Dr Kianoush Nazarpour
Reader in Biomedical Engineering
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School of Engineering
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 7RU, UK
I am Reader in Biomedical Engineering at the School of Engineering. I hold a secondary affiliation to the Institute of Neuroscience at Newcastle University.
Acquiring a new skill, for example learning to use chopsticks, requires accurate motor commands to be sent from the brain to the hand, and reliable sensory feedback from the hand to the brain. Over time and with training, the brain learns to handle this two-way communication flexibly and efficiently. Inspired by this sensorimotor interplay, my research is guided by a conviction that progress in prosthetic limb control is best achieved through a strong synergy of motor learning and sensory feedback. I therefore study the interaction of neural and behavioural processes that control the hand movements to ultimately innovate prosthetic control solutions that users would find fit for purpose.
- 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
- 2018: Netexplo Observatory (UNESCO) Award for the "Hand That Sees" project
- 2017: Best Poster (3rd) Award, MyoElectric Control Conference
- 2017: IET William James Award - to Team Member, Ghazal Ghazaei
- 2017: IET Dennis Hill Award - to Team Member, Jessica Barnes
- 2009: Value in People (VIP) Fellowship, Wellcome Trust
- 2006: 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
- 2005: Academic Scholarship, School of Engineering, Cardiff University
- Since 2017: Reader in Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering, Newcastle University
- 2016-2017: Senior Lecturer, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Newcastle University
- 2013-2016: Lecturer, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Newcastle University
- 2012-2013: Senior Algorithm Engineer, Touch Bionics, ltd, Livingston, UK
- 2009-2012: Research Associate: Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University, UK
- 2009: Visiting Scholar, Northwestern University, USA
- 2009: Visiting Scholar, Columbia University, USA
- 2007-2009: Research Fellow, School of Psychology, University of Birmingham, UK
- 2001-2003: Research Engineer, Behravesh MP, Tehran, Iran
- Senior Member (S'05-M'08-SM'14) - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
- Fellow - Higher Education Academy
- Associate Editor (Ed'13-AE'15) - Medical Engineering and Physics
- Guest Editor, IEEE Journal of Electromagnetics, RF and Microwaves in Medicine and Biology, 2018
- Lead Guest Editor: Advances in Control of Multi-functional Powered Upper-Limb prostheses, IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems Rehabilitation Engineering, 2014 (link)
- Technical Chair: Trent International Prosthetics Symposium (TIPS), 2019
- 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
- SIGNAL 2016, 2017, 2018
- IEEE MLSP, 2013, 2014, 2015
- Digital Signal processing, 2009, 2011
- IEEE Computational Intelligence, Cognitive Algorithms, Mind, and Brain (CCMB), 2011
Research in the Intelligent Sensing Laboratory is motivated by the potential of prosthetics to restore function to individuals with limb difference, 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 multi-modal data;
- 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.
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- Dr Sigrid Dupan (2018-)
- Dr Agamemnon Krasoulis (2018-)
- Ms Hannah Jones (2016-)
- Dr Emma Brunton (2015-)
- Dr Matthew Dyson (2015-2018)
- Dr Tobias Pistohl (2011-2013)
- Ms Rebakah Hopper (2018- )
- Mr Siming Zhu (2017- , at University of Glasgow with Dr Hadi Heidari)
- Ms Aisha Islan (2017- , with Dr Annette Pantall and Prof Lynn Rochester)
- Ms Carolina Silveira (2016-)
- Ms Ghazal Ghazaei (2014-)
- Dr Ali Alameer (2014-2018)
- Dr Agamemnon Krasoulis (2013-2017)
- Dr Claire Schofield (2010-2014)
Total amount (in excess of £3m)
- 2018 Funding for Business Engagement Activity (Newcastle University, PI)
- 2018-2019 Impact Acceleration Fund for Commercialisation of Prosthetics Research (Newcastle University, PI)
- 2018-2020 Low-cost Prosthetics (Royal Society, PI)
- 2018-2019 User Engagement (Port-ER, Co-I)
- 2018-2019 Starworks D4D Child Prosthetics (NIHR, Co-I)
- 2018-2023 Healthcare Technology Challenge Award (EPSRC, PI)
- 2017-2018 Impact Acceleration Fund for Prosthetics Research (Newcastle University, PI)
- 2017-2017 Impact Acceleration Fund for Agri-Tech Research (Newcastle University, PI)
- 2016-2020 Sensory Feedback in Artificial Hands (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)
- 2015-2016 Impact Generation Fund (PI, Newcastle University)
- 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 (Wellcome Trust, PI)
- 2006-2008 Funds for Brain Computer Interfacing (Leverhulme Trust, Named Researcher)
I contribute to teaching at the Masters level on the following two programmes:
Specifically, I teach on the following two modules:
In addition, I supervise individual MSc projects associated with this programme. For more information about potential projects, please do not hesitate to contact me.
- Zuo S, Nazarpour K, Heidari H. Towards miniaturised magnetomyography: a review. 2018. In Preparation.
- Roy R, Mahadevappa M, Nazarpour K. An EOG-based vision system for prosthetic grasp. IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems 2018. Submitted.
- Alameer A, Degenaar P, Nazarpour K. Objects and scenes classification with selective use of central and peripheral image content. Computer Vision and Image Understanding 2018. Submitted.
- Krasoulis A, Vijayakumar S, Nazarpour K. Effect of motor learning on prosthetic finger control with an intuitive myoelectric decoder. Scientific Reports 2018. Submitted.
- Zuo S, Nazarpour K, Heidari H. Device Modelling of MgO-Barrier Tunnelling Magnetoresistors for Hybrid Spintronic-CMOS. IEEE Electron Device Letters 2018, 39(11), 1784-1787.
- Wang Y, Tatinati R, Adhikari K, Huang L, Nazarpour K, Ang WT, Veluvolu KC. Multi-step prediction of physiological tremor with random quaternion neurons for surgical robotic applications. IEEE Access 2018, 6, 42216-42226.
- Dyson M, Barnes J, Nazarpour K. Myoelectric control with abstract decoders. Journal of Neural Engineering 2018, 15(5), 056003.
- Silveira C, Brunton E, Spendiff S, Nazarpour K. Influence of nerve cuff channel count and implantation site on the separability of afferent ENG. Journal of Neural Engineering 2018, 15(4), 046004.
- Abolghasemi V, Chen M, Alameer A, Ferdowsi S, Chambers JA, Nazarpour K. Incoherent dictionary pair learning: Application to a novel open-source database of Chinese numbers. IEEE Signal Processing Letters 2018, 25(4), 472-476.
- Jones H, Nazarpour K. Gaining NHS ethical approval from the perspective of a biomedical engineering team. British Journal of Healthcare Management 2018, 24(2), 71-76.
- Brunton E, Blau CW, Nazarpour K. Separability of neural responses to standardised mechanical stimulation of limbs. Scientific Reports 2017, 7, 11138.
- Krasoulis A, Kyranou I, Erden MS, Nazarpour K, Vijayakumar S. Improved prosthetic hand control with concurrent use of myoelectric and inertial measurements. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 2017, 14, 71.
- Ghazaei G, Alameer A, Degenaar P, Morgan G, Nazarpour K. Deep learning-based artificial vision for grasp classification in myoelectric hands. Journal of Neural Engineering 2017, 14(3), 036025.
- Tatinati S, Nazarpour K, Ang WT, Veluvolu KC. Multi-dimensional modeling of physiological tremor for active compensation in hand-held surgical robotics. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics 2017, 64(2), 1645-1655.
- Adhikari K, Tatinati S, Ang WT, Velovulu KC, Nazarpour K. A quaternion weighted Fourier linear combiner for modeling physiological tremor. IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering 2016, 63(11), 2336-2346.
- Alameer A, Ghazaei G, Degenaar P, Chambers JA, Nazarpour K. Object recognition with an elastic net-regularized hierarchical MAX model of the visual cortex. IEEE Signal Processing Letters 2016, 28(8), 1062-1066.
- Khushaba RN, Al-Timemy A, Kodagoda S, Nazarpour K. Combined influence of forearm orientation and muscular contraction on EMG pattern recognition. Expert Systems with Applications 2016, 61, 154-161.
- Tatinati S, Nazarpour K, Ang WT, Veluvolu KC. Ensemble framework based real-time respiratory motion prediction for adaptive radiotherapy applications. Medical Engineering & Physics 2016, 38(8), 749-757.
- Pistohl T, Joshi D, Ganesh G, Jackson A, Nazarpour K. Artificial proprioceptive feedback for myoelectric control. IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering 2015, 23(3), 498-507.
- Graziadio S, Nazarpour K, Gretenkord S, Jackson A, Eyre J. Greater intermanual transfer in the elderly suggests age-related bilateral motor cortex activation is compensatory. Journal of Motor Behavior 2015, 47(1), 47-55.
- Hall TM, Nazarpour K, Jackson A. Real-time estimation and biofeedback of single-neuron firing rates using local field potentials. Nature Communications 2014, 5, 5462.
- Nazarpour K, Cipriani C, Farina D, Kuiken T. Guest Editorial: Advances in control of multi-functional powered upper-limb prostheses. IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering 2014, 22(4), 711-715.
- Nazarpour K, Al-Timemy AH, Bugmann G, Jackson A. A note on the probability distribution function of the surface electromyogram signal. Brain Research Bulletin 2013, 90, 88-91.
- Pistohl T, Cipriani C, Jackson A, Nazarpour K. Abstract and Proportional Myoelectric Control for Multi-Fingered Hand Prostheses. Annals of Biomedical Engineering 2013, 41(12), 2687-2698.
- Sanei S, Ferdowsi S, Nazarpour K, Cichocki A. Advances in Electroencephalography Signal Processing. IEEE Signal Processing Magazine 2013, 30(1), 170-176.
- Nazarpour K, Barnard A, Jackson A. Flexible cortical control of task-specific muscle synergies. Journal of Neuroscience 2012, 32(36), 12349-12360.
- Jackson A, Nazarpour K. Motor learning explored with myoelectric and neural interfaces. In: Gollhofer, A., Taube, W., Nielsen, J.B, ed. Routledge Handbook of Motor Control and Motor Learning. Routledge, 2012, pp.71-89.
- Nazarpour K, Ethier C, Paninski L, Rebesco JM, Miall RC, Miller LE. EMG prediction from motor cortical recordings via a Non-Negative Point Process Filter. IEEE Transactions Biomedical Engineering 2012, 59(7), 1829-1838.
- Ghaderi F, Nazarpour K, McWhirter JG, Sanei S. Removal of Ballistocardiogram Artifacts Using the Cyclostationary Source Extraction Method. IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering 2010, 57(11), 2667-2676.
- Nazarpour K, Praamstra P, Miall RC, Sanei S. Steady-state movement related potentials for brain-computer interfacing. IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering 2009, 56(8), 2104-2113.
- Mohseni HR, Nazarpour K, Wilding EL, Sanei S. The application of particle filters in single trial event-related potential estimation. Physiological Measurement 2009, 30(10), 1101-1116.
- Praamstra P, Kourtis D, Nazarpour K. Simultaneous preparation of multiple potential movements: opposing effects of spatial proximity mediated by premotor and parietal cortex. Journal of Neurophysiology 2009, 102(4), 2084-2095.
- Lo JL, Sanei S, Nazarpour K. An adaptive source-channel coding with feedback for progressive transmission of medical images. International Journal of Telemedicine and Applications 2009, 519417.
- Nazarpour K, Mohseni HR, Hesse CW, Chambers JA, Sanei S. A novel semiblind signal extraction approach for the removal of eye-blink artifcat from EEGs. EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing 2008, 2008, Article no. 98.
- Nazarpour K, Wongsawat Y, Sanei S, Chambers JA, Oraintara S. Removal of the eye-blink artifacts from EEGs via STF-TS modeling and robust minimum variance beamforming. IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering 2008, 55(9), 2221-2231.
- Nazarpour K, Sharafat AR, Firoozabadi SM. Application of higher order statistics to surface electromyogram signal classification. IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering 2007, 54(10), 1762-1769.