Image and Information Engineering

The Image and Information Engineering Group has research interests in all aspects of image analysis, including high performance classifier design and image interpretation, image coding and video processing, colour and texture feature analysis, and intelligent processing structures, and has an international reputation for its work in a number of key application areas. The research themes of particular current interest include the following:

  • High Performance Image Analysis
  • Biometrics and Security
  • Visual Communications
  • Handwriting Analysis
  • Document Processing
  • Medical Image Analysis
  • Neural Systems Engineering and Biologically-Inspired Processing

The Group is well represented on Programme and Organising Committees of major national and international conferences and workshops, and on Editorial Boards of International Journals. Members of the Group are very active within the Professional Associations, international standards bodies, and in the Research Council Peer Review Colleges, and have participation in DTI-sponsored Technology Missions worldwide.

A more detailed appreciation of the Group's work can be seen in the following lists.

Recent and current EPSRC-funded research:

  • Techniques for signature verification
  • Detection of neglect in stroke patients
  • Novel multiple classifier structures (several grants)
  • Intelligent agents in multimodal biometrics (EPSRC/DTI LINK project)
  • Distributed document security
  • Assessing dyspraxia using drawing analysis
  • Writer identification in forensic applications
  • Document handwriting analysis

Recent and current EU-supported research:

  • Automated bank cheque processing
  • On-card biometric authentication
  • System access strategies and HCI issues
  • Writing and drawing analysis for medical diagnostics and rehabilitation
  • Robot visual guidance systems

Research funding from other sources:

  • DSTL
  • ETRI (Korea)
  • NHS
  • Medical charities
  • Various individual industrial companies

Participation in national/international research networks:

  • EPSRC IRIS (Biometrics)
  • EPSRC ViTAB (Video-based threat assessment)
  • EPSRC ICARIS (Interdisciplinary human identification research)
  • EU Network of Excellence: BIOSECURE (Biometrics for secure authentication)
  • International Association for Biometrics
  • European Biometrics Forum

National Centre of Excellence in Biometrics and Identification Technologies

The Group is at the forefront of an initiative to establish a national Centre of Excellence in Biometrics and Identification technologies. Such a Centre would provide a national focus for biometrics and related technologies and would bring together the scientific community, the UK industrial base, Government and end-users in a unique partnership to ensure that UK excellence in this field is maintained and enhanced. Plans are at an advanced stage and it is anticipated that the Centre can be launched within the next twelve months.



The track record of the Group, in terms of quality and quantity of publications in the technical literature, our ability to attract external research funding from a wide range of sources (our current portfolio is drawn from the UK Research Councils, EU funding programmes, various government agencies, and industrial and commercial companies), and our participation in key events within the research community nationally and internationally, is excellent. Our collaborative links with other researchers in the UK, Europe and worldwide provide a stimulating research environment, and we support a large and thriving group of research staff and students. Our research laboratory is well-equipped with state-of-the-art computational facilities to underpin our work.

Image Processing Research

Group Members

Research Themes

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Last Updated: 20/03/2014