Academic Staff

Professor Stefanos Kollias 

Stefanos Kollias became a Professor of Machine Learning in the School of Computer Science at the University of Lincoln in 2016. He previously worked as a Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens, and Director of the Intelligent Systems, Content & Interaction Laboratory, since 1997. He is also an IEEE Fellow (2015) and has been a member of the Executive Committee of the European Neural Network Society (2007-16).

Prof Kollias’ research interests include machine learning, intelligent systems & deep neural networks, multimedia analysis, affective computing, semantic metadata interoperability, digital libraries, IoT.

He has published 110 papers in international journals and 300 papers in proceedings of international conferences. There are 13500 citations to his work, with h-index 56 in Google Scholar. He has supervised more than 40 Ph.D. students. He and his group have participated in more than 100 European R&D projects, getting funding of more than €20M.

Dr Vassilis Cutsuridis

Vassilis Cutsuridis is a Lecturer at the School of Computer Science in University of Lincoln. After a detour through the software industry, he returned to academia in 2006, first as a Research Fellow at the University of Stirling, UK, then as a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Memory and the Brain, Boston University (USA), a Lecturer at King’s College London (UK) and a Research Scientist at FORTH (Greece).

His research interests lie at the interface between computer science and neuroscience broadly interested to reverse engineer how the brain and mind work in health and disease in order to understand the circuits and patterns of neural activity that give rise to mental experience and behavior in order to extract the brain algorithms and blue print designs to design and develop more efficient intelligent methods and systems for complex data analysis in Medical imaging, Robotics, Drug Discovery, Neuroscience.

He has published 40 journals papers and 30 refereed papers in conference proceedings and books. He has edited 5 books including the Hippocampal Microcircuits: A Computational Modeler’s Resource Book and the Perception-Action Cycle: Models, Architectures and Hardware. He acts as an Associate Editor in several international journals including Cognitive Computation and Frontiers in Cognitive Science.

Dr Miao Yu

Miao Yu is a Lecturer at the School of Computer Science in University of Lincoln. He worked as a research associate for the research project “Signal Processing Solutions in a Networked Battlespace” (funded by the EPSRC) in the Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering Department, Loughborough University from 2013 to 2017. Prior to it, he obtained his PhD in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Loughborough University with the PhD thesis title— “Computer vision based techniques for fall detection with application towards assisted living”. Dr. Miao’s research interests lie in developing algorithms in statistical signal processing, image/video processing, machine learning and data/knowledge modelling, with applications in objects detection and tracking, behaviour recognitions and abnormal detection for healthcare.

Dr Mubeen Ghafoor

Mubeen Ghafoor joined as Lecturer in Machine Learning  the School of Computer Science (SoCS), University of Lincoln, UK. Earlier, he was Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Data Science at the Dept. of Computer Science and Creative Technologies at the University of the West of England (UWE), UK. From 2015 to 2019, he worked as Assistant Professor at the Dept. of computer science, COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI). His areas of interest include Computer Vision Applications, Machine Learning, Data Analytics, Biometrics, Medical Imaging and Light-Field Data Compression.

Dr Christos Frantzidis

Christos Frantzidis received his diploma in 2006 in electrical and computer engineering from the Polytechnic School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He obtained then his master’s degree in Medical Informatics and his Ph.D. in Aging Neuroscience from the Medical School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. During his early post-doc studies, he served as a guest scientist in the German Aerospace Agency (DLR) working on a European Space Agency (ESA) funded project which investigated sleep disorders during microgravity simulation (head-down tilt bed rest study) and the efficiency of the reactive sledge training as a potential countermeasure. His latest research activities involve rehabilitation through artificial gravity and multi-modal language mapping which has been recently granted by the National Research Committee (IKY).

Dr Luiz Araujo

Luiz Araujo is a Lecturer in the School of Computer Science / College of Science at the University of Lincoln. He completed his PhD in the School of Computer Science at the University of Nottingham in 2018. His research interests lie in artificial intelligence and data science for tackling real-world problems in manufacturing, logistics and planning. He has extensive teaching, as well as work experience in the industry as a software developer and data engineer for the Brazilian government and some international companies in data-intensive applications.

Dr Saeid Pourroostaei Ardakani

Saeid Pourroostaei Ardakani is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science. His research and teaching expertise centres on smart and adaptive computing and/or communication solutions to build collaborative/federated (sensory/feedback)systems in IoT applications and cloud environments. Saeid is interested also in (ML-enabled)Big Data processing and analysis applications. Saeid formerly worked at the University of Nottingham (China campus), 2019-2023, and ATU, 2015-2018 as an Assistant Professor in Computer Science. He received a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Bath (2015) focusing on data aggregation routing in Wireless Sensor Networks.

Post-Docs & Research Assistants

Dr Liyun Gong (part of EU-Interreg SmartGreen project, supervised by Professor Stefanos Kollias)

PhD Students

Dr Fabio De Sousa Ribeiro (Supervisory team: Professor Stefanos Kollias, Dr Georgios Leontidis), 2017-2021, awarded in 2021.

Mr James Wingate (Supervisory team: Professor Stefanos Kollias, Dr Georgios Leontidis), 2018-

Ms Mamatha Thota (Supervisory team: Dr Georgios Leontidis, Professor Stefanos Kollias), 2018-2023, to be awarded in 2023.

Mr George Onoufriou (Supervisory team: Dr Georgios Leontidis, Professor Marc Hanheide), 2018-2023, awarded in 2023.

Mr Nicolas Andreakos (Supervisory team: Dr Vassilis Cutsuridis), 2018-2023, awarded in 2023.

Mr Jack Stevenson (Supervisory team: Professor Stefanos Kollias, Dr David May, Dr Mark Else), 2020-

Mrs Deema Abdal Hafeth (Supervisory team: Professor Stefanos Kollias, Dr Mubeen Ghafoor), 2018-

MSc by Research Students

Mr Jason McGinty (Supervisory team: Professor Stefanos Kollias, Dr Georgios Leontidis), awarded in October 2019

Former Members

Dr Georgios Leontidis

Georgios Leontidis was a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Lincoln. He was a member of the Machine Learning Research Group, carrying out research on the areas of data science, big data analytics, statistical modelling and machine learning. He received his PhD in computer science and medical informatics from the University of Lincoln for his novel research on early screening and diagnosis of diabetic retinopathy. Before joining the University of Lincoln, Georgios worked as a data scientist and project manager in IBA Dosimetry in Germany, creating solutions for predicting the outcome of the radiation treatment in cancer patients. Before that, he was a Marie Curie research fellow at the University of Lincoln. His research outcomes have been published in various international journals, conferences and book chapters, and has also been invited to give interviews in a radio station, a newspaper and various scientific magazines. Georgios has also appeared in the annual magazine of the University of Lincoln and he was an invited keynote speaker at the 16th annual conference of the British Association of Retinal Screening in 2016. Georgios has been participating as PI/Co-PI/Co-I in various UKRI/EU-H2020/EU-Interreg/Innovate UK project of a total worth of ~1.6M£ (for the University of Lincoln). One of the PhD students George is a primary supervisor for is supported by a PhD studentship from BBSRC.

Dr Mingjun Zhong

Mingjun Zhong was a Lecturer in Computer Science (Machine Learning) in College of Science. Before coming to Lincoln, he was a Research Associate at the School of Informatics in the University of Edinburgh, working with Dr. Charles Sutton and Dr. Nigel Goddard on the EPSRC project “IDEAL: Intelligent Domestic Energy Advice Loop”. He was an Associate Professor in the Dalian University of Technology, China. Prior to this, he was a Research Assistant at the School of Computing in the University of Glasgow under the supervision of Professor Mark Girolami. Prior to this, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at INRIA Rennes, France, working with Dr. Anatole LECUYER. He obtained his PhD in Applied Mathematics from the Department of Applied Mathematics in the Dalian University of Technology, China.

Dr Shouyong Jiang

Shouyiong Jiang was a Lecturer with the School of Computer Science at the University of Lincoln in 2019-2021. Prior to that, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Newcastle University, with a research focus on next-generation biotechnology. He was a winner of the Chinese government Award for Outstanding Scholars Award in 2016. His interests included computational modelling, optimisation, and computational biotechnology.

Francesco Caliva (Post Doc, part of EU-H2020 Cortex project, supervised by Professor Stefanos Kollias)

Dr Bashar Alhnaity (Post Doc, part of EU-Interreg SmartGreen project, supervised by Professor Stefanos Kollias)

Mr Aiden Durrant (Ph.D. student, Supervisory team: Dr Georgios Leontidis, Professor Stefanos Kollias)

Mrs Yvonne James (Ph.D. student, Supervisory team: Professors Stefanos Kollias, Dr Georgios Leontidis)