Academic Supervisors

Computer Science

Prof Daniel Alexander

I work within the Centre for Medical Image Computing (CMIC) and the Vision and Imaging Sciences group in the Computer Science (CS) Department at UCL. I lead the MIG (Microstructure Imaging Group) as well as development and maintenance of the Camino diffusion MRI toolkit. I also lead the POND (Progression of Neurological Diseases) group. I am Director of CMIC and Diector of Research in the CS department.

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Dr Peter J. Bentley

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In addition to being the Department of Computer Science's Honorary Reader, Dr. Peter J. Bentley's academic activities encompass responsibilities as collaborating professor at the KAIST Department of Brain & Bio Engineering and duties as a contributing editor to WIRED UK

Title: Honorary Reader, Department of Computer Science

Dept: Department of Computer Science

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Dr Gabriel Brostow

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Gabriel Brostow oversees a number of students at UCL's Computer Science department in the area of computer vision and computer graphic applications and together with them pursues a "Smart Capture" agenda. Dr. Brostow describes Smart Capture thusly: "To me, smart capture of visual data (usually video) means having or finding satisfying answers to these questions about a system, whether interactive or fully automated"

Title: Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in Computer Science

Dept: Department of Computer Science

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Prof Bernard Buxton

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Title: Emeritus Professor of Information Processing Systems

Group: Vision and Imaging Science and UCL Computational Biology

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Dr Licia Capra

My general research area is ubiquitous computing. My goal is to provide: (1) application developers with useful abstractions, algorithm libraries, and middleware systems to ease ubiquitous computing application development; (2) end users with better experiences when interacting with the technology in their daily life. 

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Dr John Dowell

My research investigates advanced forms of user interface with a focus on adaptive interfaces and agent interfaces, media multi-tasking interfaces, and visualisations for reasoning and decision-making. The work has application to smartphone apps, smart meeting rooms, collaborative learning environments, and dynamic systems control. The work has been funded by the research councils, industry and government agencies.

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Prof Anthony Finkelstein

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Dr Nicolas Gold

My research focuses developing methods (and thus tools) to help people understand (and possibly change) the products of human creativity.  In particular, my work is concerned with two primary areas of human creative endeavour: software and music.  I am particularly interested in dependence analysis and program slicing, computational musicology, and the relationship between software engineering and music.  My work draws on methods in software engineering and digital humanities.

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Prof Stephen Hailes

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My research interests lie in the fields of mobile systems and security, though I retain an interest in multimedia with recent work in networked animation systems. Mobile systems, particularly ad hoc systems, provide a complex environment in which there is plenty of virgin territory to explore, and for which there are both intellectually stimulating and industrially relevant areas to examine.

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Dr Simon Julier

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Title: Reader in Situation Awareness Systems

Group: Virtual Environments and Computer Graphics and UCL Robotics

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Prof Jan Kautz

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Jan Kautz lectures in the Virtual Environments and Computer Graphics at University College London where he oversees research into computer graphics. Jan has made a number of important contributions to the verisimilitude of virtual environments, making advances in the territory of uncanny valley. One area in which he has made advances is the rendering of realistic objects under general lighting.

Title: Professor in Virtual Environments and Computer Graphics in the Department of Computer Science

Dept: Department of Computer Science

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Prof Niloy Mitra

Dr Niloy Mitra'a work deals with shape analysis and exploiting 3D data
collections. Humans possess superior reasoning and observation skills
and are experts in quickly parsing and abstracting scenes. Yet with the
huge amount of digital data now being easily available, automation is
desirable. A common theme of Niloy's research is to understand the
important relations between objects and object parts in 3D scenes.
Niloy is also working on the identify and encode model variations
across collections of similar datasets using statistical techniques.
3D geometry is widely available via online repositories, yet we lack
effective tools for browsing and navigating such datasets, e.g.,
understanding geometric optimization and manufacturing constraints to
better navigate the space of constrained meshes. Niloy's research
opens up interesting directions in fabrication-aware design and
exploration, and optimizing directly on such design manifolds.


Niloy Mitra is a Professor of Geometry Processing in the Department of Computer Science, University College London (UCL). Niloy received his MS (2002) and PhD (Sept. 2006) in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University under the guidance of Prof. Leonidas Guibas and Prof. Marc Levoy, and was a postdoctoral scholar with Prof. Helmut Pottmann at Technical University Vienna.

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Dr Simon Prince

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Title: Senior Lecturer

Group: Vision and Imaging Science

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Prof John Shawe-Taylor

John’s main research area is Statistical Learning Theory, but his contributions range from Neural Networks, to Machine Learning, to Graph Theory. Since September 2010 he has been the Head of Department of Computer Science at UCL.

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Prof Mel Slater

My major research interest is the question of what makes virtual reality work: how is it possible to build virtual environments such that people respond realistically to events within them? What scientific explanations are there of this phenomenon?  I have a particular interest in virtual reality for the creation of social scenarios, and also in using the power of virtual reality for changing the self, research that is focussed on the interface between computer science and neuroscience.

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Prof Anthony Steed

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Anthony Steed is the Director for the VEIV Centre, Professor of Virtual Environments & Computer Graphics and has joint responsibility (with Dr. David Swapp) over UCL's immersive virtual reality CAVE facility.

Title: VEIV Director and Professor of Virtual Environments & Computer Graphics

Group: Virtual Environments & Computer Graphics

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Dr Tim Weyrich

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Tim Weyrich's work operates at an intersection of digital humanities research and employment of state of the art imaging technologies. He has recently completed important work around skin reflectance, which is a crucial area in circumventing the uncanny valley.

Title: Assistant Professor in the Virtual Environments and Computer Graphics group in the Department of Computer Science

Dept: Department of Computer Science

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The Bartlett

Dr Hector Altamirano-Medina

Hector Altamirano is a building scientist with a broad research interest in energy, the indoor environment and the operational performance of buildings. Hector is a trained architect with an MA in Energy, Environment and Sustainable Design, and a PhD in Building Science.

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Dr Ben Croxford

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A background in computer systems and electronic engineering, led me into intelligent domestic central heating controls, once in the built environment department of what became University of Westminster, it was a short hop to air pollution monitoring in the streets, at the Bartlett. Continuing experience in monitoring of air pollution, temperature, humidity and energy, led to a lecturer post in the MSc Environmental Design and Engineering course.

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Prof Mike Davies

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Mike is Professor of Building Physics and Environment. He has a background of relevant monitoring and modelling work and seeks to understand how buildings can optimally minimise their production of CO2 whilst maintaining healthy and comfortable conditions. He is currently managing the UCL components of research projects being undertaken for CLG in the development of UK building performance standards. Mike is currently leading the large EPSRC Urban Heat Island Project (LUCID) which involves modelling climate, the built stock, energy use, overheating and comfort and health impacts across London.

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Prof Stephen Gage

Stephen Gage is Professor of Innovative Technology and the Course Coordinator in the Post Graduate Certificate in Advanced Architectural Research within the The Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL. Professor Gage adopts a research outlook that is mindful of how different forces, technological and architectural for instance, can co-determine one another.

Title: Professor of Innovative Technology; Course Coordinator Post Graduate Certificate in Advanced Architectural Research

Dept: Advanced Architectural Research

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Dr Sean Hanna

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Sean Hanna is Lecturer in Space and Adaptive Architectures at the UCL Bartlett School of Graduate Studies. He is course director of the MSc AAC and MRes AAC.

Title: Lecturer in Space and Adaptive Architectures 

Group: Space and Adaptive Architectures

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Dr Ljiljana Marjanovic-Halburd

At the very heart of Ljiljana's research interest is energy and data management and modelling in built environment. Her areas of expertise include the relationship between building load dynamics and building energy consumption, asset and operational rating of non-domestic buildings, low carbon buildings design. At present her research efforts are concentrated towards sustainable facility operations, building information management (BIM) applications in facility management and complex systems theory applications in building design and construction. 

Title: Senior Lecturer

Group: Complex Built Environment Systems Group

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Prof Dejan Mumovic

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In collaboration with UCL Energy Institute, Dejan is currently leading a group of industry/EPSRC co-funded research engineers developing the appropriate techniques necessary for evaluating built environment issues holistically

Title: VEIV Co-Director, Senior Lecturer in Architectural Engineering, and Deputy Course Director: MSc Environmental Design and Engineering Bartlett School of Graduate Studies

Dept: Bartlett School of Graduate Studies

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Prof Tadj Oreszczyn

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Tadj has over 28 years of energy research experience focused within the area of energy and buildings. Before becoming Professor of Energy and Environment Tadj was Director of the Energy Design Advice Scheme; a government funded initiative, which provided free energy advice to building professionals during the design and refurbishment of buildings.

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Prof Alan Penn

Alan PennAlan is the Dean of the Bartlett faculty of the Built Environment, a HEFCE Business Fellow and a founding director of  Space Syntax Ltd,  a UCL knowledge transfer spin out with a portfolio of over 100 applied projects per year, including whole city masterplans, neighbourhood development plans and individual buildings. 

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Prof Michael Pitt

Professor Pitt has been involved in property research and teaching since 1990. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has served on several Facilities Management committees over the years. He has been an advisor to the HCP team at the MOD Main Building since 2008 and works closely with much of the HCP supply chain. He is also Visiting Professor at the University of Malaya and Editor of the Journal of Facilities Management.

Title: Professor of Facility Management Innovation

Group: Complex Built Environment Systems Group

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Dr Peg Rawes

I am Professor in Architecture and Philosophy, Programme Director of the MA Architectural History, and a PhD Supervisor for Architectural Design and Architectural History and Theory PhD Programmes.  My research and teaching focus on material, political, technological and ecological histories and theories of contemporary architecture and art.

Title: Professor of Architecture and Philosophy

Group: Bartlett School of Architecture

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Prof Matija Strlic


Matija's research focus is in the cross-disciplinary field of heritage science, particularly development of new scientific tools and methods to study heritage materials and collections, and their interactions with the environment. Among the pioneering contributions are the development of the concepts of collections demography, of degradomics, use of Near Infrared Spectrometry with chemometric data analysis in heritage science, use of chemiluminometry for studies of degradation of organic heritage materials, and studies of volatile degradation products in heritage collections, including the smell of heritage. 

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Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering

Dr Jan Boehm

Prof Tao Cheng


Tao's research spans network complexity, geocomputation, and spatio-temporal data mining, withapplications in environmental monitoring, location-based services, andhealth, crime and transport studies. Currently she leads a team of six researcherson the EPSRC project 'Spatio-Temporal Analysis of Network Data and RoadDevelopments', which is studying congestion in central London usinginnovative statistical and machine learning approaches. From 2012, Tao leadsan EPSRC Project on Crime, Policing and Citizenship (CPC), 'Space-TimeInteractions of Dynamic Networks'.

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Dr Claire Ellul

My research interests include 3D GIS, spatial databases, big data performance optimization and approaches for handling large quantities of spatial data. I am also involved in a number of Spatial Data Infrastructures projects (http://, seeking to identify the most suitable mechanisms curate data and to share data amongst academic staff in an interdisciplinary, multi-national context. As part of this, I am investigating approaches to building usable systems to facilitate data discovery and evaluation, as well as to ensure metadata capture and maintenance processes are integrated into data manipulation tasks.

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Prof Muki Haklay


Prof Muki Haklay is a Professor of Geographic Information Science in the department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineeringwhere he is the co-director of the Extreme Citizen Science (ExCiteS) research group.
Muki is interested in public access and use of environmental information, participatory mapping and GIS, citizen science and usability and Human-Computer Interaction aspects of geographical technologies. His current research focus is on Extreme Citizen Science - the development of theories, methodologies and tools that will allow any community, regardless of their literacy level, to carry out their own projects.

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Prof Stuart Robson

Professor Robson is known for his research in the field of dynamic 3D co-ordination and monitoring of engineering, medical and heritage structures using traceable optical metrology techniques. His reputation is built around low cost photogrammetric imaging networks and sequences where he has a key international profile. He leads the 3DImpact Research Group at UCL which comprises two academics, two teaching fellows, a senior research fellow, three Research Associates and 14 PhD and EngD students.

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Prof Marek Ziebart

Space Geodesy - this is the science and engineering of using satellites in orbit around planets to measure dynamic characteristics, such as the gravity field, sea level and ice cap variations, as well as plate tectonics. In 2007, GPS World named him as one of the 50 Leaders to Watch for his contributions to the global navigation and positioning industry.

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UCL Interaction Centre (UCLIC)

Dr Duncan Brumby

I work within interdisciplinary teams, using methods and approaches from psychology, computer science, and design. I have published 60+ papers on how people interact with computers (see UCL Publications or Google Scholar). Support has come from grants provided by the EPSRC and EIT Digital.

Title: Senior Lecturer

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Prof Jon French

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Jon has research interests in several areas including, Earth surface processes and landform morphodynamics, environmental system modelling, environmental instrumentation, coastal and estuarine flood defence management, and history and research methodology of the Earth and environmental sciences

Title: Head of Geography Department; Environmental Modelling Group, Department of Geography

Dept: Department of Geography

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Information Studies

Dr Melissa Terras

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Melissa Terras teaches Internet Technologies, Digital Resources in the Humanities, and Web Publishing in the Department of Information Studies at University College London Her research interests involve applying computational technologies to Humanities problems, to allow research that would otherwise be impossible.

Title: Reader in Electronic Communication in the Department of Information Studies at University College London

Dept: Department of Information Studies

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Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering

Prof David Hawkes

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David Hawkes enjoys a distinguished publishing history spanning three decades with areas of expertise in medical imaging. He has ongoing collaborations with many institutions beyond UCL, including the Institute of Cancer Research, KCL, Guys and St. Thomas, Imperial College, University of Manchester and Oxford.

Title: Professor of Biophysics and Clinical Neurophysiology

Dept: Biophysics and Clinical Neurophysiology

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Institute of Opthyalmology

Dr Beau Lotto

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"Beau Lotto attempts to understand the visual brain as a system defined, not by its essential properties, but by its past ecological interactions with the world. In this view, the brain evolved to see what proved useful to see, to continually redefine normality."

Title: Position Reader in Neurobiology at the Institute of Ophthalmology

Dept: Institute of Ophthalmology

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School of Management

Dr David Chapman

David is the Deputy Director of UCL’s School of Management where his responsibilities include the management of strategic relationships with other departments at UCL and the development of the institution’s management teaching portfolio. 

Title: Deputy Director and Senior Lecturer

Group: UCL School of Management

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