Lionel Tarassenko was born in Paris in 1957 and came to the UK in 1970. He gained the degrees of BA in Engineering Science in 1978, and DPhil in Medical Engineering 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 has won a number of awards for this research (such as the British Computer Society Medal, the Rolls-Royce Chairman’s Award for Technical Innovation, and the Silver Medal of the Royal Academy of Engineering).

Professor Tarassenko has held the Chair in Electrical Engineering at Oxford University since October 1997. He is the author of 150 refereed publications, 140 conference papers, 3 books and 25 granted patents.  He has been the founder of three University spin-out companies (Third Phase, Oxford BioSignals and t+ Medical). He is currently the Chair of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Panel on Biomedical Engineering, the Director of the Oxford Institute of Biomedical Engineering (, and the Director of the Oxford Centre of Excellence in Medical Engineering jointly funded by the Wellcome Trust and EPSRC.

Professor Tarassenko is also the Chair of the Oxford Pastorate, whose mission is to serve the post-graduate student community in Oxford (, and he was made a Lay Canon of Christ Church Cathedral in May 2012.

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