Sunil Belur Nagaraj

Sunil Belur Nagaraj


  • The University of Western Australia (M002), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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I have several interesting projects related to AI based patient monitoring technologies. Interested students with self funding can contact me for more details.

Personal profile


Dr. Sunil Belur Nagaraj, PhD is a Harvard medical school trained scientist and an accomplished professional with a diverse background in academia, research, and entrepreneurship. He holds a Master of Engineering from the University of Victoria, BC, Canada, and a Doctor of Philosophy from University College Cork, Ireland. His PhD research focused on developing AI-based real-time monitoring systems for early detection of seizures and hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) in neonates within NICU settings.

Dr. Nagaraj's career has spanned various prestigious institutions and roles. During his tenure as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital in the USA from 2015 to 2017, he spearheaded the development of cutting-edge AI- based technologies for patient monitoring within neuro ICUs. This endeavor involved fruitful collaborations with distinguished professors and clinicians worldwide. Throughout this experience, he acquired extensive expertise in the fields of neonatology, neurology, anaesthesiology, and cardiology. Following his postdoctoral work, he embarked on a two-year journey as an assistant professor at University Medical Centre Groningen in The Netherlands from 2018-2020. During this period, his research was dedicated to the advancement of clinical decision-making tools and the creation of innovative patient monitoring solutions. Subsequently, he transitioned to a role as a scientist at Philips Research (from 2020-2023), where he specialized in the realm of sleep disorders.

Since 2023, he holds the position of Chief Scientific Officer at Cortical Dynamics Ltd, where his primary emphasis is on the development of innovative brain monitoring technologies aimed at promoting optimal perioperative patient health outcomes. He is the founder & CEO of HEAILTHIGENCE Pty Ltd, an innovative AI-healthcare company based in Perth, WA, Australia and Adjunct Associate Professor at the Computer Science & Software Engineering department, the University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia.

Throughout his career, he has published a patent, 24 high-impact journal articles and several conference articles, which collectively amassed over 900+ citations. In addition, he has received several national and international grants, enabling to conduct cutting-edge studies that made significant contributions to the advancement of medical technology.

His research interests include clinical trials, artificial intelligence, and personalized medicine, with a focus on applications in healthcare. Dr. Nagaraj has a strong publication record, with numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and conference papers to his name. He has also been actively involved in academic supervision, mentoring PhD (6), and postdoctoral (3) students, and has received several grants and awards for his research contributions.

 Awards and Grants

Dr. Nagaraj has received several grants and awards for his research. One notable grant is from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, where he served as a co-investigator. The grant, totalling 3,000,000 euros, supports the MyDigiTwin project, which aims to predict the effects of lifestyle changes on individuals' health using digital twin technology. This project has the potential to help individuals understand their risk of cardiovascular disease and take proactive measures.

Another significant grant is from the Pioneers in Health Care Innovation Industrial Fund by Menzis healthcare, where Dr. Nagaraj was the principal investigator. This grant, amounting to 50,000 euros, supports the development of the DEEPSLEEP automated sleep staging algorithm. This project aims to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of sleep research in hospitals.

In addition to these grants, Dr. Nagaraj has also received several scholarships and prizes for his work. These include the Innovator of the Year award at the World Medical Innovation Forum in 2016 for the work on heart-brain connectivity, and the Science Foundation Ireland Fellowship, which awarded him 18,000 euros for his outstanding graduate studies. He has also received awards for his graduate studies, including the Outstanding Graduate Student award at the University of Victoria, Canada, which granted him 7,596 euros, and The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Research Assistantship, which awarded him 12,152 euros. These awards recognize his innovative approaches to healthcare and outstanding contributions to research.


Dr. Nagaraj has contributed significantly to the field of healthcare innovation, particularly in the areas of machine learning, artificial intelligence, and digital health. His work includes patents, peer-reviewed journal articles, conference papers, and other academic activities.

In terms of patents, he has developed technologies such as a machine learning-based sedation level estimation system and an artificial intelligence-based optimal intervention for patients with sleep disorders.

His research has been published in reputable journals, covering a wide range of topics such as AI-driven models for NICU’s, novel biomarkers for estimating patient state in critical care, and machine learning-based prediction of patient outcome in intensive care settings.

Dr. Nagaraj has also presented his work at various conferences and workshops, highlighting the practical applications of his research in clinical settings. He is actively involved in professional activities, serving as a reviewer for several journals and holding certifications in areas such as Agile methodology, GDPR and risk management for research.

Overall, Dr. Nagaraj's contributions have significantly advanced the field of healthcare innovation, demonstrating the potential of AI and machine learning to improve patient care and outcomes.

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Education/Academic qualification

Neurology, PhD, Neonatal EEG classification using atomic decomposition, University College Cork

Award Date: 15 Feb 2015

Biomedical Engineering, Master of Engineering, Design of nearly linear-phase recursive digital filters by using unconstrained least-pth minimax optimization, University of Victoria BC

Award Date: 2 Feb 2011

External positions


14 Feb 2024 → …

Chief Scientific Officer, Cortical Dynamics Ltd

1 Aug 2023 → …

Industry keywords

  • Bioengineering
  • Medical Devices
  • Drug Discovery
  • Digital Health
  • Diagnostics

Research expertise keywords

  • Healthcare Technology
  • Patient monitoring
  • Clinical neuroscience
  • Medical technology
  • artificial intelligence in medicine

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