc Programme in Communications and Signal Processing. In addition, every year, I supervise a small number of MSc final projects associated with this programme. For more information about potential projects, please do not hesitate to contact me.

To apply to join this MSc programme please visit: How to Apply.

Postgraduate Teaching

From 2018

  • Intelligent Signal Processing
  • Introduction to Biomedical Engineering

Undergraduate Teaching

Since 2013

  • Stage II: Signals and Communications II (EEE2009)


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

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