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Research group

Vision, Learning and Control

A person having their eye scanned

Our group explores the theory behind technological areas including control, machine learning and computer vision.


As part of the Department of Electronics and Computer Science, our research includes: 

Computer vision 

Our image processing and computer vision ranges from techniques in pre-processing, to feature extraction and image analysis. VLC researchers have a long record in biometrics, developing work in gait and facial recognition. 
VLC are developing soft biometrics, learning from human labelling to augment or even replace the automatically derived measures. We are also working in new areas related to deep convolutional neural networks and feature learning, which cross the boundary with machine learning. 

Machine learning 

Machine learning in our group covers a broad range of areas ranging from developing new classification and clustering tools for big data sets, to mathematical modelling of complex systems and optimisation.

Application areas include: 

  • biological sequence analysis 
  • gene regulation 
  • text analysis 
  • computer vision 
  • recommender systems 
  • combinatorial optimisation 


VLC researchers’ work includes behavioural approaches to: 

  • system theory 
  • system identification - particularly using structured low-rank approximations 
  • multidimensional systems theory 
  • robust nonlinear control 
  • iterative learning control 
  • adaptive control 
  • flow control 

They use a variety of techniques from linear algebra, functional analysis, partial differential equations and commutative algebra.

People, projects and publications


Professor Adam Prugel-Bennett

Prof of Electronics & Computer Science

Dr Andersen Ang


Research interests

  • Mathematical programming / Mathematical optimisation
  • Nonnegative Matrix Factorisation/ Low-rank factroisation / Tensor factorisation
  • Machine learning applications

Accepting applications from PhD students

Professor Bing Chu


Dr Daniel Clark FRAeS, FIET, CMath FIMA, CStat, SFHEA, SMIEEE


Accepting applications from PhD students

Professor Eric Rogers

Prof. of Control Systems Theory & Design

Dr Hansung Kim

Associate Professor

Research interests

  • 3D Computer Vision
  • Artificial intelligence (AI) for scene understanding
  • Audio-visual data processing

Accepting applications from PhD students

Dr Jo Grundy DPhil, MRSC

Senior Teaching Fellow

Accepting applications from PhD students

Professor Jonathon Hare BEng (Hons), PhD, FHEA, MIET


Research interests

  • My main research interests lie in the area of representation learning;
  • The long-term goal of my research is to innovate techniques that can allow machines to learn from and understand the information conveyed by data and use that information to fulfil the information needs of humans.  

Accepting applications from PhD students

My research is at the intersection of machine learning and digital health. I am interested in developing machine learning methods for human sensing using vision- and wearable-based technologies.