Mark S. Nixon Mark Nixon's picture

I'm the Professor in Computer Vision at the School of Electronics and Computer Science. My research interests are in image processing and computer vision. I have helped to develop new techniques for static and moving shape extraction (both parametric and non-parametric) which have found application in automatic face and automatic gait recognition and in medical image analysis. We were early workers in face recognition, later came to pioneer gait recognition and later joined the pioneers of ear biometrics, and currently we're working on soft biometrics where we recognise people by human attributes. Amongst previous research contracts, I was Principal Investigator with John Carter on the DARPA supported project Automatic Gait Recognition for Human ID at a Distance , on the General Dynamics Defence Technology Centre's program on data fusion (biometrics, naturally), on the MoD/ARL (US) IBM-led Information Technology Alliance and projects supporteed by the EPSRC, NERC, and the EU.

I chaired the 9th British Machine Vision Conference BMVC'98 held at Southampton in September '98 for the the British Machine Vision Association . Apart from being a programme member/ reviewer for other conferences, Josef Kittler and I chaired IAPR International Conference Audio Visual Biometric Person Authentication (AVBPA 2003) and was Publications Chair for the International Conference on Pattern Recognition (ICPR 2004) at Cambridge UK with Josef Kittler, I co-chaired the IEEE 7th International Conference on Face and Gesture Recognition FG2006 held at Southampton, UK in 2006. More recently I have been program co-chair at many of the top biometrics conferences (IEEE BTAS, IEEE/IAPR IJCB, IAPR ICB) and general chair BTAS 2010, ISBA 2016, IJCB 2017, and track chair ICPR 2016. We have MIUA coming to Southampton in 2018.

I am a Fellow of the IET, Fellow of the IAPR (for services to biometrics and computer vision) and am the Distinuished Fellow of the BMVA 2015. I am currently the President of the Biometrics Council.

If you'd like to hear about our new work in soft biometrics, I and Arun Ross presented a tutorial at BTAS 2016 and I'm next talking at Biosig 2017. Previously I have talked on gait and on ear at IEEE Face and Gesture 2004, EUSIPCO 2004, IEEE ISBAST 2008, the International Conference on Information Security and Digital Forensics, on Biometrics and Forensics, at IEEE BTAS 2009 and on Semantic Biometrics at IEEE BiDS 2009, at IEEE International Joint Conference on Biometrics (USA, 2011) (and you can see the talk - it was on a History of Biometrics) and at the 15th Sanken International Symposium (Japan, 2012) and on gait and soft at IEEE AVSS 2013 and others.

Our vision book, co-written with Dr. Alberto Aguado from the University of , entitled Feature Extraction and Image Processing for Computer Vision is currently in its Third Edition, published by Academic Press/ Elsevier in 2012. My first book, Introductory Digital Design - a programmable approach , was published by MacMillan, UK, July 1995 and there's a new version Digital Electronics: a Primer, published by Imperial College Press 2015. With Tieniu Tan and Rama Chellappa, we wrote Human ID based on Gait which is part of the Springer Series on Biometrics, and was published late 2005. I recently co-edited the first book on Biometrics Spoofing Handbook of Biometric Anti-Spoofing, with Springer 2014; We wrote the survey on Gait Biometrics in the first text on Biometrics: Personal ID in Networked Society, and the Ear Biometrics Chapter in The Handbook of Biometrics. Excellent books indeed.

Gait book picture

Our work on biometrics has attracted quite a lot of press interest. Here we are on ABC (Good Morning America) News, on BBC 40 Years of Surveillance , and later on BBC1 Bang Goes the Theory, and most recently concerning our work on a murder in Australia 60 Minutes Australia. We have shown the first try at gait spoofing on Discovery's Planet Earth (about time 6:20). Even better, there was a full article in the Times and even a leading article. There's been coverage on ear biometrics too: here we are on ITV Meridian, 2010, (gait) and on BBC1 in 2010 (more for juniors this) Newsround (ear - use VLC to open this one). If you have codec problems, try VLC or GOM as one or other usually works.

As ever, you can find our publications at Google Scholar publications .

For a bit of R&R, I play in a folk band, Forest Folk

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