Professor Jonathan Tapson

Jonathan Tapson

Position

Researcher

Research Program

Biomedical Engineering and Neuromorphic Systems (BENS)

About Jonathan

Jonathan Tapson is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and a researcher in our Biomedical Engineering and Neuromorphic Systems (BENS) research program.

He received a B.Sc in Physics in 1986, B.Sc in Electrical Engineering in 1988 and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 1994.  All qualifications are from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Jonathan was a professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Cape Town from 1997 and joined Western Sydney University in 2011. He was appointed to the position of Director of The MARCS Institute in 2015.

Jonathan has published more than 100 papers on his research and holds 10 patents. He is a co-founder of two start-up companies and one not for profit organisation.

Research Interests

  • Understanding the signal processing properties of spiking neurons
  • Building biologically realistic learning in neural systems
  • Using bio-inspired design for novel biomedical and industrial electronic sensors

Qualifications and Honours

  • Elected a Fellow of the South African Academy of Engineering, May 2009
  • Awarded a Girling Watson Fellowship by the School of Electrical and Information Engineering, University of Sydney, Australia for the year 2007
  • The social entrepreneurship company Cell-life, of which he was a founder and director, was a winner in the category "Most Noteworthy Achiever – Emerging Enterprises" in the South African Technology Top 100 competition in 2005 and again in 2006
  • The Hot Platinum ICON3CS induction furnace, of which he was a co-designer, was awarded the most prestigious prize for industrial design in South Africa – the President's Award of the Design Institute of South Africa – in 2006
  • The startup company Hot Platinum (Pty) Ltd, of which he was a founder and director, was a winner in the category "Most Promising Emerging Enterprise" in the South African Technology Top 100 competition in 2005

Publications

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

Jonathan is currently undertaking a leave of absence from Western Sydney University.