Dr. John O'Toole

John's work centers on developing biomedical signal processing methods to detect brain injury in preterm infants.

Career Profile

  • 2013–present Research Fellow, Neonatal Brain Research Group, INFANT (University College Cork, Ireland)
  • 2011–2013 Postdoctoral researcher, eLIFE group, DeustoTech (University of Deusto, Spain)
  • 2009–2010 Postdoctoral researcher, Perinatal Research Centre, University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research (The University of Queensland, Australia)
  • 2005–2009 Ph.D. degree (medical science), The University of Queensland, Australia
  • 2003–2005 Research assistant, Signal Processing Research Centre (Queensland University of Technology, Australia)
  • 2001–2003 Control systems engineer, Biolytix Technologies Pty. Ltd., (Queensland, Australia)
  • 1998–2000 M.Eng.Sc (by research), University College Dublin, Ireland.
  • 1997–1998 Research assistant, Microwave Research Group, University College Dublin, Ireland.
  • 1993–1997 B.E. (electronic engineering), University College Dublin, Ireland.

Professional Activities/Achievements: 

  • Conference Service: Organisational committee member for WoSSPA (International Workshop on Systems, Signal Processing and their Applications) 2013, ISSPA (International conference on Information Sciences, Signal Processing and their Applications) 2012, and ISSPIT (IEEE Symposium on Signal Processing and Information Technology) 2011; international liaison for ISSPA 2010 and WoSSPA 2011; technical programme committee for ISSPIT 2015.
  • Reviewer: IEEE Trans Signal Process, IEEE Trans Biomed Eng, Digit Signal Process, IET Signal Process, Int J Comp Math, Med Bio Eng Comput, Comput Biol Med, Behav Brain Funct.
  • Editor: Special issue on Advances in Nonstationary Electrophysiological Signal Analysis and Processing in EURASIP J Adv Signal Process, 2012
  • Outreach: Interviewed for RTÉ Radio 1 programme, Bright Sparks, May 2015; science show, Electric Brains, at Ploughing Championships (2015) and National School (2016); presented at Meet the Engineers, Lifetime Lab, Cork (2016).
  • Recognition: Outstanding Service Award for contributions to ISSPA conference organisation in Quebec, Canada (2012); Ph.D. received Dean’s Award for Outstanding Research Higher Degree Theses in Brisbane, Australia (2009)
  • Funding: Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship (Irish Research Council), 2014–2016; Workshop for Science Week, Science Foundation Ireland, 2015; Australian Postgraduate Award, The University of Queensland, Australia, 2006–2008; Ericsson Postgraduate Scholarship, University College Dublin, 1988–2000.
  • Teaching: Co-supervising undergraduate and postgraduate (master and Ph.D.) students; lecturing, Digital Signal Processing (semester 2 in 2015 and 2016, University College Cork).
UCC Research Profile