Dr. Syed Ahmar Shah

Dr. Syed Ahmar Shah

Postdoctoral Scientist

I joined Peter Brown’s Group in August 2015, where I am working towards developing a model that can explain various dynamical parameters due to motor response in Local Field Potentials (LFP) recorded in the basal ganglia. Such a model is anticipated to be of importance for developing Brain-Machine Interfaces.

From 2012 to 2015, I was a postdoctoral research assistant in the Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford, working in the space of mHealth systems to improve the management of patients with chronic conditions (Heart Failure, COPD and Hypertension). Prior to that, I completed a M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering (in 2007) and a D.Phil. in Biomedical Signal Processing (in 2012), both within the Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford. My D.Phil. work was aimed at developing a monitoring and data fusion system that could improve the triage process of children in primary and secondary care, to better monitor and identify children with serious infection. During the project, I worked on developing novel signal processing algorithms (including both time-domain and frequency-domain methods) to be able to extract respiratory rate using a photoplethysmogram recorded by a pulse oximeter. I also developed various machine learning algorithms (including novelty detection, and various two-class classifiers) using vital signs in order to identify children with serious infection. I completed my bachelors in Electronics Engineering in 2006 from GIK Institute, Pakistan.

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