Professor Peter McOwan


I am currently a Professor of Computer Science in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary, University of London.

My research interests are in visual perception, mathematical models for visual processing, in particular motion, cognitive science and biologically inspired hardware and software and science outreach.

I was elected as a National Teaching Fellow in 2008 by the Higher Aducation Academy


A brief academic biography

My research interests

Research with Psychology at UCL

My publications

My PhD students


Current Research Projects


CHI MED EPSRC Programme Grant making medical devices safer [LINK]


LIREC - Living with Robots and Interactive Companions EU funded project (FP7/2007-2013 grant agreement 215554.) to build synthetic companions [LINK]


Analysing Dynamic Change in Faces with UCL Psychology, funded by EPSRC [LINK]


Building a New Community: Modelling, Visualisation and Verification of Large Scale Systems, funded by EPSRC [LINK]


I have also developed QApps to support the transfer of ideas from QMUL Students and Staff into smartphone apps [LINK]


I am a founder member of the Computing at Schools group [LINK]



I also run a number of science outreach projects


Sodarace: Humans and artificial intelligence create and compete online

Cs4fn magazine and webzine 



Funded by HEStem



The Perception deception: Maths made optical illusions Royal Society Summer Exhibition 2007 [LINK]

The magic of Computer Science Royal Society Summer Exhibition 2009  [LINK]

Facing up to faces from perception to robots Royal Society Summer Exhibition 2011 [LINK]


The Manual of Mathematical Magic [LINK]

Humans vs. Punks Pogoing for science at the ICA July 2008 [LINK]

Change blindness article on BBC [LINK]

Our Space science (and a bit of magic) on the international space station [LINK]




Contact details

Peter W. McOwan,
School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science
Department of Computer Science
Queen Mary, University of London
Mile End Road, London E1 4NS

Telephone: 020 7882 5224 Fax: 020 8980 6533

Email pmco(at)