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Royal Academy of Engineering fellowships

22 May 2006

Dr Vladimir Kolmogorov (UCL Adastral Park) and Dr Dean Barratt (UCL Medical Physics & Bioengineering) have each been awarded one of the eight research fellowships presented by the Royal Academy of Engineering this year.

The fellowships are for five years and are designed to encourage the best researchers to remain in the university engineering sector. The scheme is designed so that researchers like Dr Kolmogorov and Dr Barratt have the freedom to concentrate on research in any field of engineering, and have the time to establish a track record in the field.

Dr Kolmogorov, an expert in computer vision, will use the fellowship to further his work in the field, concentrating on graphical models, optimisation algorithms for Markov Random Fields, and their applications to image segmentation, stereo and other vision problems.

Dr Kolmogorov gained his PhD from Cornell University and spent two years at Microsoft Research in Cambridge before joining UCL's Adastral Park Postgraduate Research Campus. Adastral Park primarily works in the broad areas of digital multimedia; computer vision; and networking. Current areas of joint research between UCL and BT include virtual reality systems, network performance and architecture, image processing and retrieval and information security.

Dr Barratt is an expert in 3D medical ultrasound imaging and image-guided surgery. His fellowship research programme focuses on the development of novel methods for registering, or aligning, medical ultrasound images with other types of image. In particular, his work aims to develop ultrasound-based technology for guiding minimally-invasive medical interventions, with applications drawn from neuro and orthopaedic surgery and emerging therapies for prostate and liver cancer.

Dr Barratt gained his PhD from Imperial College London and spent two years working in the Department of Imaging Sciences at Guy's Hospital, King's College London, before the research group moved to UCL to form the Centre for Medical Image Computing (CMIC), a joint initiative between UCL Medical Physics and UCL Computer Science. The research activity within CMIC covers areas such as image formation, image analysis and image-guided interventions, and enjoys strong collaborative links with clinical and basic biomedical science departments and industry.

To find out more about Adastral Park, CIMC or the Royal Academy of Engineering, use the links at the bottom of this article.