Dr Tizzard joined Middlesex University in 1986 when it was Middlesex Polytechnic. He was previously a Teaching Company Associate with Imperial College and Phillips (UK) Ltd working on an innovative automated television assembly line. Prior to that he was a Manufacturing Engineer and then a Design Engineer with a Ministry of Defence contractor. During that time he worked on a number of projects including Nimrod ground replay systems and early thermal imaging devices.

His first degree is in Mechanical Engineering from Brunel University with Biomedical Engineering Specialsm in the final year. He gained a masters from Imperial College in Computing and his PhD from Middlesex.

He is a Chartered Engineer with the Institution of Engineering Designers.

Teaching and Learning interests include Engineering simulation and modelling, Computer-Aided Engineering, Research methods and statistics, Biomedical / Clinical Engineering.

Dr Tizzard is currently leading the development of a suite of degree programmes related to biomedical engineering due to be validated early 2014 for September 2014 start:

Dr Tizzard is author of An Introduction to Computer-Aided Engineering published by McGraw-Hill in 1994.

Research interests include: Electrical Impedance Tomography, Deep Brain Stimulation, Computer-Aided Design, geometric modelling (including finite element modelling) and biomodelling. Doctoral students welcome in all related areas. Dr Tizzard has over 40 publications in conference proceedings and Journals.

Selected Publications

Electrical impedance tomography of human brain function using reconstruction algorithms based on the finite element method.

Bagshaw A, Liston A D, Bayford R H, Tizzard A, Gibson A, Tidswell A T, Sparkes M K, Dehghani H, Binnie C D and Holder D S. 2003. Neuroimage 20 752-64


Generating accurate finite element models for the forward model of the human head in EIT.

Tizzard A, Horesh L, Yerworth R J, Holder D S and Bayford R H. 2005. Physiol.Meas. 26 S251-S261


Investigating the mechanism of deep brain stimulation using a dynamic complex model of the head incorporated with the complete model of electrode.

Bayford R H, Tizzard A, Yousif Nand Liu X. 2006. Clin.Neurophys. 117 S219-S220.


Improving the Finite Element Forward Model of the Human Head by Warping using Elastic Deformation.

Tizzard A and Bayford R H. 2007. Physiol.Meas. 28 S163-S182.


Development of a neonate lung reconstruction algorithm using a wavelet AMG and estimated boundary form.

Bayford R H, Kantartzis P, Tizzard A, Yerworth R, Liatsis P and Demosthenous A. 2008.Physiol.Meas.29(6) S125-38.


Depth sensitivity and image reconstruction analysis of dense imaging arrays for mapping brain function with diffuse optical tomography.

Dehghani H, White B R, Zeff B W, Tizzard A and Culver J P. 2009.Appl.Opt.48(10) D137-43


GREIT: a unified approach to 2D linear EIT reconstruction of lung images.

Adler A, Arnold J H, Bayford R H, Borsic A, Brown B, Dixon P, Faes T J C, Frerichs I, Gagnon H, Garber Y, Grychtol B, Hahn G, Lionheart W R B, Malik A, Patterson R P, Stocks J, Tizzard A, Weiler N, Wolf G K. 2009.Physiol.Meas.30(6) S35-S55.

Winner of the Martin Black Prize for best paper in Physiol. Meas. 2009. Authors in alphabetical order


A comparison study of electrodes for neonate electrical impedance tomography.

Rahal M Khor, J M, Demosthenous A, Tizzard A and Bayford R H. 2009.Physiol.Meas.30S73-S84.


Generation and performance of patient-specific forward models for breast imaging with EIT.

Tizzard A, Borsic A, Halter R and Bayford R. 2010. XIVth International Conference on Electrical Bioimpedance and the 11th Conference on Biomedical Applications of EIT. Gainesville, Florida 4th – 8th April 2010. J.Phys.: Conf.Ser. 224(1) 012034


Bioimpedance imaging: an overview of potential clinical applications.

Tizzard A and Bayford R. 2012.Analyst. 137 4635-4643.

Dr Tizzard has been jointly responsible for acquiring and managing around £1.2M of research funding. Recent grants include:

A Novel Analogue Bio-Impedance System-On-A-Chip for Monitoring of Neonate Lung Function.

EPSRC EP/E031633. 2007. Co-investigator. £182k. Development of a non-invasive and safe imaging system to provide continuous monitoring of lung gestation in preterm neonates using Electrical Impedance Tomography (EIT). The project was carried out in conjunction with University College London (UCL), City University and Great Ormond Street Hospital.


New imaging methods for the detection of cancer biomarkers.

EPSRC EP/G061572/1. 2009. Co-investigator. £944k Exploration of the use of gold nano-particles for the detection and treatment of colorectal cancer. The gold nano-particles were investigated as a possible contrast agent for EIT and a possible transport mechanism for cytotoxic drug delivery or heating.


Develop of research collaboration for breast cancer screening using EIT

British Council Prime Minister's Initiative. 2010. Grant Holder. £1500 UK-US Travel Grant with Dartmouth College NH. To discuss further collaboration following a publication on improving the forward model for EIT of breast.

Dr Tizzard is an active member of the Engineering profession engaged with its development and promotion to the general public. Activities include:

Institution of Engineering Designers (IED):

  • Corporate Member since 2002
  • Chair of Education and Training Committee since 2009
  • Member of Council and trustee since 2009
  • Member and chair of various accreditation panels in the UK and overseas

Engineering Council and related activities:

  • Member of Accreditation Chairs commitee (Engineering Council)
  • Member of Engineering Accreditation Board (EAB) since 2009
  • Member and Chair of various joint accreditation panels under EAB
  • Member of working party for accreditation of distance learning degrees

Public Engagement:

  • Performer for Ingenious Busking funded by Royal Academy of Engineering to promote engineering to the general public through street theatre.