Professor Lionel Tarassenko

Professor Lionel Tarassenko CBE, FREng, FMedSci

President, Reuben College Research Fellow in Electrical Engineering


Professor Lionel Tarassenko CBE FREng FMedSci MA DPhil CEng FIET is President of Reuben College, University of Oxford.

He gained the degrees of BA in Engineering Science in 1978, and DPhil in Medical Electronics in 1985, both from the University of Oxford. He then held a number of positions in academia and industry, before taking up a University Lecturership in Oxford in 1988. Since then, he has devoted most of his research effort to the development of signal processing techniques and their application to diagnostic systems, especially in the context of medical problems.

He was the holder of the Chair in Electrical Engineering at Oxford University from October 1997 to September 2019. He was elected to a Fellowship of the Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE) 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 was awarded the 2006 Silver Medal of the Royal Academy of Engineering for his contribution to British engineering leading to market exploitation and he also won the Institute of Engineering & Technology IT Award in the same year.

Professor Tarassenko was a founder director of Third Phase (now part of Cmed) in December 1999, of Oxford BioSignals Ltd in May 2000, e-San Ltd (then t+ Medical) in February 2002, and of Oxehealth Ltd in September 2012. He is a director of Isis Innovation (the University's wholly-owned technology transfer company). He is a member of the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Sub-Panel for the forthcoming Research Excellence Framework (REF) assessment, and he is the Chair of the Royal Academy of Engineering's Biomedical Engineering Panel. He is the Bioengineering theme leader for the joint NHS/University of Oxford Biomedical Research Centre, and the Director of the Centre of Excellence in Medical Engineering jointly funded by the Wellcome Trust and EPSRC since October 2009. He was the Director of the University's Institute of Biomedical Engineering from its opening in April 2008 until going on sabbatical leave in October 2012.

He was College Vice-President in 2011-2, and he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the New Year Honours List in 2012.