Amir Hussain obtained his BEng (with the highest 1st Class Honours with distinction) and PhD in Electronic and Electrical Engineering (EEE), both from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, in 1992 and 1997 respectively. He was awarded the prestigious Professor Magnus MacLean Memorial Medal of Distinction for his undergraduate achievements in 1992. His PhD work (1992-96) led to pioneering research contributions (including an international patent) on “Novel artificial neural network architectures & algorithms for complex real-world applications”. The EEE Dept at Strathclyde is the largest of its kind in the UK. It is also the highest rated EEE Dept in Scotland and one of the two EEE departments in the UK in the top 5 of the UK Guardian University guide for both research and teaching. 

Following a post-doctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Paisley (1996-98) and a Research Lectureship at the University of Dundee (1998-2000), he joined the University of Stirling in 2000, where he is currently full (Chair) Professor of Cognitive Computing Science and founding Director of the Cognitive Big Data Informatics (CogBID – formerly COSIPRA) Laboratory, managing a multi-disciplinary research team of over 20 postdoctoral and doctoral researchers. The University of Stirling has been ranked in the world’s top 50 Universities by The Times Higher Education “Top 100 Under 50 year old Universities” (2015). Stirling’s Computing Science Department has been ranked 10th in the UK in the Guardian Newspaper’s UK University League Table (2011). 

His research interests are cross-disciplinary & industry focused and include: next generation brain-inspired multi-modal cognitive technology for solving complex real world problems, including medical and social multi-media Big Data analytics, manifold-based learning, dimensionality reduction and visualization, sentiment and opinion mining, multi-lingual natural language processing, personalized and preventative (e and m) healthcare, and medical informatics engineering, agent based complex autonomous systems modeling and control, cognitive multi-modal hearing systems, more natural multi-modal human computer interaction, assistive technology & related clinical research.  His pioneering research on next-generation multi-modal cognitive hearing systems and cognitive autonomous systems control, has received significant media coverage (e.g. recently in: and and ) 

He has published sixteen Books: 8 edited volumes and 8 research monographs, including: Sentic Computing, Cognitive Agent based Computing, and Cognitively-inspired Audio-visual Speech Filtering (first books in their respective areas); and, nearly 300 research papers (including around 100 in leading international journals).  He has conducted and led collaborative research with industry (attracting research grants worth several million dollars, as Principal Investigator); partnered in major European research programs, and has supervised more than 30 PhDs. 

He is founding Editor-in-Chief of the internationally-leading journal: Cognitive Computation journal, published by Springer Nature (Neuroscience, USA,, the new BMC Big Data Analytics journal (published by BioMed Central/Springer Nature,, and the Springer Book Series on Socio-Affective Computing, and SpringerBriefs in Cognitive Computation. He is Associate Editor for the world’s leading IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks & Learning Systems, the IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine, and serves on the editorial board of a number of other leading journals.

He has served as General (co)Chair /Organizing Committee Chair for over 50 leading International Conferences. Recently, he has been Organizing Committee Chair of the premier IEEE WCCI’2014, IEEE IJCNN’2015, and the INNS 2015 Big Data Conference, and founding General co-Chair of, amongst others, IEEE ICEIS, BICS and IEEE SSCI-CICARE.  He holds several distinguished Visiting Professorships, including at Oxford (Computational Neuroscience Lab) and MIT Media Lab (Synthetic Intelligence Lab), and serves as an International Advisor to various Governmental Higher Education and Research Councils, Universities and Companies. He is an invited member of the IEEE Systems Man and Cybernetics (SMC) Technical Committee on Cognitive Computing, the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS) Emergent Technologies Technical Committee, the IEEE CIS Education Multimedia, and Pre-College Activities Committees.

He is founding co-Chair of the INNS Big Data Section and its annual INNS Conference on Big Data, and Chapter Chair of the IEEE UK & Republic of Ireland (RI) Industry Applications Society. He is a Senior Fellow of the Brain Science Foundation and Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.