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Dr Tilo Burghardt

Intelligent Systems

Visual Information Laboratory

My research focus is on Visual Animal Biometrics [1][2][3], and generally Applied Computer Vision reaching out to the natural and material sciences [4].

Specific interests include:
- object detection, identification and tracking for classifying animals and their behaviour [1][2]
- applied vision for behavioural biology, species conservation [2], wildlife documentation and ecotourism
- computational phenomics [3]
- visual material authentication and physically uncloneable functions [4]

Best email or see me at my office MVB3.45 to sort out a project.

Flavour of the Field:
[1] www.cs.bris.ac.uk/Publications/Papers/2001190.pdf
[2] www.cs.bris.ac.uk/Publications/Papers/secure/2001155.pdf
[3] www.cell.com/trends/ecology-evolution/abstract/S0169-5347(13)00065-7
[4] patentscope.wipo.int/search/en/WO2012020263
Dr Andrew Calway

Visual Information Laboratory

I am interested in research and UG projects involving visual sensing - extracting information from images or video to make inferences about the world. Recently I have done a lot of work on techniques for determining structural and topological information using vision - estimating 3-D models from video and from depth sensing using devices such as the Kinect - and its application in areas such as Robotics and Wearable Computing. I enjoy working on inter-disciplinary projects which combine vision with other sensing - postioning, audio - and other techniques, such as learning and decision making. If you are interested in working with me then please contact me by email or by turning up at my office - the best way to sort out a project is to talk!
Dr Neill Campbell

Visual Information Laboratory

I'm interested in the analysis of motion, particularly of human faces and gait. Such analyses are also used to synthesize models using computer animation. I also research behavioural analysis, most recently in conjunction with the Bristol Veterinary School on the analysis of pigs to assess affective state, but also for humans in a healthcare context.
Dr Kirsten Cater

Interaction & Graphics

My current research interest is in the area of Experience Design and I am a firm believer in the value of user participation to guide the future of technology and technological experiences. This research is concentrated around two major questions:
  • What makes a technology experience compelling?
  • How do you design for technology experiences?
I carry out public trials with novel technologies so that I can understand how people interact with them and then use this understanding along with my technical expertise to develop new frameworks and models to guide the future of technology and technological experiences.
I am looking for potential PhD students who preferably have user trial experience yet also have a technical CS background to research in the areas: Spatialised Sound, Locative Gaming, Gesture Recognition, Location Based Services & Interaction with Public Displays
Mr Andrew Charlesworth
Prof David Cliff

Intelligent Systems

My main research activity over the past 15 years has been in the design and refinement of automated trading systems that can be deployed in the global financial markets, and/or that can be used for market-based control/resource-allocation in ultra-large-scale distributed systems (such as globally distributed networks of cloud-computing data-centers). Most of my work over the past six years or so has been directed much more at the financial markets than at market-based control. I was very heavily involved in a two-year study that the UK Government Office for Science conducted, exploring the future of computer trading in the financial markets. I have a detailed understanding of the kind of automated trading systems used by hedge funds and investment banks, and a strong interest in modelling financial markets at the systemic level (i.e., simulating networks of interconnected banks/funds).
Dr Rapha?

Intelligent Systems

My work focuses on the design of new algorithms and data structures with particular emphasis on their asymptotic time and space complexity. If you have a strong background in theoretical computer science and discrete maths/probability then I am happy to consider any applications. Particular areas of recent interest in my group are:
  • Combinatorial pattern matching. The design of fast pattern matching algorithms in a number of models including for different measures of approximation, where space is limited, where time is bounded per input character and so on.
  • Time and space lower bounds. In particular we have made recent progress on lower bounds in the cell probe model.
  • Streaming problems.
Dr David Coyle

Interaction & Graphics

I am a Lecturer in Human Computer Interaction (HCI). While Ia??m primarily an HCI researcher, my work tends to have a strong inter-disciplinary focus. My research has a number of broad themes:
  • Designing, developing and evaluating healthcare technologies.
  • Developing and evaluating new interactive devices.
  • Exploring how new experimental techniques, for example techniques borrowed from neuroscience research, can provide an understanding of experiences with technologies.
Prof Nello Cristianini

Intelligent Systems

The web is the natural playground for intelligent systems technology (AI) and we are intrested in deploying state-of-the-art machine learning, pattern analysis, and text processing to various aspects of the next WWW. We are interested in mining news, in analysing speech and images, in modelling users' behaviour, and any other related task. The goal is to create intelligent behaviour in software operating within the web, so that the system is aware of a vast amount of up-to-date information and vast amounts of background knowledge, and uses them in its interaction with its users. Can a computer system _understand_ what is the information that a user needs? Can a computer system _generate_ that information? Every existing aspect of artificial intelligence, and many not-yet-existing aspects, will be needed to answer this.
Mr Colin Dalton

Interaction & Graphics

Dr Dima Damen

Visual Information Laboratory

Computer Vision, Image Processing, Automatic Surveillance, Object Detection, Video Analysis, Activity Recognition.
Current project ideas can be found here
Dr Kerstin Eder

Microelectronics

Verification: Specification, verification and analysis techniques which allow designers to define a system and to verify/explore its behaviour in terms of functional correctness, performance, power consumption and energy efficiency. Techniques include both formal methods and traditional simulation-based approaches.

Energy-Aware COmputing: Linking on-chip power monitoring to the software development tool chain and the run-time system. See the Energy-Aware COmputing (EACO) initiative.

Verification and Validation for Safety in Robots: V&V is particularly challenging for autonomous systems and for systems that interact with humans. At BRL I lead the V&V research theme.

Prof Peter Flach

Intelligent Systems

My research focuses on predictive and descriptive machine learning and data mining. I make extensive use of tools such as ROC analysis to calibrate and improve classifiers and other predictive models. I am also interested in the use of logical information (as expressed, e.g., by Prolog programs) in the learning process. In descriptive learning I focus on subgroup discovery, which aims to identify subsets of a population that behave significantly differently with respect to a target variable. We apply data fusion and mining techniques to understand signals coming from a range of sensors in a home environment and take the appropriate decision (e.g., raise an alarm in an emergency). We are involved in epidemiological studies and meta-analyses, and mine data coming from smart electricity meters. We also work on scaling these techniques to big data using Hadoop and related technologies.
Dr Mike Fraser

Interaction & Graphics

I'm interested in research in which you build and prototype devices and evaluate their use by people. I'm currently interested in device designs that incorporate motors, pens and paper, and systems to support working with old and sensitive artefacts such as books, manuscripts and paintings.

  • Mobile arms and other low-cost mobile robotic devices, either as physically assistive technologies or as designs with additional functionality such as antennas, laser pointers, or gimbals.
  • Techniques that innovative in paper-based applications especially for distributed collaboration. Projects might include tracking pens and paper to help spatial integration with digital displays.
  • Supporting work with sensitive objects to ensure technologies fit with existing expensive or vulnerable artefacts, e.g. sensor systems that track exploration of physical objects.
Dr Julian Gough

Intelligent Systems

My research area is Theoretical and Computational Molecular Biology. My PhD projects would be best suited to somebody with education in a biological science or computer science, but if sufficiently talented, any science/mathematics/technical degree. The following project titles are available:
  • Protein and Genome evolution
    "Nothing in biology makes sense, except in the light of evolution", so we are working towards a complete understanding of evolution at the molecular level.
  • Human and Mouse interaction networks
    In collaboration with Japanese groups: the analysis of cutting edge high-throughput experiments with RNA and proteins across tissues and stages of development.
  • Data-mining for experimental targets
    Exploiting the SUPERFAMILY database.
  • Functional annotation of SCOP
    Unifying the 3D structure and function of proteins.
Dr Steve Gregory

Intelligent Systems

Dr Simon Hollis

Microelectronics

I am interested in the development of computer architecture, in particular the design of many-core systems --- chips incorporating tens to hundreds of processing cores (e.g see my Swallow project here). I have a strong interest in energy efficiency. I have a comprehensive list of topics here.
Dr Ian Holyer
Dr Conor Houghton

Intelligent Systems

I am mainly interested in mathematical neuroscience; in particular, in developing mathematical tools for understanding signal propagation and processing in the brain, I am also generally interested in computational neuroscience and in modelling neuronal systems.
Dr Tim Kovacs

Intelligent Systems

I'm interested in ways machines can learn without a teacher, so they can do things which I can't, or do them better than I can. Hence I'm interested in reinforcement learning, evolutionary computation and ways of combining them. Things I'm interested in (but don't necessarily know much about) include:
  • hybridising and unifying teacher-less learning methods
  • playing games like chess, particularly with learning methods
  • bio-inspired computing, particularly ways of formalising heuristics
  • application of computer science to biology and psychology
  • cognitive science
  • psychology/philosophy of mind/cognitive science/AI
  • programming languages, especially visual languages
  • applying software engineering to machine learning (and science generally)
Prof David May
Dr Walterio Mayol-Cuevas

Visual Information Laboratory

I am interested in three related areas:
  • Robotics: How to make better more intelligent machines that move and change things around? e.g. autonomous flying robots for industrial inspection.

  • Computer Vision: Enable computers to be able to model and recognize places, objects and people. I am also into Augmented Reality and computer vision on mobile phones.

  • Wearable Computing: To make sense of what happens around a person from "always on" sensors, in particular wearable cameras such as Google Glass.
I would be very interested to hear about your areas of interest related to the above topics, as well as happy to discuss other project ideas.
Please feel free to browse my current and previous research projects here.
Mr Simon McIntosh-Smith

Microelectronics

My research is in High Performance Computing (HPC) and Microelectronics. I am interested in projects in the following areas:
  • Energy efficient computing
  • Heterogeneous and Many-core computing (GPU computing, OpenCL, vectorisation etc)
  • Parallel programming models
  • Advanced computer architectures
Prof Majid Mirmehdi

Visual Information Laboratory

I am interested in a wide range of application areas in computer vision, including medical imaging, robotic vision, and some specific aspects of scene understanding, e.g. the recognition of text in the environment. I usually have topics of interest spanning these aspects of computer vision:
  • texture analysis
  • motion detection and tracking
  • colour image sementation
  • active contours
Be sure to surf the Computer Vision link on the left to see examples of projects (past and present) in our group.
No Dr Ashley Montanaro My research is in the field of quantum computing. A quantum computer is a machine designed to use the principles of quantum mechanics to do things which are fundamentally impossible for any computer based only on the laws of classical physics. Important applications of quantum computers include code-breaking and simulating quantum systems. My research aims to determine what quantum computers can and cannot do, and in particular to develop new quantum algorithms. I am also interested in classical algorithmics and computational complexity.
Dr Elisabeth Oswald

Cryptography

My primary interest is in applied cryptography and cryptanalysis. Most of my research focuses around aspects of side-channel attacks, in particular power analysis attacks, which are the most researched area in side-channel attacks today. I have worked with a number of students on Bsc, Msc, and PhD level during my time in Austria, and also here in Bristol. I am co-author of the currently only book about power analysis attacks, I have provided training on this subject for various organisations, and I have been involved in running the flagship conference in the field of cryptographic hardware and embedded systems (CHES) in the last two years.

I am interested in working with people whose ambition is to combine theory with practice, who take pleasure in trying out things in practice, and who like to contribute to a small team of experts.

Dr Dan Page

Cryptography

I am interested mainly in practical aspects of cryptography; roughly speaking this covers implementation of cryptographic primitives (in hardware and/or software) and physical security (side-channel and fault attacks). My previous work has focussed on:
  • Implementation using novel processors and/or hardware (e.g. implementation of cryptography on GPUs, multi-core and SIMD implementation of pairings).
  • Novel side-channel attacks and countermeasures (e.g. non-deterministic processor designs, attacks using cache memory as a side-channel).
  • Domain specific compiler/language support for cryptography (e.g. optimisation of ECC, automatic countermeasures again side-channel attack).
I am also interested in the design of (general purpose) processors, compilers and programming languages.
Prof Dhiraj Pradhan

Microelectronics

The primary technological motivation for my research is the current power crisis in embedded systems and soft-error tolerance. Limitations on battery life and ever increasing computational demands on mobile computing result in a dramatic power mismatch in todaya??s technology. Moreover, system-level soft error has become an increasingly an important issue My research has a direct impact on technology and society. Due to the evolving next generation information processing systems, one of the challenges that we face is how efficient and scalable these highly sophisticated applications and their corresponding systems are and what can be done to optimize them using heterogeneous cores including ASICs; we aim at solving that issue. Also our research seeks to design hetrogeneous and fault tolerant many-core architectures which will allow for the energy efficient exploitation of parallelism.
Dr Chris Preist

Interaction & Graphics

Projects addressing social or environmental sustainability challenges, including but not limited to; - Agent based simulation for design of environmental policies or strategies - The use of mobile apps and social media to engage communities with environmental or social issues; both design of the intervention and assessment of its effectiveness in the community. - The use of government environmental open data possibly incorporating semantic web technology. - Home heating and energy management systems. - Expert system or collaborative filtering advisors on low carbon lifestyle choices I am strongly motivated by engagement with external companies and NGOs to make projects a??real worlda??, and have extensive contacts to make this happen.
Dr Oliver Ray

Intelligent Systems

I have strong interests in logic-based artificial intelligence and the automation of scientific reasoning (particularly relating to applications in symbolic systems biology, legal reasoning, and the modelling of social insects). On a completely different note, I am also interested in the intercomparison of ocean models, the quantitative analysis of sports videos (especially relating to olympic-style weightlifting and triathlon), and the development of audio-visual software for use by social dancers.
Prof Nigel Smart

Cryptography

I am interested in the interplay between theoretical and practical cryptography. Previous and current PhD projects include:
  • Efficient Pairing Implementations
    We have worked on low level implementation of pairings, as well as developed higher level algorithms such as the Ate-pairing
  • Provable Security of Schemes
    We have developed concepts such as wild-carded IBE, cryptographic workflow and created the SK-KEM ID-based encryption primitive currently being standardised by the IEEE.
  • Protocol Analysis
    A current student is looking at developing security models for protocols such as TLS and various anti-DDoS schemes.
  • ZK Proofs and MPC
    Via a recent EU grant we are now looking at applying our practical experience to areas such as ZK-proofs and Multi-Party Computation
Dr Martijn Stam

Cryptography

Dr Sriram Subramanian

Interaction & Graphics

I am interested in designing, implementing and evaluating novel interactive prototypes. Some examples
  • Mid-air haptic systems We are using acoustic radiation forces to create Ultra-Haptics a system for creating haptic feedback in mid-air. More information at Ultrahaptics
  • Novel displays We are working on novel displays that combine multiple liquid-crystal panels and water drops to create see-through and multi-view system. More information at Mustard & PiVOT
  • Shape changing devices We are working on display surfaces that are made of malleable materials that can change into and retain arbitrary shapes. See Morphees
  • No Dr Theodore Tryfonas

    Cryptography

    Dr Bogdan Warinschi

    Cryptography

    I am interested in foundations of security, mainly in proofs of cryptographic systems. In particular I work on:
    • Computational soundness: This is a meta-theory that tries to bridge the gap between two entirely fundamentaly approaches for proving security of cryptographic systems one based on symbolic models, and one based on complexity and computability theory.
    • Models and proofs for complex primitives: Here we aim to construct frameworks where interesting and useful cryptographic primitives can be designed and analyzed. Examples of such primitives include group and proxy signatures.
    • Symbolic analysis: I am also interested in this area of research which is concerned with designing automated algorithms for proving security of systems.
    Staff can edit their project ideas here.