Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering


Contact details

Room: 2 East 2.28
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 386108

PhD supervision

Ben is able to supervise PhD students and currently has a PhD studentship available. Interested candidates should contact Ben to learn more.

Dr Ben Metcalfe



Dr Ben Metcalfe was an RB & SE Whorrod scholar as well as the B Nicholson scholar at the University of Bath. He has worked as a consultant engineer on many low-power signal processing projects and has been awarded multiple patents in this area. He is a member of both the IET and the IEEE. Ben's research interests lie in areas of biomedical signal processing and microelectronics. Potential PhD students interested in these areas should contact Ben directly.


  • Advanced neural recording interfaces
  • Biologically inspired autonomous systems
  • Low power microelectonic signal processing
  • Biomedical signal processing for both in-vivo and ex-vivo applications
  • Neuronal modelling and computing

Current projects include:

  • The PRIME project (Police Robot for Inspection and Mapping of Evidence) aims to create an integrated and automated sensing platform that will perform search and rescue style analysis of marine environments. This project is jointly funded by the Metropolitan Police and EPSRC.
  • A second project links with our industrial partner – GSK. This project aims to further advance our neural recording abilities by providing state of the art biological models and experimental facilities, as part of the bioelectronics initiative.



Metcalfe, B., Clarke, C., Donaldson, N. and Taylor, J., 2017. A New Method for Neural Spike Alignment: The Centroid Filter. IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering

Metcalfe, B. W., Chew, D. J., Clarke, C. T., Donaldson, N. d. N. and Taylor, J. T., 2015. A new method for spike extraction using velocity selective recording demonstrated with physiological ENG in Rat. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 251, pp. 47-55.

Conference or Workshop Items

Wilson, P., Graham-Harper-Cater, J. and Metcalfe, B., 2017. Forthcoming. A Reconfigurable Architecture for Real-Time Digital Simulation of Neurons.

Metcalfe, B., Thomas, B., Anthony Treloar, A., Rymansaib, Z., Hunter, A. J. and Wilson, P., 2017. Forthcoming. A compact low-cost unmanned surface vessel for shallow inshore applications. In: Intelligent Systems Conference, 2017-09-07 - 2017-09-08.

Storey, J. P., Hammond, J. L., Graham-Harper-Cater, J. E., Metcalfe, B. W. and Wilson, P. R., 2016. Modelling Dynamic Photovoltaic Arrays for Marine Applications.

Metcalfe, B., Thomas, B., Hunter, A. J. and Wilson, P., 2016. Rapid prototyping and field deployment of a USV for the Metropolitan Police. In: IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, 2016-05-16 - 2016-05-21.

Taylor, J., Metcalfe, B., Clarke, C., Chew, D., Nielsen, T. and Donaldson, N., 2015. A Summary of Current and New Methods in Velocity Selective Recording (VSR) of Electroneurogram (ENG). In: 2015 IEEE International Symposium on VLSI, 2015-07-07 - 2015-07-10, Frane.

Metcalfe, B., Chew, D., Clarke, C., Donaldson, N. and Taylor, J., 2014. An enhancement to velocity selective discrimination of neural recordings:extraction of neuronal firing rates. In: 2014 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), 2014-08-26 - 2014-08-30.

Metcalfe, B., Chew, D., Clarke, C., Donaldson, N. and Taylor, J., 2014. Fibre-selective discrimination of physiological ENG using velocity selective recording: Report on pilot rat experiments. In: 2014 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), 2014-08-26 - 2014-08-30.


Metcalfe, B., 2016. Innovative Microelectronic Signal Processing Techniques for the Recording and Analysis of the Human Electroneurogram. Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)). University of Bath.

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