World-leading multi-disciplinary research in Intelligent Visual and Interactive Technology.

About

Working with Partners

Research at CAMERA is underpinned by academic and partner expertise in Computer Vision, Graphics, Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and AI. This is complemented by additional expertise – health, rehabilitation, biomechanics, sport performance and psychology – which allows us to maximise impact in wider areas which would otherwise not be possible. Leveraging this expert basis, we work with partners to generate impact and translate our research and technology across three themes: Creative Science & Technology, Digital Health & Assistive Technology, and Human Performance Enhancement.

CAMERA builds on and extends existing impactful relationships between leading researchers at the University of Bath supported by investment from the University, from external partners and with the close participation of Bath’s EPSRC Doctoral Training Centre for Digital Entertainment (CDE) and UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Accountable, Responsible and Transparent AI (ART-AI).

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How We Are Funded

Support comes from EPSRC’s Next Stage Digital Economy Centre Programme as well as from 27 partners across the creative industries, sport, healthcare and engineering. CAMERA conducts first class multi-disciplinary research that fuses visual computing, AI and human-computer interaction (HCI) with healthcare, rehabilitation and biomechanics. We also have a strong focus on developing people, bridging the gap between postgraduate researchers and established academics.

 

CAMERA has research facilities at both the University of Bath and The Bottle Yard Studios, Bristol. These include high-end motion capture, digitisation and instrumented gait analysis – with future developments to include volumetric capture and virtual production. In addition to research collaborations and commercial projects, CAMERA’s additional support from the European Structural Investment Fund (ESIF) enables us to provide assisted support to regional businesses, including access to high-end motion capture and instrumented gait analysis – democratising access to state of the art technologies to companies of all sizes.

Through our research expertise and facilities, our mission is to generate world class multi-disciplinary research, impact, innovation and awareness of motion based technologies for animation of digital content for virtual and augmented reality, avatar animation, training simulation and motion analysis for healthcare assessment, prevention and treatment of motion based conditions and development of next generation rehabilitation solutions for physical and mental health conditions.

Prof Darren Cosker
CAMERA Director

Department of Computer Science

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+44 (0)1225 385356
www.cs.bath.ac.uk

Director of CAMERA. Research interests are in the convergence of Computer Graphics, Animation, Computer Vision and Psychology. Darren is particularly interested applying these fields to the development of virtual humans, including realistic facial animation and the development of tools and processes to accelerate creative processes in this area.

Although primarily embedded in Visual Computing and AI, Darren is a multi-disciplinary scientist/researcher interested in problems that cut across disciplines – resulting in papers published in diverse disciplines such as animation, vision, emotion perception and sport. He is also interested in democratising technology to enable people to do great work – whether they are researchers or an every day person just wanting to be more productive or have fun. Past applications of research have been in areas such as human motion analysis, recognition and synthesis, but Darren interested in any problem that involves understanding and modeling data. Applications have in the past been across creative industries (e.g. we worked on some great projects with the BBC and Aardman – ‘Is Anna OK?’ and ’11:11 Memories Retold’), healthcare (e.g. AI to manage disease) and sport (e.g. markerless biomechanical analysis).

Prof Eamonn O’Neill
CAMERA Co-Director

Department of Computer Science

[email protected]
+44 (0)1225 383216
researchportal.bath.ac.uk

Eamonn is the Director of the UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Accountable, Responsible and Transparent AI (ART-AI).

His research interests are in developing, evaluating and understanding innovative forms of human-technology interaction and technology-mediated human-human interaction. Topics include mixed, augmented and virtual reality, and interaction with intelligent machines and software.

Eamonn’s research has the overarching goal of contributing to an applied science of interactive systems.

This involves deriving design principles for the development of such systems that are theoretically well-founded, empirically tested and operationalised for people’s use. This research covers the spectrum of technological, cognitive and social challenges and opportunities that these systems offer.

Prof James Bilzon
CAMERA Co-Director

Department for Health

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+44 (0)1225 383174
researchportal.bath.ac.uk

Professor of Human and Applied Physiology with specific expertise in the biological basis of rehabilitation medicine, human and applied physiology, occupational and environmental physiology, exercise rehabilitation, special populations (e.g. spinal cord injury, lower limb amputation), chronic disease (e.g. cardiometabolic disease, osteoarthritis).

Dr Neill Campbell
CAMERA Co-Investigator

Department of Computer Science

[email protected]
+44 (0)1225 385950
researchportal.bath.ac.uk

Neill is a Royal Society Industry Fellow working in the Department of Computer Science as a Senior Lecturer in Visual Computing and Machine Learning. He is a Co-Investigator at CAMERA and the Visual Computing Group. Neill is interested in the modelling of shape and the use of machine learning techniques applied in the domain of computer vision (processing images from the real world) and graphics (creating and manipulating new images). Shape is such a fundamental component of graphics and vision that research in this field unifies the two subjects and there is a great advantage to solving problems in both areas simultaneously since they help one-another. Neill’s latest ongoing research aims to learn automatically models of both man-made and natural shapes, and produce intelligent systems that make it easier to process, create and manipulate images.

Dr Yongliang Yang
CAMERA Co-Investigator

Department of Computer Science

[email protected]
+44 (0)1225 386673
researchportal.bath.ac.uk

Yongliang’s research interests are in shape understanding, computational design and computer graphics. Most recently, his work has focussed on developing shape analysis and optimization algorithms to understand and explore geometric structures.

Dr Christof Lutteroth
CAMERA Co-Investigator

Department of Computer Science

[email protected]
researchportal.bath.ac.uk

Christof’s main research interests are in the field of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), with a focus on eye-gaze interaction and health. He is researching new ways to enable users to control electronic devices using their eyes. He also investigates applications of HCI in health, such as the use of virtual reality in exercise and rehabilitation.

Dr Polly McGuigan
CAMERA Co-Investigator

Department for Health

[email protected]
researchportal.bath.ac.uk

Polly’s research focuses on how the neuromuscular system powers and controls locomotion in humans and animals, how it changes with age and injury, and ways in which its performance can be enhanced through training and technology.  This research is multidisciplinary in nature and has applications in many spheres of medicine, physiotherapy, veterinary, sports science and engineering.  Specific current projects include: Understanding muscle-tendon interaction and motor control in demanding dynamic tasks to prevent injury; changes in muscle architecture, mechanics and recruitment with age; technologies to assist in the rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries; and preventing long term complications of lower limb amputation.

Dr Steffi Colyer
CAMERA Co-Investigator

Department for Health

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researchportal.bath.ac.uk

In collaboration with UK Sport and British Skeleton, Steffi’s PhD project was focussed on enhancing start performance in the winter sport of skeleton and was conducted in the lead up to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. Her thesis focussed on understanding the determinants of elite skeleton start performance to inform training and coaching practices, and to ultimately improve chances of medal success. Steffi’s research is now primarily focussed on sprint performance and the associated hamstring strain injury risk factors. Additionally, Steffi is co-supervising a project funded by the European Space Agency to better understand the load experienced when performing movements in low gravity situations.

Dr Michael Proulx
CAMERA Co-Investigator

Department of Psychology

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researchportal.bath.ac.uk

“What does it mean, to see?” Michael’s  primary interest in psychology, neuroscience, and computer science is cognition. His research has advanced from first examining cognition and attentional control within the visual system to now examine how multisensory processing contributes to perception and cognition. Working with blind individuals in particular helps to reveal the role of visual experience for cognition and how the “visual” parts of the brain process other information in the absence of visual input. Much of this work has used a ‘sensory-substitution’ device (called The vOICe) that provides visual information by translating visual input into sound. Michael therefore studies multiple sensory modalities and utilize multiple methods to best understand the psychological and neural underpinnings of cognition in human and non-human animals. Other current projects include virtual reality (VR), the rubber hand illusion, visual decision-making in zebrafish and bees, perceptual learning, spatial cognition, numerical representation, semantic memory, cognitive evolution, synaesthesia, neurostimulation, crossmodal collaboration, and sensory substitution.

Ms Rebekah Hole, CAMERA Centre Manager

Ms Rebekah Hole
CAMERA Centre Manager

Department of Computer Science

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+44 (0)1225 383293

Rebekah works in close collaboration with the Centre Management Team in the running and strategic development of CAMERA. Taking overall responsibility for the operational delivery of the research programme, providing coordination and management of the resource allocation of the Centre.

Mr Matthew Young, CAMERA Innovation Manager

Mr Matthew Young
CAMERA Innovation Manager

Department of Computer Science

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+44 (0)1225 384548
Ms Eva Martino, Creative Studio Producer

Ms Eva Martino
Creative Studio Producer

Department of Computer Science

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+44 (0) 7702797629
Mr Jamie Eastman, Creative Network Associate

Mr Jamie Eastman
Creative Network Associate

CAMERA

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+44 (0)7973814701
Ms Becca Knight, Marketing and Events Coordinator

Ms Becca Knight
Marketing and Events Coordinator

Department of Computer Science

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Mr Martin Parsons, CAMERA Head of Studio

Mr Martin Parsons
CAMERA Head of Studio

Department of Computer Science

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Dr Pooya Soltani
CAMERA Studio Technician

ERDF Studio Techician

[email protected]
researchportal.bath.ac.uk

Dr Pooya Soltani who leads the technical aspects of motion capture activity in CAMERA’s new Innovation Studio, funded by the European Regional Development Fund. With a holistic approach to physiology, biomechanics, and psychology, Pooya’s research centres on extended reality technologies and gamification to improve sports performance. For his PhD, Pooya explored the use of sports exergames for teaching, training, and inspiring real sports and physical activity. He also completed a two-year post doctoral research, where he used virtual and augmented reality to identify perceptive-motor expertise in ball sports.

Dr Christian Richardt
CAMERA Associate

Department of Computer Science

[email protected]
researchportal.bath.ac.uk

Christian’s research interests cover the fields of image processing, computer graphics and computer vision, and his research combines insights from vision, graphics and perception to reconstruct visual information from images and videos, to create high-quality visual experiences with a focus on 6-degree-of-freedom VR video. He is also interested in stereoscopic vision and graphics, computational photography and non-photorealistic rendering. For more details, see Christian’s website

Dr Özgür Şimşek
CAMERA Associate

Lecturer, Department of Computer Science

[email protected]
researchportal.bath.ac.uk

Özgür Şimşek is a Senior Lecturer in Machine Learning and Deputy Director at the Institute for Mathematical Innovation Bath. Her research is on solving complex problems through autonomous search, learning, and development, spanning a number of different fields, including artificial intelligence, machine learning, network science, and decision heuristics. She is particularly interested in achieving open-ended developmental learning in large, complex environments.

Dr Simon Jones
CAMERA Associate

Lecturer, Department of Computer Science

[email protected]
researchportal.bath.ac.uk

Simon works in Human-Computer Interaction, particularly in areas related to personal informatics, privacy, social networks, mobile interaction, communication analysis, and data visualisation. His recent work investigates how data analysis and visualisation of peoples’ online digital footprints can be used to support them in understanding and changing their behaviour in a range of contexts.

Dr Wenbin Li
CAMERA Associate

Lecturer, Department of Computer Science

[email protected]
researchportal.bath.ac.uk

Wenbin’s research interests mainly lie in general autonomous systems and their applications in manufacturing and professional capture, including the research topics in multi-sensory based localization and mapping, dynamic motion capture, as well as uncontrolled scene understanding and fabrication. Those exiting topics could be broadly relevant to fields of Robotics, Computer Vision, Graphics and Machine Learning. For more details, see Wenbin’s website and Perceptual Intelligence Laboratory website.

Dr Vinay Namboodiri
CAMERA Associate

Lecturer, Department of Computer Science

[email protected]
researchportal.bath.ac.uk

Vinay is interested in research in Computer Vision and Machine Learning, specifically visual recognition with ccarce supervision; multi-modal deep learning; explainable AI; adversarial and probabilistic deep learning. For more details, see Vinay’s website.

Dr Tom Fincham-Haines
CAMERA Associate

Department of Computer Science

[email protected]
researchportal.bath.ac.uk

Tom applies machine learning to a wide selection of problems, particularly those involving computer visions and graphics. He has strong interests in graphical models, Bayesian non-parametric models, directional statistics and active learning. Tom is currently especially interested in projects involving tools to help artists, machine learning for education, online/realtime machine learning, causality, and scaling non-parametric methods to big data.

Prof Peter Hall
CAMERA Associate

Department of Computer Science

[email protected]
+44 (0)1225 386004
researchportal.bath.ac.uk

Peter is the Director of the EPSRC Centre for Digital Entertainment. He is interested in automatically processing real photographs and video into art or into 3D animated models. Peter has worked on automatically locating and identifying objects, whether photographed, drawn, painted etc and reconstructing complex dynamic phenomena from video. He is developing a current interest in accessible computing.

Dr Dario Cazzola
CAMERA Associate

Department for Health

[email protected]
researchportal.bath.ac.uk

Dario is interested in the modelling and simulation of human movement to investigate injury mechanisms and understand human function. Dario’s research is focused on the use of an integrated approach that includes in vivo and in vitro experimental methodologies with in silico methods such as musculoskeeltal modelling and finite element analysis. Current research: the analysis of cervical spine injury mechanisms in rugby and horse racing; anaylsis of hamstring injury in sprint running; biomechanical assessment and optimised treatment identification in axial spondyloarthritis; estimation of joint loading in partial gravity situations; biomechanical analysis of rugby and horse racing activities; and computer simulation of sprint running.

Dr Elena Seminati
CAMERA Associate

Department for Health

[email protected]
researchportal.bath.ac.uk

Elena’s research interests include lower limb amputees, pathological locomotion, sport injury prevention, musculoskeletal simulation, and motion analysis and my research approach includes both experimental sessions and musculoskeletal modelling of the human motion, in order to establish risk factors, prevent injuries/illness and improve performance

Prof Danaë Stanton Fraser
CAMERA Associate

Professor, Department of Psychology

[email protected]
researchportal.bath.ac.uk

Danaë Stanton Fraser is a Professor in Human Computer Interaction and leads the CREATE Lab. Danaë’s research focuses on the design and evaluation of mobile and ubiquitous technologies for interactivity and learning. Her research interests are in tangible and ubiquitous interfaces for education and transfer of spatial skills from virtual to real spaces in research areas such as technology-enhanced learning, human-computer interaction, ubiquitous computing and spatial cognition. Danaë’s work is underpinned by a process of co-design with end users and industrial partners in the development and evaluation of technologies.

Dr Murray Evans
Research Associate

Department of Computer Science

Dr Nadejda Roubtsova
Research Associate

Department of Computer Science

Dr Yiguo Qiao (Joyce)
Research Associate

Department of Computer Science

Dr Daniela De Angeli
Research Associate

Department of Computer Science

Dr Joanna Tarko
Research Associate

Department of Computer Science

Dr Ming-Ze Yuan
Research Software Engineer

Department of Computer Science

Mr Reuben Lindroos
Research Software Engineer

Deptartment of Computer Science

Dr Alison Bown
PhD Researcher

PhD Research Programme in Humanities & Social Sciences

Mr Jacob Hadnett-Hunter
PhD Researcher

PhD Research Programme in Computing, Department of Computer Science

Ms Maryam Naghizadeh
PhD Researcher

PhD Research Programme in Computing, Department of Computer Science, Funded by FIRE & CDE

Miss Yi Wan
PhD Researcher

PhD Research Programme in Health

Mr Adam Hartshorne
PhD Researcher

PhD Research Programme in Computing, Department of Computer Science

Mr Alessandro Di Martino
PhD Researcher

Alumnus: PhD Research Programme in Computing, Department of Computer Science

Mr Andrew Lawrence
PhD Researcher

PhD Research Programme in Computing, Department of Computer Science, Funded by FIRE & CDE

Mr Crescent Jicol
PhD Researcher

PhD Research Programme in Computing, Department of Computer Science, Funded by EPSRC DTP

Mr George Fletcher
PhD Researcher

PhD Research Programme in Accountable, Responsible and Transparent Artificial Intelligence

Mr Horia Bogdan
PhD Researcher

PhD Research Programme in Computing, Department of Computer Science, Funded by URSA

Mr Jake Deane
PhD Researcher

PhD Research Programme in Computing, Department of Computer Science

Mr Kyle Reed
EngD Researcher

EngD Research Programme in Digital Entertainment, Department of Computer Science, Funded by CDE

Mr Luca Franco
PhD Researcher

PhD Research Programme in Health, Department of Health, Funded by BIRD & Bath Alumni Fund

Mr Matthew Farrow
PhD Researcher

PhD Research Programme in Health, Department of Health, Funded by DTP & URSA

Mr Nicos Haralabidis
PhD Researcher

PhD Research Programme in Health, Department of Health

Mr Pavlos Silvestros
PhD Researcher

PhD Research Programme in Health, Department of Health, Funded by Rugby Football Union Injured Player Foundation

Mr Tobias Bertel
PhD Researcher

PhD Research Programme in Computing, Department of Computer Science, Funded by FIRE

Mr Yassir Saquil
PhD Researcher

PhD Research Programme in Computing, Department of Computer Science, Funded by FIRE

Mr Youssef Mejjati
PhD Researcher

PhD Research Programme in Computing, Department of Computer Science, Funded by FIRE

Ms Anca Salagean
PhD Researcher

PhD Research Programme in Psychology, Department of Psychology

Ms Catherine Taylor
EngD Researcher

EngD Research Programme in Digital Entertainment, Department of Computer Science, Funded by CDE

Ms Eleanor Crellin
PhD Researcher

PhD Research Programme in Computing, Department of Computer Science

Ms Emelie Barman
PhD Researcher

PhD Research Programme in Computing, Department of Computer Science, Funded by URSA

Ms Violet Henderson
PhD Researcher

PhD Research Programme in Computing, Department of Computer Science, Funded by RUH/Alumni Fund

Dr Kwang In Kim
CAMERA Alumni

Senior Lecturer, Department of Computer Science

Dr Shridhar Ravikumar
CAMERA Alumni

Next Destination: Amazon

Dr Richard Allan
CAMERA Alumni

Next Destination: Headley Court Military Hospital

Dr Jose Serra
CAMERA Alumni

Next Destination: Industrial Light & Magic

Dr Sinead Kearney
CAMERA Alumni

Next Destination: Beyond Capture Studios

Dr Aki Salo
CAMERA Alumni

Next Destination: Research Institute for Olympic Sports of Finland

Dr Xiaokun Wu
CAMERA Alumni

Research Associate, Department of Computer Science

Mr Huy Phan
CAMERA Alumni

Next destination: myrecovery

Dr Daniel J. Finnegan
CAMERA Alumni

Next destination: Lecturer, Cardif University

Mr Pedro Mendes
CAMERA Alumni

Next Destination: Fundamental VR

Dr Sinan Mutlu
CAMERA Alumni

Knowledge Transfer Partnership Associate, Department of Computer Science

Dr Soumya Barathi
CAMERA Alumni

Next Destination: CEO Exergaming Ltd

Mr Will Hunter
CAMERA Alumni