Farwa Abbas for STEM in Action

RoleSecond year PhD student, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London

Subject area: Statistical Signal Processing and Machine Learning

Nationality: Pakistani

I have been working as a postgraduate researcher at Imperial’s department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering for almost two years. I am working in biomedical signal processing. Before moving to London, I also worked as a research associate for almost four years alongside my masters’ degree. This experience allowed me to enhance my skills as a researcher and identify the problems that interest me. Besides work, I like to hang out with friends and travel!

Interview with Farwa Abbas, a second year PhD in the Electrical and Electronic Engineering department, who is studying biomedical signals from the brain and muscles.

Interview with Farwa

Hear from Farwa Abbas, who is doing research into biomedical signal processing from the brain and muscles.


EducationGCSE (or equivalent): High school in Pakistan with subjects Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science, English, Social Science  

A-Level (or equivalent): Pre-Engineering with Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and English

• BSc Electrical Engineering, University of Engineering and Technology Lahore, Pakistan
• MS Electrical Engineering, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan
• PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (on-going), Imperial College London


Detail about Farwa


My research

I am working on modelling biomedical signals recorded from human brain and muscles to infer coordination between signals recorded from different regions. This type of information is essential in diagnosis and treatment of movement disorders such as Tremors and Parkinson’s disease.

My inspiration

My inspiration

I have been fortunate to get the opportunity to learn from some of the well-versed teachers who have guided and supported me throughout the course of my studies. I have drawn inspiration from a few of my exceptional teachers to pursue a career in engineering.

My STEM hero

Who is your STEM hero?

My STEM hero is one of the greatest physicists of all times, Albert Einstein. He is a truly iconic science hero not just because of his approach towards understanding the nature of the universe but also because of his compassion towards people. I believed he has contributed to our society in multitude of ways.

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Most significant discovery/invention?

The discovery of Electromagnetic Waves. It was an integral part of the riddle that helped to connect the dots between ideas of electricity, magnetism, and light which revolutionized our fundamental understanding of the universe.

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Career options after study

Signal processing has broader applications in various industries including healthcare, industrial maintenance, econometrics, the food industry, and information technology.

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My hobbies

Apart from studies, I like to sketch, and paint. I enjoy travelling with friends and exploring new places. Sometimes, simply listening to music to help me unwind.

Farwa talks about her research into modelling biomedical signals recorded from the human brain and muscles

Farwa talks about her research

Farwa talks about her research into modelling biomedical signals recorded from the human brain and muscles.

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