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Fabrizio Smeraldi, Ph.D.

I am a lecturer in the Risk and Information Management (RIM) group of the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) of Queen Mary, University of London. I am Deputy Director of Graduate Studies (Research), and also teach for the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences (SBCS).

I joined Queen Mary in September 2002; before that I was associate professor in the School of Information Science, Computer and Electrical Engineering (IDE) of the University of Halmstad, Sweden.

I earned my Ph.D. in the year 2000 from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL/LCN). My thesis on "Attention-driven pattern recognition" was awarded the Fritz Kutter prize by the other Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zurich. I graduated in Physics from the University of Genova in 1996, with a thesis on quantum computation and cryptography.

Research interests

I am mainly interested in

  • Applications of Machine Learning
  • Pattern Recognition
  • Bioinformatics
  • Foundational aspects of computing
  • Cybersecurity

Recent work includes

I worked extensively on attention driven pattern recognition inspired by the human saccadic system, the Gabor decomposition and Support Vector Machines (SVMs). An application to Face Authentication lead to a commercially licensed biometric system. I co-chaired the Third International Conference on Audio- and Video- Based Biometric Person Authentication (AVBPA 2001).

News, recent and old

  • Looking forward to participating in a Data Study Group at the Alan Turing Institute in May 2017
  • Check out the GeoDiver gene-set analsysis tool and read about it here
  • We have been awarded a Life Science Initiative proof of concept fund for Accelerating Clinical Research with Social Media Mining. Looking forward to working on it with colleagues C. Bessant, M. Abdollahyan and J. Lee-Davey (June 2016)
  • Games and Abstraction was featured at the UK Cyber Security Research Conference 2015, held at the Conference Centre of the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, London, October 28th, 2015
  • Invited talk at the Bioinformatics Centre, Kyoto University, Japan, March 2015
  • Nature published a review of iPython Notebooks - that we already use in our Python module, see a sample!
  • Catharsis exhibition reviewed by the Pharmaceutical Journal, November 2014
  • The Computing Beauty workshop on computer vision that I organised at the Science Festival in Genoa, Italy, closed on November 3rd 2013 after 11 days of (educational) fun for kids young and old. Looking forward to the next edition!
  • Research on zebrafish in cooperation with the group of Caroline Brennan in the School of Biology and Pfizer was featured at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2013
  • Invited talk on Timing Channels and Entropy in Brownian computers at the Dagstuhl Workshop on Quantitative Security Analysis, November 2012

External cooperations

  • Prof. Francesco Bianconi (Università di Perugia, Italy), Prof. Antonio Fernández, Prof. Elena González (Universitade de Vigo, Spain) on non-parametric descriptors for texture recognition;
  • Greg Elgar group, The Francis Crick Institute, UK, on conserved non-expressed sequences in vertebrate DNA;
  • Dr Mansoor Saqi at the European Institute for Systems Biology and Medicine (EISBM), Lyon, France, on translational bioinformatics;
  • Dr Leung Po at Macau University of Science and Technology on machine learning and applications;
  • Dr Carlo Ciliberto and Dr Lorenzo Natale Dr Lorenzo Natale at the iCub Facility, Italian Institute of Technology, Italy, on computer vision applied to robotics
  • I am a member of the 1st UK Research Insitute in Science of Cyber Security (RISCS).
  • Gabriel Fine Arts, London, on outreach, art, and science

Visiting positions

  • Department of Engineering, University of Perugia, Italy, March - July 2016 (Visiting Researcher)
  • PLUS Lab, Italian Institute of Technology, Summer 2010 (Visiting Professor)
  • Biomatematics and Bioinformatics, Rothamsted Research, Autumn 2009 (Visiting Scientist)
  • Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences laboratory, Italian Institute of Technology, July 2009 (Visiting Scientist)
  • Okutomi Laboratory, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Autumn 2005 (Visiting Scientist)
  • Computer Science Department, University of Genoa (Italy) 2001/02 (part-time Visiting Professor)

Visiting scholars

Postgraduate students

Teaching

See here for information on my teaching

Keywords

Ranklets, Rank Statistics, Biometric Authentication, Pattern Recognition, Bioinformatics, Machine Learning, Information Theory, Thermodynamics of Computation, Cybersecurity


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