Dr Aleksandra Vuckovic
- Reader (Biomedical Engineering)
0141 330 3251
R605 Level 6, Biomedical Engineering, James Watt Building South, Glasgow G12 8QQ
I hold an MEng in Engineering Physics (Faculty of Electrical Engineering) from the University of Belgrade and an MSc in Control Systems (Faculty of Electrical Engineering) from the University of Belgrade.
Between 1992 and 2000 I worked on industrial processes control as a Chartered Engineer (Serbian Professional State Exam approved by Serbian Chamber of Commerce).
I received my Ph.D. from the Centre for Sensory-Motor Interaction, Aalborg University, Denmark in 2004, where I spent one more year as a PostDoc.
Between 2005 and 2007 I worked as a senior research officer at the Brain-Computer Interface Group, Department of Computer Science, University of Essex.
Since 2008 I have been with the James Watt School of Engineering, University of Glasgow.
I am interested in Brain-Computer Interface (BCI), as a new form of non-muscular channel for communication between patients and its environment, which compensates a loss of sensory-motor functions or alternatively provides strengthening or modulation of preserved neuro-muscular pathways in patients with impairments of the Central Nervous System. I am in particular interested in developing and implementing patient-managed Brain-Computer Interface systems for home-based neurorehabilitation.
Further areas of interest are improvements of existing rehabilitation therapies combining Brain-Computer Interface and Functional Electrical Stimulation and exploring a correlation between the recovery and changes in the brain responses i.e., brain plasticity. I also apply BCI for operant conditioning training of the brain (neurofeedback) for the treatment of Central Neuropathic pain following injuries to the Spinal Cord.
My research further focuses on EEG as a neuroimaging modality to identify markers of neuropathic pain (diagnostic, predictive, and prognostic). I use machine learning techniques to develop transferable individualized makes of pain to aid stratified pain prevention and treatment.
Vuckovic, A., Jajrees, M., Purcell, M., Berry, H. and Fraser, M. (2018) Electroencephalographic predictors of neuropathic pain in subacute spinal cord injury. Journal of Pain, 19(11), 1256.e1-1256.e17. (doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2018.04.011) (PMID:29751110)
Vuckovic, A., Jose Ferrer Gallardo, V., Jarjees, M., Fraser, M. and Purcell, M. (2018) Prediction of central neuropathic pain in spinal cord injury based on EEG classifier. Clinical Neurophysiology, 129, pp. 1605-1617. (doi: 10.1016/j.clinph.2018.04.750) (PMID:29886266)
Al-Taleb, M.K.H., Purcell, M., Fraser, M., Petric-Gray, N. and Vuckovic, A. (2019) Home used, patient self-managed, brain-computer interface for the management of central neuropathic pain post spinal cord injury: usability study. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 16, 128. (doi: 10.1186/s12984-019-0588-7) (PMID:31666096) (PMCID:PMC6822418)
Vučković, A., Altaleb, M. K. H., Fraser, M., McGeady, C. and Purcell, M. (2019) EEG correlates of self-managed neurofeedback treatment of central neuropathic pain in chronic spinal cord injury. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 13, 762. (doi: 10.3389/fnins.2019.00762) (PMID:31404253) (PMCID:PMC6670070)
Osuagwu, B. C.A., Wallace, L., Fraser, M. and Vuckovic, A. (2016) Rehabilitation of hand in subacute tetraplegic patients based on brain computer interface and functional electrical stimulation: a randomised pilot study. Journal of Neural Engineering, 13(6), 065002. (doi: 10.1088/1741-2560/13/6/065002) (PMID:27739405)
Vuckovic, A., Pangaro, S. and Putri, F. (2018) Unimanual versus bimanual motor imagery classifiers for assistive and rehabilitative brain computer interfaces. IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, 26(12), pp. 2407-2415. (doi: 10.1109/TNSRE.2018.2877620)
2021-2026 'Quantum Imaging for Monitoring of Wellbeing & Disease in Communities, ' Transformative Healthcare Technologies for 2050 EP/T021020/1
2020-2022 ' Electroencephalograph Predictors of Central Neuropathic Pain in Spinal Cord Injury' Inspire foundation (PI); Stoke Mandeville Research Trust (PI)
2019-2023 ' Electroencephalograph Predictors of Central Neuropathic Pain in Spinal Cord Injury' International Spinal Research Trust, Nathalie Rose Bar PhD scholarship;
2020-2020 'Determining the effects of transcutaneous spinal electrical stimulation on sensorimotor function in chronic complete tetraplegia' (CoI)
2017-2020 'Mechanism of neuropathic pain following spinal cord injury: role of the spinothalamic tract' Phd scholarhip, Inspire foundation (CoI)
2017-2018 'Outpatients self-managed neurorehabilitation of hand using brain-computer interface and functional electrical stimulation' Digital Healthcare Institute, Scotland
2016-2017 'Engaging the end users in the development of home based neurorehabilitation system' Knowledge exchange UoG
2015-2016 'Portable neurofeedback system for treatment of central neuropathic pain following spinal cord injury' Inspire Foundation
2015-2016 'Home based patient-managed neurorehabilitation following spinal cord injury'RAE/Leverhulme Senior Researcher fellowship
2015 'Mobile brain-train system' Impact Acceleration Account, UoG
2010-2011 'Neurofeedback for treatment of neuropathic pain in patients with spinal cord injury' Medical Research Council Hopping Grant
- Miss Lydia Jilantikiri, Commonwealth scholarhip, 'Neurorehabilitation Using Virtual Reality and Brain Computer Interface'
- Miss Keri Anderson Natalie Rose Bar PhD scholarship 'Electroencephalograph Predictors of Central Neuropathic Pain in Spinal Cord Injury' International Spinal Research Trust, (co-supervisor Dr Sebastien Stein, School of Computing)
- Miss Ioana Susnoschi-Luca, ' Neurofeedback treatment of spasticity in spinal cord injuried patients', EPSRC Scholarhip
- Mr Ciaran Mcgeady, EPSRC Scholarship, 'Bimanual BCI-FES for orthosis and for rehabilitation'
- Miss Radha Kumar, Commonwealth Scholarhip 'Development and clinical testing of BCI-FES orthosis for SCI patients'
- Miss Anna Zulauf, James Watt/EPSRC Scholarship,’ Neurorehabilitation of hand and arm unction in patients with spinal cord injury based on portable brain-computer interface device’
- Miss Tao Lyu, CSC Scholarship, 'Synthetic EEG data for Brain Computer Interface'.
- Dr Bethel Osuagwu, International Spinal Research Trust, 'Determining the effects of transcutaneous spinal electrical stimulation on sensorimotor function in chronic complete tetraplegia'
- Miss Alison Symon, Inspire foundation scholarhip, 'Neuropathic pain following spinal cord injury: underlying mechanisms and prognostic '(principal supervisor Dr John Riddell, Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology)
- Mr Asfand Tanwear, EPSRC Scholarhip, 'Wearable magnetoencephalography' (principal supervisor Dr Hadi Heidari)
- Mr Xianpeng Liang, CSC Scholarship, 'Wearable magnetomyography' (principal supervisor Dr Hadi Heidari)
- Mr Fabio Castro, (principal supervisor dr Daniel Bishop, Brunell University)
- Krithika Anil (principal supervisor Prof Jane Burridge, University of Southampton)
Previous PhD supervision (principal supervisor)
- 2016-2020 Miss Finda Putri, Indonesian government scholarhip, 'Multiuser brain computer interface for gaming and rehabilitation'
- 2014-2018 Miss Anna Sosnowska, James Watt/EPSRC Scholarship, ‘BCI and ultrasound imaging for biofeedback training in neurological rehabilitation’ (co-supervisor Dr Henrik Gollee, School of Engineering)
- 2014-2018 Dr Manaf Kadum Hussein Al-Taleb, Iraq Higher Committee for Education Scholarship, ‘Development and clinical testing of home-based brain-computer interfaces for neurofeedback and for rehabiltiation
- 2014-2018 Dr Salim Muhammed Husein Al Wasity, Iraq Higher Committee for Education Scholarship, ‘Application of fMRI for action presentation: decoding, aligning and modulating’ (co-supervisor Professor Frank Pollick, School of Psychology)
- 2103-3017 Dr Mohammad Sabah Jarjees, Iraq Higher Committee for Education Scholarship, Neurofeedback treatment of central neuropathic pain in subacute patients with spinal cord injury’
- 2011-2015 Dr Bethel Osuagwu, James Watt/EPSRC Scholarship ‘Neurorehabilitation of hand/arm function based on hybrid BCI and FES’
- 2010-2014 Dr Muhammed Abul Hasan, Pakistan government scholarship, ‘Quantitative EEG and neuromodulation using neurofeedback for the reduction of central neuropathic pain in patients with paraplegia’
- 2008-2012 Dr Juan Fang, China Scholarship Council, ‘Computer modelling and experimental design of a gait orthosis for early rehabilitation of walking’
Research Associates (previous)
2016-2018 Dr Gabriela Cruz, Chilen government grant, 'Neurofeedback for imporvement of memory in patients with traumatic brain injury' (co-supervision with Professor Jonathan Evans, School of Medicine)
Previous PhD students Co-supervision
- 2016-2020 Dr Krithika Anil, DSTL funding,'Exploring neurofeedback learning usng a neurofeedback treatment of Central Neuropathic Pain after a Spinal Cord Injury'
- 2013-2017 Dr Sebastien Pollet 'An investigation into cortical activity among stroke patients associated with robotic upper limb rehabilitation as measured by EEG'
- ENG1026 Engineering skills 1 (lecturer and coordinator for DBT group project mech Eng and Biomed Eng; course respondible Dr Donald Ballance)
- EMG2016 Mechanical Design 2 (course coordinator)
- ENF4191/5291 Signal Processing of Biosignatures (course coordinator; sharing with Prof. Peter Macfarlane) undergraduate and postgraduate level
- ENG4113 Rehabilitation Engineering (course coordinator, sharing with Dr Henrik Gollee) undergraduate and postgraduate level
- ENG4189 Bioethics for Biomedical Engineering (obtaining ethical permission for experiments on humans; course coordinator Dr Henrik Gollee)
- Supervising BEng, MEng and MSc final year projects
- Applied Design Systems (5th year)
- Design and Manufacture 1B
- Deputy Head of Teaching for Biomedical Engineering
- Member of the University Council of Senate
- Member of University Honorary Degree Committee
- Member of Ethical Committee for the College of Science and Engineering
- Member of Ethical Committee for the College of Science and Engineering
- Member of College Appeal Committee
Invited talks (since 2014)
- May International Conference on Neurorehabilitation, Aalborg, Denmark
- March International Brain Awareness Week, Belgrade, Serbia
- March: University of Birmingham, DSTL
- August: Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Spinal Unit
- August: Stanmore Hospital, Spinal Unit
- May: The North British Pain Association spring meeting (following best poster award)
- June: School of Computing Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex
- June: Newcastle University, School of Engineering
- October: The Brunel University, Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience
- December: School of Biological Science, University of Reading
- February: Royal Academy of Engineering, Fellows Day
- February: The School of Computing Science, University of Glasgow
- May: Engage with Strathclyde, Showcase of rehabilitation technology for stroke patients at the University of Strathclyde
- July: The University of Engineering, Science and Technology, UESTC, Chengdu, China
- September: ENS de Lyon and Henry Gabrielle hospital, laboratory for kinematic analysis of movement, Lyon, France
- September: KT Innovate UK, Neurotechnology Interest group, Oxford
- December: The Northern Technical University, Mosul, Iraq
- March: Department of Ortho and MSK Science, University College London
- May: International Functional Electrical Stimulation Society webinar