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Fabrizio Smeraldi, Ph.D.

I am Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Artificial Intelligence 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).

Since 2018, I am a Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute and a co-founder of Mebomine, a digital healthcare startup that supports the rapid development of new therapies by using AI to capture and interpret online patient voices.

I joined Queen Mary in September 2002; before that I was associate professor (Universitetslektor) 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

  • Our abstract "Leveraging Artificial Intelligence to Extract Clinical Insights from Online Patient Communities" wiil be presented at the Drug Information Association conference in June
  • Mebomine launched in October 2019
  • Interesting hackathon on Predictive Graph Analytics at the Alan Turiing Institute Data Study Group, May 2017
  • 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
  • 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

Visiting positions

  • Secondment, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, QMUL, November - December 2017 (Senior Researcher)
  • Faculty of Information Technology, Macau University of Science and Technology (MUST), China, August 2017;
  • 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

Recent group members

  • Dr Maryam Abdollahyan


See here for information on my teaching


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

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