Press release

Cyborg pioneer to deliver IET Annual Healthcare Lecture

13 September 2017

Professor Kevin Warwick, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at Coventry University and the first known person to have a silicon chip implanted in his body, will deliver the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Annual Healthcare Lecture on 27 September. 

Professor Kevin Warwick’s research areas are artificial intelligence, control, robotics and biomedical engineering. In his lecture, titled ‘Neural Implants for Therapy and Enhancement’, Professor Warwick will discuss how implants connected into the brain can be employed both for therapeutic purposes and also for enhancement.

His talk will examine future uses of cochlea implants and deep brain stimulation, extending the nervous system across the internet to create new forms of communication. He will also address some of the security aspects and challenges including the threat of hacking.

Speaking about the event, Professor Warwick said: "The human brain and nervous system operate electrochemically, and until now almost all medicines have been based on the chemical aspects. Now however, the possibilities of treatment through electrical means are being investigated and made into reality. This is a very exciting time in the field as it enables for therapy as well as enhancement. If you want to find out about some of the ongoing experimentation and what might be achieved then this is the event for you.”

Before Professor Warwick’s lecture, the winners of the IET Healthcare Technologies Student and Early Career Awards will present their work. These Awards recognise three outstanding young engineers for their research in the field of biomedical engineering.

The winners include:

  • Jessica Barnes, winner of the Dennis Hill Award 2017, from Newcastle University, will present an abstract on muscle synergy for the control of hand prostheses.
  • Syed Anas Imtiaz, winner of the J A Lodge Award 2017, from Imperial College London, will present research on wearable devices for sleep monitoring and diagnosis.
  • Ghazal Ghazaei, who is also from Newcastle University and winner of the IET William James Award 2017, will present research on deep learning-based artificial vision for grasp classification in myoelectric hands.

For more information about the event or to book a ticket, please visit the IET’s Annual Healthcare Lecture website.  


Notes to editors:

The IET Healthcare Awards

  • IET Dennis Hill Award (£300) 
    The Dennis Hill prize is awarded annually to the student on an MEng or MSc programme who has, during the past year, submitted the best final year project dissertation in the general field of Biomedical Engineering and cognate subjects (including Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Physics, Healthcare Technologies and Health Informatics).
  • IET J.A Lodge Award (£500)
    The J. A. Lodge Award is open to all Electronic or Electrical Engineers working at the early stage of their careers in the field of research and development within Biomedical Engineering. For applicants in universities, this corresponds to being in the final year of a PhD programme, or having recently completed their PhD (PhD degree not conferred before January 2012). For applicants in industry, this corresponds to being within ten years of graduating from their last degree (PhD degree not conferred before January 2007).
  • IET William James awards (£400)
    The award is presented to encourage, support and recognise outstanding work of PhD students demonstrating a high level of commitment and advanced understanding of Biomedical Engineering. William James Award is open to all PhD students in the field of Biomedical Engineering, entries must be submitted before the degree is conferred.