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Honorary Research ProfessorRichard Jones


Tel +64 3 378 6077

New Zealand Brain Research Institute
66 Stewart St
Christchurch 8011
New Zealand

Current roles

  • Director, Christchurch Neurotechnology Research Programme
  • Biomedical Engineer & Neuroscientist, Department Medical Physics & Bioengineering, Christchurch Hospital
  • Research Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Otago, Christchurch
  • Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Canterbury,
  • Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Canterbury
  • Member, Scientific Advisory Committee, Canterbury Medical Research Foundation


Richard received his BE(Hons) and ME degrees in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Canterbury in 1974 and 1975 respectively and a PhD in Medicine from the Christchurch School of Medicine, University of Otago, Christchurch, in 1987.

He is Director of the Christchurch Neurotechnology Research Programme, a biomedical engineer & neuroscientist in the Department of Medical Physics & Bioengineering of Canterbury District Health Board, a Professor in the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Psychology at the University of Canterbury, and a Research Professor in the Department of Medicine at the Christchurch School of Medicine & Health Sciences of the University of Otago.

Richard is a Fellow of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand, a Fellow and a Past President of the Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine, a Fellow of American Institution for Medical and Biological Engineering, a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (UK), and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE). He is Editor of the Neural & Rehabilitation Engineering Theme at Annual International Conferences of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society, has been on most of the EMBS's International Conference Committees since 1988. He is an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, a past member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Neural Engineering, a past Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, and a past member of the EMBS's Administrative Committee (representing the Asia-Pacific region).

In 2013 and 2015, he was voted Supervisor of the Year by the students of University of Canterbury.

Research interests

  • Biomedical and neural engineering
  • Lapses (microsleeps & lapses of attention) and drowsiness – Detection from behavioural measures (tracking and video metrics); Advanced signal processing and machine learning approaches to the detection and prediction of microsleeps from electrophysiological signals (EEG, EOG); Underlying brain mechanisms via simultaneous-fMRI+EEG+Tracking+Video and beamforming approaches to deep electrical activity.
  • Human performance engineering - Development and application of computerized tests for quantification of upper-limb sensory-motor and cognitive function, particularly in brain disorders (stroke, Parkinson's disease, traumatic brain injury) and driving assessment.
  • Obstructive sleep apnea and adverse effects on brain.
  • Neural control of swallowing and rehabilitation of swallowing disorders.
  • Forensic brainwave analysis


Zaky, M. H., Shoorangiz, R., Poudel, G. R., Yang, L., Innes, C. R. H., & Jones, R. D. (2023). Increased cerebral activity during microsleeps reflects an unconscious drive to re-establish consciousness. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 189, 57-65. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2023.05.349

Afzali, M. U., Jones, R. D., Seren-Grace, A. P., Palmer, R. W., Makarious, D., Rodrigues, M. N. B., & Neumann, E. (2023). Classification accuracy of the ERP-based Brain Fingerprinting and its robustness to direct-suppression and thought-substitution countermeasures. Applied Cognitive Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/acp.4050

Shoorangiz, R., Slater, N., Hall-McMaster, G., Peterson, E., Livingston, L., Grenfell, S., … Jones, R., Anderson, T., Melzer, T., & Dalrymple-Alford, J. (2022). EEG power-spectra parametrization and cognitive ability in Parkinson's disease. Movement Disorders, 37(Suppl. 2), (pp. S94-S95). doi: 10.1002/mds.29223

Afzali, M. U., Seren-Grace, A. P., Palmer, R. W., Neumann, E., Makarious, S., Wilson, D., & Jones, R. D. (2022). Detection of concealed knowledge via the ERP-based technique Brain Fingerprinting: Real-life and real-crime incidents. Psychophysiology, 59, e14110. doi: 10.1111/psyp.14110

Kennedy, R., McKellow, M., Matthews, R., Shoorangiz, R., & Jones, R. (2022). EEG power and frailty: A preliminary investigation. Anaesthesia & Intensive Care, 50(1, Suppl.), (pp. 9-10). doi: 10.1177/0310057X211070785

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