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Ben obtained a first-class MEng degree in Electronic & Electrical Engineering and a PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of Bath in 2012 and 2016 respectively. He has held the RB Whorrod scholarship and the prestigious Nicholson doctoral scholarship. He has worked in the medical devices sector for Siemens Healthcare and holds multiple patents in the area of biomedical engineering. Since 2016, he has been an Assistant Professor at the University of Bath and a co-founder of the Centre for Biosensors, Bioelectronics, and Biodevices – the largest research centre of its type in England. In that time, he has published over 30 peer reviewed research papers, co-authored two book chapters on neural interfaces, and supervised six doctoral students. He holds a number of internal and external posts including as a Director of Studies and a trustee and non-executive director of both the Institute for Physics and Engineering in Medicine and the charity Designability. His research interests are in the areas of neural interfaces, neural computing, and signal processing. He recently took part in an IPR Policy Fellowship on AI and discussed various issues surrounding the regulation of such devices and data generation issues and possibilities with AI in Healthcare.

 Potential PhD students interested in these areas should contact Dr Metcalfe directly.

Research interests

  • Advanced neural interfaces
  • Biologically inspired autonomous systems
  • Biomedical signal processing for both in-vivo and ex-vivo applications
  • Neuronal modeling and computing

Willing to supervise doctoral students

Ben is able to supervise PhD students and currently has a PhD studentship available. Interested candidates should contact Ben to learn more.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water


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