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Professor Christopher James

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Professor Christopher James

Professor of Biomedical Engineering 
Founding Director of the Biomedical Engineering Institute

C dot James at warwick dot ac dot uk
+44 (0) 24 7655 1261

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Christopher James was born in Malta, received the B.Elec.Eng. (Hons) degree in 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 was a chair in Healthcare Technology at the University of Warwick, UK and Director of the Institute of Digital Healthcare, before joining the School of Engineering in November 2013 as Director of Warwick Engineering in Biomedicine.

Professor James is currently Chair 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 the IEEE EMBS Administrative Committee as Europe Representative.

He is immediate past Chair of the Executive Committee of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Healthcare Technology Network, is on the IET TPN Steering Committtee and has advised IET on Healthcare Technology matters for the Faraday Lectures, and has presented for IET at outreach activities. He represents the IET on the Royal Academy of Engineering's UK Biomedical Engineering focus committee. Professor James is Editor-in-Chief of IET Healthcare Technology Letters, and was 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.

He sits on the editorial advisory board of the IEEE Spectrum Magazine and IEEE Open Access Journal. 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.

He has instigated and organises the PGBIOMED series of biomedical engineering student conferences which have taken place from 2003 to date.

Research Interests

Professor James is a biomedical engineer and neuroscientist, and his research activity centers 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.

He works specifically in Neural Engineering, 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. He is particularly interested in developing low cost, useable BCI interfaces for establishing communication in extreme BCI conditions such as locked-in syndrome.

Prof James has published over 160 papers in neural engineering in varied biomedical engineering journals and refereed conferences.

In 2013 Prof James was awarded the prestigious Sir Monty Finniston Achievement Medal by the IET.

Teaching Interests

Selected Publications

Projects and Grants

Title Funder Award start Award end
UK-Israel SYNERGY Programme British Council 01 Jun 2017 30 Nov 2018
Adaptive Assistive Rehabilitative Technology: Beyond the Clinic (AART-BC) EPSRC 01 Apr 2015 30 Sep 2018
Brain computer interfaces - Newton Fund Placement grant for Lorena Santamaria British Council 01 Apr 2016 30 Sep 2017
Auto-Motive: Using automatic, activity based, recognition of behaviour changes to support management of bipolar disorder (a TSB project through Papworth NHS in which Warwick is subcontracted by Halliday James) Technology Strategy Board 31 Mar 2014 23 Mar 2015
Characterisation of cue-dependant behaviour in plant parasitic nematodes (PPNs); the neurobiology of host plant invasion BBSRC 04 Mar 2012 03 Mar 2015
USEFIL: Unobtrusive Smart Environments for Independent Living European Commission 01 Nov 2011 28 Feb 2015
Lets get moving - request for payment for preliminary work NHS Coventry 14 Mar 2013 30 Mar 2013
Enabling health, independence and wellbeing for psychiatric patients through personalised embient monitoring (PAM) EPSRC 19 Apr 2010 31 Dec 2010