Nicoletta Nicolaou has received her BSc. (Hons) in Cybernetics & Control Engineering (2001), and her PhD in Cybernetics (2006) from the Department of Cybernetics, University of Reading, UK. She then joined the Holistic Electronics Research Lab and the KIOS Research Centre at the University of Cyprus as a Research Fellow (2007-2014). In 2014-2016 she joined the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London, as a Marie-Curie Fellow. She has now rejoined the University of Reading as part of the EPSRC-funded project “Brain-Computer Music Interface for Monitoring and Inducing Affective States” and remains an Honorary Research Fellow at Imperial College London.
Her main research interests are biomedical signal processing, with emphasis on the study of electrical brain activity (EEG) during anaesthesia. More specifically, she is investigating how the patterns of brain connectivity are affected by anaesthetic administration, in order to identify mechanisms of anaesthetic-induced unconsciousness for predicting / preventing awareness during surgery. Her general research interests include the study of EEG activity for various applications (e.g. brain-computer interfaces), mental states (e.g. sleep), and disorders (e.g. epilepsy).
Nicoletta has served as a Technical Committee member for a number of conferences and is a regular reviewer for a number of international journals and conferences. Throughout her research career she has received a number of awards, including first prize at the international data analysis competition of MLSP 2005 and the Best Paper Award at BIODEVICES 2008.