I received my BSc in physics and PhD in computer image analysis from the University of Manchester, in 1967 and 1972 respectively. I currently have University-wide roles as Associate Vice President for Research and Director of Manchester Informatics. My academic appointment is joint between Informatics, Imaging & Data Science in the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, where my research group is based, and the School of Computer Science, in the Faculty of Science and Engineering, where I was Head of School 2004 – 2008.

My core research is in computer vision and medical image analysis – with a central interest in developing generic methods to underpin practical applications in medicine, industry, and commerce – but I also have broader interests in informatics, data science and connected health. I have a long history of involvement in technology transfer, establishing long-term partnerships with industry, and spinning out five new companies. I was awarded an OBE in 2000 for contributions to Foresight and Health Informatics and was elected a Distinguished Fellow of the British Machine Vision Association in 2003, Fellow of the International Association for Pattern Recognition in 2004, Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2006, Fellow of the (International) Medical Image Computing and Computer Aided Intervention (MICCAI) Society in 2009, and was the 3rd recipient of the MICCAI Enduring Impact Award in 2011.  I am currently chair of the EPSRC Healthcare Technologies Strategic Advisory Team.

Collaborators and affiliated staff


  • Dr James Graham

Research interests

Computer Vision

Medical Image Analysis

  • Mammography
  • Bone and Joint imaging (OA, RA)
  • Nailfold Capillaroscopy

Face Recognition/Analysis

Machine Learning

Connected Health and mHealth

Technology for Mental Health

Internet of Things

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