I received the Dipl. Ing. degree from Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Metiers, Paris, France, in 1973, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada, in 1977. I then spent 12 years in industry, in France and then in Canada. In 1989, I joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of British Columbia, where I am a Professor and Distinguished University Scholar. From 2000 to 2002, I was the Associate Dean, Research for the Faculty of Applied Science Since 2008 I have been an Associate Member of the UBC Department of Anesthesiology Pharmacology and Therapeutics, and since 2020 of the UBC School of Biomedical Engineering. I am a Principal Investigator at the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute and co-founder and co-Director of the Digital Health Innovation Laboratory (DHIL).
My major awards include the IEEE Control Systems Society 1998 Control Systems Technology Award; three NSERC Synergy Awards, the latest one in 2016 for the development of the Phone Oximeter; the 2010 Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering. In 2011–12, and again in 2018-19, I was a UBC Peter Wall Distinguished Scholar in Residence. In 2020 I was awarded the IEEE Control Systems Society Transition to Practice Award. I have been a Fellow of the IEEE since 1998, and in 2017 was elected a Fellow of the International Federation of Automatic Control as well as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
My current research interests include patient monitoring; signal processing for physiological monitoring; physiological closed-loop control systems such as automated drug delivery in anesthesia; circadian rhythms; global and mobile health; non-contact patient vital sign assessment; and brain monitoring via electroencephalography and near-infrared spectrometry.