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***NEW: Call for Abstracts, deadline: 1 Mar 2014:  International Workshop on “Autonomous Cognitive Robotics”, Stirling 27-28 Mar 2014***

(Media Coverage: UK Sunday Times, The Herald (Scotland), UK Financial Express)

***RECENT: 2013 SICSA International Summer School on Cognitive Computation, University of Stirling, 25-30 Aug, 2013***

***RECENT: Call for Papers: Elsevier Neural Networks journal Special Issue (Deadline: 1st Aug 2013): ***

Affective and Cognitive Learning Affective and Cognitive Learning Systems for Big Social Data Analysis


International Recognition


Editor-in-Chief: (ISI-SCI indexed)  Cognitive Computation (Springer Neuroscience, NY, USA)

Volumes 1/2009 – 12/2013 published (Free Preview!)

Associate Editor: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks & Learning Systems (Ranked seventh top journal in the world, in its field)

Editor-in-Chief of new Book Series: SpringerBriefs on Cognitive Computation 

Editor-in-Chief of new Book Series: Socio-Affective Computing (Springer Neuroscience)


Founding Chair, 1st IEEE International Symposium on Computational Intelligence in Healthcare and e-Health (IEEE CICARE’2013)

(part of the flagship IEEE SSCI’2013, Singapore, 15-19 April 2013 - Call for Papers: IEEE CICARE 2013 / IEEE SSCI’2013 ) – also now part of: IEEE SSCI’2014, in Florida!

Publications Chair, of the flagship IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence, see CFP at: IEEE WCCI’2014, Beijing, 6-11 July 2014.

(IEEE WCCI will host the three major IEEE CIS Conferences: IJCNN’2014, IEEE FUZZY’2014 and IEEE CEC’2014)

Program Chair, 6th International Brain Inspired Cognitive Systems Conference  (BICS’2013) - Call for Papers: BICS’2013, Beijing, China, 2013

Co-Chair, 5th China Scotland SIPRA Workshop on “Next Generation Intelligent Signal Image Processing Technologies & Applications”, Stirling, 11-12 April, 2013

Invited Speaker, 19th International Conference on Neural Information Processing, IEEE ICONIP’2012, Texas A&M University at Qatar, 12-15 November 2012

Invited Speaker, International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN 2013), Dallas, 4-9 Aug 2013


Major Research Responsibilities:

Founding Head, Cognitive Signal Image Processing Research (COSIPRA) Laboratory (listed in Complex Systems Registry)

Media Coverage of Lab’s research: UK Sunday Express Newspaper,  Stirling Observer, etc.

Director PhD Programmes, Division of Computing Science, University of Stirling

Brief Biography/CV & Professional Experience

Research Publications


Selected Current/Recent Grants / PhD/Postdoctoral Vacancies:


NEW:  PhD Studentship in next generation e-healthcare

Novel Computational Intelligence based Clinical Decision Support System for Diabetes e-Health Care” (starting Sep 2013)


NEW: British Council (China) grant (2012-14)

(This new grant, in collaboration with Anhui University, China, is one of 30 competitive grants funded by the British and Chinese Governments (2012 Sino-UK Higher Education Research Partnership Funding Call). The Stirling-Anhui project was ranked first by the Experts Panel (following two rounds of peer review in both the UK and China ) – for further details, email:


Lead Principal Investigator for (~£360k) UK EPSRC Grant (2011-2014)

For a 3-year Post-doctoral Research Fellowship in: “Cognitive Control of Autonomous Systems” 

Co-funded by industry (ISC Ltd. and SciSys Ltd.)

(in collaboration with the Project Co-Investigator: Prof. Kevin Gurney, Computational Neuroscientist, University of Sheffield)

Post-doc Research Fellow Position now FILLED! Project website here

(Potential impact of this ambitious project has already been highlighted in the media: UK Sunday Express Newspaper , Stirling Minds)

This grant has led to three follow-on grants from the Royal Society of Edinburgh for collaborative research with China’s top Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing (Institute of Automation), Beihang and Anhui Normal Universities (2012-14).


Principal Investigator (PI) for UK EPSRC Grant (2010-2013)

In collaboration with MIT Media Lab (USA), Harvard Medical School (USA) & Co-funded by SiteKit Solutions Ltd. (Scotland)

Project Title: Intelligent e-Health Expert System for Primary Care with a prototype for Cardiovascular Preventative Care


Recently completed projects (selected):


UK EPSRC  and industry funded grant (2009-12)

In collaboration with MIT Media Lab (Boston, USA) & Co-funded by SiteKit Solutions Ltd. (Scotland)

“Application of Common Sense Computing for Enabling Next-generation Semantic Web Applications” Project Researcher: Erik Cambria (PhD awarded Feb 2012)

Publications List here


PhD project: Cognitive Agent based Modeling and Simulation, (Muaz Niazi), PhD awarded, July 2011 – Publications list here


Stirling PI, Vice-Chair and Grant Holder: European Science Foundation (ESF) funded Research Network (COST2102) (2007-11)


Chair, UK & Republic of Ireland IEEE IAS Chapter, Homepage: IEEE UK & RI Chapter: Industry Applications Society


Prospective PhD students: You are welcome to email me if you are interested in discussing any research idea(s) – you may either propose your own or I can give you something to think about!

Contact Address:

Professor Amir Hussain

Personal Chair in Computing Science

Director, COSIPRA Lab

Director: PhD Programmes

Division of Computing Science & Maths, School of Natural Sciences

University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA   SCOTLAND, UK

Tel / Fax: +44 (0)1786 - 476437 / 464551


The University of Stirling is ranked in the top 50 in the world in The Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 table, which ranks the world's best 100 universities under 50 years old.