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The Institute embraces digital experts from across Brunel and encompasses well established researchers with a peer recognised track record of research achievements.

Professor Abdul Sadka Professor Abdul Sadka
Director of the Institute of Digital Futures
Professor Sadka has been an internationally recognised figure in Visual Media Processing and Communications for over 25 years, pioneering error resilient video communications and 2D/3D visual media processing. He is the Director of the Institute of Digital Futures, the former Head of the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering at Brunel University London (2006-2012) and the Head of the Media Communication Research Group. He has 200+ refereed publications, 3 patents and his textbook "Compressed Video Communications", published by Wiley in 2002, is widely acknowledged as a seminal book in error resilient video coding & transcoding. He has attracted over £15m worth of research funding to major projects and supervised over 50 PhD students and Research Assistants to successful completion. He frequently serves on influential advisory boards, evaluation panels and international committees, and provides consultancy as well as expert witness services to international Law firms in the area of Video Compression and 2D/3D Visual Media Systems. He has an industry-acclaimed track record of business engagement into academia through a variety of modes and instruments. His business engagement profile has earned him the only academic seat on the Steering Board of the NEM (New European Media) European Technology Platform (2011-14). He is broadly connected in the Telecom and ICT industries and has several entrepreneurial business engagements. He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng), Fellow of HEA, Fellow of IET and Fellow of BCS.
Professor Maysam Abbod Professor Maysam Abbod
Education Dr Maysam F. Abbod (MIET, CEng, SMIEEE, SFHEA) He received BSc degree in Electrical Engineering fromUniversity of Technology in 1987. PhD in Control Engineering fromUniversity ofSheffield in 1992. From 1993 to 2006 he was with the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering at theUniversity of Sheffield as a research associate and senior research fellow His main research interests are in intelligent systems for modelling, control and optimisation. Developed systems were applied to industrials and biomedical modelling, and computer control of manufacturing systems. The main research areas are: · Intelligent systems biomedical applications. · Modelling and control of electrical power quality. · Stock exchange market modelling · Intelligent systems for credit scoring · Intelligent hybrid modelling and control of distillation column systems. · Time series modelling. · Hybrid modelling techniques (multivariate/time series). · Developments of advanced process modelling, optimisation and control strategies · Data mining and data driven modelling techniques. Intelligent systems techniques includes fuzzy logic (FL), neural networks (NN), neuro-fuzzy systems (NFS), hybrid systems, genetic algorithms (GAs), genetic programming (GP), particle swarm optimisation (PSO), cellular automata (CA), non-linear Principal component analysis (PCA), support vector machine (SVM), empirical model decomposition (EMD).
Dr Harry Agius Dr Harry Agius
Senior Lecturer in Computing
Harry has research and teaching expertise in various aspects of digital media, games and creative computing. He was co-editor of the Handbook of Digital Games (IEEE/Wiley, 2014). He has for many years served on the editorial board of the Multimedia Tools and Applications journal (Springer). Personalisation of digital media and digital games using creative computing techniques, particularly AI-based methods Harry has taught a wide variety of subjects in digital media, games and creative computing during his career. His current teaching responsibilities are in the areas of digital experiences, digital futures and emerging technologies, and responsive web development.
Dr Ashraf Ahmed Mohamed Dr Ashraf Ahmed Mohamed
Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering
Ashraf is a fellow member of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management, chartered Engineer (CEng), chartered Environmentalist (CEnv), and Chartered Water and Environmental Manager of CIWEM (C.WEM). He has BSc, Meng from Egypt, and PhD from the University of Manchester, all in Civil Engineering. Before joining the academia, he worked in industry for a short period in reinforced concrete design. He is currently a Senior Lecturer, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Brunel University London. Prior to joining Brunel, he was a lecturer at the School of Natural and Built Environment, Queen’s University Belfast. Ashraf has been involved in research grants totalling more than £9 million as principal Investigator PI and also as Co-I from EU, EPSRC, Newton, Innovate UK, and other sources. Current research interests include the use of Artificial intelligence and deep learning in solving Civil Engineering problems especially problems related to Environmental issues, water flow, and climate change.Ashraf is the course director of MSc in water Engineering. Externally, he serves as member of CIWEM accreditation panel, and is also as an assessor of CEng, and CEnv applications. Deep learning with particular applications to Environmental Engineering problems. Digital Infrastructures. Coastal aquifers management Groundwater Hydrology. Structural Health of Earthfill Dams & Levees. Stochastic modelling.
Professor Hamed Al-Raweshidy Professor Hamed Al-Raweshidy
Professor - Wireless Networks And Communications Centre
Hamed Al-Raweshidy is professor of Communications Engineering and has been awarded BEng and MSc from University of Technology/Baghdad in 1977 and 1980 respectively. He completed his Post Graduate Diploma from Glasgow University/ Glasgow/ UK in 1987. He awarded his PhD in 1991 from Strathclyde University in Glasgow/UK. He was with Space and Astronomy Research Centre/Iraq, PerkinElmer/USA, Carl Zeiss/Germany, British Telecom/UK, Oxford University, Manchester Met.University and Kent University. Professor Al-Raweshidy is currently the Director of the Wireless Networks and Communications Centre (WNCC) and Director of PG studies (ECE) at Brunel University, London, UK. He published over 370 papers in International Journals and referred conferences. He is the editor of the first book in Radio over Fibre Technologies for Mobile Communications Networks. He has acted as Guest editor for the International Journal of Wireless Personal Communications. He is a member of several Journal Editorial Boards such as Journal of Wireless Personal Communications. Professor Al-Raweshidy acts as a consultant and involved in projects with several companies and operators such as Vodafone (UK), Ericsson (Sweden), Andrew (USA), NEC (Japan), Nokia (Finland), Siemens (Germany), Franc Telecom (France), Thales (UK & France) and Tekmar (Italy). He is a principal investigator for several EPSRC projects and European project such as MAGNET EU project (IP) 2004-2008. He is a member of several International Conference Advisory Committees and Technical Program Committees such as VTC, PIMRC, GLOBECOM, WPMC and IST. He has organised several Workshops on Wireless Technology in Europe and Japan. He is on the EPSRC peer Review College /UK and Review Panel for EU Commission, Hong Kong and Cyprus. He has been invited to deliver research lectures in Delft University (Holland), Chalmers University (Sweden), University of Valenciennes (France) and Aalborg University (Denmark). He is PhD external examiner for several British universities such as Oxford, UCL, Leeds, Kings College, Cardiff, New Castle, Strathclyde and Surrey. He is a member of NETworld 2020 Network which is the top Technology Platform in Europe and it advise European Commission for research directions in communications for the next 10-15 years. He has been invited to give a lecture at EU Commission (Future Internet/2010), Photonics21/ 2010 in Brussels. He is an MSc course external examiner for Kings College London / University of London. He is a reviewer for several Governmental Agencies such as Cyprus, Greece, Holland, UK and Hong Kong. His current research area are beyond 5G and 6G such as C-RAN, Near and Far Edge, IoT with AI, M2M and Radio over Fibre.
Dr Nour Ali Dr Nour Ali
Senior Lecturer
Dr Nour Ali is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at Brunel University London since June 2017. She currently co-heads the Brunel Software Engineering Lab ( and is the Director of Undergraduate Placements, She received her PhD in Software Engineering from Universidad Politecnica de Valencia – Spain and has a Major in Computer Science from Bir-Zeit University- Palestine. Before moving to Brunel, she was a Principal Lecturer in Software Engineering at University of Brighton and held research fellowships at Lero, the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre and the Politecnico di Milano. She also has been a visiting researcher at Leicester University and Free University of Bolzen. She has been Principal Investigator and member of several research and knowledge transfer projects. Her research focuses on developing software architecture techniques, methods and tools and applying them to different challenging systems and situations such as distributed, mobile and adaptive. She has over 70 publications in journals, books and conferences. Here are links to her publications on dblp and google scholar . She also is a reviewer for top journals and national funding bodies such as EPSRC. She serves in several Programme and Organization Committees of conferences and workshops in her area and has co-edited 4 books. Dr Ali has experience of Higher Education teaching, from undergraduate to MSc level. She has a PG Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education from the University of Brighton. She is also Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Module Leader: CS3100 Software Project Management Other Modules: CS1005 Computation and Logic, Group Project Level 1 CS307x Level 3 Final Year Project.
Dr Faris Alwzinani Dr Faris Alwzinani
Associate Lecturer - Computer Science
Dr Faris Alwzinani is an Associate Lecturer in the Computer Science Department at Brunel University London, where he also received his MSc and PhD in Information Systems. In terms of teaching, Dr Alwzinani is leading Digital Innovation and Strategy Module and has many years of experience in various undergraduate and postgraduate modules. In terms of research, he focuses on Digital transformation and disseminating research findings beyond the academic communities. Module Leader: CS5709: Digital Innovation and Strategy (MSc-Level 7) Teaching Contributor to Undergraduate and Postgraduate Modules: CS1701: Group Project (Level 4) CS2003: Usability Engineering (Level 5) CS3072-3605: Computer Science/Business Computing Final-Year Projects (Level 6) CS3608: Social Media (Level 6-Module reviewer) CS2555: Work Placement CS5604: Digital Design Methodologies (MSc-Level 7) Previous Modules Taught: Business Analysis and Process Modelling, Business Integration, and Research Methods.
Dr Anastasia Anagnostou Dr Anastasia Anagnostou
Senior Lecturer in Computer Science
Dr Anastasia Anagnostou is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at Brunel University London and the co-lead of the Modelling & Simulation Group (MSG). She is also member of the Intelligent Data Analytics (IDA) Group. She holds a PhD in Distributed Modelling & Simulation, an MSc in Telemedicine and e-Health Systems and a BSc(Hons) in Electronic Engineering. Her research interests lie in the areas of Advanced Computing Infrastructures for Modelling and Simulation, Open Science for Simulation, Hybrid Distributed Simulation and Modelling and Simulation for Healthcare and Industrial Applications. Since 2011, she has been involved in several interdisciplinary research projects with stakeholders from industry and academia across manufacturing, healthcare, defence and food supply chains. She has also worked in Africa helping to develop digital infrastructures and collaborative services enabling open science. She is co-chair for the OR Society’s Simulation Workshop (SW21) and member of organising committees for international conferences sponsored by the IEEE and ACM/SIGSIM. She has been awarded Horizon 2020 funding for a 9.5 million Euro project (Brunel contribution €370K) entitled “Demonstration of intelligent decision support for pandemic crisis prediction and management within and across European borders” (STAMINA). CS2005 Networks and Operating Systems (Module Leader) CS2001 Level 2 Group Project CS2555 Work Placement CS3004 Network Computing CS3072-3605 Computer Science/Business Computing Final-Year Projects CS5601 Enterprise Modelling (Module reviewer) I also taught: Introduction to Programming, Business Analysis and Process Modelling, Systems Project Management, ERP Systems Theory and Practise, ERP Systems Deployment and Configuration and SAP ERP Integration of Business Processes Certification Course (TERP-10).
Professor Marios Angelides Professor Marios Angelides
Divisional Lead / Professor - Computing
Marios C. Angelides is a Computer Scientist, Chartered Engineer (CEng) and a Chartered Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS CITP). He holds a BSc (First Class Honours) and a PhD both in Computing and both from the London School of Economics (LSE) where he also began his academic career more than three decades ago specializing in Artificial Intelligence (AI). A symbolic programming language he developed as a degree finalist for coding AI applications was commercialized and then turned into his first book. He continued working on AI throughout his career and for the last two decades, he has been researching the application of creative computing techniques, such as machine learning, serious gaming, and cognitive modelling, recently in developing smart IoT apps. During this period, he published several books, including “Multimedia Information Systems” (Kluwer), “MPEG Applications” (Wiley), and “Digital Games” (IEEE/Wiley). In 2016, several years prior to joining The Computer Journal (Oxford University Press) editorial board, a paper of his that was published in The Computer Journal with a focus on “machine learning in multimedia” was the runner up winner of the annual Oxford University Press “2016 Wilkes Award”. In 2019 he was elected to the Editorial Board of The Computer Journal for which he is now serving as a Deputy Editor. In 2023, he is participating in various roles in The International Conference on Intelligent Computing, Communication, Networking and Services (ICCNS2023).
Professor Wamadeva Balachandran Professor Wamadeva Balachandran
Research Professor
Professor Balachandran is Professor of Electronic Systems and served as Head of Department of Systems Engineering at Brunel University London, UK, from 1999 to 2004. Before joining Brunel University London in 1995, he was a Reader in the Department of Electronics & Electrical Engineering at the University of Surrey, UK. Prior to joining Surrey he was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Electronics at Southampton University, UK, from 1979 to 1983. He received his MSc and PhD degrees in Control Engineering and Measurement & Instrumentation from University of Bradford, UK, in 1975 and 1979 respectively. He received the BSc degree in Physical Sciences from University of Ceylon, Colombo, Sri Lanka, in 1971. After serving as a temporary member of academic staff for nine months in University of Ceylon, Colombo, Sri Lanka, he joined as an academic member of staff in the Physics Department of Fourabay College, University of Sierra Leone in 1971 and remained until 1974. During this period he also taught Physics and mathematics in a secondary school. He was a Visiting Professor in the Driftmier Engineering Centre at University of Georgia in 1993 and 1996. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Mansoura and Dongguan University in China. In 2004 he was a Visiting Scholar in the School of Engineering & Applied Science at University of California, Los Angeles. Professor Balachandran is a Fellow of IEEE (USA), IEE (UK), InstPhy (UK), InstMC (UK) and Royal Society of Arts (UK). His research interest spans several different disciplines: Electrostatics & Charge Particle Dynamics, Electrohydrodynamics, Micro/Nano particles and fibre generation, Transport of DNA using DEP force, Lab-on-a-chip, Electromagnetic Field Sensing, EM Interaction with Human Body, Dynamic Measurement Systems, Global Positioning Satellite System for Navigation and Medical Electronics. He has actively pursued research in these fields for more than 20 years and published over 200 papers to date and filed 10 patent applications. He has served as an External Examiner for 23 PhD degrees in the UK, France and Australia. Professor Balachandran has presented more than 40 plenary and invited talks in his field of expertise at international conferences around the globe. He has organized and Chaired several international conferences and continue to serve as a member of several scientific and organizing committees of international conferences. He is regularly invited to Chair sessions at IEEE/IAS, ICLASS, and several other meetings in the UK, Europe, USA and Asia. On a couple of occasions, Prof. Balachandran’s research has been featured on BBC World Service and TV Broadcasts. He continues to review manuscripts for 15 archival journals and research grant applications for EPSRC (UK), EU Framework, NSF (USA), SERC (Canada) and Singapore government. Prof. Balachandran is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Atomization and Sprays, and the International Journal of Particle Science and Technology. He is a paper review manager of IEEE Transactions of Industrial Application Society. He has been a Guest Editor for the Journal of Measurement & Control. He has served as a member of Brunel University London Court, Council, Senate, Finance Committee, Appeals Panel, Faculty Board and Wolfson Centre Advisory Board. He has a long experience of acting as a consultant in the fields of his research to over 30 companies worldwide.
Dr Konstantinos Banitsas Dr Konstantinos Banitsas
Senior Lecturer
Dr. Konstantinos Banitsas has been a lecturer and researcher at the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, Brunel University London since end 2005. He holds a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science, University of Portsmouth (1995), an MSc in Electronic Engineering, University of Portsmouth (1997), an MA in Education from Brunel University London (2011) and a PhD in Telemedicine from Brunel University London (2004). He is an active member within the Wireless Networks and Communications Centre research laboratory headed by Prof. Cosmas, handling the Telemedicine and Telecare part of the research. He is the author of numerous journal and conference articles as well as book chapters in the general area of telemedicine. Dr. Banitsas is the course director for the Computer Systems Engineering course. He is teaching in the areas of: computer networking, satelites, fibre optics, mobile communications and internet engineering while supervising a number of project and dissertations, both undergraduate and postgraduate.
Dr Sara De Benedictis Dr Sara De Benedictis
Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Communications
Sara joined Brunel in May 2017. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Communications in the Department of Social and Political Sciences. Sara’s research explores the cultural politics of gender, class, reproduction and activism. She has published on topics like televisual birth, ‘period poverty’, ‘poverty porn’ or #MeToo, and has contributed to public and political debates on such topics. Sara is currently researching ‘period poverty’, reproductive politics and feminist activism. Sara teaches various modules in Media and Communications and Sociology at Brunel. She has taught on media studies, cultural studies and sociology courses at various universities at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, such as City University London, King’s College London and the London School of Economics. Before entering academia, Sara worked for charities in the women’s sector. I teach on a variety of modules: L4 Key Ideas in Media L6 Gender, Sexuality and Feminism L6 Dissertation Supervisor
Dr Hayleigh Bosher Dr Hayleigh Bosher
Associate Dean / Senior Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law
Hayleigh is a Senior Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law and Associate Dean (Professional Development and Graduate Outcomes) at Brunel University London, as well as, Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Intellectual Property, Policy and Management, a legal consultant in the creative industries and an advisor for the independent UK charity for professional musicians, Help Musicians, writer and Book Review Editor for the specialist IP blog IPKat. Hayleigh is well-recognised in the field of intellectual property law, in particular copyright law and the creative industries, and has attained an international reputation in the field of music copyright in particular. Her work in this area has been cited extensively in academic, practitioner and policy outputs and is regularly interviewed by numerous national and international media outlets, including the BBC, ITV, Sky News, Channel 5 News and The Guardian, The Times and The Wall Street Journal. Hayleigh researches in the area of copyright and related laws in the creative industries, particularly in context of music, social media, and more recently artificial intelligence and related technologies e.g., NFTs. Her research always involves public, policy and industry engagement, with an emphasis on helping creators understand their rights whilst at the same time ensuring that those rights are fairly balanced and adequately supported by law. As such, she is widely published in academic peer-reviewed journals, in the press, and has responded to a number of policy inquiries at international and national level. Her recent book; Copyright in the Music Industry, is accompanied with a playlist and podcast which she produces and co-hosts with Jules O'Riordan. She appeared before the DCMS Select Committee in relation to their Inquiry on the Economics of Music Streaming and before the Science, Innocation and Technology Select Committee in relation to their Inquiry on the Governance of Artificial Intelligence. Hayleigh is a member of the Centre for Artificial Intelligence and the Research Centre for Law, Economics and Finance at Brunel. Hayleigh joined Brunel in 2018, having previously held positions at Coventry University, The University of the Arts London and the Academy of Digital Entertainment, Breda University (Netherlands). Hayleigh is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She runs the Intellectual Property Pro Bono at Brunel Law School and teaches on the following programmes: LLM/PGCert: Copyright, Designs and Allied Rights (Module Convener) LLM Contemporary Themes in Intellectual Property Law (Module Convener) LLM Philosophy of Intellectual Property MA Artificial Intelligence Strategy LLB Intellectual Property Law PhD supervisor and dissertation supervisor Online Educational Tools Copyright and Social Media Faculti Interview 5 Free videos on Copyright, Designs & Trade Marks with Patsnap Academy. Sharing Your Teaching Materials Through Social Media CLA Blog IPKat blog
Dr David Botchie Dr David Botchie
Senior Lecturer in Sustainability Global Value Chains
David is a Senior Lecturer in Sustainability and Global Value Chains at Brunel Business School. He joined the Business School in September 2017 from Bournemouth University where he served as a Research Fellow. Before joining Bournemouth University, David was a User Experience Researcher on the DFID funded Internet Portals Evaluation Project in Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda. He holds a PhD in International Development. Prior to pursuing his PhD studies, David worked as a researcher at Institute of Statistical Social and Economic Research (ISSER), University of Ghana, and also taught Enterprise Development at Ho Technical University, Ghana. He has also worked as a consultant for various international organisations including the World Bank, United Nations Development Programme, and Food and Agricultural Organisation. His recent research has appeared in journals such as:Technological Forecasting and Social Change, R and D Management, Science and Public Policy, Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, The International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and Project Management journal. David is a Senior Lecturer in Sustainability and Global Value Chains at Brunel Business School. He is an interdisciplinary researcher with a background in both social and natural sciences. His research interests include: food and agriculture systems, global value chains, innovation, and technology management. One of his most recent research endeavours focuses on how to improve food systems in sub-Saharan African urban centres with the help of novel and emerging innovations and technologies International Business in Emerging Markets International Relations Globalisation, Trade and Investment Issues and Controversies in Management Projects Office Hours: Mondays: 12.30 p.m – 2.30 p.m Thursdays: 1.00 p.m -2.30 p.m Fridays: 12.30 p.m – 1.30 p.m
Dr Nikolaos Boulgouris Dr Nikolaos Boulgouris
Senior Lecturer
Nikolaos V. Boulgouris is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) with the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering of Brunel University London. From 2004 to 2010 he was an academic member of staff with King's College London, and before that he was a researcher with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Toronto, Canada. He has published more than 100 papers in international journals and conferences (Google scholar search) and he has participated in numerous national and international research consortia. Dr. Boulgouris currently serves as Senior Area Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing. In 2018 he served as Technical Program Chair for the IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP). In the past he served as Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, from which he received the 2017 Best Associate Editor Award, and also as Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, and the IEEE Signal Processing Letters. He was co-editor of the book Biometrics: Theory, Methods, and Applications, which was published by Wiley - IEEE Press, and guest co-editor for two journal special issues. He is an elected member of the IEEE Multimedia Signal Processing Technical Committee (MMSP - TC). From 2014 to 2019, he served as an elected member of the IEEE Image, Video, and Multidimensional Signal Processing Technical Committee (IVMSP - TC). Dr. Boulgouris is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Professor Ashley Braganza Professor Ashley Braganza
Interim Dean of Brunel Business School / Professor - Business Transformation
Professor Ashley Braganza is Professor of Organisational Transformation Change at Brunel Business School. He is teaching on Undergraduate and Postgraduate taught programmes. His research interests encompass big data, change management, strategy implementation, process and knowledge management, and transformation enabled information systems. He has published over 100 papers in prestigious academic and practitioner journals and three books. He has carried out over 50 consultancy assignments with large global organisations. He has held several senior leadership positions in academic institutions as well as serving on the governing bodies of schools and small and medium-sized enterprises. His past collaborations with practitioners from BT, Microsoft, McDonald's, Astra Zeneca, Friends Provident, Volkswagen Financial Services and the Department for Children, Schools and Families and academics have co-created knowledge and practical ways of successfully implementing complex change programmes. He completed a study of CEOs and CIOs to gain fresh insights into the role of CEOs in largescale transformation programmes. He has published three books and over a hundred research articles, conference papers and working papers covering a range of topics on big data, business processes, change management, process orientation, knowledge management, governance, and organisation structure. Prof Braganza's research interests encompass big data, change management, strategy implementation, process and knowledge management, and transformation enabled information systems. He has published over 100 papers in prestigious academic and practitioner journals and three books.
Dr Dalia Chakrabarty Dr Dalia Chakrabarty
Senior Lecturer in Statistics
My D.Phil (from St. Cross College, Oxford) was in Theoretical Astrophysics, and I was examined by Prof. James Binney. My doctoral thesis was dedicated to the development of a novel Bayesian learning method to learn the gravitational mass of the black hole in the centre of the Milky Way, (along with the Galactic phase space density), and to the computational modelling of non-linear dynamical phenomena in galaxies. Thereafter, I continued to develop probabilistic learning methods, and undertake Bayesian inference, within astronomical contexts, till 2009, when I moved to Warwick Statistics, and started developing Bayesian methodologies, to apply to diverse areas. After Warwick, I was a Lecturer in Statistics, in Leicester Maths, and then in Loughborough Maths. I moved to Brunel, Department of Mathematics, at the beginning of 2020. My current interest is strongly focused on the development of Bayesian learning methodologies, given different challenging data situations, such as data that is shaped as a hyper-cuboid; with components that are diversely correlated; absent training data; data that is discontinuously distributed and/or changing with time. I am equally keen on learning graphical models and networks of multivariate datasets, as random geometric graphs, with the ulterior aim of computing distance between a pair of learnt graphs. I am also interested in the development of Bayesian tests of hypotheses that are useful when the alternative model is difficult/impossible to perform computation within, and recently, have initiated a method of optimising the mis-specified parameters of a parametric model, while learning the desired model parameters. My current applications include areas such as healthcare, vino-chemistry, astronomy, test theory, material science, etc. My research focuses upon the development of methodologies within Computational & Mathematical Statistics, and I undertake inference primarily using Markov Chain Monte Carlo techniques. My reserach interests include: Bayesian learning methods — given different data situations, such as high-dimensional data; temporally-evolving; and/or discontinuously distributed data; absent training data; large in size, or under-abundant. This has resulted in --supervised learning methodologies given hypercuboidally-shaped, discontinuous and/or non-stationary data, using compounding of Gaussian Processes; --pursuit of graphical models & networks of multivariate data, as random graphs, followed by computing distance between learnt graphical models, to inform on the inter-data correlation. --a novel method that allows for variable prediction at test data, (when bearing of functional relation between variables is not possible), by embedding the sought variable vector within support of the state space density. --Sometimes, in pursuit of this latterly mentioned prediction without learning, intractability is encountered, and I am interested in developing new tests of hypotheses in which we seek the probability of a simplifying model, conditioned on the data, where said simplification is undertaken to counter the intractability. --Have recently developed a 5-step method that optimises the mis-specification parameter vector, in a parametric model, while Bayesianly learning the sought model parameters. In addition, I have worked on developing a novel classification technique in lieu of training data, and on another occasion, trained the model for the causal relationship between the observable and covariates, using hierarchical regression. Applications of these methods are in Astronomy, Materials Science, Chemistry, Petrophysics, Testing theory, etc.
Dr Weifeng Chen Dr Weifeng Chen
I specialise in technology adoption, business models innovation, digitalisation and social transformation, and statistical modelling. My current research focuses on the impact of disruptive technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain Technology on innovation related to new business models and ecosystem co-creation in global value chains. Additionally, I study contemporary problems in international strategic innovation management and international talents management for new products, services and applications. I have collaborated on joint research projects (e.g. United Nation, EU, British Council) with various industries, public sector organisations in the UK and internationally. I have also provided consultancy on business model innovation and optimisation. I have published in high impact journals such as Journal of Business Research, Production Planning and Control, International Review of Administrative Sciences, Technological Forecasting & Social Change, Information Technology for Development and Regional Studies among others. 11 doctoral students have successfully completed their PhD under my direct supervision. I completed my PhD on Business Management and Innovation Strategy in 2008 and since then I have been working as an academic at Brunel. Consultation and Feedback Sessions for Students Tuesday 10:00 – 11:00 Friday 10:00 - 11:00 Please contact me via email before hand to confirm the meeting time slot. Current research focuses on the impact of Digital Technologies (i.e. AI, Blockchain) on business models and value chain optimisation. I am also interested in the contemporary issues in strategic product / service / organisational innnovation management. International Strategic Innovation Management Globalisation and International Business Strategy AI Leadership and Business Models Research Dissertation Supervision
Professor Kai Cheng Professor Kai Cheng
EDUCATION AND DEGREES BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering, 1st Class, Harbin Institute of Technology, July 1983. MSc in Manufacturing Engineering, 1st Class (Distinction), Harbin Institute of Technology, July 1988. PhD in Precision Manufacturing, Liverpool John Moores University, January 1994. WORKING EXPERIENCES 01/1994 – 09/1995, Post-doctoral Fellow, School of Engineering at Liverpool John Moores University. 10/1995 – 11/1999, Lecturer, Department of Engineering at Glasgow Caledonian University. 12/1999 – 04/2001, Reader, School of Engineering at Leeds Metropolitan University. 05/2001 – 04/2006, Professor, School of Engineering at Leeds Metropolitan University. 05/2006 – present, Chair Professor, Head of Advanced Manufacturing & Enterprise Engineering (AMEE) Department, School of Engineering and Design, Brunel University London. TEACHING INTERESTS Advanced manufacturing technology Global/sustainable manufacturing and systems Fundamentals of manufacturing systems
Dr Adam Cocks Dr Adam Cocks
Lecturer in Sport Health and Exercise Sciences
Adam is a Lecturer in Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences (Psychology). Following the completion of his BSc (Hons) and MSc degrees at the University of Central Lancashire, Adam joined Brunel University London as a PhD student on the Isambard Scholarship Scheme in October 2012. His PhD research focussed on applying theories relating to anxiety and performance to novel dynamic domains. This included investigating how anxiety influences anticipation judgements during sport as well as fall-risk-related behaviours in older adults. After being awarded his PhD, and completing a short term Research Assistant post in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Brunel, he began his current role in November 2017. SP1706 - Introduction to Research Methods and Data Analysis SP2603 - Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing in the Lifecourse SP3606 - Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology SP3607 - The Psychology of Physical Activity for Health
Dr Joanne Cole Dr Joanne Cole
I gained my PhD working on the ZEUS experiment at DESY in Hamburg, Germany in early 1999. I remained a member of the ZEUS Collaboration until October 2005, having served for two years as a convenor of the low-x and diffraction physics working group. I then joined the CMS experiment at CERN and I have remained an active member of the experiment since that time. I am a particle physicist with extensive experience in the analysis of proton structure gained whilst working on the ZEUS experiment. On first joining CMS, my main areas of research were in the development and maintenance of online software for the Silicon Strip Tracker (SST) and the analysis CP-violating Higgs production in the Minimal Supersymmetric Standard Model. I was part of the commissioning team for the SST prior to first data taking. I still maintain an active interest in the SST; I am currently the Chair of the Tracker Editorial Board and the secretary to the CMS Tracker Institution Board. I am also starting to become involved in R & D for the long-term upgrade of the CMS Tracker with a particular interest in the inclusion of tracking information in the Level 1 trigger. I am currently supervising a PhD student who is working on the maintenance and development of Data Quality Monitoring software for the Tracker. Since arriving at Brunel, I have become involved in the study of top physics. I was involved in the early analysis and publication of the observation of semi-leptonic top-anti-top production in CMS data. My current interests lie in single top production: I am involved in the analysis of the production of a top quark in association with a W boson. I am also interested in the more rare Standard Model processes such as the production of a single top quark in association with a Z boson (plus a light or bottom quark). As well as my particle physics research, I am also involved in promoting the public understand of science and in particular, in encouraging young women to continue studying physics. As such, I currently hold an STFC Science in Society small award, which I use to run a one-day event at Brunel entitled, “Girls Allowed! Why women should study physics”. I have also been involved in a number of other events aimed at promoting science to school children. I am a member of the Brunel University London Athena SWAN committee. I currently teach Level 1 Mathematics and Foundation year Physics. I have previously taught C++ programming and I was Level 1 coordinator for Engineering programmes for several years. I was also one of the organisers of the Engineering Level 1 Multidisciplinary group project for seven years.
Professor Lesley Collier Professor Lesley Collier
Honorary Professor - Health Sciences
Dr Lesley Collier is a Reader in Occupational Therapy within the College of Health and Life Sciences, Brunel University. Lesley is an occupational therapist by background with a clinical interest in sensory integration and cognitive impairment. She has led and participated in national and international research programmes related to sensory processing and sensory stimulation for people with cognitive impairment. Outcomes from this work are widely published and she leads collaborative partnerships with charities, industry and the NHS to improve the translation of research into practice. She is also an experienced educator having taught health care professionals at pre and post registration level for over 24 years “I am a HCPC registered Occupational Therapist with a specialist interest in dementia, sensory processing and sensory integration” Before moving to academia I worked as an occupational therapist in Dorset specialising in neurology and dementia care. I particularly enjoyed working with those with severe cognitive impairment and perceptual disorders and developed an interest in using sensory approaches to address these problems. I now teach at both under graduate and post graduate level with a focus on neurology, sensory and information processing and sensory approaches for people with cognitive impairment. I hold a number of research grants exploring the use of sensory approaches with people with cognitive impairment and work in partnership with Sensory Integration Network UK & Ireland, members of the TAG European Consortium and alongside a number of UK based charities. I am committed to supporting and developing therapists for the future. I am a mentor for the National Institute for Health Research to support clinical academic careers, Occupational Therapists working in emerging areas of practice and supervise a number of occupational therapists and other clinical staff undertaking PhDs. Research in to the effects of sensory processing on functional performance in people with severe cognitive deficit Research into the effects of sensory processing on people working in extreme environments. Strategic development and leadership in international enterprise and innovation within occupational therapy Enhancement of the student learning experience through case based and guided discovery learning.
Professor John Cosmas Professor John Cosmas
I joined Brunel University in 1999 and soon became the leader of the Multimedia and Networks group. I have a BEng in Electronic Engineering from Liverpool University (1978) and a PhD in Image Processing from Imperial College (1987). Prior to Brunel, I worked as an electronic engineer at Tube Investments (1978-81) and at Fairchild Camera and Instrument Corp. (1981-83), and as a lecturer at Queen Mary College, University of London (1986-99). Over the years, I have been at the forefront of research in the areas of digital multimedia TV, 2D/3D digital media with 3D virtual and augmented reality, and 3D TV, as well as digital media delivery and transmission networks. My current 5G research adventure focusses on the internet of radio light and the integration of digital media in the radio-light internet of small family homes, multi-occupancy high rise homes, buildings with public access (museum demonstrator) and public places (train station and supermarket demonstrators). Our research approach interweaves the digital design with the architectural interior design of spaces and the electronic design of the light roses. Future plans include research related to the interactive and tactile internet and the development of digital media for specific interactive, tele-driven applications. Internet of Radio Light (IoRL): Research for the IoRL project interweaves digital design with the architectural interior design of spaces and the electronic design of the light roses. Further research within IoRL will integrate digital media (mobile phones, laptop/tablet PCs, SHD/UHD TVs and Augmented/Virtual Reality (AR/VR) headsets) in the radio-light internet of small family homes (BRE home demonstrator), multi-occupancy high rise homes, buildings with public access (museum demonstrator) and public places (train station and supermarket demonstrators). 5G for Tactile Internet: Redesigning the core network using Software Defined Networks (SDN) so that Tactile Internet traffic gets priority route through it thereby obtaining low end-to-end latencies. Digital Media for Interactive and Tactile Internet: Research in the development of digital media for the remote driving of cars and tele-control of robots for tele-surgery. 5G Network Design: Redesigning mobile phone base stations so that the radio signal can be steered towards individual or groups of user equipment whilst minimising the noise induced to other user equipment due to the effect of side lobes. Health and Safety Product Monitoring: Developing an information system to monitor the usage of Internet of Things (IoT) enabled health and safety products, such as first aid boxes, ear plug dispensers and fire extinguishers, in hospitals and companies and to organise the management of their replenishment using an Artificial Intelligence (AI) system that predicts their usage trends. Digital TV Transmission Optimisation: Developing channel estimation and equalisation technologies and MIMO diversity technologies to optimise the transmission of TV RF signals to homes. Radio Network Planning: Formulating the deployment of small cells as a multi-objective problem for cost, coverage and network throughput in order to minimise cost (number of deployed small cells) while maximising service area coverage and network throughput simultaneously. Antenna Design and Coverage Optimisation: Developing accurate geographical coverage prediction maps for FM and UHF for channel and frequency allocations and to avoid unwanted interferences and optimising the design of antennas to obtain desired coverage areas. EE2605 - Multimedia Content Analysis and Delivery. 2008- now EE5560 - Multimedia Research Directions. 2011 - now EE5611 - Research Methods and Professional Development. 2014 - now Project Organiser for MSc Advanced Multimedia Design and 3D Technologies. 2010 – now Course Director for Brunel’s MSc Advanced Multimedia Design and 3D Technologies. 2010-present
Dr Rebecca De Coster Dr Rebecca De Coster
Lecturer in Innovation
Rebecca De Coster is a Lecturer in Innovation in the AMEE group and is Course Director for the new MSc Enterprise Engineering. Her background is twelve years in the telecoms industry in a variety of roles including new product development, sales engineering and consultancy. She holds a BEng (Hons) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Birmingham University and an MBA from Kingston University. Whilst at Brunel she has completed her Higher Education teaching qualification and a PhD on “Innovation Strategies in Mobile Networking Firms – A Study of Enterprise Realignment.” She previously worked for Ovum (a telecoms research and consultancy firm) where she co-authored two reports into the European telecoms market. Since joining Brunel she has co-authored an article on new technology ventures and presented at three international conferences in this area. Her research interests are Technology and Innovation Management. This involves identifying the role and content of innovation strategies in enterprise engineering organisations. Emerging technologies for high technology firms are examined from two perspectives: the vendor and the user (the application provider). Innovation strategies for the vendor concern the technological and product innovation needed to address the positioning of the firm in the sector (the industry position), what it is providing to the market (the application provision) and the direction of the firm’s products (the technology development). Innovation strategies for the user concern the utilisation of e&m-business technologies in key business operations. Current research includes: The ways in which the use of mobile devices has transformed the practices of enterprise engineering organisations The extent to which mobile devices have helped improve the efficiency of enterprise engineering organisations Rebecca is a Lecturer in Innovation with research interests based on her PhD research into Innovation Strategies for Mobile Networking Firms which comprised a study of Enterprise Realignment. Rebecca joined Brunel University London in October 2002 after twelve years in the high technology telecoms sector including product development and business planning roles followed by technical consultancy. At Brunel University London she is actively involved leading and teaching business and management modules in the School of Engineering and Design primarily to postgraduate students studying on the programme MSc Engineering Management.
Professor Steve Counsell Professor Steve Counsell
Steve Counsell is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Brunel University London. He received his PhD from Birkbeck, University of London in 2002. Before joining Brunel University London, he was a Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at Birkbeck and prior to his PhD was a developer in industry. Professor Counsell is a Fellow of the British Computer Society. Professor Counsell’s research interests are in the areas of empirical software engineering, software fault-analyses, refactoring, software metrics, the agile methodology, industry perspectives on software engineering problems and the role of research impact. Much of his research involves collaboration with industry and helping to understand the problems that industry developers and project managers face. CS1701 Level 1 Group Project: Module Leader and Tutor. CS1005 Level 1 Logic and Computation: Team teaching role. CS2555 Level 2 Placement: Tutor.CS307x Level 3 Final Year Project: Supervisor and Second Reader.
Dr Timothy Cribbin Dr Timothy Cribbin
Senior Lecturer
I am an information scientist with interests and expertise in information visualisation, interactive search UIs and text analytics. I was awarded a BSc (Hons) Psychology from the University of Portsmouth in 1994 and an MSc Industrial Psychology from the University of Hull in 1996. In 2006, I was awarded a PhD from Brunel University London for research exploring the use of spatial-semantic interfaces for exploratory document search. After working as a researcher for several years, I was appointed as a lecturer here at the Department of Computer Science (formerly DISC) in 2001. I have taught a wide range of subjects, at undergraduate and postgraduate level, including information visualization, human-computer interaction, statistics, databases and programming. I have worked on a number of funded projects during my career, primarily researching new methods and applications of visual text analytics in diverse areas such as requirements elicitation for end-user medical devices and the online development of radical/extremist group identities. I am a founder and lead programmer on the Chorus Twitter analytics project. I have published widely over a number of topics including document similarity modelling and visualization, social media analytics, citation-based search user interfaces and science mapping. I regularly act as reviewer for many conferences and journals in the areas of information science, social media analytics and information visualisation. I'm primarily interested in how we can process, model and interact with large text collections in order to uncover useful insights. My research career has broadly focused on designing and evaluating algorithms, interaction models and end-user tools that support search, navigation, exploration and sense-making within connected information spaces like scholarly publications and social media (e.g. Twitter). My early work focused on the use of interactive visualisation to support search and sense-making in digital document collections, primarily using the distance-similarity or spatial-semantic metaphor. Key contributions in this area included the application of geodesic distance and second-order similarity transformations to optimise the balance between local and global semantic structure in spatial layouts. This was followed by work exploring the use of citation-enhanced information retrieval in scholarly databases (e.g. citation chain aggregation) and then, most recently algorithms and tools to support social media based research (see Chorus: Whilst I still maintain an interest in information visualisation, I am now mainly focused on developing and applying text and citation analytics techniques to live social-media research contexts. This specifically includes author profiling and community detection for demographic/interests-based sampling and classifying UGC according to stance (i.e. sentiment or intent). I am usually open to new collaborations and PhD supervisions, in any of the above areas. Leader of CS5703 Data Visualisation Part-teaching duties on CS5602 Digital Service Design Applications, CS1703 "Data and Information" Level 1, Masters and Placement Tutor Supervisory duties for final year Undergraduate and Masters dissertation projects Deputy Senior Tutor (Academic Misconduct)
Dr Mohamed Darwish Dr Mohamed Darwish
Dr Mohamed K Darwish - Course Director for MSC in Advanced Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Reader in Power Electronics and Systems, Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences, Brunel University London, UK. He has over 35 years experience of research and teaching in the area of Power Electronics and Power Systems. His research interests include Power Active Filtering techniques, UPS systems, Electric Vehicles, and Power Quality issues. Dr Darwish is also a Chartered Engineer and the IET Student Counsellor at Brunel. Dr Darwish is teaching or has taught the following modules: Electrical Devices and Systems Electronics and Digital Systems Advanced Electronics Computers & Their Applications Power Electronics Energy Systems Electronic, Electrical & Microprocessor Applications Advanced Power Electronics Systems Design of Mechatronic Systems - MSc Power Electronics and FACTS - MSc Short Courses: Dr Darwish has delivered the following short courses for several companies in the Middle East, Europe and USA: Power Quality - Causes, effects & solutions, Dubai, 1994. Power Generation Operation & Control, Newcastle, UK, 1995. Generator Control and Protection, Qatar, 1997. Modern Power System Protective, USA, 1998. Power Quality, British Steel, UK, 1999. Electrical Faults Diagnosis & Troubleshooting, Omron Electronics, UK, 2000. Protection Relays & Electrical Installation, Dubai, 2002. Maintenance of Electrical Power Equipment, Spain, 2004. Power Generation, Distribution & Protection, Qatar, 2006 Power Systems Control and Stability, Dubai, 2010 Power Generation Control with Focus on Excitation Control, Qatar 2012 Maintenance & Troubleshooting of UPS and Battery System, Cyprus, 2014 Concentrated Solar Power, Egypt 2015 Renewable Energy Systems, Germany, 2017 Power System Stability and Control, Qatar, 2018
Dr Damon Daylamani-Zad Dr Damon Daylamani-Zad
Senior Lecturer in Digital Media
Damon is a Senior Lecturer in Digital Media, focusing on Creative Computing (AI and Games). Applications of AI in Games and Digital Media Machine Learning & Evolutionary Algorithms (Neural Networks, Genetic Algorithm, Swarm Intelligence) Games, Serious Games and Gamification Accessibility Design in Games and Digital Media Extended Reality (xR): AR, VR and MR Computer Generated Music
Dr Giuseppe Destefanis Dr Giuseppe Destefanis
Senior Lecturer in Computer Science
I am a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in the Department of Computer Science at Brunel University. I have previously held the position of Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire, and have also served as a postdoctoral Researcher at Brunel University and the Computer Research Institute of Montreal in Canada. During my PhD studies, I had the opportunity to visit the University of Auckland in New Zealand and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and I have also been an instructor of computer science courses at the University of Cagliari. My main area of research is Empirical Software Engineering (ESE), with a focus on improving software quality and the overall software developer experience. I am a core member of the Brunel Software Engineering Laboratory (BSEL) and a member of the Intelligent Data Analysis (IDA) group. My research involves investigating software repositories to gain insights into the development process using data (both source code and any other information written by developers) generated during the software development process. Specifically, I use source code to generate metrics and detect development patterns to improve bug-prediction models, and comments written by developers to understand the human aspects of software engineering and improve teams' productivity and the overall quality of the software development process. In 2016, I entered the Blockchain and Cryptocurrency sector, working to bridge the gap between Blockchain application development and Software Engineering. I advocate for the need of Blockchain Oriented Software Engineering (BOSE) and have submitted 20 patents in collaboration with several companies. I have also published an edited book titled “Blockchain and Web 3.0 Social, Economic, and Technological Challenges” which was awarded “Outstanding Academic Title by CHOICE”. In a paper published in January 2021 in the Journal of System and Software, I was listed among the Top ten blockchain authors for Software Engineering, recognizing my work as a world leader in the field (Vacca, A., Di Sorbo, A., Visaggio, C.A. and Canfora, G., 2020. A systematic literature review of blockchain and smart contract development: Techniques, tools, and open challenges).
Dr Mariza Dima Dr Mariza Dima
Senior Lecturer in Games Design
Mariza is a Senior Lecturer in Games Design. She specialises in User Experience and User Interface design for developing meaningful and engaging interactions particularly using mobile, AR and haptic technologies. She has worked between academia and the creative industries as an interaction designer and creative technologist in R&D projects combining engineering and design approaches grounded on theoretical contexts of narrative, affective dramaturgy, and audience/player engagement. A keen knowledge hunter, she is often inspired by and experiments playfully with perspectives from different fields that could offer a useful alternative lens on user experience design and then turns them into a tool for designing engaging experiences. Her design approach is holistic and experiential where the designer embeds and immerses herself in a collaborative design process and views it as an educational and transformative experience rather than participating in it as a design expert. She also consults on strategies for devising and developing digital projects and user interactions in the creative industries and has expertise in design methods for collaboration and co-creation. UI/UX Design for Games, Games Programming (Python), Concept Communication, Studio Practice
Dr Xinli Du Dr Xinli Du
Senior Lecturer in Robotics & Autonomous Systems
Dr Xinli Du joined Brunel Institute for Bioengineering as a Research Lecturer in August 2010. Xinli’s PhD degree was awarded by Loughborough University (U.K.) Control Systems Research Group in 2008. He then joined Aston University working as a Research Associate. His research has focused on smart surgical tools and multiple sensing technology. Some successful projects include a surgical robotic micro-drill and a smart tackle sensing surface. Robotic Surgery
Dr Lu Gan Dr Lu Gan
Senior Lecturer
Dr. Lu Gan received her B. Eng and M. Eng. degrees from South East University, China and the Ph.D degree from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in 1998, 2000 and 2004 respectively. She is currently a senior lecturer (equivalent to associate professor) in Brunel University, London. Before she joined Brunel University in 2008, she has been on the faculties with The University of Newcastle (2004-2006), Australia and University of Liverpool, UK (2006-2007). From 2003 to 2004, she was a research associate in Centre for Signal Processing, Nanyang Technological University. Dr. Gan’s research interests include fundamental signal processing theories and their applications in image/video coding and processing, non-destructive terahertz and ultrasound imaging, machine learning and wireless communications etc. Her research work has been funded by Australian research council, The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) UK and TWI UK. She is a member of IEEE and a regular reviewer for many top journals including IEEE Transactions on Information theory, IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, IEEE transactions on Communications and IEEE transactions on image processing etc. She has also been reviewing research grants in UK EPSRC and UK STFC and FWO in Belgium (equivalent to EPSRC in UK). She has been on the technical committee member for conferences including Globecom and ICC. So far, she has more than 30 publications on journals with high impact factor and more than 60 conference publications. She has been working as Ph. D thesis/viva examiner for more than 20 candidates in UK and Australia. Her google scholar file can be found here. Her current research focus include: 1) Fast compressive imaging for Infared and Terahertz imaging; 2) Super-resolution in non-destructive imaging; 3) Deep learning for Terahertz imaging; 4) Sparse antenna array; 5) Sparse signal processing for 5G wireless communication systems EE 2600 Communications (50%) EE 3040 Digital Communications (67%) EE 5511 Advanced Digital Communications (100%) EE5612//5653: Communication Network Security (50%)
Professor George Ghinea Professor George Ghinea
Professor - Mulsemedia Computing
I am a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Brunel University London. I obtained my BSc. Degree with Computer Science and Mathematics majors from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. I later went on to obtain BSc. (Hons.) and MSc. Degrees, both in Computer Science, from the same university. I was awarded my PhD – Quality of Perception: An Essential Facet of Multimedia Communications - from the University of Reading, UK, in 2000. In it, I proposed the Quality of Perception metric, a precursor of the Quality of Experience (QoE) concept now widely known. However, whilst QoE is still a concept, QoP is a concrete metric. Thus, recognising the infotainment duality of multimedia, QoP not only characterises the subjective enjoyment associated with experiencing multimedia presentations, but also how such presentations aid a person\'s ability to assimilate informational content. My research activities lie at the confluence of Computer Science, Media and Psychology. In particular, my work focuses on the area of perceptual multimedia quality and how one builds end-to-end communication systems incorporating user perceptual requirements. I have applied my expertise in areas such as eye-tracking, telemedicine, multi-modal interaction, and ubiquitous and mobile computing. I am particularly interested in building human-centred e-systems, particularly integrating human perceptual requirements. My work has been funded by both national and international funding bodies – all of it being collaborative work with other teams and stakeholders I have been privileged to be involved with. I have also been honoured to supervise 33 PhD students to completion and to have published over 350 high-quality research articles with them and other research collaborators. Currently, my research pursuits are centered on extending the notion of multimedia with that of mulsemedia – a term which I have put forward to denote multiple sensorial media, ie. media applications that go beyond engaging the by now traditional auditory and visual senses, engaging three of our other human in a realistic manner akin to our experiences of everyday life. • Multimedia and multimodal interactive environments• Mulsemedia applications and environments• Adaptive, cross-layer communication systems• Human-centred e-systems• Mobile and pervasive computing• Communications security I currently lead the level 7 postgraduate module Research Project Management.
Professor David Gilbert Professor David Gilbert
Emeritus Honorary Professor
Professor David Gilbert is Leverhulme Emeritus Fellow, Emeritus Professor of Computing and member of the Computational Biology group in the Department of Computer Science. Previously he was Head of School of Information Systems, Computing and Mathematics, and first Dean of the College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences, leading its establishment in 2014-15. In his previous post he was Professor of Bioinformatics at the University of Glasgow where he set up and was Director of the Bioinformatics Research Centre. He holds a BSc in experimental Pyschology and a Masters in Education from the University of Bristol, and a Masters and PhD in Computing from Imperial College, London where his research was into modelling concurrent systems using computational logic. David was an EPSRC Research Fellow at the European Bioinformatics Institute, and a Leverhulme Research Fellow in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University College London when designed and developed the TOPS protein topology computational system. I no longer teach, but previously I was Module leader for Level 1 CS1005 Logic & Computation (BSc Computer Science; BSc Business Computing). Tutor for Level 1 group projects. Supervisor for Final Year BSc Computer Science projects. Supervisor for projects in MSc Data Science & Analytics. Giving guest lectures on Intracellular Signalling and Cancer (BB5514) - biosciences
Dr Ivan Girina Dr Ivan Girina
Senior Lecturer in Games Studies
Ivan Girina is a Lecturer in Game Studies and holds a PhD in Film and Television Studies from the University of Warwick, his research is currently focused on digital games asethetic, particualrly its relationship with cinema and larger visual media landscapes. Ivan is also co-founder and member of the Editorial Board of the international academic journal G|A|M|E – Games as Art, Media and Entertainment. He has published on a variety of topics such as: cinematic games; video game agency; film and new media; media literacy and education; and Italian regional cinema. I am Module Convenor for: FM2608 (BA) - Game Studies 2: Concepts and Analysis FM3615 (BA) - Theory Project: Business & Development FM3616 (BA) - Theory Project: Game Analysis GD3600 (BA) - Film and Video Games GD5600 (MA) - Interdisciplinary Module GD5604 (MA) - Game Studies: Cocepts, Contexts & Analysis
Professor Dido Green Professor Dido Green
Honorary Professor - Health Sciences
Dido Green has over 25 years clinical and research experience as an Occupational Therapist, specializing in paediatric neurodisability at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospitals in London UK. She received her Masters in Clinical Neuroscience from the University of Surrey and PhD from the University of Leeds with post-doctoral work in translational medicine at Kings College London. Dido joined the Occupational Therapy Department at Tel Aviv University in 2009. She was promoted to Reader in Rehabilitation at Oxford Brookes University in 2012, moving to Sweden as Associate Professor at Jönköping University in 2017 and appointed Full Professor in 2019. Dido joined Brunel University London in September 2019. Academic and teaching areas encourage students’ scientific enquiry of the transactional influences on occupational performance; aiming to develop students’ clinical reasoning and therapeutic skills. Research interests take an ecological approach to understanding challenges to participation for children and young people. Extensive international collaborations and grant funding have enabled research into the neuroplasticity of sensory-motor learning and behavior and virtual reality in rehabilitation. Current research explores psychosocial development in childhood disability and influences on participation. Publications include seminal papers on neuroplasticity of motor skill acquisition and treatment response of children with hemiplegia, movement behaviour in childhood disability and occupational therapy interventions for motor impairments. She has received over £7 million in grant funding. Dido is Associate Editor of Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology as well as serving on many scientific committees. I am interested in the identification of factors contributing to developmental and intervention outcomes across motor and psychosocial domains and participation, determination of time scales of motor learning and predictive modelling of response to treatment. This information is used to design and research interventions that are enjoyable, as well as effective, to achieve the best outcomes for children with childhood onset neuro-disability. I am interested in including the arts into health and rehabilitation and taking a creative and enterprising approach to provide novel solutions for the translation of research into rehabilitation and healthcare programmes.
Dr Derek Groen Dr Derek Groen
Reader in Computer Science
I am a Lecturer in Simulation and Modelling at Brunel University. I'm also an Emeritus Fellow for the EPSRC-funded 2020 Science Network, a Fellow of the Software Sustainability Institute, and a Visiting Lecturer at the Centre for Computational Science at University College London. I completed an MSc in Grid Computing at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) in 2006, and a PhD in Computational Astrophysics both at the UvA and Leiden University in November 2010. After my PhD I worked as a post-doctoral researcher on EU projects about distributed multiscale computing (MAPPER) and high-performance computing towards the Exascale (CRESTA). I received a 1-year position as a Fellow of 2020 Science in January 2015, and funded myself for two months through an EPSRC eCSE to work on new approaches for domain decomposition. I joined Brunel University in September 2015 to become a Lecturer and I currently collaborate in the EU ComPat project about multiscale computing towards the Exascale. I have published >20 peer-reviewed journal papers in venues such as IEEE Computer, IEEE CiSE, Journal of Computational Science, Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A., Physics Review E., the Astrophysical Journal and eLife. In addition, I was second author of the first ever feature article in Advanced Materials, which was on multiscale modelling of clay-polymer nanocomposites and received news coverage from the Daily Telegraph and the BBC. I currently run Science Hackathons to efficiently establish new interdisciplinary collaborations. 2015/2016 – Service Oriented Architectures (Msc module) 2015/2016 – Data Visualization (Msc module)
Professor Kate Hone Professor Kate Hone
Head of Department - Computer Science
Professor Kate Hone is Head of Department in the Department of Computer Science at Brunel University London, UK. She received the B.A. degree in Experimental Psychology in 1990 from the University of Oxford, UK, and the M.Sc. degree in Work Design and Ergonomics in 1992, and the Ph.D. degree in Human Computer Interaction in 1996, both from the University of Birmingham, UK. From 1995 to 2000 she held teaching and research appointments at the University of Nottingham, UK, first in Psychology and subsequently as lecturer in Computer Science. She joined Brunel as a lecturer in 2000 and from 2009-2018 held the post of Director the Graduate School. She has published widely, including articles in the International Journal of Human Computer Studies, Interacting with Computers, Behaviour and Information Technology, Applied Ergonomics and Ergonomics. Module leader for CS3009 Human Computer Interaction (Level 3 UG optional module) FYP supervision Contributor to Research Methods training in Department of Computer Science
Dr Shaoqing Hu Dr Shaoqing Hu
Lecturer in Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Dr Shaoqing Hu joined the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering as a Lecturer from 2021. Prior to this appointment, he was a teaching associate, teaching fellow with the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, Queen Mary University of London. He is the member of IET, IEEE, SPIE (The international society for optics and photonics), working committee in UK of China Institute of Communications, and Electromagnetic Systems Interest Group: The UK Radar Society. Dr Hu received the B.Eng and M.Eng degrees at University of Electronic Science and Technology of China in 2013 and 2016, and the PhD degree at Queen Mary University of London in 2020. His research interests include millimeter wave/THz security detection, sparse imaging, antennas, arrays, engineering optimisation and wireless communication. He was a Session Chair of APS/URSI 2020, TPC member of CNIS2023, ICVIP2021, ISAI 2017, ITA 2017, key member of local organizing committee of 2014 7th and 2019 12th UK/Europe-China Workshop on Millimetre-Waves and Terahertz Technologies (UCMMT). Dr Hu was also a recipient of Student Paper Award with IEEE Asia-Pacific Conference on Antennas and Propagation in 2015, and First Prize of Best Student Paper Award with UK-Europe-China Workshop on Millimeter Waves and THz Technologies in 2020. He serves as a referee for 2022 UK Doctoral Research Award and many peer-reviewed journals. I am open to PhD applications and welcome postdoctors and visiting scholars who have the ambition to deliver cutting-edge research output. There are a number of highly competitive international exchange grants, postdoctoral or early career fellowship schemes: The Royal Society Internationl Exchanges, EPSRC Postdoctroal Fellowship, Lverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship, Lverhulme Trust Research Fellowship, Newton International Fellowships, Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship, Marie Sklodowska-Curie ActionsPostdoctoral Fellowship. You need to obtain the support from Brunel University London as your Host Institution for these applications, along with a very competitive research proposal. I have experience in supporting RAEng Research Fellwoship and Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Postdoctoral Fellowship. Feel free to drop me an email with your CV and a research proposal. Random Sparse Imaging, Signal and Image Processing, Antennas and Arrays, Gesture and Health Sensing, 5G, 6G Wireless Communication
Dr Eleni Iacovidou Dr Eleni Iacovidou
Senior Lecturer in Environmental Management
My research focuses on environmental management, with emphasis on resource and waste management systems. Specifically, I develop methods for performing holistic and integrated environmental, economic, social and technical assessments of resource recovery systems based on a systems thinking approach. Using this approach, I combine environmental science and engineering with an understanding of the political, organisational, structural and cultural aspects that act synergistically in a resource recovery system to highlight areas of intervention for promoting sustainability. My research is predominantly desktop based and focuses on four key areas: food waste prevention and management plastic and plastic packaging system assessment construction components reuse and modular structures waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) repair and reuse I am also interested in the implications of technological and regulatory lock-ins, the role of stakeholders in sustainability transitions, the impact of informal recycling systems on environment and society, in waste infrastructure availability and adaptation based on area-specific characteristics, the use of smart technologies for tracking components and products across the value chain, and in circular economy. Since arriving at Brunel University in October 2018, I have been involved in teaching on the MSc programme in Environmental Management and the BSc programme in Environmental Sciences. I contributed to the "Environmental Management and Legislation" (MSc) and "Research Skills, GIS and Fieldwork II" modules (BSc - Year 2). This academic year (2019/20) I will lead the module in “Environmental Management” (MSc) and the study blocks in "Environmental Governance" (BSc - Year 3) and "Sustainable Development" (BSc - Year 3).
Dr Andra Ivanescu Dr Andra Ivanescu
Senior Lecturer in Games Studies
Andra is a Lecturer in Game Studies and a ludomusicologist. Andra’s research interests are broad, going beyond her primary focus of music in videogames, and including appropriation and nostalgia, genre, gender studies, and film studies. Her research has been published in journals like The Soundtrack (2015) and she has presented papers at a variety of conferences including Myth, Fantasy and Fairy Tales in Literature and the Arts (Cambridge, 2013) and the Ludomusicology Conference (Chichester, 2014; Utrecht, 2015; Southampton, 2016). She is also co-editor of the academic journal Book 2.0. Andra has also led (and co-led) two Global Lives-funded research clusters focusing on creative processes in poetry and games, as well as the dissemination of academic research through digital games. Andra's first monograph - Popular Music in the Nostalgia Video Game: The Way It Never Sounded - is now available from Palgrave Macmillan. Andra teaches a number of game studies modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, including Game Studies 1: Introduction to Game Studies, Game Genre, and Socio-Cultural Studies. My research interests fall at the intersection between video games, music, and popular culture. Game Studies Game Genre Research Methods Socio-Cultural Studies
Professor Meredith Jones Professor Meredith Jones
Professor / Director of Research Institute - (ICS)
Professor Jones is Director of the pan-university Institute for Communities and Society. Meredith is a transdisciplinary scholar who works at the intersections of feminist theories of the body with media, gender, and cultural studies. She is particularly interested in popular culture, visuality, and embodiment, and has published widely in these areas. Her latest edited volume, Performing the Penis: Phalluses in 21st Century Cultures (with Evelyn Callahan) comprehensively introduces the emerging discipline of Penis Studies. She is currently working on a monograph about vulvas and on a yearbook about genital transformations in media and culture. Beautyscapes: Mapping Cosmetic Surgery Tourism (written with Ruth Holliday and David Bell) won the 2020 Foundation for Sociology of Health and Illness Prize. This book is based on extensive fieldwork carried out in Thailand, Malaysia, South Korea, Tunisia, Spain, and Czech Republic. It also comprises digital research into cosmetic surgery websites and cosmetic surgery communities on social media. Skintight: An Anatomy of Cosmetic Surgery, Meredith's first monograph, is a widely-cited foundational text in studies of makeover culture, cosmetic surgery and feminist theories of the body. Her other books include a major collection of feminist writing about cosmetic surgery that she co-edited with philosopher Cressida Heyes, Cosmetic Surgery: A Feminist Primer. She often speaks publicly about social media, popular culture and feminism, and is an expert on the socio-cultural aspects of the Kardashians. She hosted a scholarly Kimposium! in 2015 and Kimposium! The Sequel was held in September 2021. Meredith is active in the creative industries and founded the Trunk series of books with artist and designer Suzanne Boccalatte, which includes curated collections of artworks and essays about Hair and Blood. Currently she is collaborating with Taylor & Francis Group to deliver a series of projects around new and innovative modes of publishing. The goal is to develop more digitally relevant, flexible, inclusive and faster ways of publishing for academics as well as community, industry, and NGO groups. Qualifications PhD in Cultural Studies, University of Western Sydney, 2006 BA Hons. in Women's Studies, 1st Class, University of Sydney, 1998 Meredith's work is in the broad fields of Feminist Theory, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, and Cultural Sociology. She has researched and written about cosmetic surgery and other body modifications for more than two decades. Her book Skintight: An Anatomy of Cosmetic Surgery is a key text in feminist thinking about makeover culture, bodies, and media. In Sun, Sea, Sand and Silicone, an international ESRC funded research project that explored the phenomenon of Cosmetic Surgery Tourism, Meredith and a team of academics from Australia and the UK followed people from the UK, Australia and China who went to Thailand, Malaysia, Tunisia and South Korea seeking cosmetic surgery. The book based on this project, Beautyscapes: Mapping Cosmetic Surgery Tourism, won the 2020 Foundation for Sociology of Health and Illness Prize. Meredith is the editor of the Routledge series Gender, Bodies and Transformation. She welcomes proposals for the series.
Dr Elmar Kal Dr Elmar Kal
Lecturer in Physiotherapy
I gained my BSc (2011) and MSc (2012; cum laude) degrees from the Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (The Netherlands). I subsequently worked on a PhD project in which he investigated implicit motor learning in people after stroke. In this collaborative project, I gained experience with a range of study designs (RCT, systematic reviews, questionnaire validation), measurement techniques (e.g. EMG, 3D motion registration) and statistical approaches (e.g. regression-, meta-, and factor analysis). Towards the end of my PhD, I also worked as Lecturer in Movement Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, leading a 2nd-year BSc module on Pathology of Movement and teaching on evidence-based practice. I additionally worked as researcher at the chronic pain unit of Rehabilitation Centre Heliomare.I moved to London in March 2019, to take up my current position as Research Fellow at Brunel. I am currently in charge of the posture and gait lab, with my current research focusing on the topic of falls in older adults and neurological populations. I am mostly interested in the influence of cognitive and psychological factors on postural stability during standing and walking in these populations. This requires the use of different measurement techniques to parcel out the complex mechanisms governing healthy and pathological balance control. Ultimately my goal is to use this knowledge to improve the effectiveness of specific motor learning interventions (e.g. implicit learning) to target specific impairments in posture and gait in these populations.
Professor Tatiana Kalganova Professor Tatiana Kalganova
DEGREES AWARDED PhD Napier University Research-engineer degree Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radio-electronics, Minsk, Belarus MSc (distinction) Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radio-electronics, Minsk, Belarus ACADEMIC POSTS 2000-present Lecturer Brunel University London 2003-2011 Business Fellow London Technology Network, LTN Link between research activities at Brunel University London and industry 1997-2000 PhD student Napier University 1994-1997 Research Assistant Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radio-electronics Teaching experience in a range of subjects including core undergraduate units in introduction to programming, object-oriented programming, UML, C++; post-graduate level teaching in research methods, network management and design and mid-term review and assessment in PhD, supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate final year projects, MSc projects. Administration including module leader of core undergraduate and postgraduate modules, Level 2 Co-ordinator at the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, Brunel University London (2001 - 2004); final year project coordinator for MMTD and BMTD (2007 - 2012); ERASMUS coordinator (2009 - ); Director of ECE International Partnerships (2011 - ); Web Coordinator (2012 - ). International relations: establishment and maintenance of collaboration in teaching (double degree program for MSc programs across the School of Engineering and Design) and research with top level Grand Ecoles in France namely ISEP, ESIEE-Paris, ESIGELEC.
Professor Shireen Kanji Professor Shireen Kanji
Professor - Human Resource Management
My research focus is on inequality in the workplace and in the home and how inequalities relate to demographic issues. I am particularly interested in gender inequality in organisations, working hours of men and women, the work-family interface, performance appraisal, career choices, and wellbeing. My research is situated where gender, work and social inequality intersect. Parents’ experiences at work. My research has examined, firstly, women’s participation and exit from work. Secondly, male breadwinners' working hours preferences and actual hours of work. Thirdly, the impact that the care grandparents provide to grandchildren has on the labour force participation of mothers in the UK. Occupations. I have studied the occupational aspirations of younger workers in relation to the gender mix of occupations and gendered self-concepts in mathematics, the long-lasting impact of precarious work on the wellbeing of younger workers in Germany. Research on occupations and inequality is based on women scientists in the pharmaceutical industry in Switzerland and women’s changing occupational status in China (conducted for the Asian Development Bank). Current research. The differential positioning of men and women in self-employment. The exploration of the working hours and paid work participation of older men and women in Europe. The mental load of organising work and care. My work has been widely reported in national and international media in The FInancial Times, The Times, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Wirtschaftswoche, Time Magazine, The Daily Express, ITV News and BBC News. I have appearedtwice on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and on the BBC World Service. I have undertaken consultancy work for international organisations. For example I was involved in an OECD project on how the school to work transition in Switzerland is gendered, an Asian Development Bank research project on women’s changing occupational status in China and several DFID projects on poverty in Russia. I am a Council Member of the British Society for Population Studies I was a member of the editorial team of Work, Employment and Society from 2010-2013. I am currently on the Editorial Board of Industrial Relations Journal. I joined Brunel Business School in 2019, having previously held posts at the University of Birmingham, University of Leicester, Basel University and the University of Cambridge. I have taught courses on Leadership, Human Resource Management, Statistical Modelling, Research Methods, International Human Resource Management and Gender and Employment. I designed and tuaght a module on ethics, power and inequality in artificial intelligence in Brunel's new Masters in AI Strategy. Prior to working in academia, I had a career in international finance I am currently teaching the following courses: MG3018 Gender in Organisations MG2063 Critical Perspectives on Management MSc in Artificial Intelligence Ethics, Power and Inclusion in AI HRM for small and medium sized businesses
Dr Armin Kashefi Dr Armin Kashefi
Lecturer (Education) in Computer Science
Dr Armin Kashefi is a lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at Brunel University London. He has an MSc and PhD in Information Systems Management. His research interests include people and technology, information systems for crisis response and management (ISCRAM) and ICTs and development. He was recently involved in two EU-sponsored projects (TANDEM and Sci-GaIA) working on developing sustainable e-Infrastructures in West and Central Africa. His current research continues to explore sustainable e-infrastructures in Africa as well as modelling and analysis of complex systems using discrete simulation modelling. Module leader: BSc Business Analysis and Process Modelling Co-Lecturer: MSc Research Project Management Year 2 Group Project Tutor Work Placement Tutor Final Year Project Supervisor MSc Dissertation Supervisor
Dr Evina Katsou Dr Evina Katsou
Academic / Research Career Dr Evina Katsou is Professor in Water & Environmental Engineering and Course Director of the Water Engineering MSc at Brunel University. Evina leads the Water & Environmental Engineering group with 20 researchers. Her research is focused on: (1) Sustainable resource recovery from wastewater and safe reuse; (2) Data analytics, knowledge discovery and process modelling; and (3) Circularity & sustainability measurement and assessment. Authored 98 journal publications (h-index: 27), 12 book chapters with over 100 presentations, invited talks and patent on biopolymers recovery. Evina leads the Transformation Tools group of the Cost Action on Circular Cities, co-leads the Circular Water VLT of Water Europe and co-leads the SMART-WATER group of the ICT4Water Cluster-EC. She is a member of the drafting team of the new ISO standards on Circular Economy (Measuring and Assessing Circularity – ISO5902). She leads 11 national and international projects including activities on carbon footprint accounting and carbon neutrality Within projects RESILEX Horizon Europe, SYMBIOREM Horizon Europe (WP leader), BORECER HORIZON Europe (WP leader), HYDROUSA H2020, SmartPlant H2020, DEEP-Purple (DSS development and circularity assessment), WATER-MINING (H2020; WP leader), BL2F (H2020; WP Leader), INTCATCH (H2020), iWAYS (SPIRE H2020), Triple Carbon Reduction – OFWAT, she is responsible of the WPs related with the development and application of tools/solutions for the sustainability assessment including carbon footprint quantification and minimization. Evina has also conducts wide range of consulting activities with contracts awarded from leading UK water industry partners, including Affinity Water, Arup, Sever Trent, BuroHappold Engineering, Anglian Water. Industrial Activities UKWIR Tender - Quantifying and reducing direct greenhouse gas emissions from wastewater treatment processes; Jacobs, Brunel, Cobalt Water; 2021-22 OFWAT WATER INNOVATION Competitions; Triple Carbon Reduction; Anglian Water; 2022-24 UKWIR Tender - What does a circular economy water industry look like? Jacobs, Brunel, Allied Waters; 2020-21 UKWIR Tender - Where is the greatest sustainable economic benefit for resource recovery in the water cycle? Jacobs, Brunel, Allied Waters; 2020-21 Determination of the most effective & low-cost solution for tackling the problem of galvanized iron corrosion in specific parts of the Affinity Water piping network, which is caused by the surface water imported from Grafham reservoir; October 2018 for a duration of 16 months, Value: £90,000 Feasibility study Aqualogic AI inspired Leak Detection and Analysis, 2019-2020 Value: £100,000 Towards Carbon neutral and Cost-efficient Sewage Treatment (CO2ST); Severn Trent, 2019-2021, Value: £150,000 Circular Shop Window, Anglian Water, March 2019 for a duration of 14 months, Value: £100,000 MBR design and start-up, Astana, Nazarbayev University, June 2019 for a duration of 6 months, Value: £20,000 Technical support for the chemical-physical-respirometric control & preliminary evaluation of an EGSB reactor for the treatment of wastewater from textile industry, 40,000 Euros, SIMEM SpA, 2014 Technical support for the evaluation & optimization of the wastewater treatment plant (technical & economic data) of the pharmaceutical company Fidia Farmaceutici SpA, Abano Terme (PD), 25,000 Euros 2013-2014. Monitoring of the current treatment processes & capacity of the municipal wastewater treatment plant of Maser Municipality (TV, Italy); examination & evaluation of the potential co-treatment of wastewater from the Municipality of Asolo (TV, Italy); feasibility study & technical aspects, Alto Trevigiano Servizi Srl, InnovEn srl, 15,000 Euros 2013-2014. The focus of my research is on the treatment of industrial and municipal effluents through the application of state-of-the-art biological and physicochemical processes. I have successfully applied innovative techniques for the treatment of industrial wastewater including combined adsorption-filtration processes, membrane bioreactor – reverse osmosis (MBR-RO) systems, anaerobic MBRs, as well as fixed bed column packed with physical and regenerated minerals. Currently, my work is concentrated on advanced biological nutrients removal from wastewater including the partial nitrification/denitrification and the complete autotrophic nitrogen removal (i.e. nitritation/anammox) processes. My research has developed a new dimension in deployment of advanced data analytics methods such as multivariate statistics, clustering techniques for dimensionality reduction, linear and non-linear supervised learning techniques, artificial neural networks, support vector machines, and simplified mechanistic equations to identify and reconstruct complex relationships between observed and latent process variables. The models being developed in my research are leading to accurate measurement of GHGs emissions of treatment processes, and being adopted as indicator of measuring environmental impact in a number of industrial applications (e.g. water systems, process industry and manufacturing). Module Leader at Brunel University London: Water & Wastewater Engineering, Module Leader, BEng, Level 3 Water Process Engineering, Module Leader, MEng, MSc Water & Wastewater Treatment Engineering, MSc Teaching grants Providing insights to engineering students to tackle industrial challenges (VP1819\4\47), The Royal Academy of Engineering; 01/11/2018 – 30/08/2021 (Principal Investigator; Budget: £30,000; VP: Vincent Glancy; Global Process Engineering Leader; Arup) Preparing engineering students to tackle the current water industry's challenges. Visiting Professors (VP1617/29) The Royal Academy of Engineering; 01/10/2016-30/09/2019 (Principal Investigator; Budget for Brunel: £30,000; VP: Steve Kaye; Anglian Water) Equipping engineering students with practical industry skills and professional competence. Visiting Professors (VP1718\4\75) The Royal Academy of Engineering; 01/01/2018-31/12/2020 (Principal Investigator; Budget: £30,000; VP: Gordon Findlay; BuroHappold)
Professor Akram Khan Professor Akram Khan
Professor in Communications and Computer Technology
Professor Akram Khan is a academic & researcher in the areas of fundamental and applied science. He has published extensively in a wide range of key academic journals. He has worked at most of the leading national laboratories in the world: DESY in Germany, CERN in Switzerland and SLAC in the USA. He read Mathematics and Theoretical Physics for his Bachelors’ degree at St Andrews University, taking his PhD in Experimental Particle Physics at University College London. Akram was a European Research Fellow at CIEMAT in Spain and at CERN in Switzerland, then a Senior Fellow at Edinburgh and Manchester Universities, going on to a faculty position at Stanford University, before joining Brunel University London in 2003. His recent research has been addressing the fundamental questions:'What is the difference between matter and anti-matter?' and 'What new exotic physics processes might help us to address the existing inadequacies of the Standard Model?' As part of his work in the field of applied science he is currently working on developing a novel particle cancer therapy machine in the UK, and on the next generation of internet technologies.'
Dr Theodora Koulouri Dr Theodora Koulouri
Senior Lecturer
Theodora (Lela) Koulouri joined the Department of Computer Science, Brunel University in 2017, having previously worked at the Department of Informatics of King’s College London. She has taught several modules including programming, database systems, machine learning, AI, information systems, HCI, and computational logic. Her research is in human-centred AI; it has focused on conversational AI and the design, development, and evaluation of interactive intelligent systems. Human-centred AI Conversational AI UX, usability and human factors Collaborative systems Module leader of CS1004 – Information Systems and Organisations Partial teaching duties in: CS1701 – Group Project, CS1702 – Introductory Programming, CS3607 – EBusiness, CS3605 – Advanced Topics (Conversational User Interfaces).
Dr Paul Kyberd Dr Paul Kyberd
Senior Lecturer in Particle Physics Informatics
I joined Brunel in 2001. I am a particle physicist working at CERN on CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid) and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory on MICE (Muon Ionising Cooling Experiment). I manage the Universities grid site which is part of the World wide LHC computing grid. EE1600 - Programming for Digital Media EE2702 - Mobile Web Development EE5525 - Networking Computing EE5531 - Distributed Systems Architecture EE5573 - Software Engineering for Distributed Systems
Dr stasha Lauria Dr stasha Lauria
Dr Stanislao Lauria has a Laurea awarded by The University of Studies “Federico II” of Napoli in Italy. He holds a Ph.D. in Cybernetics from The University of Reading, UK. Dr Stanislao Lauria is a Lecturer at Brunel University London. Previously he was research fellow at the University of Plymouth and at the University of Reading. Dr. S. Lauria has been working in the area of intelligent robotics for more than 15 years, and is particularly specialised in modelling and training mobile robots by means of intelligent human-machine interactions. Specifically, he has investigated the use of various frameworks for representing knowledge and converting natural language into robot-understandable actions. He has established the Brunel Robotics Laboratory performing exploratory experiments on cognitive mobile robots. He has also investigated the use of various Artificial Intelligence paradigms for various signal processing domains. His current activities focus on Machine-Human interactions. In particular, he is investigating the implication of Social Media on Human-Robot interactions and dialogue management aspects. Finally, he is exploring the use of robotics as an educational tool. Dr Lauria has been involved in designing delivering and assessing several teaching modules with a particular emphasis on programming. Therefore, suitable methods to allow students at a beginner level to increase their confidence in programming have been introduced. The aim has been to both introduce alternative paradigms to stimulate student motivation and to increase student’s perception of their own skills. As part of various outreaching programs Dr. Lauria has developed some innovative methods based on short interactive sessions to allow naive user to be able to control and program robots. Teaching areas. Computer Networks Programming Languages Database Software Engineering Database Algorithms
Professor Maozhen Li Professor Maozhen Li
Vice-Dean of the NCUT TNE programme/Professor
Education PhD in Software Engineering, Institute of Software, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1997. MSc in Image Processing, Department of Computer Science, North University of China, 1994. BSc in Computer Science, Department of Computer Science, North University of China, 1991. Employment Oct 2013 - present, Professor, Dept. of Electronic and Computer Engineering, Brunel University London Oct 2009 - Sept 2013, Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Electronic and Computer Engineering, Brunel University London Feb 2002 - Sept 2009, Lecturer, Dept. of Electronic and Computer Engineering, Brunel University London Jan 1999 - Jan 2002, Post-Doctoral Research Associate, School of Computer Science, Cardiff University Computer Networks Network Computing High Performance Computing
Dr Yongmin Li Dr Yongmin Li
Reader - Computer Science
Dr. Yongmin Li received his PhD from Queen Mary, University of London, MEng and BEng from Tsinghua University, China. Before joining Brunel University London, he worked as a research scientist in the British Telecom Laboratories. His research interest covers the areas of data science, machine learning, artificial intelligence, image processing, computer vision, video analysis, medical imaging, bio-imaging, biomedical engineering, healthcare technologies, automatic control and nonlinear filtering. Together with his colleagues, he has won the Most Influential Paper over the Decade Award at MVA 2019 and Best Paper Awards at Bioimaging 2018, HIS 2012, BMVC 2007, BMVC 2001 and RATFG 2001. He was ranked in the world's top 2% scientists in the Updated Science-Wide Author Databases of Standardized Citation Indicators in 2020, 2021, and 2022. Professional Affiliations: Senior Member, the IEEE Senior Fellow, the Higher Education Academy Prospective PhD Students: We invite talented and hard-working students to join us for their PhD study. From time to time, we may have studentships available, which include an annual bursary (about £18,000 this year) plus payment of tuition fees for three years. Currently we have several projects on-going, for example, Deep Learning for Medical Imaging, Natural Language Processing for Business Intelligence, Natural Language Processing for Tax Assessment, and Image/Video Content Generation for Personalised Remarketing. But any other topics within the area of artificial intelligence and data science would also be welcome. Contact me for details if interested. Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence 2022/23: Built on our strong international research profile (consistently ranked in the top 100 in the world, 1st in UK for H-index and Highly Cited Papers for 3 years in a row from 2018-2020, and 3rd in UK for overall performance in "the NTU Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities", Subject: Computer Science, 2020), we offer the MSc Artificial Intelligence course with great flexibility (1 year full-time, 2 year part-time or 3 year staged study). If you are interested, apply here. 15 Scholarships available for applicants from under-represented groups, £10,000 of each. CS0002 Introduction to Programming CS2001 Level-2 ProjectsCS2002 Software Development and Management
Professor Xiaohui Liu Professor Xiaohui Liu
Professor - Computing
Xiaohui Liu is Professor of Computing at Brunel University London where he conducts research in artificial intelligence, data science and optimization, with applications in diverse areas including biomedicine and engineering. Xiaohui has held senior visiting positions in Leiden, Harvard and Chinese Academy of Sciences, advised UK Research Councils on data analytics, genomics and security as well as the Royal Statistical Society/the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries on statistical education at UK schools in light of big data. Professor Liu founded the international symposium series on Intelligent Data Analysis (1995 & 1997), served on the international panel to assess the quality of computer science research in the Netherlands (2015-16), and since 2014, he has been named as a Highly Cited Researcher for nine consecutive years in Computer Science, Engineering, or Cross-Field (Clarivate/Web of Science). Modules led at Brunel include: Algorithms and Their Applications Artificial Intelligence Research Methods Software Development and Management Modules supported include: Advanced Topics in Computer Science Data Management & Business Intelligence Distributed/Predictive Data Analysis Final Year Projects Machine Learning Modern Data MSc Projects Year 2 Group Projects
Professor Panos Louvieris Professor Panos Louvieris
Professor - Information System
Panos Louvieris is Professor of Information Systems and leads the Defence & Cyber Security (DCS) research group in the Department of Computer Science at Brunel University London and co-director of the Brunel Intelligent Digital Economy and Society (IDEAS) Research Centre. His research interests are data and information fusion, defence and cyber security analytics, and computational finance in the digital economy. He is co-director of the Trusted Open Models Institute (TOMI) at the Hartree Centre concerning the assurance of AI computational models. He is a committee member of the EPSRC Digital Personhood Network. In addition, he is a member of EPSRC ITaaU+ Network and NEMODE+ Network. CS3609 Cybersecurity CS5517 ICTs and Strategic Change
Professor Danae Manika Professor Danae Manika
Associate Head (Teaching) / Professor - Marketing and Business Education
Danae Manika (PhD, University of Texas at Austin) is Professor of Marketing & Business Education and Associate Head (Education and Innovation) of Brunel Business School. Before joining Brunel University London, she was Professor of Marketing at Newcastle University Business School, where she led its London Campus as Academic Group Head and held the Deputy Director of Research role at Newcastle University Business School. Danae in the past has also held academic positions at Queen Mary University of London, Durham University and the University of Texas at Austin; and is currently Visiting Professor at Newcastle University and Queen Mary University of London, while previously she held a Visiting Research Scholar position at the Centre of Risk Management and Insurance Research at McCombs Business School, University of Texas at Austin. Prior to her academic career, Danae worked as an Account Planning Intern in advertising agencies such as Latinworks in Austin, TX, and DDB in New York. She obtained a Ph.D and a M.A. in Advertising from the University of Texas at Austin, and a B.A. Honours in Marketing from University of Stirling. Danae’s recent research has been published in journals such as: Journal of Service Research, Journal of Business Ethics, Tourism Management, Annals of Tourism Research, Psychology and Marketing, European Journal of Marketing, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Journal of Business Research, European Management Review, and International Business Review, amongst others. Using an interdisciplinary approach, Danae’s research focuses on effective message construction for behaviour change within the contexts of health, well-being and the environment. She is involved in various consultancies (e.g., Harrow Council, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council, RECOUP, Global Action Plan, Texas Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalition), and her research has been supported by £364,000+ of funding (e.g., CRUK, EPSRC/Innovate UK, NERC/NCAS, RED, and Arrow/ERDF). Danae is Section Editor for the Journal of Business Ethics (section: Marketing Ethics; FT50 journal), and Associate Editor (AE) for Business and Society and the Journal of Current Issues and Research in Advertising, while in the past she was AE for the Journal of Marketing Management (2017-21). She is also currently on the Editorial Review Boards of:Technological Forecasting & Social Change, and Journal of Marketing Management; with guest editor experience across multiple top journals. Danae also has experience as: funding reviewer for Cancer Research UK (2015-19); and track chair for the Academy of Marketing Science World Marketing Congress Conference in 2023, the Transformative Consumer Research Conference in 2021, and the European Social Marketing Association Conference in 2016. Using an interdisciplinary approach, blending the lines between marketing, advertising and psychology her research aims to answer a fundamental marketing research question: How to diminish the knowledge-behaviour gap? Particularly, her research focuses on effective message construction for behaviour change. It takes an information processing approach, which identifies, classifies and examines cognitive (e.g., knowledge, confidence, trust, values) and affective (e.g., pride, fear, disgust) factors that influence individuals’/consumers’/employees’ decisions and choices after exposure to campaigns/messages/interventions, and translate knowledge acquisition to behaviour change/formation. Her research is theory-based but practically applicable research, and often uses health (e.g., weight control, alcohol consumption, vaccination), well-being and environmental (e.g. energy saving, recycling) social issues as the venue for understanding the knowledge-behaviour gap, with direct implications for persuasive communication and behavioural interventions that motivate health and environmental action. The campaigns/messages/interventions often examined involve digital components (e.g., websites, social media, mobile applications, online tracking tools) and technology adoption behaviours (e.g., adoption and usage of technology-based solutions). Other projects with information technology and effective message construction focus include: social media service failure apologies, online petitions, and online political engagement. Side projects include innovative research methodologies, female-disparaging adverts, and consumer animosity, amongst others. Danae’s recent research has been published in journals such as Journal of Service Research, Journal of Business Ethics, Tourism Management, Annals of Tourism Research, Psychology and Marketing, European Journal of Marketing, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Journal of Business Research, European Management Review, International Business Review, Information Technology and People, Studies in Higher Education, Journal of Marketing Management, Computers in Human Behavior, International Journal of Advertising, Journal of Health Communication, Journal of Marketing Communications, Health Marketing Quarterly, and Multivariate Behavioral Research, amongst others. She often engages in research projects that require collaborations with other disciplines such as medicine, engineering and geography; and her research has been supported by £364,000+ of funding (e.g., CRUK, EPSRC/Innovate UK, RED, and Arrow/ERDF). She also strongly believes in the interplay and interdependence of academia, government, business and society and hence she is often involved in various consultancies (e.g., Harrow Council, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council, RECOUP, Global Action Plan, Texas Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalition), in line with her research (i.e., effective message construction for behaviour change). Danae is Section Editor for the Journal of Business Ethics (section: Marketing Ethics; FT50 journal), and Associate Editor (AE) for Business and Society and the Journal of Current Issues and Research in Advertising, while in the past she was AE for the Journal of Marketing Management (2017-21). She is also currently on the Editorial Review Boards of: Technological Forecasting & Social Change, and Journal of Marketing Management; with guest editor experience across multiple top journals. Danae also has experience as: funding reviewer for Cancer Research UK (2015-19); and track chair for the Academy of Marketing Science World Marketing Congress Conference in 2023, the Transformative Consumer Research Conference in 2021, and the European Social Marketing Association Conference in 2016.
Dr Alaa Marshan Dr Alaa Marshan
Lecturer (Academic Education) - Computer Science
Dr Alaa Marshan is a lecturer at the Computer Science Department, where he teaches a variety of topics related to data science, machine learning, high performance computation and business intelligence and integration. He has won multiple awards for his teaching excellence at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. At the research front, his research primarily focus on intelligent data analysis, applications of AI/ML and Natural Language Processing (NLP) to support decision making, explainable AI, information management and improving operational business information systems. Emotion AI, Explainable AI, Sensemaking within organisational settings, Big Data Anlaysis His teaching responsibilities cover: Module leader of CS5710 "High Performance Computation" and Python course Co module leader for CS5603 "Data Visualisation". Tutor for level 2 group project and work placement students Suervising final year and Master's students on their dissertations
Dr Wendy Martin Dr Wendy Martin
Senior Lecturer
Wendy’s research focuses on the social and cultural aspects of ageing. This includes the digital and ageing, the body and embodiment, care and caring, memory and ageing, materiality and rhythms and everyday life. Her research is qualitative and includes the use of visual, material and digital methods in ageing research. Wendy is co-convenor of the interdisciplinary Ageing Studies research group and founding member of the Living Avatars research group within the university. Wendy's research has been supported by a range of funders including the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), The Leverhulme Trust, The Dunhill Medical Trust and National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR). A key dimension of her research is disseminating to a wide and diverse array of audiences and the public engagement of her research can be viewed through photographic exhibitions that have emerged from her research. Wendy is an elected Executive Member of the British Society of Gerontology, Founding and Board member of the interdisciplinary International Network of Socio-Gerontechnology, Co-Convenor of the Ageing, Body and Society study group (British Sociological Association), and is a Member-at-Large for the Executive Board of the Research Committee RC11 Sociology of Ageing of the International Sociological Association. She is Co-Editor of the Routledge Handbook of Cultural Gerontology and is a member of the Editorial Board for the Ageing and Society journal. She has previously served on the Editorial Boards of the Sociological Research Online and Sociology journals. The focus of her teaching is on the MSc Public Health and Health Promotion and has involved leading both the programme and key modules, such as, health and society, research methods and the dissertation. Wendy has extensive experience in curriculum development and is a Recognised Programme Developer within the university. She is an experienced supervisor for doctoral researchers and has acted as an internal and external examiner for PhDs. Some of the key roles that Wendy has undertaken within the university include Programme Leader, MSc Public Health and Health Promotion, Recognised Programme Developer that resulted in internal and external validation of new programmes across the university, Chair of Board of Studies, Chair of Exam Boards and Panels, Department Ethics Officer and as Vice Chancellor Representative for Misconduct. Qualifications: PhD (2008) Department of Sociology, University of Warwick. ESRC funded. Thesis ‘Embodying ‘active’ ageing: health, bodies and emotions in later life’. MA (with distinction) in Sociological Research in Health Care. University of Warwick (1999). ESRC funded. BSc (First Class Honours) Sociology and Anthropology. Oxford Brookes University (1997) Registered General Nurse. St. Mary’s Hospital, London (1986) Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice. University of Reading (2011)
Dr Kathy Mcgrath Dr Kathy Mcgrath
Senior Lecturer
Kathy McGrath is a Senior Lecturer in Information Systems at Brunel University London. She started her career as an IT practitioner in the leisure industry and went on to hold a full spectrum of systems development and project management roles. For eight years, she worked as an IT consultant in the financial sector, where she carried out assignments ranging from feasibility studies and project evaluations to project management of systems development teams. During this time, Kathy worked for several of London’s leading financial institutions and major insurance companies. Prior to joining Brunel, Kathy was a Senior Lecturer at University College Northampton and an occasional teacher at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Kathy has held external examiner posts for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at the LSE, University of East Anglia and Westminster Business School. She was also a Senior Associate Editor for the European Journal of Information Systems from 2009 to 2018. Ethics and governance of the use of algorithmic decision making CS5767 Research Methods in Information Systems and Computing CS5705/CS5805 Ethics and Governance of Digital Systems CS5500 Masters Dissertation
Dr Hongying Meng Dr Hongying Meng
Dr Hongying Meng is a Reader with Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences, Brunel University London. Before that, he held research positions in several UK universities including University College London (UCL), University of York, University of Southampton, University of Lincoln, and University of Dundee. He received his Ph.D. degree in Communication and Electronic Systems from Xi’an Jiaotong University and was a lecturer in Electronic Engineering Department of Tsinghua University, Beijing in China. He is a Member of Engineering Professors’ Council, and a Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (HEA) in UK. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology (TCSVT) and IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems (IEEE TCDS), and a general chair for 16th International Conference on Natural Computation, Fuzzy Systems and Knowledge Discovery (ICNC-FSKD 2020). Digital Signal Processing: wavelet transform; digital filtering; statistical signal processing; audio signal processing; mechanical signal processing (fault detection), biomedical signal processing (e.g. ECG, EEG, EMG, GSR); real-time signal processing. Machine Learning: 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), Generative Adversarial Network (GAN), multi-label classification; statistical learning theory; multi-score learning, multiple classifier system, decision fusion, data mining, regression, spiking neural networks, neuromorphic computing. Human Computer Interaction: affective computing; emotional states recognition; facial expression analysis; multi-model interaction; movement modelling; gesture recognition, ubiquitous and pervasive computing; robot; self-driving car, 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, Holoscopic imaging; autonomous driving systems. 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). Digital Systems and Microprocessors (FHEQ Level 4) Electronic Engineering Workshop (FHEQ Level 4) Computer Architecture and Interfacing (FHEQ Level 5) Engineering Group Design Project (FHEQ Level 5) Advanced Embedded Systems Design (FHEQ Level 7, MEng & MSc)
Dr Amir Mohagheghi Dr Amir Mohagheghi
Senior Lecturer in Biomechanics
Qualifications PhD – Motor Control & Learning – Otago University, New Zealand (1999) MSc – Physiotherapy – Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran (1994) BSc – Physiotherapy – Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Iran (1987) Employment Brunel University London (2009 – present) University College London (2007 – 2009) Manchester Metropolitan University (2004 – 2007) SP2701 – Biomechanics of Human Movement SP2555 – Work Placement SP5513 – Laboratory Techniques in Physiology and Biomechanics
Dr Sushmita Mohapatra Dr Sushmita Mohapatra
HP Lecturer - Health Studies & Community Health
Dr Mohapatra is a specialist Occupational therapist with expertise in Stroke and Neuro rehabilitation. She is a Fellow in HEA; her Doctorate was funded by the LifeCycle-3 from University of Nottingham and focused on recovery and rehabilitation of survivors of severe disabilities after stroke, including decision making for rehabilitation care provision and carergiver's experience. Sushmita joined Brunel University in 2019 as a Lecturer in the College of Health and Life Sciences. Previous to Brunel, she was a Clinical lead Therapist at Kings College Hospital, London and a Specialist Advisor for Care Quality Commission. She has experience in leading multi disciplinary rehabilitation care pathways, working across a broad range of complex neurological conditions within hospital, community and out patient setting both in public and private sectors. Sushmita is passionate about improving health care through innovative research and her area of research interest include mixed methods participatory design, co-design, user-centered design fousing on incorporating service users’ perspective to develop innovative clinical practice solutions in stroke and neurological rehabilitation. Recovery and rehabilitation of severe disability Upper limb rehabilitation Improving service delivery
Dr Arthur Money Dr Arthur Money
Dr Arthur G. Money is a Reader in the Department of Computer Science at Brunel University London, where he also received his MSc in Distributed Information Systems with distinction in 2001 and PhD in Multimedia Computing in 2007. Prior to embarking on a fully funded EPSRC PhD scholarship in 2004, he worked for Oracle UK Ltd as an e-Business Technology Consultant. Dr Money’s research focuses on the user-centred design, development and evaluation of multimedia computing systems and the effective deployment of these systems with users who have complex needs spanning a range of domains including older adults, healthcare, education, and defence. Module leader: CS1004 Information Systems and Organisations, Teaching Contributor: CS1701, Supervisor: CS1701 Level 1 Group Project Project, Supervisor: CS3072 & CS3074 Department of Computer Science Projects
Dr Paul Moody Dr Paul Moody
Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications
Paul is a Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications, with research interests in British cinema history, Hollywood and US cultural diplomacy, emerging digital media, and the horror film. He is also a digital media practitioner whose work has won awards at international festivals. Paul's most recent monograph, EMI Films and the Limits of British Cinema (2018), develops the first historical analysis of the largest British film company of the 1970s, EMI Films. The book argues that EMI’s amorphous nature as a ‘transnational’ film company problematizes traditional approaches to the creation of cultural ‘canons’ and the definition of ‘national culture’, with one reviewer commenting that it makes a ‘very significant contribution not only to British cinema history but also to British cultural history in general’. Paul's work on the company’s output is an ongoing research interest and currently, he is developing a project with the British Film Institute on the career of EMI Films’ first Head of Production, Bryan Forbes, analysing his work as part of a wider examination of how polymathic artists can be interpreted by cultural historians. Paul's other current research interest focuses on the connections between Hollywood and the U.S. Department of State's global network of embassies. His work in this field has been published in Media, Culture and Society and the International Journal of Communication, and he is completing a monograph on this topic provisionally titled The US Embassy-Hollywood Complex. In this book, Paul employs archival records from the US State Department to question existing theories of globalization which present state sovereignty in decline vis-à-vis ‘globalizing’ media companies. He argues that instead, these examples show how the US government has supported Hollywood’s global economic interests using a variety of strategies and tactics, problematizing attempts to explain Hollywood’s cultural dominance solely as a product of its wide public appeal or as a result of laissez-faire economic policy. Paul' research interests include British cinema history, Hollywood and US cultural diplomacy, emerging digital media, and the horror film. British Cinema History: Paul's most recent monograph, EMI Films and the Limits of British Cinema (2018), develops the first historical analysis of the largest British film company of the 1970s, EMI Films. This is part of an ongoing project into the history of EMI Films, which has also resulted in Paul editing a special issue of the Journal of British Cinema and Television on the company, and producing a video essay on Verity Lambert, EMI Film's last Head of Production. He is currently developing a project with the British Film Institute on the career of EMI Films’ first Head of Production, Bryan Forbes, analysing his work as part of a wider examination of how polymathic artists can be interpreted by cultural historians. Hollywood and US Cultural Diplomacy: Paul has published widely on the connections between Hollywood and the U.S. Department of State, in journals such as Media, Culture and Society and the International Journal of Communication. Currently, he is completing a monograph on this topic provisionally titled The US Embassy-Hollywood Complex. In this book, Paul employs archival records from the US State Department to question existing theories of globalization which present state sovereignty in decline vis-à-vis ‘globalizing’ media companies. Paul's interests in emerging digital media can be seen in his publications on 360° VR films and in work he is developing on the conections between the history of CGI and the 'deepfake'. His work on the horror film includes articles on the filmmaker David Cronenberg and work on early British horror for the BFI's Screenonline. Paul's teaching experience includes a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses across the film and media disciplines, including modules which focus on digital media practice. He is the module leader for CO1600 Media Production I: Non-Fiction, in which students analyse and produce a range of digital media, including video essays and short documentary films. He also leads CO2601 Media Production II: Fiction, in which students are introduced to screenwriting and the production of a short fiction film. Paul also teaches on SO1700 Making Sense of Culture and Society: Issues I, in which his lectures focus on disruptive emerging digital media, including the phenomenon of the 'deepfake' and the ethics of online privacy. In additon to this, he has established several extra-curricular projects that involved students working with media industry figures on funded short films and pioneered the development of an online interactive module for undergraduates on the principles of fiction filmmaking. Paul supervises dissertation students at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, and was part of the project team which led the development of a new practice pathway on the MSc Media and Communications, launching in 2022.
Professor Asoke Nandi Professor Asoke Nandi
Professor - Electronic & Computer Engineering
In April 2013, Professor Nandi moved to Brunel University London to become the Head of Electronic and Computer Engineering from the University of Liverpool where he held the David Jardine Chair of Signal Processing in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics. At Liverpool he was the Head of the Signal Processing and Communications Research Group which he established in 1999. Professor Nandi received his PhD from the University of Cambridge. Subsequently, he held positions in Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, CERN, Queen Mary University of London, the University of Oxford, Imperial College London, University of Strathclyde, and the University of Liverpool. Professor Nandi has published over 250 papers in refereed international journals (total: 600 technical papers) with an h-index of 80 (all citation figures are from Google Scholar) and the ERDOS number of 2. He co-discovered the three particles known as W+, W-, and Z0 - three of the four quanta of the electroweak force. This discovery verified the unification of the electromagnetic force and the nuclear weak force. In its recognition the 1984 Nobel Prize for Physics was awarded to his two leaders for their decisive role in this project. He has made pioneering theoretical and applied contributions to statistical signal processing, wireless communications, machine learning, and biomedical signal processing, image processing, genomic signal processing, brain signal processing, and Big Data. Professor Nandi is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering as well as seven other institutions. He was an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer (EMBS, 2018-2019)
Dr Rumyana Neykova Dr Rumyana Neykova
Senior Lecturer in Computer Science
Dr Rumyana Neykova is a lecturer at Brunel University London. She has a PhD from Imperial College London where she was also a fellow and a research associate. Her PhD focuses on development and applications of a type theory (called session types) for runtime verification of concurrent and distributed systems. Her body of work builds on the foundations of concurrency theory and type systems to offer practical, yet rigorous, verification techniques for distributed systems. She utilises type systems, formal methods, model checkers, compiling techniques, and code generation to help prevent communication faults (such as deadlocks and communication mismatches), increase software reliability, improve performance, assist the software development process, and enhance software understanding. I am teaching on the following modules: Year 1: CS1005 Logic and Computation Year 2: CS2002 Software Developement and Management Year 3: CS3001 Advanced Topics in Computer Science I am supervising Final Year Undergraduate Project, as well as MSc Dissertations Teaching and Industry: I am advisor on Brunel Talent Marketplace, where I am supervising projects between students and Industry.
Dr Pamela Nika Dr Pamela Nika
Senior Lecturer in Corporate Finance Law
Pamela Nika is a Lecturer in corporate and finance law at Brunel University. She has recently obtained her PhD from the University of Reading. Her thesis titled ‘ECB Monetary Policy and Supervisory Powers: Competing Objectives and Policy Conflicts,’ critically assessed the role of European Central Bank in light of banking union and the centralisation of banking supervision at European Union level. Pamela also holds an LLM in International Commercial Law, with specialisation in Banking and Finance from City University London and a BA in Law from the University of Athens. Prior to joining Brunel, Pamela worked for the University of Reading and the University of Essex Online, where she has contributed in a number of LLM Modules. Pamela was also admitted to Athens Bar Association and practised law in areas such as commercial law, banking law and international transactions. banking law, financial regulation, fintech, digital currencies Teaching Banking Law Theory of Financial Regulation Practice of Financial Regulation
Dr Emma Norris Dr Emma Norris
Senior Lecturer in Public Health
Dr Emma Norris is a Senior Lecturer in Public Health, within the Department of Health Sciences and Co-Chair of the Health Behaviour Change Research Group. Dr Norris is a researcher in behaviour change and health psychology, exploring evidence synthesis of behaviour change interventions, as well as development and assessment of physical activity, smoking cessation and digital interventions. Before joining Brunel, Dr Norris was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Behaviour Change at University College London working on the Human Behaviour-Change Project: synthesising published literature on behaviour change using machine learning and Artificial Intelligence. Dr Norris' PhD tested Virtual Field Trips as physically active lesson interventions for primary-school children. Dr Norris is also an advocate for Open Science. She established and Chairs Brunel's Open Research Working Group and is Brunel's UK Reproducibility Network (UKRN) Local Network Lead. She is also interested in designing behaviour change interventions to facilitate Open Science behaviours in researchers. Dr Norris is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). She is Co-Chair of the European Health Psychology Society’s Open Science Special Interest Group. Emma sits on the Editorial Board for BMC Public Health & Cogent Psychology. Follow Dr Norris' research and updates on Twitter: @EJ_Norris Behaviour change, Health psychology, Intervention development, Physical Activity, Evidence synthesis, Ontologies, Open Science, Meta-Science
Dr Alexander Nowicky Dr Alexander Nowicky
Honorary Senior Research Fellow - Health Sciences
Honorary Senior Research Fellow ( Sept 2021)
Dr Billur Ozgul Dr Billur Ozgul
Lecturer in Political Communications
I joined the School of Social and Political Sciences as a Lecturer in Political Communications in August 2019. Prior to that, I was a Lecturer in Politics in the Faculty of Media and Communication at Bournemouth University. My research interests lie in the fields of media and politics with a particular focus on digital media, political participation and the Middle East. Having completed my PhD in Politics at Royal Holloway, University of London, I undertook research in a broad range of fields, such as the role of information communication technologies (ICTs) in periods of protest, comparative political analysis of digitally mediated movements, and social, political and cultural impact of ICTs. My first monograph, Leading protests in the digital age: Youth activism in Egypt and Syria, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2019. Since 2012, I have had an established record of working as a researcher on multi-disciplinary research projects with Royal Holloway, Open University and Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University. I have also experience working with industry, carried out social media research with the BBC World Service and British Council exploring how social media users around the world responded to their programmes (For further information please see: I work on the British Academy project on vaccine-hesitant minority communities and investigate social, cultural, and political factors underlying vaccine hesitant beliefs and ideas amongst minoritised communities in the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States of America (US). For further information please see: L7 Political Communication Module (Convenor) L5 Journalism, Politics and Power (Convenor) L7 Researching Social and Political Sciences (Convenor) L6 Journalism and Sociology/Communication Dissertation Convenor
Dr Alessandro Pandini Dr Alessandro Pandini
Senior Lecturer in Computer Science
My research activity focuses on the development and application of computational methods to study protein dynamics and its role in protein-ligand binding, protein-protein interactions, and protein design. I obtained my PhD in Computational Chemistry at the University of Milan-Bicocca under the supervision of Prof. Laura Bonati. As part of her research group I contributed to the unveil the molecular mechanism of toxic response mediated by binding of dioxins to the Aryl hydrocarbon Receptor. In 2008 I was awarded a Marie Curie Inter European Fellowship to work at the MRC National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) under the supervision of Dr. Willie R. Taylor and Dr. Jens Kleinjung. From 2011 to 2014 he was a BBSRC-funded postdoctoral research assistant in the group of Prof. Franca Fraternali at King’s College London working on methods to investigate allosteric regulation, and to analyse protein-protein interaction interfaces and networks. During my career I developed and applied novel approaches combining structural bioinformatics and molecular simulation to address challenging biological questions, especially in relation to protein function, allosteric regulation and drug design. I introduced novel points of view in the definition of the limits and potential of molecular docking on theoretical models and in the use of molecular dynamics for drug design and medicinal chemistry. In particular, I developed an innovative computational method to detect local functional motions and to describe allosteric transmission in protein structures. Most recently, in collaboration with Dr. Arianna Fornili (QMUL), I contributed to the development of a novel strategy for biasing the sampling of local states to drive the global conformational transitions in proteins. In collaboration with Dr. Shahid Khan (LBNL – Berkeley Lab) and Dr. Willie Taylor, I have contributed to explain the relationships between residue coevolution and molecular dynamics in two bacterial ring assemblies.
Dr Ben Parker Dr Ben Parker
Senior Lecturer in Statistics
Academic with research interests in Design and Analysis of Experiments; Statistics of Networks and related areas.
Dr Francesco De Pascalis Dr Francesco De Pascalis
Senior Lecturer in Financial Law
Dr Francesco De Pascalis joined Brunel Law School in 2017. Before that, he worked as a research fellow at the 'Chair for Law and Finance' held by Professor Kern Alexander at the University of Zurich, which he joined in 2013. He has also taught, as external lecturer, at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS), University of London. He qualified as a Solicitor in Italy in 2008. Dr De Pascalis currently holds external examiner positions at the University of Glasgow-Law School. Dr De Pascalis's research interests include banking and finance law, financial regulation, digital finance and technology, and sustainable finance. his monograph Credit Ratings and Market Over-reliance: An International Legal Analysis (Brill-Nijoff 2017) is the first book analysing, from a legal perspective, the phenomenon of ivestors' over-reliance on external credit ratings and providing a critical assessment of the post-crisis regulatory strategies to tackle the phenomenon in question. At present, Dr De Pascalis is working on two book projects: Open Banking: Global Development and Regulation (forthcoming Routledge 2023) in co-authorship with Dr Monomita Nandy (Brunel Business School) and Dr Alan Brener (UCL), which will be part of the Routledge International Studies in Money and Banking series'; and Principles of Law and Finance (forthcoming Edward Elgar 2026). Dr De Pascalis has presented his research and delivered workshops/masterclasses in the UK and abroad (inter alia Norway, The Netherlands, Belgium). He is member of the editorial board of top academic journal such as Law and Financial Markets Review (Taylor and Francis). His research ahs been published in established academic journals such as the International and Comparative Corporate Law Journal, European Business Law Review, Capital Markets Law Journal, European Journal of Law Reforms, Business Law Review, King's Law Journal, and in edited collections. He served three years (2019-2021) as co-convener of the UK Society of Legal Scholars (SLS) Banking and Financial Services Law Section. He is also Fellow of the Society of Advanced Legal Studies, Fellow of the European Law Institute, and Honorary Fellow of the Asian Institute of International Financial Law (AIIFL) University of Hong Kong. Dr De Pascalis is member of the Centre for AI: Social and Digital Innovation (Brunel University), the Research Centre for Law, Economics and Finance (Brunel University) and of the Research Network on Sustainable Finance (University of Zurich). At Brunel Law School he teaches the following courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels: Banking Law, Theory of International Financial Regulation (module leader), Practice of International Financial Regulation, Banking and Technology Law). Qualifications: Fellow of Higher Education Academy PHD, IALS University of London LLM in Banking and Finance Law, Queen Mary university of London Master's degree in Advanced Studies of EU and Transnational Law, University of Trento (Italy) LLB, University of Parma (Italy) Registered lawyer (Verona Bar Association) Francesco's research interests are in the areas of Banking and Finance. He is author of the book Credit Ratings and Market Over-reliance: An International Legal Analysis (Brill-Nijhoff 2017) as well as a range of articles in leading academic journals. Banking Law EU Law Theory of International Financial Regulation Practice of International Financial Regulation Banking and Tech Law
Dr Annette Payne Dr Annette Payne
Having gained a PhD in 1992 in Molecular Biology from the Royal Postgraduate Medical College, University of London I undertook two post doctorial positions; the first at the National Heart and Lung Institute, University of London researching the molecular biology of atherosclerosis, the second at The Institute of Ophthalmology, University of London researching the molecular genetics of retinal diseases, before joining Brunel University London Dept. of Bioscience in 2000. I have since transferred to the Department of Computer Science as my interest in computational biology grew. I have now additional research interests in technology and computer assisted learning, and the use of technology to monitor and manage medical conditions. I have over 100 peer reviewed publications many of them can be found on my Research Gate profile at These publications highly cited over 2000 times by other researchers (RG score of over 35 most months, and a ISI h-index of 31). I a Research Interest Score that is higher than 92% of researchers in my field. Disciplines Data Mining Human-computer Interaction Computing in Mathematics, Natural Science, Engineering and Medicine Bioinformatics Molecular Biology Systems Biology Skills and expertise Human Genetics Next Generation Sequencing Gene Expression Genomics Transcriptomics E-Learning Blended Learning TEL Synthetic Biology Bioinformatics and Computational Biology As well as supervising PhD students in my areas of interest I teach the following modules: Ethics and Governance Data and Information Management Group projects Dissertations
Professor Mark Perry Professor Mark Perry
Interdisciplinary ‘user studies’ researcher, focused on human-computer interaction and computer supported co-operative work. Extensive experience managing research projects, investigating and designing mobile, ubiquitous, distributed and collaborative technologies from a user-centred perspective. Leading research projects as Principal and Co-investigator Investigator. Experienced educator in Computer Science, teaching across a range of topics and ability levels for over 25 years, and contributor to QAA Subject Benchmark Statement for Computing (2022). Research community building, including reviewing and committee work, ACM CHI Associate Chair 2007, 2009, 2012-14, Subcommittee Chair 2010 and 2015, and Technical Programme Chair, 2018. ACM SIGCHI Executive Committee member (2019-21). Senior committee member, MobileHCI 2012. Senior member of the ACM. Previous holder of the Royal Society Kan Tong Po International Fellowship (2018). Specific research interests in the design and use of financial services, video and digital media, shared displays, collaborative and social media, domestic, and mobile technology to support creativity, playfulness, innovation and collaboration. Recent interests in interactions with blockchain, financial services, fintech, digital money, cryptocurrencies, digital assets, DeFi, electronic payments and alternative currencies. Leading taught modules Usability Engineering (CS2003) Supporting taught modules Social Media (CS3608) Level 5 (year 2) projects Level 6 (Final Year) Projects PhD training seminars Advanced IS and Computing (level 3 course)
Mr Pedro Afonso Branco Ramos Pinto Mr Pedro Afonso Branco Ramos Pinto
Lecturer (Education) in Film Production
I am an award-winning filmmaker and anthropologist working at the intersection of artistic craftsmanship, social science scholarship, and political advocacy. My filmography spans over a decade and comprises a dozen documentaries, of which two are recipients of the Pierre Verger Prize, the most prestigious award in Brazilian visual anthropology. Please feel free to speak or write to me in English, French, Portuguese, or Spanish. Materials, body, and technique in the craft of film editing; Myths, morals, and metaphors at the service of sustainable futures; Experimental documentary practices.
Dr Ioana Pisica Dr Ioana Pisica
Reader in Power Systems
Dr Ioana Pisica was appointed as a Lecturer in Power Systems within the Brunel Institute of Power Systems (BIPS) in March 2014. She joined Brunel from University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania in March 2011 as a research fellow within BIPS in order to work on the EPSRC funded project Advanced Dynamic Energy Pricing and Tariffs (ADEPT) - EP/I000119/1. She received her MSc in Information Systems from the Academy of Economic Studies from Bucharest and her PhD from University Politehnica of Bucharest. Module leader: EE2603: Electrical Engineering and Sustainability EE5617: Applied Sensors, Instrumentation and Control Modules taught: EE3605: Renewable Energy in Power Systems EE5518: Energy Economics and Power Markets EE5522/EE5544: Power systems operation and management EE5520/EE5343 Power System Analysis and Security EE5524/EE5124 Sustainable Power Generation EE5521/EE5121 Power System Stability and Control
Dr Mellissa Prunty Dr Mellissa Prunty
Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy
Mellissa is the Divisional Lead for Occupational Therapy. She is a children's Occupational Therapist by background. She qualified from the MSc (pre-reg) programme at Glasgow Caledonian University in 2010. She previously completed a BSc (Hons) in Kinesiology at Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada, while on athletic scholarship for women’s basketball. She completed her PhD on handwriting difficulties in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), which she undertook at Oxford Brookes University under the supervision of Prof. Anna Barnett, Dr. Mandy Plumb and Dr. Kate Wilmut. Mellissa has worked in a variety of childrens' services and specialises in working with children with coordination difficulties. She founded the children's occupational therapy research clinic at the university which investigates key skills and participation in childhood including handwriting, activities of daily living and cycling. The clinic currently offers placements to occupaitonal therapy students at the university. Separate to this Mellissa co-led the development of wheelchair basketball and disability sport on campus. She has organised a series of inter-professional training days for health care students and has incorporated wheelchair basketball into the occupational therapy curriculum. The wheelchair basketball project has now expanded into the local community and a new club for children and adults is now underway (Brunel Bulls). Mellissa joined Brunel University London as a Lecturer in October 2013.
Dr Cigdem Sengul Dr Cigdem Sengul
Reader in Computer Science
Cigdem has more than ten years of experience in research and development in mobile and wireless networks in both academia and industry. She has been working on standards for building privacy and trust in the Internet of Things during her time at Nominet as a Senior Researcher (2015-2019). Between 2012-2015, she worked as a Senior Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University, where she lectured and conducted research on wireless and mobile networks, with a particular focus on energy and interference efficiency, and Internet of Robotic Things. From 2008-2012, she was with Telekom Innovation Labs (the main research unit of Deutsche Telekom) as a Senior Research Scientist leading projects on Wireless Mesh Networks. Her work has been published in more than 50 journal and conference publications. She is a Fulbright, Department of Computer Science, UIUC and Vodafone fellow. Cigdem is a passionate advocate of increasing diversity awareness in computing. She is the Communication Co-Chair of ACM Women. Between 2019-2022, she was the Communication and Outreach Chair of ACM Women-Europe. She collaborates with the Micro:bit Educational Foundation to support their mission of teaching coding to school children. She is the co-author of the Networking with the Micro:bit book. While we think the Internet mostly composed of traditional computers and networks, this view cannot withstand the evolution of technologies such as the Internet of Things. Internet of Things (IoT) refers to a "system of interconnections between digital technologies and physical objects that enable (traditionally mundane) objects to exhibit computing properties and interact with another with or without human intervention." As IoT, interactive technologies such as augmented reality, and personalised digital experience with, e.g. wearable devices mature, we will have more "ambient computing" with tight integration between humans and technology. Complemented with advances in machine learning and artificial intelligence, these systems will have a powerful impact on society. Internet-based technologies have been transformational creating value and enabling progress in many ways, but it is important to acknowledge the potential of real harms if the rights and safety of people are not protected. Therefore, my research is on trustworthy systems which provide higher degrees of trust for service providers and their users by improving the transparency, accountability, and controllability of the Internet at the network and applications level. The goal is to create systems that are not a "black box" to their users, but systems with transparency, accountability, and controllability properties. Creating trustworthy systems requires solving a wide range of cross-disciplinary challenges, for instance in the fields of digital ethics, privacy-enhancing technologies, computer systems, networks and their security, business and education. My main areas of work focus on:- Internet of Things: From Device to Edge, and Cloud- Security, Privacy and Trust by Design- Citizen-centricity and citizen-driven solutions for smart systems- Real experimentation, deployments, open platforms I am the module leader for CS2001 - Year 2 Project. I also supervise FYP Projects. If you would like to do an FYP project with me, here are my interests informed my teaching, research and service. My research area is on the Internet of Things, with an emphasis on privacy and security. Lately, I’ve been contributing to the standardisation efforts in access control for constrained environments in the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force). I also work on physical computing for teaching networking, e.g. with BBC micro:bits. Finally, I am the Athena SWAN chair, and equality and diversity champion and would be interested in exploring computing projects that aim to improve diversity. I would be interested in supervising projects with any of the following elements: Security in IoT Data protection and privacy especially in IoT Physical-computing for computer science education. Networks simulation, and data analysis Example project ideas Privacy and Data Protection Automatic user privacy policy generation based on user consent Scenario exploration games to learn from user privacy sensitivities in smart homes (something like Education with Physical Computing Radio-based games for networking or AI education with BBC micro:bits IoT, Computer Networks and Security The implementation of encrypted publish-subscribe group communication as described in the IETF ACE Pub-Sub profile Securing MQTT for Sensor Networks (MQTT-SN) based on the IETF ACE (Authentication and Authorization in Constrained Environments) framework Diversity Analysis of Gender Diversity in Wikipedia using data pulled from WikiMedia API. Happy to talk to students about their own ideas.
Professor Martin Shepperd Professor Martin Shepperd
Professor - Software Tech & Modelling
Martin Shepperd received a PhD in computer science from the Open University in 1991 for his work in measurement theory, many sorted algebras and their application to empirical software engineering. He was seconded to the Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology. Presently he is Head of Department and holds the chair of Software Technology and Modelling at Brunel University London, UK. He has published more than 150 refereed papers and three books in the areas of software engineering and machine learning. He is a fellow of the British Computer Society. Previously Martin has worked as a software developer for HSBC. Introductory data science (CS5702 Modern Data) to the MSc students and Research methods to the doctoral students (CS5767).
Dr Ace Simpson Dr Ace Simpson
Professor - HRM-OB
I am a member of the Oganizations and People Division within Brunel Business School and Research Advisor to the Center for Positive Organizations, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. Prior to joining Brunel I was Senior Lecturer in Organizational Behaviour at UTS Business School, University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Australia. My primary area of research is compassion in organizations, which has relevance to Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour. My professional mission is to help create more compassionate workplaces where people feel understood, respected and supported by their coworkers - leading to greater employee satisfaction, fulfillment and wellbeing. I try to achieve this objective through my teaching, research and work with industry partners. I am co-author of the textbook titled Positive Organizational Behavior (Routledge, 2020). In addition to publishing research findings on organizational compassion I have also investigated topics such as humble leadership, power, love, management education, innovation and organizational paradoxes. My research has been published in top academic journals such as the Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management, British Journal of Management, and Journal of Business Ethics. My industry engagement has included working with an Australian health district with six hospitals and 14,000 staff to address bullying issues by enhancing their organizational compassion capabilities. To this end I have worked with colleagues to develop a measure of organizational compassion, the NEAR Organizational Compassion Scale. I have a keen interest in human well-being, flourishing and social justice, and my research is concerned with positive organizational practices such as humility, psychological safety, paradox transcendence, and love. My teaching activities are in the following areas: Postgraduate: MG5577 International and Comparative Human Resource Management - Module Leader Undergraduate: MG3119 Issues and Controversies in Management - Module Leader My office hours (by appointment) are: Thurs 12:30-2:30, Fri 12:30-1:30 pm. Students can make an appointment to meet me using the following link: Book time with Ace Simpson (Staff)
Dr David Smith Dr David Smith
Associate Dean (SE) / Reader
I initially came to Brunel in 2004 as a research associate responsible for developing and testing imaging and spectroscopy detectors for use in space before being appointed as a lecturer in 2006. I currently work in the Sensors and Instrumentation Research Group carrying out radiation testing and characterisation of solid-state imaging and spectroscopy sensors and developing new dosimetry techniques for space and terrestrial applications. I have been involved with undergraduate and postgraduate teaching throughout my time at Brunel and I have developed and taught courses on different aspects of physics, sensors and instrumentation, computer programming and analogue electronics. Current teaching: BE1610 – Engineering Systems and Energy I BE1611 – Engineering Systems and Energy II EE5566 / EE5656 – Advanced Analogue Electronics and Photonics EE5625 / EE5655 – Engineering Ethics and Sustainability EE5626 – AEEE Group Project Past teaching: BE1706 / BE1603 – Engineering Systems and Energy EE1624 – Electronics Principles EE1061 – Devices and Circuits EE1070 – Introduction to Programming in Java EE5609 / EE5651 – Analogue Integrated Circuit Design EE5617 – Applied Sensors Instrumentation and Control EE5618 – AEEE Group Project DM1313 – Creative Engineering Practice ME0005 – Foundations of Physics EE1068 / EE1085 – Electronic and Computer Engineering Workshops Level 1 Multi-Disciplinary Project (MDP) Coordinator University of Glasgow invited lecturer on the international Space Mission Analysis and Design MSc programme
Dr Fotios Spyridonis Dr Fotios Spyridonis
Lecturer in Computer Science
Fotis is a Lecturer in Computer Science focusing on Interactive Multimedia and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). Serious Games and Gamification Digital Accessibility Applications of Extended Reality (XR) Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Digital Health CS5604 - Digital Design Methodologies (Module Leader) CS2001 - Year 2 Group Project CS2555 - Work Placement CS3072/3605 - Computer Science/Business Computing Final-Year Project CS1703 - Data and Information
Dr Stephen Swift Dr Stephen Swift
Dr. Stephen Swift is a Research Lecturer in the School of Information Systems, Computing and Mathematics at Brunel University London. He received a B.Sc. degree in Mathematics and Computing from the University of Kent, Canterbury, U.K., an M.Sc. in Artificial Intelligence from Cranfield University, Cranfield, U.K. and a Ph.D. degree in Intelligent Data Analysis from Birkbeck College, University of London, London, U.K. He has four years post-doctoral research experience on an EPSRC funded project entitled “Modelling Short Multivariate Time Series” (involving Moorfields Eye Hospital) GR/M94120) and a BBSRC funded project entitled “Analysing Virus Gene Expression Data to understand Regulatory Interactions” (BIO14300) in collaboration with the Departments of Virology and Biochemistry at University College London and the School of Computer Science and Information Systems, Birkbeck College. He has also spent four years in industry as a web designer, programmer and technical architect.
Professor Simon Taylor Professor Simon Taylor
Vice Dean Research/Professor
imon J E Taylor is a Professor of Computer Science specialising in Modelling & Simulation and Digital Infrastructures. He has made many contributions to manufacturing, health care and international development. He has worked with international consortia (in particular UNICT, WACREN and the UBUNTUNET ALLIANCE) to contribute to the development of National Research and Education Networks in Africa that has impacted over 3 million students and 300 universities. He has also worked with international consortia (in particular Saker Solutions, the University of Westminster, SZTAKI and CloudSME UG) to develop high performance simulation systems that are being used by over 30 European SMEs and large-scale enterprises such as the Ford Motor Company and Sellafield PLC. He continues to work closely with industry - his work has led to over £30M of savings and new products in industry. He also contributes to the development of Open Science principles and practice for Africa and for Modelling & Simulation as a field. He has led modules in distributed computing in the Department of Computer Science for many years with high module evaluations scores and is an enthusiastic teacher. He has also led the development of several postgraduate degrees. He has supervised over 20 doctoral students, has examined more than 25 doctoral students from across the world and has managed over 15 research fellows. Professor Taylor co-founded and is a former Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Simulation and the UK Operational Research Society Simulation Workshop Series. He chaired ACM SIGSIM between 2005-2008 and since then has been an active member of the ACM SIGSIM Steering Committee. He is also the General Chair for the 2025 Winter Simulation Conference. He has chaired international standardisation groups under the Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization and has conducted several organisational review panels (e.g., DSTL) and simulation audits. He is currently the executive chair for the annual Simulation Exploration Experience ( and a member of the Computer Simulation Archive steering committee ( He has also chaired several conferences and is the General Chair for the IEEE/ACM 2025 Winter Simulation Conference. Interested in the history of computer simulation? Visit the Computer Simulation Archive hosted by NCSU and hear talks from some of the pioneers in computer simulation. I am strongly interested in Modelling & Simulation and Digital Infrastructures, particularly in the development of high performance simulation infrastructures and services in industry and health care. These are extremely important as it allows users to perform more simulation experimentation and to get deeper insight into their problems. This has openned up a new area of study that is allowing us to develop novel AI-based optimisation techniques for Modelling & Simulation that leverage our high performance simulation infrastructures that we have already deployed in industry (e.g., Ford, Saker Solutions and Sellafield). In parallel with these interests I have been able to work towards the development of digital infrastructures and services in Africa. This has contributed to the rapid development of African National Research and Education Networks and the foundation for African Open Science. This work continues and we are working with African stakeholders to further develop African Open Science and Data Science approaches across the continent. In turn these experiences have enabled me to contribute to Open Science techniques for Modelling & Simulation, as well as Open Science at Brunel. I teach a variety of subjects from Modelling & Simulation to Distributed Computing at Undergraduate, Postgraduate and National levels (e.g. NATCOR). I also support student projects and (unpaid) internships in these areas.
Dr Liliana Teodorescu Dr Liliana Teodorescu
Senior Lecturer
Liliana has joined the Electronic and Computer Engineering Department at Brunel University as a Research Fellow, progressing to a Lecturer and then to the current Senior Lecturer position. She has previously been a Research Fellow at Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN), Pisa, Italy, and a Visiting Researcher at Stanford Linear Accelerator Centre (SLAC), USA, and at Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab), USA. Liliana has a diverse experience acquired participating in international large-scale high and medium energy particle and nuclear physics experiments. She combines physics with computer science/engineering and radiation detection instrumentation both in her research and teaching. She has experience in research supervision both at doctoral and post-doctoral level. Liliana served the scientific community by organising high-profile international events at Brunel University such as the 14th International Workshop on Advanced Computing and Analysis Techniques in Physics Research (ACAT), and the 33rd CERN School of Computing. She continues her involvement in these events. Liliana is a Fellow of Higher Education Academy (HEA), and a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). Liliana’s teaching activity comprises a range of subjects which varies in line with the profile of the department of which she is part. It includes both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. At Brunel University, she teaches Software Development/Programming, Software Engineering and Technology, Electronics, Engineering Practice. She has also been the proponent and the coordinator of a Master program on Scientific Computing for High Energy Physics based on the CERN School of Computing she organised at Brunel University. Previously she has taught physics subjects such as Particle Physics, Nuclear Physics, and Automatic Processing of Data in Physics. Academic administrative responsibilities Liliana is currently the departamental Industrial Placement Coordinator. Her role implies organising the student work-placement activities and developing links with industry and other prospective employers. She was previously Chair of Board of Examiners, and UCAS interview coordinator.
Ms Jou Yin Teoh Ms Jou Yin Teoh
Senior Lecturer (Education) in Occupational Therapy
My teaching, research and graduate student supervision is focused on advancing social justice, equity, diversity and inclusion in global healthcare workforce education and development. I am a recipient of the 2022 Council of Deans of Health Fellowship and was awarded BUL's highest accolades for exceptional contribution to teaching and student experience in 2020 / 2021: the Ken Darby-Dowman Memorial Prize as well as highest score for the Brunel Union of Students Student-Led Awards. Prior to my current appointment with the Occupational Therapy Division (also known as the London School of Occupational Therapy, est. 1934) at Brunel University London (BUL); I worked at Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan University College as a Lecturer and Professional Lead of Occupational Therapy - the first woman of minoritized ethnoreligious background to hold this position in the history of Malaysian Higher Education. Pre-academia, I was an occupational therapy entrepreneur with a special interest in social innovation for public health in the Global South; particularly in the integration of digital and community-centred approaches to build and run systems that contribute towards addressing disparities that affect health and well-being. I am an editorial board member for the following peer-reviewed academic journals: the Phillipine Journal of Allied Health Sciences, Neuroscience Research Notes and Sports & Health Research Notes. I am also a Member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Advance HE). My PhD titled The Hidden Curriculum of Occupational Therapy Education is pending completion, funded by BUL and the Elizabeth Casson Trust, and supported by the supervisory committee of Dr Sofia Barbosa Bouças (Division of Psychology), Dr Geeta Ludhra (Dept of Education), Dr Michael Iwama (Duke University, USA), and Dr Terry Roberts (Division of Bioscienes).
Dr Allan Tucker Dr Allan Tucker
Allan Tucker is Reader in the Department of Computer Science where he heads the Intelligent Data Analysis Group consisting of 17 academic staff, 15 PhD students and 4 post-docs. He has been researching Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics for 21 years and has published 120 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers on data modelling and analysis. His research work includes long-term projects with Moorfields Eye Hospital where he has been developing pseudo-time models of eye disease (EPSRC - £320k) and with DEFRA on modelling fish population dynamics using state space and Bayesian techniques (NERC - £80k). Currently, he has projects with Google, the University of Pavia Italy, the Royal Free Hospital, UCL, Zoological Society of London and the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew. He is academic lead on an Innovate UK, Regulators’ Pioneer Fund (£740k) with the Medical and Health Regulatory Authority on benchmarking AI apps for the NHS. He serves regularly on the PC of the top AI conferences (including IJCAI, AAAI, and ECML) and is on the editorial board for the Journal of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Informatics and Decision Making. He is hosting a special track on "Explainable AI" at the IEEE conference on Computer Based Medical Systems in 2019. He has been widely consulted on the ethical and practical implications of AI in health and medical research by the NHS, and the use of machine learning for modelling fisheries data by numerous government thinktanks and academia. I have designed and led the following modules: Business Intelligence (MSc) - at Brunel (~150 students) and NITH, Oslo (~30 students) for 1 year. Machine Learning (MSc) - at Brunel (~10 students) for 3 years. Logic and Computation (Level 1) - at Brunel (~200 students) for 4 years. Artificial Intelligence option (level 3) - at Brunel (~200 students) for 4 years. High Performance Computational Infrastructures (MSc) - at Brunel (~30 students) for 1 year. Other teaching: • JAVA programming (level 1) - at Brunel (~200 students) for 5 years. • Masters level Statistics course - at Brunel Graduate School (~10 students) for 1 year.
Dr Bin Wang Dr Bin Wang
Bin Wang graduated with BEng (1985) in Solid Mechanics from Xi’an Jiaotong University, MSc (1988) by research in Dynamics and PhD (1991) in Applied Mechanics, both from University of Manchester (formerly UMIST). He had been an academic staff member of Nanyany Technological University (Singapore), Deakin (Australia), Brunel, Manchester and Aberdeen University before returning to Brunel in July 2011. At Brunel he has held roles as the Chairperson of the Board of Study in Mechanical, Aerospace and Automotive Engineering, Year 1 Tutor, Programme Director of MSc Structural Integrity, and now the Vice Dean Internatioanl of the College. Dr Wang’s expertise is in Applied Mechanics, including stress and strain analysis, dynamics and impact mechanics. He also conducts research in reliability and safety analysis with application in energy and medical areas. His research contributed to the British Energy’s R3 document on Impact Assessment of nuclear power plants. Under the title Shooting Cancers, his research also presented at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition (2004). Dr. Wang is also one of the inventors of a patented knee implant which is a leading product in the North American market. Dr. Wang has delivered a wide range of subjects in the subject area of Applied Mechanics at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including Strength of Materials, Vector Calculus, Vibration and Machine Dynamics, Plasticity, Mechanism and Design, Advanced Reliability Analysis, Fracture and Fatigue, etc. Current teaching modules: ME3062/ME3092 FEA, CFD and Design of Engineering Systems MN5561 Computer Aided Design 2
Dr Fang Wang Dr Fang Wang
Senior Lecturer
Dr Fang Wang is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at Brunel University London. She received a PhD in artificial intelligence from the University of Edinburgh and worked as a senior researcher in the research centre of British Telecom (BT) Group, before she joined Brunel University London in 2010. Dr. Wang has published a number of papers in books, journals and conferences and filed a series of patents. Dr. Wang is an established teacher and researcher in computer science and artificial intelligence. Her research interests include nature-inspired computing, agents, intelligent information processing, intelligent distributed computing, cognitive radio networks, e-learning and cloud education, cognitive science and computer vision. She actively participated in a number of EU, EPSRC, BT long term research projects and received several technical awards, including the Gordon Radley Technical Premium Highly Commended award of BT and ACM Best Student Paper Award at the Third International Conference on Autonomous Agents. She is on the editorial boards of several international journals and serves on many program committees. Lectured, administered, tutored and examined courses at undergraduate and MSc levels on topics including Introduction to programming, Algorithms and their applications, Systems in Context, Digital Innovation, level 1 and level 2 group projects and final year projects. Class sizes varied from 8 to 350. Supervised a number of undergraduate and MSc projects.
Professor Zidong Wang Professor Zidong Wang
Professor - Dynamic Systems and Computing
Zidong Wang is a member of Academia Europaea, a Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, an IEEE Fellow and Professor of Computing at Brunel University London, UK. He has research interests in intelligent data analysis, statistical signal processing and dynamic systems & control. He has been named as the Hottest Scientific Researcher in 2012 in the area of Big Data and listed as highly cited researchers in categories of both computer science and engineering in 2015-2020 with an h-index of 139. He is currently serving as the Editor-in-Chief for International Journal of Systems Science, the Editor-in-Chief for Neurocomputing, the Editor-in-Chief for Systems Science and Control Engineering, and Associate Editor for other 12 prestigious journals including 5 IEEE Transactions. His research has been funded by the EU, the Royal Society and the EPSRC. Introduction to Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Data and Information, Construction of Programs, Software Engineering Methods
Dr Faye Wang Dr Faye Wang
Senior Lecturer in Law
Dr Faye Fangfei Wang is Senior Lecturer in law (2011- ) at Brunel Law School (BLS). She is also international fellow at the Centre for Chinese Law at the University of Hong Kong. She has served as convenor of the Society of Legal Scholars (SLS) Cyberlaw Section (2009-2016) in the UK. She has served as Director for Undergraduate Studies; and Director PGR and PhD Programme Leader at the BLS. She has held academic positions such as lecturer, senior lecturer and co-Director for an established IP research centre since 2007 prior to joining the BLS. Dr Wang specialises in cyberlaw, most particularly from the private law perspective, covering the topics of contract law, commercial law, private international law, online dispute resolution, privacy, data protection and digital IP Rights. Her reserach considers how law is challenged by the innovation of technology in both common and civil law systems. Being educated both in law and computer science, she has published five monographs in her relevant research fields. Her recent book, Online Arbitration (Routledge, 2017), examined the legal feasibility of online arbitration in the age of artificial intelligence. Her recent article ‘Online Dispute Resolution Simulation: Shaping the Curriculum for Digital Lawyering’ shared her teaching experience of shaping our students with legal and digital skills. ( Her other article on ‘Legislative Developments in Cybersecurity in the EU’ offered insights into how to achieve the highest levels of cybersecurity. ( Dr Wang is the author of five monographs: Online Arbitration, Informa Law, 2018; Law of Electronic Commercial Transactions, Routledge, 2nd Edition, 2014; Internet Jurisdiction and Choice of Law, Cambridge University Press, 2010; Law of Electronic Commercial Transactions, Routledge, 2010; and Online Dispute Resolution, Chandos publishing, 2008. Qualifications: LLB Law, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS), China Diploma in Computer Science & Application, GDUFS LLM Commercial Law, University of Aberdeen PhD Law, University of Southampton Contract Law; International Commercial Arbitration; Internet Law; Tort Law; European Intellectual Property Law
Dr Mingfeng Wang Dr Mingfeng Wang
Lecturer in Robotics and Autonomous Systems
Academic Career Lecturer, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Brunel University London, 2021 - present. Research Fellow, Rolls-Royce UTC in Manufacturing and On-Wing Technology, Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Nottingham, 2017-2021. Senior Research Associate, National Centre for Precision Farming, Harper Adams University, 2016-2017. Academic and Professional Qualifications B.Eng. (Hons), Central South University, China, 2008. M.Sc. (Distinction), Central South University, China, 2012. P.hD., University of Cassino and South Lazio, Italy, 2016. FHEA, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK, 2023. CEng, Chartered Engineer, Engineering Council UK, 2022. Research Expertise and Interests Continuum robotic systems for in-situ maintenance (inspection and repair) in confined environments(e.g. aeroengine and nuclear). Legged robotic systems with parallel mechanisms (e.g. humanoid and hexapod robots). Precision farming robotic systems (e.g. laser weeding robot). Miniaturised robotic systems (e.g. capsule robot) Research Grants PI: “Machine learning based overall performance optimisation for railway fluids service robots", Brunel Research Initiative & Enterprise Fund (BRIEF), £14,835, 06/2022-12/2023. PI, "Optimal design of a walking machine for in-situ maintenance and repair in hazardous environments", Impact Acceleration Account - Brunel University (EPSRC EP/R511493/1), £25,000, 03/2022-03/2023. PI: "Self-coordinated Locomotion and Manipulation of the RAIN-Hex", Robotics and Artificial Intelligence in Nuclear (EPSRC EP/R026084/1), £36,834.11, 11/2021-03/2022. Co-I, "Coordinated whole-body control and overall performance optimisation for a mobile snake-like robotic arm", International Exchanges 2020 Cost Share (NSFC) (IEC/NSFC/201279), £12,000, 03/2021-03/2022. Co-I, "In-situ sampling for inspection of pressurised water reactor using RAIN-Hex robot", Robotics and Artificial Intelligence in Nuclear (EPSRC EP/R026084/1), £25,000, 06/2020-12/2020. Co-I, "Self-calibration system to enhance machining capability of the RAIN-Hex", Robotics and Artificial Intelligence in Nuclear (EPSRC EP/R026084/1), £25,000, 06/2019-02/2020. PI, "Comprehensive modelling of slender continuum robots using twin-pivot compliant joints", Through-life performance: From science to instrumentation (EPSRC EP/P027121/1), £83,000, 06/2019-05/2019. Award BRIEF award, Brunel Research Initiative and Enterprise Fund, 2022 Best paper post nomination, Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems Conference (TAROS), 2022 Best paper of Year 2021, Surface Topography: Metrology and Properties, 2022 Best paper award, IFToMM Asian Mechanisms and Machine Science Conference (Asian-MMS), 2014. IFToMM Young Delegates Programm, 2014, 2015. Excellent Student Scholarship in Lazio, Italy, 2013/14, 2014/15. Dr Wang is engaged in teaching and project supervision at the undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) levels with the following modules: UG Modules: ME3624 - Introduction to Robotics and AI Applications in Engineering (module contributor, 50% of full module) ME3620 - BEng Major Individual Project (supervision) ME3623 - Group Design Project (supervision) PG Modules: MN5674 - Robotics and Automation (module leader) ME5500 - MSc Dissertation Project (supervision) ME5308/EE5098 - MEng Group Project (supervision)
Professor William Watkin Professor William Watkin
Professor - English
William Watkin is Professor of Contemporary Philosophy and Literature. He has been at Brunel University since 1999. During that time he has served as Head of English (twice), Deputy Head of research for the School, Deputy Head of the School, and most recently head of English and Creative Writing. William wrote English’s successful RAE2008 bid and supervised the early stages of our successful REF 2014 bid overseeing the school’s internal mock-REF. He was also intimately involved in developing our successful NSS strategy which led to English and Creative Writing being ranked as high as sixth in the country in 2015. Under his leadership as Divisional Lead English and Creative Writing 2014-2016 recruitment figures for students doubled in number while English and Creative Writing as remained solidly in the top fifteen departments in the UK. Prof. Watkin’s research is well-established and wide-ranging. He began his career working on contemporary poetics and literary theory. He has since changed emphasis and is now one of the world’s leading specialists on contemporary continental philosophy. He has written two books on Agamben and two books on Badiou as well. Of late he has also extended his horizons working on more political issues cohering around the topics of violence and biopolitics. This has led to numerous pieces of journalism on issues pertaining to capital punishment, surveillance, terrorism, war and technology. He is currently working on a book-length study of what he calls Bio-Violence.Research Areas:Continental philosophyLiterary TheoryContemporary PoeticsViolenceBiopolitics Prof. Watkin will supervise projects on any aspects of the work of Agamben, Badiou, Nancy and Deleuze. Further he will consider supervising students on any areas of literary theory, continental philosophy, contemporary literature, experimental poetry and poetics in general. His current research interest is indifference as a development, completion and critique of discourses of difference that have predominated in the humanities for the last forty years. He just completed a monograph on the work of philosopher Giorgio Agamben in relation to indifference. Agamben is one of Watkin’s areas of specialisation, having published the first critical monograph on Agamben and literature in 2010. He is currently working on Deleuze and indifference. His other major project is a consideration of the complex relation between poetry and philosophy since Heidegger, which conceives of poetry/literature as a mode of thinking or, as Watkin calls it, logopoiesis. His 2010 Agamben monograph is part of a three volume study of logopoiesis which will include work on Nancy and Badiou in the years to come. Previously Watkin has published books on the New York School of poetry in relation to avant-gardism and theoretical consideration of literatures of mourning in the modern era. He has published numerous articles on contemporary experimental poetry: Ashbery, O’Hara, Koch, Schulyer, Hejinian, Silliman, Bernstein, and Du Plessis William Watkin has taught a wide variety of areas at Brunel. His current teaching interests revolve around the changing face of literary theory in the new millennium. He runs courses on the relation of philosophy to literature and the arts from the historical origins of aesthetics through to the most contemporary philosophical statements on aesthetics and literature. He has also taught contemporary literature for many years, specialising in contemporary poetry and poetics. He has a wider interest in poetics and has taught the history of poetry. Another interest is the avant-garde and experimentalism. He taught modernism and the avant-garde for many years and continues to run seminars on experimental, contemporary poetry. Activities: Key Publications: “The Poetics of Presentation: Lyn Hejinian’s My Life Project and the work of Giorgio Agamben” Textual Practice 2012. “The / Turn and the “ ” Pause: Agamben, Derrida and the Stratification of Poetry” in Textures Series, Lexington Press 2011. “Poetry’s Promiscuous Plurality: On a Part of Jean-Luc Nancy’s The Muses[PG1] ” in Jean-Luc Nancy and Plural Thinking SUNY 2011. The Literary Agamben: Adventures in Logopoiesis (London: Continuum University Press, March 2010). “Derrida’s Limits: Aporias between ‘Ousia and Grammē’,” Derrida Today 3.1 (2010): 113-136. “Projective Recursion: The Structure of Ron Silliman’s Tjanting,” Jacket 39 (2010). “Taking steps beyond elegy: poetry, philosophy, lineation, and death,” Textual Practice 23.6 (2009): 1051-1065. “The Materialization of Prose: Poiesis versus Dianoia in the work of Godzich & Kittay, Schklovsky, Silliman and Agamben,” Paragraph 31.3 (2008): 344-364. “‘Systematic rule-governed violations of convention’: Ron Silliman’s Poetic Procedures,” Contemporary Literature 48.4, 2007: 499-529. “Counterchange: Derrida’s Poetry,” in Encountering Derrida: Legacies and Futures of Deconstruction (London: Continuum, 2007). On Mourning: Theories of Loss in Modern Literature. (Edinburgh University Press, 2004). “Revolution, Melancholia and Materiality in the Work of Julia Kristeva”. Paragraph 26.3 (2003): 86-107. “Friendly Little Communities: Derrida’s Politics of Death.” Strategies: Journal of Theory, Culture and Politics 15.2 (2002): 219-237. In the Process of Poetry: The New York School and the Avant-Garde. (Lewisburg, Penn.: Bucknell University Press, 2001). “Poetry Machines: Repetition in the Early Poetry of Kenneth Koch.” EnterText 1.1 (Dec. 2000): 83-117.
Dr Liyuan Wei Dr Liyuan Wei
Senior Lecturer in Marketing
Dr. Liyuan Wei holds a Ph.D. from in Marketing from the University of Toronto, Canada. She received her Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts from Renmin University of China in Beijing. Prior to joining Brunel Business School, she was an Assistant Professor of Marketing at the City University of Hong Kong. Her research has been published in Information Systems Research, Psychological Science, International Journal of Research in Marketing, Marketing Letters, Journal of Business Ethics, International Marketing Review, Journal of Business Research, Sustainability, International Journal of Hospitality Management, and Applied Economics. She has a broad range of research interests but mainly focuses on (1) marketing strategies based on consumer psychology and sociology, and (2) individual and societal well-being. Dr. Wei has served as reviewer for many prestigeous journals. Dr. Wei is a member of the Marketing and Corporate Brand Research Group at Brunel University London. She is also the programme leader of BSc Marketing Management. Dr Liyuan Wei is currently heading the Research Group for Marketing and Corporate Brand Management Group (MCBM) at the Brunel Business School. Her research has been published in Information Systems Research, Psychological Science, Marketing Letters, Journal of Business Ethics, International Marketing Review, and Applied Economics. Over the years, she has held research grants from the Hong Kong Research Grant Council and other funding bodies. Her recent published works demonstrate a shift towards well-being in consumption such as mindfulness in sustainable consumption, research landscape on sustainability, and healthy ageing consumption practices. Principles of Marketing; Marketing Communications; Marketing Analytics; Digital Marketing; Strategic Marketing Supervising undergraduate final year projects and Master's degree dissertations.
Dr Jeff Wen Dr Jeff Wen
Lecturer (Academic Education) - Computer Science
I am currently involved in the teaching of software project management and programming modules. Prior to joining the University, I have worked in the industries since 2006 (media/entertainment and Semi-conductor) as a software engineer developing a wide range of software products including video streaming, 3D graphics/AI and hardware performance analysis for IoT platforms. I was a research fellow in EC SUNTool project at IESD(2003-2004) and e-Drama project at School of Computer Science, Birmingham University (2004-2006) in the areas of intelligent virtual agent and natural language processing. Software project management (Final Year) Java programming/Group project (Year 1) Research project management (MSc) Introduction to programming (Foundation year) (Module Leader)
Dr Paula Westenberger Dr Paula Westenberger
Senior Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law
Dr Paula Westenberger is a Senior Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law at Brunel University London, where she teaches and convenes undergraduate and postgraduate intellectual property law modules at Brunel Law School, and is a member of the Centre for Artificial Intelligence at Brunel University. Paula joined Brunel in 2018, having previously held positions at Queen Mary University of London and Buckinghamshire New University. She holds a PhD (with Scholarship awarded by the Centre for Commercial Law Studies) and an LLM in Intellectual Property Law from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), and an LLB from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), where she was also part of the Human Rights Centre research group "Simulações e Realidade". Her research interests cover the intersection between copyright law, human rights and culture, with particular focus on topics including limitations and exceptions to copyright, the use of digital technology by cultural heritage institutions, and the relationship between artistic freedom and copyright law. She is currently researching the interface between cultural heritage, artificial intelligence and copyright law. Paula is Deputy Editor for the European Copyright and Design Reports (ECDR), a member of the British Literary and Artistic Copyright Association (BLACA) and a peer reviewer for intellectual property law academic journals. Paula is a qualified lawyer in Brazil, where she has practiced in the field of intellectual property law. Paula's research interests cover the intersection between copyright law, human rights and culture, with particular focus on topics including limitations and exceptions to copyright, the use of digital technology by cultural heritage institutions, and the relationship between artistic freedom and copyright law. Paula is currently researching the interface between cultural heritage, artificial intelligence and copyright law. LLB: LX3071 Intellectual Property Law (module convenor) LLM: LX5646 International Intellectual Property Law (module convenor) LX5653 European and International Media Law (module convenor) LX5616 Privacy and Data Protection LX5621 Philosophical Foundations of Intellectual Property LX5642 Copyright, Design and Allied Rights LX5651 Cultural Heritage Law - Comparative and International Perspectives
Professor Olwyn Westwood Professor Olwyn Westwood
Director of Postgraduate Education / Professor of Medical Education
Professor Olwyn Westwood has a wealth of experience within the diverse contexts of Higher Education, and committed to curriculum design, and shaping an environment where learners flourish. Having worked in routine diagnostic NHS pathology, she took a Ph.D in immunology and cell biology research, before making a successful transition into pedagogic practice and research, which led naturally to academic and leadership roles within post-1992 and Russell Group institutions. As an enthusiastic educator, she is keen that disciplines are accessible across the range of student demographics, and relevant and transferable to the 'World of Work'. Her research and pedagogic practice have been chiefly across the NHS and HE, working and collaborating with scientists and clinicians. As a reviewer for a number of medical and healthcare education journals, and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Olwyn Westwood is also an assessment advisor for the National Prescribing Safety Assessment, a Royal College membership examinations, and has a successful track record in research supervision and examination of Ph.D. and Masters Awards. With 10 years’ experience as a visitor for a Professional and Statutory Regulator, she is well-versed in education quality assurance and enhancement.As an international consultant in curriculum development in Malaysia, Brunei, China, Georgia, Australia, South Africa and Mexico with around 30 years’ experience in education design and delivery, she has a keen interest in technology-enhanced learning and developing flexible learning frameworks. Accordingly, cross-institution, faculty and external partnerships have facilitated her personal insight into the cultural, social and political requirements of professional and discipline-specific knowledge, skills, and assessment within the UK and for global education and research. ... see more Interests: Assessment of clinical competence Editorial Boards: Editorial Board: BMC Medical Education Reviewer for the following journals: BMC Medical Education BMJ Open Access Medical Education Nurse Education Today Postgraduate Medical Journal Guest Editor for the journal, ‘Rheumatology’, for a special issue on Medical Education in practice 2012 Selected National and International Reports: European Science Foundation, Strasbourg, France Science Policy Briefing 46: Medical Research Education in Europe European Oncology Nursing Society ‘Facilitation of Cancer Education and Training’ 2007 UK Quality Code for Higher Education: Advice and Guidance on Work-based Learning Selected Book / Chapters Books Austen, B and Westwood, OMR (1991) Protein Targeting & Secretion In Focus series, IRL Press, Oxford University Press. Westwood, OMR (1999) The Scientific Basis for Health Care Times Mirror Int. Publishers, London. Westwood, OMR & Hay FC (2001) Epitope Mapping: A Practical Approach, Oxford University Press, Oxford. Hay, FC. & Westwood, OMR. (2002) Practical Immunology (4th edition) Blackwell Science, Oxfor Westwood, OMR, Hay FC, Griffin A. (2013) ‘How to assess students and trainees in medicine and health” Wiley Blackwell, Oxford Eales-Reynolds, L-J; Westwood OMR (2018) ‘Teaching Excellence in Higher Education – Lessons from the TEF’ pub. KDP publishing Book chapters Westwood OMR (2011) A Medical Curriculum – Integration of basic and clinical sciences in Assessment and Training of Tomorrow’s Doctors 3rd International Forum of Medical Deans, Beijing (PMPH e-book) pp137-149 Leonardi-Bee, J. and Westwood OMR, (2014) “Systematic Reviews” in: An Introduction to Health Services Research ed. D-M Walker, pub. Sage Selected Papers Westwood, OMR, Leinster, S., Weinberg, JR (2008) A Health Care Curriculum for the 21st Century: Time for Flexibility? J. Royal Soc Med. Feb;101(2):59-62. Nelson PN, Westwood, OMR, Freimanis, Roden, D, Sissaoui, S, Rylance, P, Hay, FC. (2008) Epitope mapping of monoclonal rheumatoid factors reveals novel antigenic determinants on IgG1 Fc. Clinical Medicine: Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Disorders. 1:33-42. Green, A., Westwood, O., Smith, P., Peniston-Bird, F (2009) Provision of Continued Professional Development for Non-medical Prescribers within a South of England Strategic Health Authority – a report on a training needs analysis J. Nursing Management 17:603-614. Westwood O (2009) Physician Assistant role for the UK (letter). BMJ 339: b3938 Cushing, AM , Westwood, OMR (2010) Using peer feedback in a formative objective structured clinical examination. Medical Education 44(11):1144-5 Cushing, AM, Abbott, S., Lothian, D., Hall, A., Westwood, OMR (2011) Peer feedback in formative assessment as an aid to learning: What do we want? Feedback. When do we want it? Now! Medical Teacher 33(2):e105-12. Griffiths, CJ., Chung, C., Tzortziou-Brown, V., Westwood, O., Morrissey, D. (2012) Capturing the combined clinic: Evaluation of an Inter-Professional Multimedia Musculoskeletal Examination Teaching Resource. Rheumatology Westwood, OMR (2012) Musculoskeletal Examination: Education and Training for Current and Future Needs of Healthcare Provision. Rheumatology Cushing, AM, Ker J., Kinnersley, P, McKeown, P., Westwood OMR (2014) Patient safety and communication: a new assessment for doctors trained in countries where language differs from that of the host country – Results of a pilot using a domain-based assessment Pat. Ed Counsel 95: 332-339 Duffy, J., Chequer, S., Braddy, A., Mylan, S., Royuela, A., Zamora, J., Jacey Ip., Hayden, S., Showell, M, Kinnersley, P., Westwood, O, Khan, K., Cushing AM (2016). Educational effectiveness of gynecological teaching associates. A multi-centre randomized controlled trial. Br. J Obstet. Gynaecol 123(6):1005-10. Brown, V., Morrissey, D., Mohamend, N., Westwood, OMR, Underwood, M. (2016) Professional interventions for general practitioners on the management of musculoskeletal conditions. Cochrane Database Syst. Rev. 5:CD007495 Druce, M., Hickey, A., Warrens, A., Westwood, OM (2016) Medical students raising concerns J. Patient Safety Sep 16. (Epub ahead of print) Brown, V., Underwood, M., Westwood, OMR, Morrissey, D (2019). Improving GP management of musculoskeletal conditions: an interrupted time series study BMJ Open (BMJ Open. 2019 Feb 19;9(2):e024710. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-024710 Brunel: Physican Associate Programme PG Nursing Programmes External Examiner: MSc Genetics with Immunology, Brunel 1996-1999 External Examiner MSc Biomedical Sciences Kingston, 2002-2007 External Advisor: BSc Biomedical Sciences Surrey accreditation with Institute of Biomedical Sciences External Examiner MSc Advanced Practice (Physician Assistant) at Wolverhampton 2005-2009 External Advisor: degree revalidation in biomedical sciences division at Portsmouth 2006 External Examiner Medicine (final competence) Dundee 2009-2013 External Examiner Medicine Southampton 2009-2013 Critical Friend for curriculum design of the intercalated BSc Medical Education at Cardiff 2012 Critical Friend for multi-professional education at University of Southampton 2012 External Examiner Kings College London. 2013-current External Examiner Postgraduate awards in Medical Education, University of Birmingham, 2018-current Medical Assessment Advisor Membership Examinations of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare, Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2015-current
Dr Yanmeng Xu Dr Yanmeng Xu
Senior Lecturer in Mechanics for Design
Dr Xu is a tribologist and has extensive knowledge in the subjects of Manufacturing Engineering, Engineering Materials, Mechanical Engineering and Product Design & Development. He is very experienced in the area of precision machining, failure analysis for the engineering products, and the area of materials application in support of the engineering products in the oil and gas field. His significant contributions in the research of materials and manufacturing have managed to attract funding from EPSRC and major industrial companies such as BP and Shell. He is also often approached by various companies to provide technical consultancy on materials properties and applications, product design, and failure analysis. Dr Xu has published 30 research and technical papers in the leading international journals. Brief biography Dr Xu obtained his PhD from the University of Southampton in 2004. After completing his PhD study, he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow for 5 years at University of Cambridge, Leeds University and Brunel University London. Before he joined Brunel University London in July 2010, he worked as a Materials and Forensic Engineer at John Crane Ltd, at where he obtained extensive industrial experience. Dr Xu obtained his Master’s degree from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in 1998, and his Bachelor’s degree from Harbin University of Science and Technology in 1993, China. Module leader for DM1602, Workshops with Materials Module teaching contributor for DM1309, Mechanics Supervision MSc, PhD research students and final year undergraduate students
Dr Keming Yu Dr Keming Yu
Keming Yu – Chair in Statistics Research Director (Impact) – in Mathematical Sciences Keming joined Brunel University London in 2005. Before that he held posts at various institutions, including University of Plymouth, Lancaster University and the Open University. Keming got his first degree in Mathematics and MSc in Statistics from universities in China and got his PhD in Statistics from The Open University, Milton Keynes. I teach Level 3 UG Statistics and MSc Statistics Courses. And I supervise final year UG student projects and MSc dissertation. MA3670: Statistics III. MA5632MA5673: Computer Intensive Statistical Methods. MA5629MA5676: Time Series Modelling.
Dr Steven Sam Dr Steven Sam
Lecturer in Computer Science
Dr Steven Sam obtained a PhD from the University of Queensland (Australia), where he received the UQ Outstanding Higher Degree by Research Theses Dean’s Award in 2016. Steven’s research activities centre around ICTs and society, human computer Interaction (HCI) (including HCI for Development) and computing for social good. Steven’s research makes effective use of new computing tools, methodologies and designs to amplify social impact solutions that deliver real change in society. He draws on a range of approaches such as ethnography, user-centred design, participatory design and data-driven approaches to develop and evaluate the use and impact of context-based technology solutions for complex societal problems. He has worked closely with partners from academia, industry, development agencies and government institutions to deliver research innovative projects in healthcare, agriculture and education in Africa. Steven is the founder and co-leader of an interdisciplinary research group (Computer Science for Social Good) at the Department of Computer Science, Brunel University London. Steven’s research interests relate to the following: Computing for social good (including AI for social good) Sustainable HCI (SHCI) and HCI for Development (HCI4D) Digital divide and mobile and computer-based ICT4D Data-driven solutions to sustainable development goals Social implications of new and emerging technologies (e.g. mobiles, AI, social media, automation, etc.) on organisations, society and people. Ethics and governance of digital systems Ethnography, user-centred and participatory design methodologies Supporting Taught Modules Human Computer Interaction (CS3009) ICTs in Society (CS2007) Usability Engineering (CS2003) Ethics and Governance of Digital Systems (CS5705) Computer Science – Business Computing Final Year Project (CS3702 – CS3605) Work Placement (CS2555) Year 2 Group Project (CS2001) MSc Dissertation Supervision (CS5500) Analysis and Prediction of Road Accident Severity using Machine Learning - 2022 (Completed) Diagnosis of Facial Diseases using Deep learning Methods (Completed) - 2022 (Completed)
Dr Yang Yang Dr Yang Yang
Lecturer in Chemical Engineering
Dr. Yang is a Lecturer in Chemical Engineering. She has multidisciplinary background of BSc and MSc in Computer Science and PhD in Chemical Engineering. Dr. Yang has twelve-years academic experience of applying her data science and machine learning knowledge for multi-field process modelling and analysis. In 2011, Dr. Yang received her PhD degree sponsored by Overseas Research Scholarships (ORS) and Tetley & Lupton Scholarships (TLS) from University of Leeds. During her PhD, she successfully applied data mining and machine learning techniques to identify the optimal composition of nano-photocatalyst (TiO2). Besides five high quality journal papers, the decisional tool designed and developed by Dr. Yang, which combined with Process analytical technology (PAT) and machine learning techniques, was sponsored and adopted by GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals (GSK) for its nanoparticle product line. Dr. Yang joined Imperial College London and then University College London as a postdoctoral research associate. During this period, Dr. Yang accumulated great knowledge and experience in biopharmaceutical manufacturing process and personalised medicine and established collaborations with both academical and industrial partners. Collaborated with UCB and Eli Lily, the leaders of biopharmaceutical industries in UK, Dr. Yang established process models and Cost of Goods (CoGs) models of biomanufacturing process with discrete-event modelling and Monte Carlo simulation manufacturing facility fit analysis. A decision-support tool which combined the process models, CoGs models and machine learning models using decision tree algorithms had been greatly complimented by biopharmaceutical industry users. Supported by world leading pharmaceutical companies, Pall Corporation, Merck and Medimmune, Dr. Yang’s independent research of digital twins for continuous biomanufacturing process was awarded £5000 funding by Future targeted healthcare manufacturing hub in UCL. Dr. Yang has led a collaboration with Shanghai Pulmonary Hospital (China) to construct a decision-support tool with big data analysis for personalized diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer. Digital Twins of Hydrogen Nanobubble Generation (collaborated with Prof. Hua Zhao and Dr. Xinyan Wang) Storing hydrogen nanobubbles in liquid carriers to produce hydrogen nanofuels is an emerging technique. This work proposes the development of digital twins to address the stability and controllability issues in nanobubble generation process. The digital twins will fuse first-principle models with data-driven models to describe the behaviour of hydrogen nanobubbles in various liquid carriers. The ultimate goal of this project is to achieve the generation of highly uniform and stable hydrogen nanobubbles, allowing for precise process control and optimization. Decision tool for stratified medicine development lifecycle (collaborated with Prof. Suzy Farid) Co-developing drugs with diagnostic for stratified treatments presents challenges for product developers, regulators, payers and physicians. To address the challenges, a decision tool will be developed to capture the costs, durations, risks and interdependencies of clinical, process development and manufacturing activities for both drug and diagnostic lifecycles. The tool will investigate the economic impact of various development strategies to provide insights of stratified development, minimise financial risks, and increase successful rate for market launch. CL3604 Big Data Analytics CL5654 Industrial Internet of Things & Cyber Security