Dr Owen Falzon

Dr Owen Falzon

Dr Owen Falzon

 B.Eng.(Hons)(Melit.),Ph.D.(Melit.),M.I.E.E.E.,M.I.E.E.

Senior Lecturer

Room 408
Engineering Building
University of Malta
Msida
  +356 2340 3651
Owen Falzon is a Senior Lecturer with the Centre for Biomedical Cybernetics at the University of Malta. He obtained his first degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Malta in 2006. In 2012, he completed his PhD studies on "EEG Signal Phase Analysis for Brain-Computer Interfacing". His research interests include signal processing, machine learning, computer vision, biomedical engineering, brain-computer interfacing and medical thermography.
He is involved in the coordination of various research projects, undergraduation and postgraduate project supervision, primarily focusing on the development of signal and image processing algorithms, mainly in the context of medical thermography, EEG signal processing and brain-computer interfacing.

He is currently involved in the coordination and technical supervision of a number of funded R&I projects including:
- Thermal Imaging for Peripheral Vascular Disease Monitoring in Diabetics (TIPMID)
Funded through MCST R&I-2013-028. Role: Project coordinator.
- Food Inspection using Hyperspectral Imaging (FIHI)
Funded through MCST R&I-2015-048-T. Role: Project coordinator.
- Brain Controlled Applications (BrainApp)
Funded through MCST R&I-2015-132-T. Role: Project partner.
He has also been involved in the coordination and successful completion of the MCST commercialisation voucher programmes in relation to the projects above.

He has published his work in various scientific journals and conferences (refer to scholar.google.com/citations?user=BgnnWgcAAAAJ&hl).
He is also a reviewer on a number of journals which include amongst others the:
- IEEE Transactions in Biomedical Engineering;
- IEEE Transactions in Neural Systems and Rehabiliation Engineering;
- IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics;
- IOP Journal of Neural Engineering; and
- Elsevier Journal of Neuroscience Method.

He is also a member of the management committee of the cost action CA15118 Mathematical and Computer Science Methods for Food Science and Industry (FoodMC).
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Medical Thermography
  • Brain-computer interfacing
  • Image processing
  • Signal processing
  • Computer vision

Agius Anastasi, A., Falzon, O., Camilleri, K., Vella, M. & Muscat, R. 2017, "Brain symmetry index in healthy and stroke patients for assessment and prognosis", Stroke research and treatment, vol. 2017.

Falzon, O., Zerafa, R., Camilleri, T. & Camilleri, K.P. 2017, "EEG-based biometry using steady state visual evoked potentials", IEEE, , pp. 4159.

Gauci, J., Falzon, O., Camilleri, K.P., Formosa, C., Gatt, A., Ellul, C., Mizzi, S., Mizzi, A., Cassar, K. & Sturgeon, C. 2017, "Automated segmentation of regions of interest from thermal images of hands", IEEE, , pp. 3822.

Gauci, N., Falzon, O., Camilleri, T. & Camilleri, K.P. 2017, "Phase-based SSVEPs for real-time control of a motorised bed", IEEE, , pp. 2080.

Piciucco, E., Maiorana, E., Falzon, O., Camilleri, K.P. & Campisi, P. 2017, "Steady-State Visual Evoked Potentials for EEG-Based Biometric Identification", BIOSIG 2017, .

Gauci, N., Falzon, O., Camilleri, T. & Camilleri, K. 2016, "An Analysis on the Effect of Phase on the Performance of SSVEP-based BCIs", Springer, , pp. 134.

Falzon, O., Camilleri, K.P. & Muscat, J. 2012, "The analytic common spatial patterns method for EEG-based BCI data", Journal of Neural Engineering, vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 045009.

Falzon, O., Camilleri, K.P. & Muscat, J. 2011, "Common spatial patterns using analytic signals for EEG-based BCIs", Neuroscience letters, vol. 500, pp. e10.

Falzon, O., Camilleri, K. & Muscat, J. 2010, "Complex-valued spatial filters for task discrimination", Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), 2010 Annual International Conference of the IEEEIEEE, , pp. 4707.

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Funded Research Projects:

- Non-Contact Imaging for Vital Sign Monitoring (NIVS)
Funding: MCST Commercialisation Voucher Programme 2018
Role: Project Coordinator

- Dense Recording of In-Shoe Foot Temperatures (DRIFT)
Funding: MCST Commercialisation Voucher Programme 2018
Role: Project Co-Applicant

- Food Inspection using Hyperspectral Imaging (FIHI)
Funding: MCST Technology Development Programme 2017
Funding: MCST Commercialisation Voucher Programme 2015
Role: Project Coordinator

- Brain-Controlled Applications (BrainApp)
Funding: MCST Technology Development Programme 2017
Funding: MCST Commercialisation Voucher Programme 2016
Role: Project Co-Applicant

- Thermal Imaging for Peripheral Vascular Disease Monitoring in Diabetics (TIPMID)
Funding: MCST R&I Programme 2013
Role: Project Coordinator


Ongoing postgraduate research supervision:

- Switching Multiple Models for SSVEP-based BCIs
Ph.D. student: Nikiforos Okkalides
Year: 2016 - ongoing
Role: Supervisor

- Switching Multiple Models for SSVEP-based BCIs
Ph.D. student: Inġ. Rosanne Zerafa
Year: 2017 - ongoing
Role: Co-supervisor

- Application of machine learning in energy efficient, real-time monitoring, prediction,
detection and management of seizures
Ph.D. student: Eliazar Audu
Year: 2016 - ongoing
Role: Co-supervisor

- Combined Visual and Thermal Imaging for Non-Contact Physiological Signal
Measurement
M.Sc. by Research student: Lucianne Cutajar
Year: 2016 - ongoing
Role: Supervisor

- A Portable In-Shoe Measurement System to Acquire Dense Continuous Foot Temperature Maps
M.Sc. by Research student: Josef Grech
Year: 2016 - ongoing
Role: Supervisor

- Thermographic Analysis of the Abdominal Region of Pregnant Women
M.Sc. by Research student: Annelie Ciantar
Year: 2016 - ongoing
Role: Supervisor

- An EEG-Based Biometric System
M.Sc. by Research student: Elysia Calleja
Year: 2016 - ongoing
Role: Supervisor

- Motor Imagery for Brain-Computer Interfaces
M.Sc. by Research student: Edward Zammit
Year: 2015 - ongoing
Role: Supervisor

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