Dr Iain Styles

Dr Iain Styles

I am a 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.

Contact Details

E-mail: I.B.Styles@cs.bham.ac.uk
Address: School of Computer Science, The University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT, UK
Telephone: +44 (0)121 414 8559
Twitter: @driainstyles


My main research interests are in the general area of biomedical imaging and chemometrics, in particular the development of optical techniques for targetted molecular imaging, machine learning and data analysis tools for mass spectrometry imaging, and signal processing techniques for image reconstruction. More details of this work 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.

Biographical Note

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.