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.
I am mainly interested in
- Applications of Machine Learning
- Pattern Recognition
- Foundational aspects of computing
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
- 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
- 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)
See here for information on my teaching
Ranklets, Rank Statistics, Biometric Authentication, Pattern Recognition, Bioinformatics, Machine Learning, Information Theory, Thermodynamics of Computation, Cybersecurity