Professor Lyndon Smith

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  • Qualifications:BSc (Hon), MSc, PGCE, PhD.
  • Position:Professor in Computer Simulation and Machine Vision
  • Department:FET - Engineering, Design and Mathematics
  • Telephone:+4411732 82009
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About me

Professor in Computer Simulation and Machine Vision, in the Centre for Machine Vision, Bristol Robotics Laboratory.
I have twenty years of experience of research (on both sides of the Atlantic), in the field of Computer Simulation and Machine Vision, with particular emphasis on 3D analysis of complex surface textures and object morphologies. Since joining the University of the West of England (UWE) I have been entered in every RAE submission that has occurred, and have published 150 technical papers (72 in international journals). I have also written a book, edited another book, undertaken 3 guest editorships of international journals and have been named as inventor in 3 patent applications. I have successfully supervised fifteen PhDs (seven as Director of Studies) and am currently engaged in supervising further PhD candidates, who are currently researching in various areas of machine vision and computer simulation. Since 1999 I have secured around £6M of funding for research in the UWE Machine Vision Laboratory (MVL). I have also made a significant contribution to teaching at UWE, having led and developed numerous courses over many years.

Area of expertise

I have developed numerous advanced computer vision systems, some of which have been marketed and sold internationally, while others have provided new medical functionality. For example, a high-resolution 3D texture vision system (the Skin Analyser), which I developed, has been employed over a number of years at Frenchay Hospital, for analysis of potentially cancerous skin lesions. My computer simulations, which have included Monte Carlo techniques and neural networks, resulted in a new method for 3D analysis that has been employed by other researchers as well as being developed into commercial software. I have obtained project funding from a range of public and private sources, that has included EPSRC, NHS, TSB, DTI, MRC, MOD, as well as companies in the UK, US and a range of other countries. My research outcomes have included 20 successful PhD supervisions, 180 papers (half in international journals), two books; and working prototype and commercial systems that have been delivered to clients internationally. I was recently Guest Editor for the special issue of the international journal ‘Computers in Industry’, entitled ‘Outdoor Machine Vision’.


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