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Computing Science and Maths Seminars, 2020/2021

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Seminars will take place via Microsoft Teams, with a meeting link to be shared via the seminar-announce emails. Unless otherwise stated, from 15.00 to 16.00 on Friday afternoons during semester time, followed by informal discussions.

If you would like to give a seminar to the department in future or if you need more information,  
please contact the seminar organisers, Dr. Sandy Brownlee ( and Dr. Wen-shin Lee (

Autumn 2020

Date Speaker Title/Abstract
18 September

25 September
Dr. Mohamed Elawady, CSM, University of Stirling Reflection Symmetry Detection in 2D Images

Symmetry is a fundamental principle of visual perception to feel the equally distributed weights within foreground objects inside an image. It is used as a significant visual feature through various computer vision applications (i.e. object detection and segmentation), plus as an important composition measure in the art domain (i.e. aesthetic analysis). The development of symmetry detection has been improving rapidly since last century. In this work, the main objective is detecting reflection symmetry inside real-world images in a global scale. This method wins a recent symmetry competition worldwide in single and multiple cases. In summary, the spatial and context information of each candidate axis inside an image can be used as a local or global symmetry measure for further image analysis and scene understanding purposes.

Mohamed Elawady is a new appointed university lecturer in data science, Stirling university. He was a lead computer vision researcher at a parisian startup: Qopius. He has studied in different European universities: PhD in computer vision at Hubert Curien laboratory, Lyon university [France] (2014-2019). European masters in vision and robotics (VIBOT) with Erasmus Mundus scholarship at Burgundy university [France], Girona university [Spain] and Heriot-Watt university [UK] (2012-2014). In addition, he is the winner of 2D reflection symmetry competitions (among participants) in ICCV’17 workshop: Detecting symmetry in the wild.
2 October

9 October

16 October

23 October
Dr Paul McMenemy, CSM, University of Stirling

30 October
Reading Week

6 November
Dr Vahid Akbari, CSM, University of Stirling

13 November

20 November
Dr. Carles Barril, Department of Mathematics, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

27 November

4 December
Prof. Bruce Graham, CSM, University of Stirling Two pathway signalling processing in the brain

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Top image: Evolution of sounds by crowd-sourcing, from Brownlee, A. E. I., Kim, S-J., Wan, S-H., Chan, S. & Lawson, J. A. Crowd-Sourcing the Sounds of Places with a Web-Based Evolutionary Algorithm. Companion Proc. of the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation COnference 2019, Prague, Czech Republic, pp 131-132. DOI:10.1145/3319619.3322028

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