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Staff Profile: Dr Y A Hicks


Dr Yulia A Hicks



Senior Lecturer - Teaching and Research
Co-Director of the Human Factors Technology Centre


Teaching Discipline:

Electrical & Electronic Engineering


Research Theme:

Health, Technology and the Digital World


Research Group:

Biomedical Engineering Research Group



Room E/3.24 Newport Road



029 2087 5945





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.

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.

Dr Hicks is a co-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.