Dr Gary Atkinson

Gary Atkinson

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Gary Atkinson completed an MSci degree in physics at the University of Nottingham in 2003. Upon graduation, he moved to the University of York to study for a PhD degree in the Department of Computer Science, under the supervision of Edwin Hancock. His research was concerned with improving shape recovery algorithms and reflectance function estimation for computer vision. Most of his work involved the exploitation of the polarising properties of reflection from surfaces.

In 2007, Gary moved to the UWE Machine Vision Laboratory (now part of the Bristol Robotics Laboratory) to work on face reconstruction and recognition research in collaboration with Imperial College London. He has since researched a range of areas in computer vision including 3D image analysis of plagiocephaly, industrial inspection, reflectance analysis and security/CCTV imaging. He supervised Mark Hansen's PhD in face recognition to completion in 2012 and Katy Tarrit's in CCTV imaging to completion in 2014. He has published twelve major peer-reviewed international journal papers and appeared in numerous conferences.

In 2010, Gary acted as the editor and UK and Europe co-convener for the International Conference and Exhibition on Biometrics Technology in Coimbatore, India with proceedings published in Elsevier's Procedia Computer Science.

Gary was appointed as a permanent lecturer in 2012 and has a range of teaching duties in the areas of computer vision, component inspection, and stress and dynamics theory for Engineering. Since 2014, Gary has held a visiting post at the University of Qiqihar in Heilongjiang Province, China.​

Area of expertise

Machine Vision

Face recognition


​Polarization​

Mechanics for engineering

My Publications