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Research Interests

  • Digital Signal Processing: wavelet transform; digital filtering; statistical signal processing; audio signal processing; mechanical signal processing (fault detection), biomedical signal processing (e.g. EMG, ECG, EEG, GSR); real-time signal processing.
  • Artificial Intelligence: Support Vector Machine (SVM); kernel methods; artificial neural networks; genetic algorithm; genetic programming, feature selection and fusion; Bayesian methods; Hidden Markov Model (HMM); deep learning; Long Short Term Memory (LSTM), Convolutional Neural Network (CNN), multi-label classification; statistical learning theory; multi-score learning, multiple classifier system, decision fusion, data mining, regression.
  • Human Computer Interaction: affective computing; emotional states recognition; facial expression analysis; multi-model interaction; movement modelling; gesture recognition, ubiquitous and pervasive computing; robot; ambient intelligence; multimodal emotional interaction system; interactive film; and virtual reality (VR).
  • Computer Vision: biologically inspired vision systems; dynamic motion feature extraction; human action recognition; object detection; object tracking; visual surveillance; image compression; large scale image categorization; image segmentation; real-time image processing; medical image processing (CT, fMRI); embedded vision systems; 3D image processing.
  • Embedded Systems and Communications: FPGA; microcontroller (PIC, ARM); DSP (TI); smart phones; tablet; game consoles, SoC (System on Chip), IoT (Internet of Things), Controller Area Network (CAN), wireless networks and communication (ZigBee, Bluetooth, OOK, visible light communication, mmWave communication).

Research supervision

Current Research Students (as first supervisor)

  • Tianhao Wang (PhD, Jan. 2020 -)
  • Bodor Almatrouk (PhD, Oct. 2018 -)
  • Xiaowei Wang (PhD, Sep. 2018 -, Part-time)
  • Zeng Fan (PhD, Jan. 2017 - )
  • Juvaria Syeda (PhD, Mar. 2016 - )
  • Sebin Jung (PhD, Feb. 2015 - , Part-time)
  • Ioannis Intzes (PhD, Oct. 2012 - , Part-time)

Current Research Students (as second supervisor)

  • Baobing Zhang (PhD, with Prof M. Li)
  • Chuqi Cao (PhD, with Dr M. R. Swash)
  • Yi Liu,  (PhD, with Dr M. R. Swash)
  • Monica Simone Mendes Pereira (PhD, with Dr K. Hone)
  • Ivars Dzalbs (PhD, with Dr T. Kalganova)
  • Kareem Mohamed Sherif Ali Sayed Ali (PhD, with Prof J. Cosmas)
  • Nicole Hooker (PhD, with Dr K. Hone)
  • Sarfraz Hussain (PhD, with Prof M. Li)
  • Babak Hosseininezhad Rahi (PhD, with Prof M. Li)

Former Research Students

  • Fan Zhang  (PhD, First Supervisor, "Music Emotion Recognition Based on Feature Combination, Deep Learning and Chord Detection", Completed in 2019.)
  • Jingxin Liu  (PhD, First Supervisor, "Brainwave-Based Human Emotion Estimation using Deep Neural Network for Biofeedback", Completed in 2019.)
  • Rui Qin  (PhD, First Supervisor, "Automatic Recognition of Human Behaviour in Sequential Data", Completed in 2019.)
  • Cheng Xu (PhD, Second Supervisor, with Prof J. Cosmas, "Enhancement and Performance Analysis for 3D Beamforming Systems", Completed in 2018.)
  • Yona Falinie (PhD, First Supervisor, "Artificial Intelligence System for Continuous Affect Estimation from Naturalistic Human Expressions", Completed in 2018.)
  • Asim Jan (PhD, First Supervisor, "Deep Learning Based Facial Expression Recognition and Its Applications", Completed in 2017.)
  • Chao Liu (PhD, Second Supervisor, with Prof A. Nandi, "Consensus clustering framework for analysing fMRI datasets", Completed in 2017.)
  • Saeed Turabzadeh (MPhil, First Supervisor, "Automatic emotional state detection and analysis on embedded devices", Completed in 2015.)
  • Zhechen Zhu (PhD, Second Supervisor, with Prof A. Nandi, "Automatic classification of digital communication signal modulations", Completed in 2014.)

Research project(s) and grant(s)

  • Intel Neuromorphic Research Community Project - Spiking Sparse Distributed Memory Model and Its Implementation on Loihi Architecture, PI, Aug. 2018 - Aug. 2020.
  • Royal Society and National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) - Framework for image segmentation based on multi-scale feature learning, Research Exchange under Cost-share Scheme (with Prof Tao Lei from Shaanxi University of Science and Technology, China), Co-I, Mar. 2018 - Mar. 2020.
  • EU Horizon 2020 (H2020-ICT-2016-2) - IoRL: Internet of Radio Light (20 partners:, Co-I, Jun. 2017 - May 2020.
  • Royal Society and National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) - Differential Geometry and Deep Learning for Dynamic Facial Expression Analysis, Research Exchange under Cost-share Scheme (with Dr Huibin Li from Xi'an Jiaotong University, China), PI, Mar. 2017 - Mar. 2019.
  • EPSRC - Image Analysis for Complex Data in Non Destructive Testing, Industrial CASE project with TWI Ltd. PI, Mar. 2016 – Sept. 2019.
  • Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) Scholarship (4‐year fully funded PhD studentship, Malaysia), PI, Mar. 2014 ~ Feb. 2018.
  • Royal Academy of Engineering - Deep learning based artificial intelligence methods for fault detection in high speed railway applications, Distinguished Visiting Fellowship Scheme (with Prof Weihua Zhang from Southwest Jiaotong University, China), PI, Jun. 2016 - Aug. 2016.
  • School of Engineering & Design/Thomas Gerald Gray PGR Scholarship, PI, Oct. 2013 ~ Sep. 2016.
  • Brunel Research Initiative & Enterprise Fund - Automatic Emotional State Detection and Analysis on Embedded Devices, PI. Nov. 2012 ~ Oct. 2013.
  • UK Royal Academy of Engineering – “Real-time affective state monitoring via naturalistic facial expression on embedded systems”, Major Award of “Research Exchange with China and India” scheme, PI, Jun. 2012 ~ Sep. 2013. (With Prof. Yangdong Deng from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.)
  • EPSRC - Emo&Pain: Pain rehabilitation: E/Motion-based automated coaching. (as an UCL honorary research associate,, Mar. 2010 ~ May. 2014.