Dr Rab Nawaz

School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (CSEE)
Dr Rab Nawaz



Dr Rab is a Lecturer at the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex. Before joining University of Essex, he was as Postdoctoral research associate in Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Glasgow, Scotland. Previously he was a visiting research scholar at University of Graz, Austria. Rab received his Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering and Master’s in Electrical Engineering from International Islamic University and NUST University, Islamabad, Pakistan, respectively. He obtained his PhD in Engineering from Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), Malaysia. His PhD research was in the domain of Neurofeedback training and Brain-computer interface (BCI). During his professional career he has performed cutting-edge research in the field of Biomedical Engineering, BCI and Machine Learning. He has co-authored quality research papers, including in leading international journals and peer-reviewed international conference proceedings. He has also received the best paper awards at two international conferences.


  • Post-doc University of Glasgow, (2023)

  • Ph.D in Engineering Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, (2021)

  • MS in Electrical Engineering National University of Sciences and Technology, (2016)

  • BS in Electronic Engineering International Islamic University, Islamabad, (2013)


University of Essex

  • Lecturer, Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex (1/12/2023 - present)

Other academic

  • Postdoctoral research associate, Biomedical Engineering, University of Glasgow (1/10/2021 - 31/10/2023)

  • Visiting researcher, School of Psychology, University of Graz (1/11/2020 - 30/4/2021)

  • Research assistant, Department of Electronic Engineering, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (1/3/2017 - 31/10/2020)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Brain Computer Interfaces

Key words: BCI
Open to supervise

Biomedical Signal Processing

Open to supervise


Key words: NFB
Open to supervise


Key words: EEG
Open to supervise

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Brain-Computer Interfaces and Peripheral-Neural Interfaces (CE246)


Journal articles (6)

Nawaz, R., Wood, G., Nisar, H. and Yap, VV., Exploring the Effects of EEG-Based Alpha Neurofeedback on Working Memory Capacity in Healthy Participants. Bioengineering. 10 (2), 200-200

Nawaz, R., Nisar, H., Yap, VV. and Tsai, C-Y., The Effect of Alpha Neurofeedback Training on Cognitive Performance in Healthy Adults. Mathematics. 10 (7), 1095-1095

Mahmood, D., Nisar, H., Nawaz, R., Yap, VV. and Tsai, C-Y., (2024). Attention-related power and functional connectivity modulation associated with long-term alpha neurofeedback training. Biomedical Signal Processing and Control. 87, 105431-105431

Nawaz, R., Cheah, KH., Nisar, H. and Yap, VV., (2020). Comparison of different feature extraction methods for EEG-based emotion recognition. Biocybernetics and Biomedical Engineering. 40 (3), 910-926

Nawaz, R., Nisar, H. and Voon, YV., (2020). Changes in Spectral Power and Functional Connectivity of Response-Conflict Task After Neurofeedback Training. IEEE Access. 8, 139444-139459

Nawaz, R., Nisar, H. and Voon, YV., (2018). The Effect of Music on Human Brain; Frequency Domain and Time Series Analysis Using Electroencephalogram. IEEE Access. 6, 45191-45205

Conferences (7)

Nawaz, R., Wang, PK., Khan, MB. and Nisar, H., (2022). Channel Selection and Classification of Electroencephalography based Motor Imagery Signals using Machine Learning

Nawaz, R., Nisar, H. and Voon, YV., (2021). Analyses of Stroop EEG using Event Related Potentials and Time-Frequency Decomposition

Nisar, H., Hoe, TC. and Nawaz, R., (2020). Reducing Sensors in Mental Imagery Based Cognitive Task for Brain Computer Interface

Nawaz, R., Ng, JT., Nisar, H. and Voon, YV., (2019). Can background music help to relieve stress? An EEG analysis

Nawaz, R., Tan, LY., Nisar, H. and Khan, MB., (2019). Image stitching of microscopic wastewater images

Nawaz, R., Nisar, H., Voon, YV. and Yee, TP., (2018). Acoustic Feature Extraction from Music Songs to Predict Emotions Using Neural Networks

Nawaz, R., Nisar, H. and Yap, VV., (2018). Recognition of Useful Music for Emotion Enhancement Based on Dimensional Model



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