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Staff Profile: Dr Y A Hicks




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Dr Yulia A Hicks
BSc MSc PhD MIEEE

 

Position:

Senior Lecturer - Teaching and Research
Deputy Director of the Human Factors Technology Centre
Disability Officer

 

Teaching Discipline:

Electrical & Electronic Engineering

 

Research Theme:

Health, Security and the Digital World

 

Research Group:

Biomedical Engineering Research Group

 

Location:

Room E/3.24 Newport Road

 

Tel:

029 2087 5945

 

Email:

 

Web Links:

HFTC
DIADIST
MSc in Multimedia Systems and Communications Engin

 

Experience:

Dr Yulia Hicks joined the Cardiff School of Engineering as a lecturer in May 2004. Her main research interests are in the areas of Computer Vision and Image Processing. Prior to her current appointment she worked as a research associate at the Cardiff School of Computer Science on a bioinformatics project, DIADIST, which involved the investigation and development of methods for the visual indexing of photographs and drawings of biological specimens held in a database.

Dr Hicks’ other research interests lie in the areas of statistical modelling, modelling and tracking of human motion, joint modelling of facial articulation and speech and multi-modal signal processing.

In the past several years, she was involved in EPSRC and industry funded research projects on video-assisted blind source separation, modeling and recognition of interactive human behaviour ans statistcial modeling.

Most recently, she started research collaboration with Professor Richard Wise, the director of fMRI imaging at Cardiff School of Psychology, which resulted in a successful EPSRC grant application worth over 105K. The new research project involves application of statistical modeling and pattern recognition to brain image analysis.

Dr Hicks is a deputy director of the Human Factors Technology Centre, an interdisciplinary Research Centre which brings together the Schools of Engineering, Psychology and Computer Science.

 

Professional Activities and Recognition:

Academic Prizes:

• Best paper award for “Building shape and texture models of diatoms for analysis and synthesis of drawings” article by Y. Hicks, D. Marshall, P.L. Rosin, R.R. Martin, S. Droop and D. Mann, published in Proc. of Irish Machine Vision and Image Processing Conference, September 2004, Dublin, Ireland.
• Best Demonstration Paper prize at BMVC’2000 for “Hierarchical Model of Dynamics for Tracking People with a Single Video Camera”, article by I.A.Karaulova, P.M.Hall, A.D.Marshall, A Proc. British Machine Vision Conference (BMVC’2000), Vol.1, Bristol, England, pp.352-361, ISBN 1-901725-13-8.

Invited talks:

• Grenoble Institute of Techology, March 2008: Multimodal BSS
• Swansea University, December 2009: Statistical Models in Audio, Image and Video processing
• Surrey University, February 2010: Incremental Gaussian Mixture Models
• Kingston University, June 2010: Incremental Gaussian Mixture Models and Hidden Markov Models
• Bath University, July 2010: Statistical Models in Audio, Image and Video Processing


Organising conferences/workshops/meetings:

• Publicity Chair for the International Digital Signal Processing Conference (DSP2007), hosted by Cardiff School of Engineering in July 2007.

• Publicity Chair for the IEEE Workshop on Statistical Signal Processing hosted by Cardiff School of Engineering in August 2009.

• Organising Chair for the 14th International Conference on Knowledge-Based and Intelligent Information & Engineering Systems (KES2010) to be hosted by Cardiff School of Engineering in September 2010.