People

Professsor Lionel Tarassenko

Group Leader

Professor Tarassenko CBE, FREng, FMedSci, MA, DPhil, CEng, FIET gained the degrees of BA in Engineering Science in 1978, and DPhil in Medical Engineering in 1985, both from the University of Oxford. He has been the holder of the Chair in Electrical Engineering at Oxford University since October 1997.

He was elected to a Fellowship of the Institute of Electrical Engineers in 1996, when he was also awarded the IEE Mather Premium for his work on neural networks, to a Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2000, and to a Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2013. He received a British Computer Society Medal in 1996 for his work on neural network analysis of sleep disorders. His research on jet engine health monitoring was awarded the Rolls-Royce Chairman's Award for Technical Innovation in 2001 and the Sir Henry Royce High Value Patent Award in 2008. His work on mobile phones for healthcare was awarded the E-health 2005 Innovation Award for “best device to empower patients”. He received the 2006 Silver Medal of the Royal Academy of Engineering for his contribution to British engineering leading to market exploitation and he won the Institute of Engineering & Technology IT Award, also in 2006.

Professor Tarassenko is the author of 170 journal papers, 180 conference papers, 3 books and 27 granted patents. He has been a founder director of four University spin-out companies, the latest being Oxehealth in September 2012. He was the Director of the University of Oxford’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering from its opening in April 2008 until October 2012. He is the Bioengineering theme leader for the joint NHS / University of Oxford Biomedical Research Centre, and has been the Director of the Oxford Centre of Excellence in Medical Engineering jointly funded by the Wellcome Trust and EPSRC since October 2009.

Professor Tarassenko was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to engineering in the New Year Honours list in 2012. He serves on the Council of the University of Oxford, and he is a director of the University’s wholly-owned Technology Transfer company, Isis Innovation. He has been the Head of the Department of Engineering Science since 1 September 2014.

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Lionel tarassenko

Group Leader

Research staff

Mauricio Villarroel

Senior Research Scientist

Dr. Mauricio Villarroel

Mauricio completed his undergraduate engineering degrees in South America and his doctorate degree in Engineering Science from the University of Oxford. As a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he collaborated for several years with major hospitals and companies to developed a number of advanced monitoring algorithms and concepts to improve the efficiency, accuracy and timeliness of clinical decision making in intensive care. He was instrumental in the development and dissemination of the Intelligent Monitoring in Intensive Care (MIMIC) II database, one of the first public research resources containing detailed medical records from tens of thousands patients from several Intensive Care Units. Since 2010, as a senior researcher at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering in the University of Oxford, Mauricio leads a research group for the development of probabilistic models and machine learning algorithms using video cameras and wearable sensors to understand the underlying physiological state of both adult patients and premature infants, specially those with moderate to severe long-term conditions. His major focus is in video and image analysis for the non-intrusive/non-contact physiological measurement of patients’ vital signs, activity and an understanding of the visual environment in a hospital setting.

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João Jorge

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Dr. João Jorge

Joao joined the group for his DPhil studies in 2012. His academic work centered on respiratory monitoring of premature infants in the NICU, and he developed techniques to improve the quality of the extracted respiratory signal. Before Oxford, he studied for an MSc in Biomedical Engineering in Imperial College London, where he worked on instruments to be used in the field of image-guided and robotic assisted surgery at the Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery. He is a member of the Oxford chapter of Engineers Without Borders.

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Shaun Davidson

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Shaun Davidson

Shaun’s research interests include computer models for the assessment of patient physiological status in a hospital environment and the design of clinical devices. At Oxford, Shaun’s research involves the development of methods for non-contact or non-intrusive estimation of vital signs (such as heart rate, respiratory rate, or blood pressure), combined with machine learning algorithms to predict patient outcomes. Prior to joining the IBME in 2019, Shaun completed his bachelor’s and PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, along with two research fellowships at the University of Liège, Belgium. While at Canterbury, he worked on real-time clinical modelling and devices for mechanical ventilation, cardiovascular monitoring, and administration of insulin in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

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Students

Mirae Harford

DPhil Student

Dr. Mirae Harford

Mirae is a clinician training to be an intensive care physician. She is interested in improving physiological monitoring in critical care using non-contact methods. This led to her current time out of clinical training to undertake a DPhil. She completed her pre-clinical studies at the University of Cambridge where she received a First Class B.A. degree in Natural Sciences, followed by clinical medical training at the University of Oxford. Prior to her DPhil studies she completed an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship in Oxford Deanery. She is a member of the Intensive Care Society, the Royal College of Physicians, and the Royal College of Anaesthetists.

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Eoin Finnegan

DPhil Student

Eoin Finnegan

Eoin is a DPhil student interested in the application of machine learning techniques for continuous vital sign monitoring. Eoin graduated with a MEng from Oxford University specialising in biomedical engineering.

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Dineo Mya Serame

DPhil Student

Dineo Mya Serame

Dineo Serame is a graduate of the University of Botswana (class of 2018) with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. She is a 2019 Rhodes Scholar currently doing her Dphil in Biomedical engineering, and is interested in the application of machine learning in bio-monitoring.

Xue Heng Tan

Msc Student

Xue Heng Tan

Heng is a 4th-year Engineering Science student at St Anne's College. He specialises in Biomedical and Information Engineering and is currently working on non-contact vital sign monitoring using infrared thermography. He does plenty of push-ups and pull-ups to help himself get through the week.

James Sweeney

Msc Student

James Sweeney

James is a 4th year Engineering Science student at St. Anne’s College. His final year project is based on using image segmentation algorithms for heart rate estimation. In his spare time, he plays football for St. Anne’s College and is president of the St Anne’s College Ball Committee.

Alumni

Sitthichok Chaichulee

DPhil Student

Hamish Tomlinson

DPhil Student

Alessandro Guazzi

DPhil Student

Jonathan Daly

DPhil Student

Chun Ngai

Msc Student

Hector van Smirren

Msc Student

Clare MacEwan

DPhil Student

David Meredith

DPhil Student

Collaborators

Professor Chris W Pugh, Professor of Renal Medicine & Head of the Nephrology Oxygen Sensing Group, Oxford
Professor Peter Watkinson, Professor of Intensive Care Medicine & clinical lead for the Kadoorie Centre for Critical Care Research & Education at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford
Professor Duncan Young, Professor of Intensive Care Medicine & Director of the Critical Care Research Group, Oxford
Professor Andrew Zisserman, Visual Geometry Group, Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford
Professor Peter Robbins, Professor of Physiology & Head of the Robbins Lab, Oxford
Professor Rebeccah Slater, Professor of Paediatric Neuroscience, Nuffield Department of Clnical Neurosciences, Oxford
Dr Matthew Frise, Specialty Registrar in Acute Medicine and Intensive Care, Oxford
Dr Kenny McCormick, Consultant in Paediatrics, Oxford
Dr Charles Roehr, Consultant in Paediatrics, Oxford
Dr Gabrielle Green, Clinical Research Fellow in Neonatology, Oxford
Ms Sara Davies, Research Nurse, Oxford
Ms Sheula Barlow, Research Nurse, Oxford
Ms Sharon Garrett, Research Nurse, Oxford

Joining the group

We encourage applications for postdoctoral work and doctoral study from highly motivated candidates with a background in Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, or Computer Science. If you have an interest in biomedical signal processing, image analysis, or machine learning, and would like to work on challenges in non-contact monitoring, please get in touch.

For general information about the Oxford University application process and entrance requirements, please visit the University Admissions website.