Professor Lionel Tarassenko
CBE FREng FMedSci
President of Reuben College & world-leading expert in the application of AI to healthcare
Professor Lionel Tarassenko CBE FREng FMedSci is a world-leading expert in the application of AI to
healthcare. His work has had a major impact on the identification of deterioration in acute care and on
the management of chronic disease. The system which he designed for patient monitoring in critical
care was the first machine learning system to gain FDA approval (in 2008).
Professor Tarassenko was elected to the Chair of Electrical Engineering and to a Professorial Fellowship
at St John’s College, at the University of Oxford in 1997. He was the driving force behind the creation of
the Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBME) which he directed from its opening in April 2008 to
October 2012. Under his leadership, the IBME grew from 110 to 220 academic researchers, and it was
awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education in 2015 for “new collaborations between
engineering and medicine delivering benefit to patients”.
Professor Tarassenko was elected to a Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2000, and to a
Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2013. In 1996, he was awarded the British Computer
Society (BCS) Medal for development of neural network analysis of sleep disorders. His work on mobile
phones for healthcare was awarded the E-health 2005 Innovation Award for “best device to empower
patients”. He received the 2006 Silver Medal of the Royal Academy of Engineering for his contribution to
British engineering leading to market exploitation and he won the Institute of Engineering & Technology
IT Award, also in 2006. In 2010, he gave the prestigious Vodafone lecture on m-health at the Royal
Academy of Engineering and the Centenary Lecture on Biomedical Engineering at the Indian Institute of
Science in Bangalore. He received the 2015 Martin Black Prize from the Institute of Physics for the best
paper in Physiological Measurement.
Professor Tarassenko is the author of 300 journal papers, 240 conference papers, 3 books and 32
granted patents. He is a director of the University’s wholly-owned technology transfer company, Oxford
University Innovation, and has founded four University spin-out companies. He was the Head of the
Department of Engineering Science (Dean of Engineering) from 2014 to 2019, and is now the Founding
President of Reuben College, the University of Oxford’s newest college. He was the Editor-in-Chief for
the Topol Review “Preparing the healthcare workforce to deliver the digital future” (2019). He was made
a CBE for services to engineering in the 2012 New Year’s Honours List.