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Professor Christopher James

About the speaker


Christopher J. James B.Elec.Eng.(Hons), PhD, SMIEEE, FIET, FRSM

Professor of Healthcare Technology and Director of the Institute of Digital Healthcare, University of Warwick, UK

Christopher James was born in Malta and received a B.Elec.Eng. (Hons) degree from the University of Malta (1992) and a Ph.D from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand (1997). He was a postdoctoral research fellow at the EEG department of the Montreal Neurological Institute, of McGill University, Montreal, Canada (1997-1998), and a postdoctoral research fellow (1998-2001), and then Lecturer (2001-2003) with the Neural Computing Research Group of Aston University, Birmingham, UK. From 2004-2010 he was a Reader in Biomedical Signal Processing at the University of Southampton, UK. He now has a chair in Healthcare Technology at the University of Warwick, UK and is co-Director of the Institute of Digital Healthcare.

Professor James is a biomedical engineer and his research activity centres on the development of biomedical signal and pattern processing techniques, as well as the use of technological innovations, for use in advancing healthcare and promoting wellbeing. Neural Engineering forms a large part of his work, as to date his work has concentrated on the development of advanced processing techniques applied to the analysis of the electromagnetic activity of the human brain, primarily in Brain-Computer Interfacing. Professor James has published over 160 papers in neural engineering in varied biomedical engineering journals and refereed conferences.

He is immediate past-chairman of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) UK & Republic of Ireland (UKRI) Section (11,000 members), Chair of the IEEE UKRI Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society (EMBS) Chapter, and a member of IEEE EMBS Administrative Committee as Europe Representative. He is on the council of the European Alliance of Medical and Biological Engineering Societies (EAMBES).

He is past Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Healthcare Technology Network and has advised the IET on Healthcare Technology matters for the Faraday Lectures, and has presented for IET at outreach activities. He represented the IET on the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Panel for Biomedical Engineering.

Professor James is Series Editor for the Biomedical Signals and Systems book series of Artech House Publishers; Editor in Chief of the Open Medical Informatics Journal, Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering and sits on the editorial advisory board of the IEEE Spectrum Magazine. He is Associate Editor of the IEEE EMBS Conference Editorial Board (Neural Engineering Theme) and he has been actively involved in many IEEE EMBS committees – mainly on student activities.


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