Dr Anastassia Angelopoulou
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I am a Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at the Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Westminster since 2005 and an active researcher (submission to REF2014, Guest Editorial, +50 publications) in computer vision, image processing and multimedia systems. I am also a Fellow of UK Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and a certified STEM Ambassador.
I have more than 5 years industry experience in UK and Greece, and I have worked as image processing assistant and web developer in companies such as Incredible Networks Ltd., FLAG Atlantic UK Limited, and ALPHABET ABEE.
My research interests are in the areas of Computer Vision and Machine Learning with emphasis on Human Sensing and its applications in Affective Computing and Social Robotics. More specifically, in Brain-Computer Interaction using physiological signal analysis for emotion assessment (e.g. EEG) and in the analysis and recognition of facial and body gestures.
Currently, I am serving as evaluation panellist to the 2016 Call - Lifelong Learning for Intelligent Systems by CHIST-ERA (a consortium of funding organisations in Europe with programmes supporting research in ICT).
I have published a long list of journal papers, book chapters and peer-reviewed papers in IEEE/ACM conferences and I am/have been program committee member in several international conferences. I have also co-chaired sessions in the IJCNN and IWANN conferences and co-edited (Guest Editorial) a Neural Processing Letters Special Issue on Neural Networks for Vision and Robotics.
In January 2016, I have been awarded from Elsevier the Outstanding Reviewer Status for the Applied Soft Computing Journal in recognition of the contributions I have made to the quality of the journal.
In 2017, Myself and three colleagues from the Department of Computer Science have been awarded the prestigious "Westminster Teaching Excellence Team Award 2017" for our contributions to the Mathematics provision.
Ph.D. on Nonlinear Modelling and Recognition of Objects
M.Sc. (Honours) in Interactive Multimedia
B.Sc. (Honours) in Mathematics
B.A. (Honours) in Graphic Arts Technology
I am a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and have more than 15 years teaching experience in Academia (e.g. University of Alicante, Grimsby University, University of Westminster).
Recipient of "Westminster Teaching Excellence Team Award 2017" for my contributions to the Mathematics provision
Between 2005 and 2013 I have served as Course Leader for the BSc (Honours) Computer Games Development course at the University of Westminster.
Between 2008 and until 2012, I have participated to the Erasmus Socrates Teaching Exchange scheme (ERASMUS+) with the University of Alicante, Spain where Pervasive Systems and their applications were taught at Master level.
Since 2012 I have also been the B.U.G.S University representative for the BSc (Honours) Computer Games Development degree and External Examiner for the following courses:
1) B.A. (Honours) Games Design degree at the University of Hull
2) B.A. (Honours) Games Design and Development degree at the Teesside University
3) B.Sc. (Honours) Games Design degree at the Leeds Beckett University
I teach a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules with emphasis on 3D Graphics Programming (OpenGL), Pervasive Media and Mathematics for Games and Computing.
BCS Student Awards: In 2011, my final year project student (Bharat Reddy) won, from the BCS West London Branch, the award for the Best Final Year Project with the title "Virtual Reality Natural User Interfaces: Enabling Modification of Objects in 3D Virtual Space".
Finally, I am Director of Studies and Supervisor to Ph.D. students.
I am a member of the Cognitive Computing Research Group and have published +50 peer reviewed articles in journals and top conferences. A full list of my publications can be found on Google Scholar. My current research interests include Brain-Computer Interface Systems, Computer Vision and multimodal Human-Computer Interaction.
I have been involved as PI or co-investigator in several research and consultancy projects funded by organisations like the Heritage Lottery Fund and Knowledge Connect::
1) Christmas Truce Tale (2013/2015)(Ref:UT719930), Project Total: £107,000; co-investigator in gamified Human-Computer Interaction
2) Dr John Snow and the London Cholera Epidemic Games (2011/2012)(Ref:UT717490), Project Total: £43,000; co-investigator in gamified Human-Computer Interaction
3) Augmented Reality Game Storytelling (2010)(Ref: UT716040), Project Total: 10,000; principal investigator in advanced multimodal interaction using mobile platforms
as well as projects funded by the European Union (DiARTgnosis - Study of European Religious Painting (2000/2003), part of the CULTURE 2000 Programme, Project Total: €518.782,68; working as research assistant in multimedia content.
Area Editor, Neural Processing Letters journal, Special Issue on “Neural Networks for Vision and Robotics”, Springer, May 2015.
Organisation of scientific events
Co-chair for the 2nd Special Session on Neural Networks applied to Vision and Robotics (NNVR), part of the IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence 2014, WCCI 2014, China.
Co-chair for the Special Session on Active, Incremental and Autonomous Learning: Algorithms and Applications (AIAL), part of the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks, IJCNN 2012, Australia.
Co-chair for the Special Session on Autonomous and Incremental Learning (AIL), part of the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks, IJCNN 2011.
Co-chair for the Special Session on Biometric Systems for Human-machine Interaction (BHMI), part of the International Work Conference on Artificial Neural Networks, IWANN 2011, Spain.
Co-chair for the IEEE Special Session on Active and Autonomous Learning (AAL), part of the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks, IJCNN 2010, WCCI 2010 IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence, Spain.
Co-chair for the 13th International Conference on Applications of Natural Language to Information Systems, NLDB’08 Doctoral Symposium, 2008, UK.
Panel Chair for the Women in Games (WiG) Conference, 2008, UK.
Technical reviewer of papers in scientific journals
IEEE Transactions on Multimedia
IEEE Signal Processing Letters
IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
Journal of Applied Soft Computing – Elsevier
Journal of Neural Computing and Applications – Springer
Journal IET Computer Vision
Journal IET Image Processing
International Journal of Organizational and Collective Intelligence (IJOCI)
Membership of Committees
PC member for the conference IET Imaging for Crime Detection and Prevention
PC member for the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks, IJCNN
PC member for the International Conference on Pattern Recognition Systems
PC member for the International Conference on Computer Games, Multimedia and Allied Technologies
PC member for the 2010 International Conference on Multimedia Information Networking and Security (MINES 2010), China, 2010.
PC member for the 2nd Chilean Workshop on Pattern Recognition (CWPR 2010), Chile, 2010