Dr Wenhao Zhang

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  • Qualifications:PhD, FHEA, MSc, MEng, BEng
  • Position:Senior Lecturer in Machine Vision
  • Department:FET - Engineering, Design and Mathematics
  • Telephone:+4411732 86806
  • Email:Wenhao.Zhang@uwe.ac.uk

About me

Dr. Wenhao Zhang is a Senior Lecturer in Machine Vision and he is a member at the Centre for Machine Vision (CMV), Bristol Robotics Laboratory. Wenhao had completed a BEng degree in Automation, a MEng degree in Control and a MSc degree in Electronics before he undertook his PhD study at the CMV on 3D computer vision analysis of human demographics and behaviours. This research work explored a number of facial cues, such as gender, age and gaze, by performing 2D and 3D based computer vision analysis. The aim of the research is to create a natural HCI strategy that can fulfil user expectations, augment user satisfaction and enrich user experience by understanding user characteristics and behaviours.
In the last a few years, Wenhao worked on research projects spanning a range of application domains enabled by machine vision. These include:

  • FasTrak (Future Ticket), funded by RSSB, in collaboration with Cubic Transportations Systems, exploring use of 3D face recognition for ticket validation and revenue protection at railway stations
  • 3D Multispectral Leaf Imaging, funded by BBSRC, in collaboration with University of Manchester, combining multispectral imaging with high-resolution 3D imaging and performing leaf venation extraction
  • GrassVision, funded by InnovateUK, in collaboration with SoilEssentials and Aralia Systems Ltd., developing a novel imaging system and spray apparatus for precision application of herbicides to broad-leaf weeds in grass crops
  • Autonomous Underfloor Insulation, funded by InnovateUK, in collaboration with Q-bot, performing semantic segmentation in under-floor-void
  • Eye Gaze Analysis for HCI, VC Award, designing a deep learning based model to perform accurate and real-time eye centre localisation in order to facilitate human-computer interaction
  • Eye Saccade Recognition for Early Detection of Neurodegenerative Disease, VC Interdisciplinary Research Award, in collaboration with Centre for Research in Biosciences and Psychological Sciences Research Group, currently ongoing
Wenhao is an HEA fellowship and has a passion for research-informed teaching. He currently teaches subjects in machine vision and electronics.

Area of expertise

Face recognition

3D reconstruction
Eye tracking
Human Computer Interaction (HCI)


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