Professor Philip de Chazal

Philip de ChazalAdjunct Researcher

Research Program: Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience (BENS)


Philip is an adjunct researcher with in our Bioelectronics and Neuroscience research program and is currently ResMed Chair in Biomedical Engineering(opens in a new window) at the School of Electrical and Information Engineering, University of Sydney.

In his last post he was a founder, director and chief technical officer of the Irish company BiancaMed for 9 years. BiancaMed is a world leader in providing non-contact sleep monitoring solutions. Previous to this he was a research fellow at University College Dublin and an experimental scientist with Ultrasonic Institute, CSIRO, Sydney.

He has a PhD in biomedical digital signal processing with a specialisation in applying pattern recognition techniques to biomedical signals recorded from human body. His research is focused on understanding breathing and sleeping physiology and also on developing automated diagnostic devices for monitoring of sleep and the cardiorespiratory system. In addition, he has extensive experience in transforming university research into commercial reality.

He has authored 82 articles including 22 journal publications and 60 conference papers. He is an inventor on 9 patents.

Research Interests

Minimally invasive monitoring of sleep

Sleep, diet and exercise are widely considered the three pillars of physical well-being with poor sleep associated with a number of public health issues including obesity and congestive heart failure. Sleep is very difficult to currently monitor due to the inconvenience to the patient of accurate monitoring systems. This program will advance the field of sleep medicine by researching ways of monitoring sleep that are both highly accurate and minimally invasive. Outputs from this research will enable physicians to monitor sleep parameters and improve the management of significant health issues.

Qualifications and Honours

  • ARC Future Fellowship 2012-2016
  • Irish Times Innovation Award, Dublin, Ireland, 2010
  • Lead Entrepreneur of HotHouse 6 Programme, D.I.T, Dublin, Ireland, 2004
  • Winner of UCD's Campus Company Development Programme, Ireland, 2002
  • Best Performing Technique for Automated Detection of Sleep Apnea, Computers in Cardiology and M.I.T. Physionet Challenge, Boston, USA, 2000
  • Best Young Investigator Poster Presentation, EMBEC conference, Vienna, Austria, 1999
  • PhD, University of NSW,1999
  • MBiomedE, University of NSW, 1994
  • BE, Electrical Engineering, University of NSW, 1988


For a full listing of my publications, please see my personal publications page.(opens in a new window)