Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Surgery & Cancer

Imperial College Research Fellow



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James is a Research Associate in the Hamlyn Centre, Institute of Global Health Innovation and the Department of Surgery and Cancer, St Mary's Hospital. He received an MEng in Acoustical Engineering at the ISVR at the University of Southampton and completed his PhD in Biomedical Engineering at University College London in 2015. There he continued his work as an EPSRC Doctoral Research Fellow, developing Electrical Impedance Tomography methods for brain imaging as part of Prof. David Holder’s Neurophysiology lab.

Clinical studies during this time brought into sharp focus the benefits that good, open and reproducible engineering can have for patients and strengthened his desire to translate his work into clinical practice. Since 2018 he has worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the NIHR Imperial Biomedical Research Centre, seeking to develop new sensor technologies for surgery.

His research interests include:

  • Electrical Impedance Tomography
  • Surgical Robotics
  • Soft sensors
  • Implantable and wearable sensors
  • Open source biomedical devices and methods
  • Fixing things, more than likely after having broken them in the first place. Particularly 3D printers. 



Alian A, Zari E, Wang Z, et al., 2023, Current engineering developments for robotic systems in flexible endoscopy, Techniques and Innovations in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Vol:25, ISSN:2590-0307, Pages:67-81


Runciman M, Franco E, Avery J, et al., 2023, Model based position control of soft hydraulic actuators, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, IEEE, Pages:1-7

Alian A, Mylonas G, Avery J, 2023, Soft continuum actuator tip position and contact force prediction, using electrical impedance tomography and recurrent neural networks, IEEE International Conference on Soft Robotics (RoboSoft), IEEE, Pages:1-6, ISSN:2769-4534

Monfort Sánchez E, Avery J, Gan J, et al., 2023, A compact fluorescence sensor for low-cost non-invasive monitoring of gut permeability in undernutrition, Optics and Biophotonics in Low-Resource Settings IX, SPIE, Pages:1-7, ISSN:1605-7422

Avery J, Runciman M, Fiani C, et al., 2022, Lumen shape reconstruction using a soft robotic balloon catheter andelectrical impedance tomography, IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), IEEE, ISSN:2153-0866

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