RESEARCH INTERESTS

Prof Hussain’s personal and collaborative research mainly centers round developing and applying novel cognitively-inspired multi-modal computational intelligence and machine learning techniques to a range of complex real-world applications. More generally, he is interested in novel cross-disciplinary research for brain-inspired modeling, analysis and control for engineering the complex systems of tomorrow – both theory and applications. 

Since 2003, he has been awarded (as Principal Investigator) research grants to the value of ~Euro 3million in these areas, including over £0.5m of currently active/held grants (as PI). He currently manages fifteen funded doctoral and post-doctoral research projects in these areas, as part of the CogBID (formerly COSIPRA) Laboratory - which he founded in 2010 as part of the Division’s Cognitive Computation Research Group. The CogBID Lab has established funded collaborations with leading researchers, including from Harvard Medical School, MIT Media Lab, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Tsinghua University and industry, and is advancing internationally-leading and high-impact interdisciplinary research in brain inspired cognitive systems, with a focus on cognitive Big Data natural language processing, signal image processing, modeling and control techniques for enabling next generation healthcare and assistive technology, intelligent web and complex autonomous systems applications.

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PUBLICATIONS

He has authored nearly 300 papers including around 100 international journal papers, 16 co-authored/edited Books and over 60 Book chapters. He has published in leading high impact Journals including, amongst others: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, IEEE Intelligent Systems, IEEE Computational Intelligence, IEEE Transactions in Cybernetics, IEEE Transactions in Communications, IEEE Communications Magazine, IEEE Sensors Journal, (Elsevier) Neural Networks, (Elsevier) Knowledge Based Systems (KBS), IET Proceedings on Vision, Image & Signal Processing, (Elsevier) Neurocomputing, (Elsevier) Speech Communication, (Springer)  (IET) Electronics Letters, (Elsevier) Journal of Theoretical Biology, and others. (See list in Publications List)

SELECTED RESEARCH GRANTS AND COLLABORATORS (with full details)

(Total grants awarded to the value of over $3m, 2003-15)

  1. 2015-2018: Principal Investigator (PI) for UK Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) grant (~£500k), 2015-2018. This project has funded two 3-year post-doctoral research fellows under my principal supervision in the area of next-general cognitively inspired audio-visual hearing aids - in collaboration with the Dept. of Computational Neuroscience (Sheffield University), Phonakand MRC Institute of Hearing Research (Glasgow). Project extensively covered in media, e.g. BBC, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-33098322
  2. 2011-2014: Principal Investigator (PI) for UK Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) grant (~£360,000), 2011-2014. This project has funded a 3 yearpost-doctoral researcher under my principal supervision in the area of cognitive control of complex autonomous systems in the context of regular road driving and planetary rovers - in collaboration with the Dept. of Computational Neuroscience (Sheffield University), SciSys Ltd and Industrial Systems Control Ltd.
  3. 2013-15: PI for a new British Council funded joint-PhD project (~£36k), with Anhui University (Prof. B. Luo, China PI), titled: "Towards a Cognitive Vision-based Multi-agent Modellingand Control Framework”, Stirling PI: Prof Amir Hussain, CI: Dr Jozsef Farkas (Maths), Dr Erfu Yang. This is one of 30 competitive grants funded by the British and Chinese Governments (under the 2012 Sino-UK Higher Education Research Partnership Funding Call). The Stirling-Anhui project was ranked first by the Experts Panel (following 2 rounds of peer review in both the UK and China- www.csc.edu.cn/Chuguo/87819ca1fbf04edda5570a3e31ca7b69.shtml)
  4. 2014-18: PI for a new (~£50k) PhD grant co-funded by a US based company: BehaviouralMedia Networks, Inc. (a spin-off of the Mind-Machine Project at MIT Media Lab) and the University of Stirling international PhD scholarship,  (for S. Poria), for: multi-modal sentiment and opinion mining.
  5. 2013-17: PI for a new University of Stirling and industry (UcareFoundation Ltd.) co-funded (~£80k) PhD IMPACT project (L. Ali), aimed at developing cognitive image processing based prediction techniques for liver cancer detection and progression – in collaboration with Kilmarnock NHS Hospital and Harvard Medical School (Boston, USA)
  6. 2013-17: PI for a new University of Stirling and industry (UtechLtd.) co-funded (~£80k) IMPACT PhD project (M. Ilyas, 2013-17), aimed at developing intelligent prognostic decision support system for predicting growth hormone deficiency in children – in collaboration with Glasgow Yorkhill Childrens NHS Hospital, and Harvard Medical School (Boston, USA)
  7. 2014-16: Co-PI for Royal Society of Edinburgh and National Natural Science Foundation of China grant (£12k) for a 2 year joint-research project with China’s top-ranked Tsinghua University in Beijing, titled:  “Cognitive SenticNetand Multimodal Topic Structure Parsing Techniques for Both Chinese and English Languages”
  8. 2012-15: Lead PI/Project Leader for Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) funded grants (total RSE grants awarded to Stirling: ~£24k) for the collaborative research projects: “Cognitive Vision-based co-ordinatedcontrol of Multiple Autonomous Vehicles”, with China’s Beihang (Prof. Wang Jun) and Anhui (Prof. Bin Luo) Universities, awarded under the competitive Joint RSE-NNSFC (National Natural Science Foundation of China) Funding Call, 2011.
  9. 2010-15: Lead PI for Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) funded (total grant awarded to Stirling: ~£20k) grant for the collaborative PhD-exchange project: “Next generation emotion-sensitive document analysis and semantic web mining techniques and applications”, joint with the prestigious Chinese Academy of Sciences (Beijing, China – Prof. C. Liu, Chinese CI). This grant is the first funded research collaboration resulting from the China-Scotland Signal Image Processing Research Academy (SIPRA) that was set up in 2009 (co-ordinatedby Prof. Durrani, Strathclyde) and supported by the Scottish Funding Council and the Chinese National Science Foundation (NSF)–linking four Scottish (Edinburgh, Strathclyde, Stirling and Heriott-Watt) and the top seven Chinese Universities for world-class collaborative research
  10. Principal Investigator (PI) for UK Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) grant (~£90,000), co-funded by SitekitSolutions Ltd., and in collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab, and Harvard Medical School (Boston, USA) (2009-2014). This project has funded a new PhD researcher under my principal supervision in the area of intelligent decision support systems for primary (e)healthcare, including a prototype for cardiovascular preventative care.
  11. Principal Investigator (PI) for an EPSRC grant (~£85,000), co-funded by Sitekitsolutions Ltd., and in collaboration with MIT Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA (2008-2012). This project has funded a PhD researcher under my principal supervision in the area of machine learning and statistical signal processing techniques for semantic web mining applications.
  12. Stirling PI (and Grant Holder) for the European Science Foundation (ESF) funded (~Euro 420k, under the EU’s FP7) Research Network project: “Verbal and non-verbal communication technologies & applications”, involving 27 EU countries (2008-11). Stirling’srole was to develop new multi-sensor adaptive beamforming techniques and cognitive multi-modal (audio-visual) speech processing tools with applications to hearing aids and speech recognition - including for foreign languages (such as Arabic, in collaboration with Prof. Yousef Al-Otaibi from King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia). The project aimed to develop speech signal processing techniques that can drive the implementation of next generation hands-free communications & telecommunications services, e.g. remote health monitoring systems, interactive dialogue systems & intelligent avatars.
  13. Stirling Lead PI (EU Partner) for the EU funded (~EUR400k) Project (under FP6): “Towards an intelligentweb-based Geographical Information System” (2004-6)
  14. Lead PI for an EPSRC funded (£60k)international Research Network: Novel Computation: Towards multiple-model based learning & optimized control paradigms for complex systems (2003-4). This project was awarded an (Overall) Assessment of “Tending to Outstanding” by EPSRC’s post-Grant Review Panel.
  15. Stirling PI (and Grant Holder) for the European Science Foundation (ESF) funded (~£320,000, under the EU’s FP7) Research Network project: “Verbal and non-verbal communication technologies & applications”, involving 27 EU countries (2008-11). Stirling’srole was to develop new multi-sensor adaptive beamforming techniques and cognitive multi-modal (audio-visual) speech processing tools with applications to hearing aids and speech recognition (including for foreign languages such as Arabic, in collaboration with Prof. Yousef Al-Ajmi from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia). The Network project aimed to develop speech signal processing techniques that can drive the implementation of next generation hands-free communications & telecommunications services, e.g. remote health monitoring systems, interactive dialogue systems & intelligent avatars.
  16. Stirling PI of a new BBSRC/EPSRC funded (~£100k) Network project (led by LeedsUniversity) on “Modeling, Analysis and Control of Immune Systems”. Stirling’s role was to develop new computational and mathematical/analytical models of the immune system. A range natural/biologically inspired computing techniques are being investigated for modeling immune systems, including evolutionary algorithms (e.g. genetic algorithms), self-organizing systems, artificial neural networks, artificial immune systems, swarm systems, artificial life, cellular
  17. Stirling Lead PI (EU Partner) for the EU funded (~EUR400k) IT&C Project (under FP6): “Towards an intelligentweb-based Geographical Information System” (2004-6)
  18. Lead PI for an EPSRC funded (£60k)international Research Network: Novel Computation: Towards multiple-model based learning & optimized control paradigms for complex systems (2003-4). This project was awarded an (Overall) Assessment of “Tending to Outstanding” by EPSRC’s post-Grant Review Panel.
  19.  Stirling Project Manager/PI of an industry funded (~£30k) PhD Research Project on: “Intelligent Modeling & Control of Complex Systems”. The aim of this project is to develop neurobiologically motivated cognitive control systems, including intelligent multiple-controller frameworks, with applications to complex autonomous vehicles, and the process control industry.
  20. Principal Investigator/Grant Holder of various other small research grants and scholarships (to total value of ~EUR60k) awarded by various organizations, including the UK Royal Society, European Science Foundation (ESF), Universities of Dundee, Strathclyde, and Stirling.

RESEARCH SUPERVISION

Successfully supervised over thirty PhD students (1998-15) in the areas of computational intelligence for e-health and healthcare, modelling, simulation and control of complex systems, audio-visual signal processing for assistive technology, semantic web technologies for more natural multimodal human computer interaction and natural language processing, neural image processing, data mining & higher order statistics for blind equalization. Twelve PhDs (in interdisciplinary research areas) are currently in progression (2013-present), with five in their Thesis write-up stages.

SELECTED RECENT PH.D PROJECTS/CANDIDATES SUPERVISED

  1.  Kamran Farooq (in cardiovasculatar preventative care) graduated in 2015
  2. RoznizaAli (in intelligent signal image processing for aquaculture applications) graduated in 2014
  3. Thomas Mazzocco(in intelligent clinical decision support systems), graduated in 2014
  4. Andrew Abel in the area of “Audio-visual speech enhancement in noisy environments” – graduated 2013
  5. Erik Cambria, in the area of “SenticComputing: A novel emotion and sentiment mining engine for natural language processing applications” – PhD successfully completed, July 2012
  6. MuazNiazi, in the area of “Towards A Novel Unified Framework for Developing Formal, Network and Validated Agent-Based Simulation Models of Complex Adaptive Systems” – successfully completed Sep 2011.
  7. RudwanAbdullah, in the area of “intelligent modeling and control of complex systems” (2004-7) – PhD successfully completed Dec 2007 
  8. AhsanAbdullah, in the area of “novel data mining techniques and applications” (2004-2007) – PhD successfully completed Dec 2007
  9. Ali Zayed, in the area of “non-linear control” (2001-5) – PhD successfully completed May 2005.
  10. Javed Muhammad in the area of “Location Estimation in Cellular Communications Networks using Neural Networks”  M.Phil awarded June 2007
  11. Nhamo Mtetwa in the area of “Stochastic Resonance in Neural Networks and their FPGA-based hardware implementations” (as Co-supervisor), PhD awarded July 2003
  12. C. Thomas in the area of “A mutual information measure classifier - combining Neural Network Learning and Expert Systems” (as Co-supervisor), PhD awarded July 2005