Professor Lionel Tarassenko awarded CBE

Congratulations to Professor Lionel Tarassenko who has been awarded the CBE for services to engineering, in the New Year Honours List.

Professor Lionel Tarassenko CBEProfessor Tarassenko is Chair of Electrical Engineering and Director of the Institute for Biomedical Engineering here at the Department of Engineering Science, and a Fellow of St John’s College, Oxford. He graduated from Keble College, Oxford, with a degree in Engineering Science and a DPhil in Medical Electronics.

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, and to a Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2000.

Professor Lionel Tarassenko has held a number of positions in academia and industry, and won multiple awards for his work in the area of signal processing, especially in the context of medical problems. He is also founder of a number of spin-out companies including Third Phase (now part of Cmed), t+ Medical Ltd (formerly e-San Ltd) and Oxford BioSignals Ltd.

Notable achievements in Professor Tarassenko’s career have included:

  • The British Computer Society Medal for his work on neural network analysis of sleep disorders in 1996
  • The Rolls-Royce Chairman's Award for Technical Innovation for his research on jet engine health monitoring in 2001
  • The E-health 2005 Innovation Award for “best device to empower patients”
  • The 2006 Institute of Engineering & Technology IT Award for "Data Fusion Software for Early Detection of Patient Deterioration"
  • The 2006 Silver Medal of the Royal Academy of Engineering for his contribution to British engineering leading to market exploitation and also winning the Institute of Engineering & Technology IT Award for "Data Fusion Software for Early Detection of Patient Deterioration" in the same year.
  • The Sir Henry Royce High Value Patent Award in 2008.

Professor Tarassenko was also the scientific co-ordinator of the Office of Science & Technology’s Foresight Project on Cognitive Systems from 2002 to 2004, a member of the Department of Health’s Management Committee for Health Technology Devices from 2005 to 2010, RCUK Distinguished Lecturer in India in 2010 and the Chair of the Biomedical Engineering Panel of the Royal Academy of Engineering since 2010.

Commenting on his CBE, Professor Tarassenko said: “I came to this country forty years ago from France as a teenager, came to Oxford as an undergraduate five years later, and was naturalised British thirty years ago. I am privileged to have been given the opportunity to work with outstanding colleagues and students in Oxford for the past 25 years.

The Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) award typically goes to those who have a high profile role in regional affairs and have made a distinguished contribution in their area of activity.

Professor Tarassenko was one of four Oxford University academics to have been recognised in the New Year Honours, announced on 31 December 2011: