UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering

Dr Lindsay Macdonald

Dr Lindsay Macdonald

Honorary Professor

Dept of Civil, Environ &Geomatic Eng

Faculty of Engineering Science

Joined UCL
3rd Jan 2017

Research summary

Lindsay MacDonald has published over 120 papers in journals and the proceedings of peer-reviewed conferences. He has edited eight books on image science and its application to cultural heritage, the most recent being Digital Heritage, published by Elsevier (Oxford) in 2006.

Lindsay  has been a Fellow of five professional societies, including the British Computer Society (BCS), the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Royal Photographic Society (RPS).He has been involved in European collaborative research since 1991, active as both an evaluator of proposals and reviewer of projects in Framework Programmes FP3 to FP7. He was principal investigator of STREP project FP5-VITRA for 30 months (2002-2004) entitled Veridical Imaging of Transmissive and Reflective Artefacts.

His particular research interest is in colour, including the human visual system, colorimetry of imaging devices, spectral characterisation of illumination and materials, and colour image processing. He was Co-Chair of the 12th Congress of the International Colour Association (AIC), held in Newcastle in 2013, and is Editor of the AIC Annual Report. He is also Secretary/Treasurer of the International Colour Association (AIC).

Teaching summary


Lindsay MacDonald has degrees in Science (Physics and Pure Maths) and Electrical Engineering (Electronics and Control) from the University of Sydney, and is holding a PhD in photogrammetric imaging from University College London (UCL).

He has worked in software and image science for over 40 years.  In the first half of his career Lindsay worked for 18 years as a software engineer in industrial R&D for Crosfield Electronics, the UK’s leading manufacturer of professional systems for the graphic arts. He developed software and image processing algorithms for page composition and image retouching systems, as is the holder of 15 patents in this field. During this time the company won nine Queen’s Awards for Industry.

In 1995 he moved to academia and held chairs as Professor of Multimedia Imaging successively at three UK universities, first at Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Higher Education (now the University of Gloucestershire), then at the Colour & Imaging Institute at the University of Derby, then at London College of Communication.

Lindsay is now Research Fellow in the 3DIMPact research group at the UCL Department for Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering, UCL Faculty of Engineering Sciences,  and also Visiting Professor at the University of Westminster, Faculty of Science and Technology, Computational Vision and Imaging Technology (CVIT) research group.