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Associate Professor in Biomedical Engineering, MIEEE, MIET, SFHEA
PhD in Computer Science
Ingénieur (M.Eng.) in Electronic Engineering


Dr Roula is the head of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of South Wales. He also conducts research in the medical electronics and signal processing research area.


Career Summary

Dr. M. A. Roula obtained a PhD in Medical Imaging from Queen’s university of Belfast in 2004. During his PhD project, Dr. Roula worked in a multidisciplinary project at Queen’s University of Belfast (QUB) to develop an automated computer system for the analysis of prostatic tumours. He also worked on developing 3D texture models for reconstructed CLSM (Confocal Laser scanned Microscopy) images of prostatic nuclei which allow discrimination between normal and malignant cells.

After his PhD, Dr. Roula joined the University of South Wales (ex- Glamorgan) as a senior lecturer where he is involved teaching various electronics and computing modules as well as active research within the medical imaging research unit. He secured a EPSRC research grant to pursue research in computational aspects of applying MIT models for imaging in industrial as well as medical applications such as localisation of brain strokes.

Currently Dr. Roula is investigating the use of EEG brain computer interfacing as communication and transportation aid for people with severe motor disability as well as the effect of electrical stimulation on brain function.

Dr. Roula is a regular reviewer of technical conferences such as IEEE IACSSA, acted as publication Co-chair in various conferences such as IEEE ICM2014 and HCI2018 as well as journals such as pattern recognition. Dr. Roula as published over 40+ research papers in field of biomedical engineering and computing.


Managerial Activities

Academic Subject Manager for Electrical and Electronic Engineering Subject at the University of South Wales.

Previous responsibilities

Post Graduate program leader for Electronics’ MSc awards (MSc Embedded systems , MSc Electronics and IT, MSc Satellite communications, MSc Optoelectronics)

Projects’ coordinator for Electronics (Postgraduate and Undergraduate).
Member of CES Faculty Research Committee.
Member of school teaching and learning committee (2003-2006).
BEng Course leader for electronics (2013-2014)
MSc Course leader for electronics (2014-2017)
Year tutor – (various years)


Selection of Recent Publications:

Ziyi Zhang, Mohammed Ali Roula and Richard Dinsdale, Magnetic Induction Spectroscopy for Biomass Measurement: A Feasibility Study , Journal Sensors, MDPI , June, 2019.

Ramaraju, Sriharsha; Roula, Ali; McCarthy, Modelling the Effect of Electrode Displacement on Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation , Journal of Neural Engineering. Jan 2018.

Ali Roula, Sriharsha Ramaraju, Peter McCarthy “Brain Stimulation and Brain Computer Interfacing”, Proceedings
of British HCI 2018 – 32nd Human Computer Interaction Conference, Jul 2018.

Yasin Mamatjan, Ali Roula, Shabuerjiang Wubuli, Rapid Estimation of Object Movements in Magnetic Induction Tomography, International Journal of Biomedical Engineering and Technology, Vol 27, Issue 4 2018.

Ahmed Izzidien, Sriharsha Ramaraju, Mohammed Ali Roula and Peter McCarthy, Effect of Anodal tDCS on Event Related Potentials: A Controlled Study. , Journal: Biomed Research International, – published under special issue “Neural Engineering for Rehabilitation” , November, 2016 .

Ziyi Zhang, Mohammed Ali Roula*, Stuart Watson, Ralph Patz, Richard Dinsdale “Magnetic Induction Spectroscopy Measurements with Yeast Suspensions", IEEE EMBC, 2016.

Sriharsha Ramaraju, Mohammed Ali Roula*, “Effects Personality Type on the Effect of A-Tdcs on Work Memory Test Performance”, IEEE EMBC, 2016.


Member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Member of IEEE Biomedical Engineering Society
Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)


Areas of interest include

Brain Computer Interfacing. Biomedical signal processing. High performance Computing.

Dr. Roula’s main research interest is medical signal and image. He is also involved in the Magnetic Induction Tomography (MIT) research team which aims at developing contactless and non-invasive imaging methods for medical and non-medical applications. A current interest of Dr. Roula’s research is Brain Computer Interfacing (BCI) using EEG.

Grants & Funding

Dr. Ali Roula has recently been awarded a “research and innovation grant” to work on project untitled “Designing Better Adaptive Brain Computer Interfaces for Stroke Rehabilitation using High Performance Computing”. The project – of a total value of £81,000- is partly funded by HPC Wales and will be conducted in collaboration with Prof. Peter McCarthy and Neuradaptix Ltd.

Dr. Roula awarded a Welsh crucible grant to collaborate with researchers from Cardiff university’s school of psychology on using computer vision for autism research.
The grant of a value of £7351 was awarded as a competitive process opened to participants of the Welsh Crucible 2013. The project untitled “Social communication in autism spectrum disorder: The role of synchrony explored using computer pattern matching” will look at using computer vision techniques to quantify and, test hypothesis about, various elements of social interaction in autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Roula’s role will focus on the computer vision and pattern recognition aspects of the project.

In 2008, Dr. Roula secured an EPSRC grant worth £94,000 to fund a project of a total value of £117,000. The Project untitled “Implementation of Magnetic Induction Tomography image reconstruction algorithms on Clearspeed Advance co-processor” will aim at developing High performance computing software tools for Magnetic induction tomography (MIT).

Dr. Roula was also the recipient of 2 URIS faculty grants worth about £10k each. The first, to pursue feasibility research in “adaptive meshing” techniques for MIT forward modelling. The second and the more current project focuses on exploring the use of EEG signal form brain computer interfacing for application in communication and mobility aid for people with motor disability. Additionally, Dr. Roula was the recipient of a travel grant from the royal society of engineering to attend an invited talk at CMOS emerging technologies meeting.


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