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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


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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