School of Engineering
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Subject Areas: Robotics, AI, Digital engineering
As Chair Professor of Signal and Image Processing and a fellow of IET, he leads research in digital engineering, and is the founder and head of ADSIP and ADMT research centres. Working actively with an extensive network of collaborators in multiple sectors, he has received >£12M external funding, produced >170 publications, and won awards for his cross-sectoral research and development of digital signal and image processing technologies for industrial non-destructive evaluation and medical non-invasive diagnosis.
Professor Shark is the founder and head of two research centres which are the Applied Digital Signal and Image Processing Research Centre (ADSIP) established in 2001 and the Advanced Digital Manufacturing Technology Research Centre (ADMT) established in 2008.
He received his BSc (Hons) in Electronic and Communications Engineering from the Polytechnic of North London in 1983, his MSc in Microwave and Modern Optics from University College London in 1984, and his PhD in digital satellite systems from the Lancashire Polytechnic in collaboration with the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough in 1988. After a short spell of research fellowship, he became a senior lecturer in 1989, and subsequently promoted to Principal Lecturer in 1998 and Chair Professor of Signal and Image Processing in 2001 at the University of Central Lancashire.
He holds a number of honorary positions which include Visiting Professor of Lancaster University; Distinguished Visiting Professor of Beijing Municipal Higher Education Commission under the Outstanding Talents Programme; and Visiting Chair Professor of the China State Key Laboratory of Hybrid Process Industry Automation System and Equipment Technology. In addition, he is a fellow of IET; an associate editor of IET Journal of Image Processing and Avestia Journal of Machine Intelligence and Data Science (JMIDS); an Inderscience editorial board member for International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology (IJCAT) and International Journal of Modelling, Identification and Control (IJMIC); a member of EPSRC peer review college; a panel evaluator of European Research Council and Research Executive Agency; as well as a regular reviewer of grant bodies in Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Hong Kong and USA. He has received >£12M external funding from a diverse range of grant bodies (which include ARC, British Council, EPSRC, ERDF, EU Framework Programmes, HEFCE, MOD, MRC and RGF) and industrial companies (such as Alenia, BAE Systems and PACCAR).
He has supervised 30 PhD students to completion; produced more than 170 publications including 4 best conference papers, 2 invited book chapters and 8 invited journal papers; and won several awards including two from BAE Systems for technology innovation.
Duerden C, Shark L-K, Hall G and Howe J: “Minimisation of energy consumption variance for multi-process manufacturing lines through genetic algorithm manipulation of production schedule”, Engineering Letters, Vol.23, No.1, pp.40-48, 2015.
Wang Y, Xie W, Yu X and Shark L-K: “An automatic physical access control system based on hand vein biometric identification”, IEEE Trans. Consumer Electronics, Vol.61, No.3, pp.320-327, 2015.
Smith JP and Shark L-K: Non-destructive Testing and Evaluation of Composite Aerospace Structures, Book Chapter in Wiley Encyclopaedia of Composites, Second Edition, Edited by Luigi Nicolais and Assunta Borzacchiello, Vol.3, pp1975-2015, Wiley, ISBN-13: 9780470128282, 2012.
Shark, Lik-Kwan, Chen, H and Goodacre, J Knee acoustic emission: a potential biomarker for quantitative assessment of joint ageing and degeneration. Medical Engineering & Physics, 33 (5). pp. 534-545. ISSN 13504533, 2011.
Signal and image processing technology for industrial non-destructive evaluation and medical non-invasive diagnosis.
Associate editor, Journal of Machine Intelligence and Data Science (JMIDS), Avestia Publishing (from 2018)
Associate editor, Journal of Computer Human Interaction and Interactive Multimedia (CHIIM), Avestia Publishing (2018)
Associate editor, IET Journal of Image Processing (from 2016)
Member of IET Vision and Imaging Technical Advisory Panel (from 2015)
Visiting Professor of Lancaster University (from 2014)
Chair Professor of the China State Key Laboratory of Hybrid Process Industry Automation System and Equipment Technology (from 2012)
Editorial Board Member of International Journal of Modelling, Identification and Control (IJMIC), Inderscience (from 2012)
Editorial Board Member of International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology (IJCAT), Inderscience (from 2011)
Member of IET Vision and Imaging Network Executive Committee (2011-2014)
Distinguished Professor of the Beijing Municipal Higher Education Commission under the Outstanding Talents Programme (2009-2013)
Member of North West Autonomous Systems Programme Steering Committee (2009-2011)
Member of Lancashire Manufacturing Strategy Group (2009-2010)
Member of BINDT Aerospace Executive Committee (from 2009)
Guest Professor of North China University of Technology (from 2008)
Guest Professor of Kunming University of Science & Technology (from 2006)
Professor - Honorary Research Appointment, Blackpool Fylde & Wyre Hospitals NHS Trust (2005)
Guest Professor of Beijing Institute of Technology (from 2005)
Expert evaluator of European Commission (from 2004)
Member of EPSRC Peer Review College (from 2003)
Specialist adviser of Hong Kong Council for Academic Accreditation (from 2002)
Visiting Professor of Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2002)
A total of more than £14m has been awarded, which includes more than £12m awarded by various grant bodies (such as ARC, British Council, EPSRC, ERDF, EU Framework Programmes from FP4 to FP7, HEFCE, MOD, MRC and RGF) and industrial companies (such as Alenia, BAE Systems and PACCAR); and around £2m received internally from UCLan. Among more than 50 funded projects with a total value around £84m, there were 13 large-scale high-impact projects (>£1m/project) and the collaboration involved more than 160 organisations in 21 countries worldwide. Some example projects are listed below:
National Natural Science Foundation of China, Research on unconstrained identification of dorsal hand vein images, Grant No. 61271368, ¥620,000, (overseas collaborator) in collaboration with North China University of Technology, 2017-2020.
ERDF, Digital integrated manufacturing execution 2 (DigitME2), Project No. 19R16P00626, £1,877,354, (co-investigator) 2016-2019.
British Council, Ukraine exploratory grant on collaborative research in multi-channel signal processing, £2,300, Grant Ref. UKR15EG/16/28.01.16, (co-investigator) in collaboration with Ukraine National Aerospace University, 2016-2017.
MOD, Successor Project Enhanced NDE TDP: Visualisation development and industrialisation support, £211,163, (principal investigator), in collaboration with BAE Systems Maritime, AMEC and University of Bristol, 2015-2016.
BAE Systems Maritime, Feasibility study on multichannel signal processing for enhanced ultrasonic imaging using principal components analysis, £57,966, (co-investigator) 2015.
BAE Systems Maritime, Industrial PhD Studentship, Automatic defect seeking and geometry characterisation by intelligent beam forming and scanning through ultrasonic arrays, £107,909, (director of studies), 2014-2019.
MRC, Acoustic emission as a non-invasive biomarker for quantitative dynamic assessment of knee joint repair in clinical trials and stratified medicine, Grant Ref: MR/K025597/1, £497,181 (scientific lead) in collaboration with Lancaster University and supported by Blackpool Teaching Hospital, Imorphics Ltd., Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, National Institute for Health Research Cumbria and Lancashire Comprehensive Local Research Networks, University College London Institute of Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Science, University Hospital of Morecambe Bay, Universities of Liverpool and Manchester, 2014-2017.
EU 7th Framework Programme, SEMEiotic Oriented Technology for Individual’s CardiOmetabolic risk self-assessmeNt and Self-monitoring (SEMEOTICONS), Contract No: 611516, €5,405,370 (co-investigator) in collaboration with the Italian National Research Council (CNR), the Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH) in Greece, Linköping University in Sweden, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Centre de Recherche en Nutrition Humaine Rhône-Alpes in France, INTECS and COSMED in Italy, FORTHNET S.A. in Greece, and DRACO Systems in Spain, 2013-2016.
EPSRC, Self-resilient reconfigurable assembly system with in-process quality improvement, Grant Ref: EP/K019368/1, £2,546,117 (co-investigator) in collaboration with Warwick University and supported by BAE Systems, EnginSoft, Georgia Institute of Technology, Hexagon Metrology, Jaguar Cars, Stadco, Universities of Huddersfield and Michigan, 2013-2019.
MOD, Future Submarine Enhanced NDE TDP: 3D tomographic display and analysis of FMC acquisition, Contract No. FSM/032, ITT Ref: 6000006593, £295,999, (principal investigator) in collaboration with BAE Systems Maritime, University of Bristol, and AMEC, 2013-2015.
Regional Growth Fund, Growing autonomous system mission management applications (GAMMA), funded by Regional Growth Fund (2012-2015), in collaboration with North West Aerospace Alliance (NWAA), BAE Systems, National Nuclear Laboratory Ltd, Universities of Liverpool, Lancaster, Manchester and Salford.
EPSRC and BAE Systems Military Air and Information, Industrial CASE Studentships, Developing digital manufacturing capabilities for aerospace platforms, Voucher No. 11220144, £94,621, (director of studies) 2012-2016.
ERDF, Digital integrated manufacturing execution (DigitME), Project No. X02640PR, £1,399,938, (principal investigator), 2011-2015.
MOD, Future Submarine Concept Phase: Enhanced NDE TDP, Contract No. FSM/006, £257,164, (principal investigator) in collaboration with BAE Systems Maritime, Doosan Babcock and University of Bristol, 2011-2013.
ERDF, Development of innovative small wind turbine technologies, Project No. X01692PR, £2,154,746, (co-investigator) 2010-2014.
EPSRC, Technology in radiotherapy feasibility studies, Grant Ref: EP/H024913/1, £249,358, (co-investigator) in collaboration with Christie Hospital, Liverpool John Moores University, Cergy Pontoise University France, Preston Acute Hospitals Trust, and Universitat Otto-von-Guericke Magdeburg Germany, 2009-2011.
Beijing Municipal Higher Education Commission, Outstanding Talents Programme, Distinguished Visiting Professor of North China University of Technology, Grant No. PHR20100205, ¥300,000, 2009-2012.
General chair of one international conference (AECRIS); member of more than 60 international conferences organising and programme committees (which include ICMIC, ICWAPR, IEEE SMC, SITIS, VISAPP); and chair/organiser of more than 10 national/international workshops/special sessions.