I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science at the University of Birmingham. I'm interested in a wide range of research problems in biomedical imaging and chemometrics. The common theme in all of my work is to develop mathematical and computational methods for extracting information from images and data; and to use these methods to help determine what measurements should be taken to make information extraction "easy".
I am the co-Director of the EPSRC-funded Centres for Doctoral Training "PSIBS" (Physical Sciences of Imaging for the Biomedical Sciences) and "Sci-Phy-4-Health" (Physical Science for Healthcare.
I am the Deputy Director (Birmingham) of COMPARE - the Centre of Membrane Proteins and Receptors.
|Address:||School of Computer Science, The University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT, UK|
|Telephone:||+44 (0)121 414 8559|
My main research interest is the development of new computational and mathematical approaches to model and understand complex biomedical imaging and chemometric data. Application areas of current interest are
- Mass spectrometry imaging, where we have images with many thousands of measurements at each pixel that together provide a record of the chemical composition of the sample.
- Single-molecule microscopy, where we are working with point-cloud data that represents the locations of single protein molecules.
Interpreting these datasets is, in both cases, a task that is very hard for even highly trained humans to perform. More details of my work in this area, including my publications, can be found on my Research page.
If you think you would like to study for a PhD with me, then please read my research page carefully so that you have some idea of what I'm interested in before contacting me. If you are a UK student (or an EU student who has been in the UK for at least three years) then I recommend you consider applying to the EPSRC-funded Doctoral Training Centre in Physical Sciences for Healthcare - Sci-Phy-4-Health. If you're a scientist or engineer who wants to do a PhD at the life sciences interface with a focus on developing next-generation physical science techniques to address major challenges in healthcare, then Sci-Phy could be for you - fully funded scholarships for four years of study are available.
I'm on sabbatical for the 2016-17 academic year and so won't be teaching any classes.
In the 2015-16 academic year I taught the following modules:
A list of topics for prospective project students is available here.
- Member of the EPSRC Peer Review College
- Reviewer of research funding applications for EPSRC, BBSRC, Cancer Research UK, The Royal Society.
- Associate Editor, Medical Physics (2008)
- Reviewing for the following academic journals and conferences (in no particular order): IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, Theoretical Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence in Medicine, Medical Image Computing and Computer Aided Intervention (MICCAI), IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, Mathematical Problems in Engineering, Optics Express, Biomedical Optics Express, Inverse Problems in Science and Engineering, Acta Ophthalmologica, Journal of Biomedical Optics, IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, Natural Computation, Medical Image Analysis, Biochimica et Biophysica Acta Proteins and Proteomics, PLOS ONE, Mass Spectromety Reviews, Journal of Biophotonics
- Co-organiser and programme committee member for Medical Image Understanding and Analysis (MIUA) 2013, Birmingham, July 2013.
- Programme Committee, European Conference on Biomedical Optics 2015.
Prior to taking up my current appointment, I was an RCUK Academic Fellow from 2007-2011 and a research fellow with Ela Claridge on the EPSRC project "Physics-based image interpretation to aid the detection of early signs of retinopathies". I was awarded my PhD in Theoretical Physics in 2003, from the Theoretical Physics group in Birmingham, where I was supervised by Martin Long.