Prof. Robert S. H. Istepanian is a pioneer in the field of e-health and mobile IT. Prof Istepanian obtained his PhD from the Electronic and Electrical Engineering Department Loughborough University, UK in 1994. From 1984 to 1998 he worked in different overseas industrial and academic positions. In 1988 he was a Visiting research Fellow in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Loughborough University, UK. He was with the same department from 1994 – 1995 as a postdoctoral Research fellow. From 1996 to 1999 he was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth, UK. Between 1999- 2000, he was an Associate Professor at the Universities of Western Ontario and Ryerson in Toronto, Canada. From 2000 to 2003, he was a Senior Lecturer and head of the (Mobile Information Engineering and E-Med Systems) research group in the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering Brunel University- West London.
In 2003, he joined the School of Computing and Information Systems, Kingston University, London as Professor of Data Communications and Director of Mobile Information and Network Technologies (MINT) Research Centre in the University.
Since 1996 Professor Istepanian has been involved in research and management of research projects from UK and EU. He is recipient, investigator and co-investigator of research grants from EU, EPSRC and other research visiting grants from the British Council and Royal Society on intelligent computational systems applied to telesurgery systems. He was also the leading investigator from Kingston University of several EU funded mobile e-Health projects on’ Mobile Tele-Echography System using an ultra-light robot: OTELO’ -IST programme (2001-2004) and ‘A Cost Effective Solution for Personalised Patient Compliance Monitoring’ C-Mointor’ (2001-2004), and e-Dispute Projects (2003-2005) funded by the e-Ten Telecom EU programme The group is also funded and supported by industry in collaboration with (Vodafone, Orange, and Motorola) in these areas.
Professor Istepanian is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical Engineers and Senior Member of the IEEE. He currently serves on the editorial boards of the IEEE Transaction on Information Technology in Biomedicine and was one of the founding special area editors of the IEEE Transaction on Information Technology in Biomedicine and telemedicine and e-health since 1997. He has served as guest editor of three special issues of the IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine and the IEEE Transaction on NanoBioScience since 1999. He is also an associate editor of the Journal of Mobile Multimedia and Journal on Information Technology in Healthcare.
He was the co-chairman of the UK/RI chapter of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology in 2002. He has also served on numerous technical committees, invited keynote speaker in UK and organised session chairs on several national and international IEEE conferences in these areas including the Telemed conferences of the Royal Society of Medicine, IEEE- Engineering in Medicine and Biology (EMBS 97, 98, 99), the 2000 World Medical Congress, Chicago all in the areas of mobile E-health systems. He is on the technical committee of the IEEE HealthComm International Workshops (Nancy, France2002),(Los Angeles, 2003) and (Seoul, 2005) He was also the Co-Chair of the Technical Committee of the IEEE-EMBS Conference on Information Technology and Applications in Biomedicine (ITAB) in Birmingham, UK, April 24-26, 2003. He is also on the technical committee of the International Congress of Medical and Care Compunetics- ICMCC (La Hague, 2004 and 2005).
He was a Key speaker and panel experts of the second International Conference on Smart homes and health Telematics, ICOST (Singapore-2004) and the ‘Building on Broadband Britain’ Conference (London-2005) and other UK and other international conferences in the areas of mobile communications for healthcare
He has published more than 140-refereed journal and conference papers and three books including chapters in these books in the areas of biomedical signals processing and mobile communications for healthcare and m-health technologies.
Prof. Istepanian's seminal work and research in the area Mobile Medical Information and Communication Systems has lead to an invitation by the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society to edit a special issue of the ‘IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine’ on his work in these emerging and important areas.
His paper entitled ‘The newly emerging concept of next generation of wireless and mobile telemedicine systems’, was selected as the 1999 top ten best papers list published in the The Virtual Medical Worlds Magazine, (http://www.hoise.com/vmw/00/articles) published in the Feb.2000 issue of the magazine.
In parallel my previous research work in the areas of Robustness and Design of Systems with Finite-Precision Computing has lead to the award of the 1999 IEE ‘Heaviside Premium Award’ for the best IEE Control Theory and Applications proceedings paper. This work was from the research work on finite-precision control theory funded by the Royal Society, London.