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.
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.