I hold the Chair in Signal Processing at the University of Bristol and I am Director of the recently launched £46m MyWorld Strength in Places Programme. I am the Director of Bristol Vision Institute which I co-founded in 2008. BVI is a cross-disciplinary organisation, hosting some 160 researchers, dedicated to all aspects of vision science and engineering. I am also Director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Communications and University Lead for Creative Technologies. He is on the board of Bristol Digital Futures Institute.
I work in the fields of visual communications and computer vision and have won numerous awards for this work; I have published over 500 papers and patents, several of which have been licensed and exploited commercially. My current activities are focused on the problems of i) optimised video compression for internet streaming, broadcast and surveillance applications and ii) optimised workflows for media production including denoising and enhancement of low-light video. I am fortunate to be widely supported in these areas by international industry, governments and charities with over £40m of research income in the past 10 years. I have also delivered numerous invited/keynote lectures and tutorials and my new book, 'Intelligent Image and Video Compression' is now in print.
I have served on several national and international committees including DTI Foresight, MoD DSAC, HEFCE REF committees. I have been an advisor to MoD via the UK MoD (DSTL) ISTAR Concepts and Solutions Panel (2012-16) and to EPSRC via its Strategic Advisory Network (2014-18). In 2001, I co-founded ProVision Communication Technologies, Ltd., Bristol, which launched the world's first in home HDTV wireless video distribution system. I was its Director and Chairman until it was acquired in 2011.
I have been involved in the organisation of many international events and conferences. Most recently leading the bid to host IEEE ICIP 2021, Tutorial Chair for IEEE ICASSP 2019, Grand Challenge Chair for IEEE ICME 2020 and General Chair of PCS 2021.
I am a chartered engineer, a Fellow of the IET and a Fellow of the IEEE.