Education and Qualifications

• Electronics Engineering, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University (1964-68)

• BA Electrical Science Tripos, Churchill College, Cambridge University (1969-71)

• PhD in Pattern Recognition Department of Engineering (1971-74)

• ScD, University of Cambridge (1991)

Present Appointment

• CEO, Sensus Futuris

• Professor of Machine Intelligence, University of Surrey

Previous Appointments

• 1974-75 Research Assistant, Engineering Department, University of Cambridge

• 1975-77 SRC Research Fellow, University of Southampton

• 1977-78 Royal Society European Research Fellow, ENST, Paris

• 1978-80 IBM Research Fellow, Balliol College, Oxford University

• 1980-84 Principal Research Associate, SERC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

• 1982-85 SERC Coordinator for Pattern Analysis

• 1984-85 Rutherford Research Fellow, Department of Engineering Science, Oxford University

• 1985-86 Principal Scientific Officer, SERC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

• 1986-91 Reader in Information Technology, University of Surrey

• 1991- Professor of Machine Intelligence, University of Surrey

• 1988-2011 Director, Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing

• 2001-05 Chairman of OmniPerception Ltd

• 2005-2012 Chairman Advisory Group, OmniPerception Ltd

• 2012-2014 Head of Department, Department of Electronic Engineering, University of Surrey

• 2016-2020 Director, £6m collaborative (Surrey, Imperial, Stirling) EPSRC Grant in face recognition

Achievements and Honours

• Awarded IBM Research Fellowship, Balliol College, Oxford, 1978-80

• President of the International Association for Pattern Recognition for the period of October 1994-September 1996. The Association represents 33 countries.

• Elected Fellow: IAPR 1998, IEE 1999, BMVA Distinguished Fellow 2002

• Honorary Doctorates: Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland (1999); Czech Technical University in Prague in 2007

• Elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, 2000

• Appointed as Series Editor for Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science 2004

• Awarded the KS Fu Prize from the International Association in 2006, for outstanding contributions to pattern recognition 2004

• Awarded the IET Faraday Medal 2008

• Awarded the honorary title ”EURASIP Fellow” for outstanding contributions to pattern recognition, image processing and computer vision in 2009

• Received the 2016 Chinese Government Friendship Award

Management and Leadership Experience

• PI on EPSRC EU and Industry Research grants and contracts totalling more than £30 million, including a £2 million JIF award for the refurbishment of the CVSSP research laboratories at the University of Surrey (the only major grant awarded by JIF in ”soft” Information Technology in the UK) and a £6m EPSRC Programme Grant in face recognition 2016-2020

• Director CVSSP till 2011. Responsibility for research strategy, general and financial management

• Head, Department of Electronic Engineering, University of Surrey. Responsibility for managing 58 academic staff, more than 400 researchers. During period of office achieved successful IET accreditation and revalidation of all Electronic Engineering teaching pro- grammes. Financial responsibility for operation with annual turnover: > £23.0 million

• Founder of OmniPerception Ltd (2001), Sensus Futuris (2019)

Consultancy and Enterprise

• Consulted for many companies including British Telecom, British Gas, Mars International, DeLaRue, Autohelm, Philips, BP, Shell, Ericsson, Durlacher, Ikonisys, British Aerospace Systems, Opinia.

• Co-founder of a company in 2001, OmniPerception Ltd, to exploit research in pattern recognition and face biometrics. Company Chairman 2001-2005.

• Chairman OmniPerception Advisory Group, 2005-2012.

Expert Services (A selected list)

• EU Commission as Expert: member of Prioritisation Panels and Project Officer

• Member of Scientific Advisory Board, Austrian Computer Vision Technology Centre, 2001-2007

• Member of Scientific Advisory Board of the Swiss National Long Term Research Programme in Multimodal Man-Machine Communication during 2002-2007

• Member of Scientific Advisory Board of the Centre for Biometrics Research and Testing at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, since 2004

• Member of European Biometrics Forum Prize Committee

• Served on the Prioritisation Panel: National Science Foundation, USA (2006); National Science Foundation, Irish Republic (2007); Research Council of Norway; Academy of Finland (2011).


• He has co-authored a book with the title “Pattern Recognition: a statistical approach” and published more than 800 papers, including circa 200 publications in international journals.

• More than 65000 citations, indices (Google Scholar): h=104, i10=462

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