Staff Research Areas
Select a research area to prune the list below;
|Picture||Staff Member||Research Groups||Research Areas|
|Dr Tilo Burghardt||My research focus is on Visual Animal Biometrics , and generally Applied Computer Vision reaching out to the natural and material sciences .
Specific interests include:
- object detection, identification and tracking for classifying animals and their behaviour 
- applied vision for behavioural biology, species conservation , wildlife documentation and ecotourism
- computational phenomics 
- visual material authentication and physically uncloneable functions 
Best email or see me at my office MVB3.45 to sort out a project.
Flavour of the Field:
|Dr Andrew Calway||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||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||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:
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||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 Raphaël Clifford||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:
|Dr David Coyle||I am a Lecturer in Human Computer Interaction (HCI). While I’m primarily an HCI researcher, my work tends to have a strong inter-disciplinary focus. My research has a number of broad themes:
|Prof Nello Cristianini||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|
|Dr Dima Damen||Computer Vision, Image Processing, Automatic Surveillance, Object Detection, Video Analysis, Activity Recognition.
Current project ideas can be found here
|Dr Kerstin Eder||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||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||
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.
|Dr Julian Gough||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:
|Dr Steve Gregory|
|Dr Simon Hollis||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||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||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:
|Prof David May|
|Dr Walterio Mayol-Cuevas||I am interested in three related areas:
Please feel free to browse my current and previous research projects here.
|Mr Simon McIntosh-Smith||My research is in High Performance Computing (HPC) and Microelectronics.
I am interested in projects in the following areas:
|Prof Majid Mirmehdi||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:
|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||
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||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:
|Prof Dhiraj Pradhan||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 today’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||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 ‘real world’, and have extensive contacts to make this happen.|
|Dr Oliver Ray||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||I am interested in the interplay between theoretical and practical cryptography.
Previous and current PhD projects include:
|Dr Martijn Stam|
|Dr Sriram Subramanian||I am interested in designing, implementing and evaluating novel interactive prototypes.
|No||Dr Theodore Tryfonas|
|Dr Bogdan Warinschi||I am interested in foundations of security, mainly in proofs of cryptographic systems.
In particular I work on: