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工程学院研究课题清单-2016 UoH/CSC奖学金项目:Research Activity in the Faculty of Science and Enginee


Research Activity in the Faculty of Science and Engineering


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CSC International Graduate Scholarship Fairs,   October 2015



Research topics

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Biological Sciences

Our research is grouped into four broad themes:

Biomedical Sciences


Biomedical sciences has two broad areas of research: Cardiovascular disease and Oncology.

The Cardiovascular research group focuses on topics such as energy requirements of the normal and diseased heart and pathology of the ageing heart, as well as novel models of maintaining and interrogating heart tissue biopsies in microfluidic, lab-on-a-chip devices.

The Oncology research group researches into novel diagnostics and therapeutics for head & neck, breast, lung and brain tumours.  Some staff work in purpose-built laboratories at Castle Hill Hospital. Additional expertise exists in cancer microparticle biology, transcriptional regulation of Sp1 family genes in colorectal cancer, cellular metabolism, diabetes and fungal genetics. Recent new appointments have expanded research into stomach cancer biology, the development of bone and distant metastases and the role of hypoxia in solid tumours.

Evolutionary Biology


This group aims to understand fundamental evolutionary processes at the individual, population and species levels. Including: studies on genomic and molecular basis of adaptive environmental change; conservation genetics; and evolutionary forces involved in colonisation; phenotypic evolution and speciation; macroevolutionary patterns; genetics and animal behaviour; and behavioural ecology.

Ecology (including the Centre for Environmental and Marine Sciences)

How organisms interact with their environment, how physical factors influence ecology and evolution, and how environmental change affects these interactions are fundamental questions that drive our research. The Sensory and Chemical Ecology research team and Aquatic Ecotoxicology group focus on the mechanisms of pollutant-induced damage in aquatic animals, particularly cancer and endocrine disruption, and the development of ‘early warning’ biomarkers. The Trees group focuses on the structure of wood and its uses and the benefits of urban trees. The Biological Conservation group studies the impact of environmental change on the structure and dynamics of highly-resolved species interaction networks (e.g. food-webs), with a particular focus on farmland biodiversity, ecological processes and ecosystem services, and the BioScience Education group carries out research linked to bioscience education at both school and university levels, focusing on student autonomy, practice-based learning and field-based learning.


CEMS includes a range of research including: applied, field-based environmental sciences in marine and terrestrial settings, dealing with questions of how human activity affects our environment. Current areas of research are:

Environmental pollution and remediation

Marine fisheries sustainability

Vertebrate conservation biology

Intertidal ecology

Antarctic marine ecology (for CEMS)

Aquatic Ecology and Resource Management (including the Hull International Fisheries Institute and the Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Studies)


Our research focuses on investigating human impacts and advising on how development can be sustainable in important aquatic environments. Research within these themes is mainly carried out in two internationally recognised institutes:

Hull International Fisheries Institute (HIFI) under the Directorship of  Professor I. Cowx undertakes a wide range of training, consultancy and pure and applied research both within the UK and internationally.

The Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Studies (IECS) is a multidisciplinary pure and applied research and consultancy organisation under the Directorship of Professor M. Elliott; it encompasses facilities and expertise in coastal and marine science and management. and


Prof Gillian Greenway

Lab on a chip and microfluidic devices

Prof Nicole Pamme

Dr Jay Wadhawan


Prof Paul Fletcher

Surfactant and colloid science

Prof Bernie Binks

Dr Vesko Paunov

Surface and colloid science

Dr Theoni Georgiou

Colloidal Nanotechnology

Dr Tommy Horozov

Surfactant and colloid science

Dr David Benoit

Theoretical spectroscopy

Professor Georg Mehl

Liquid Crystals, Super Molecular Systems and Functional Materials

Dr Mike Hird

Liquid Crystal and Related Materials

Dr Rob Lewis

Professor Carl Redshaw

Coordination Chemistry and Catalysis

Dr Georgios Kyriakou

Heterogeneous catalysis and surface science

Dr M Grazia Francesconi

Solid State Chemistry

Dr Tim Prior

Dr Nigel Young

Inorganic Spectroscopy and Very Reactive Species

Professor Dave Evans

Biological Chemistry

Professor Ross Boyle

Dr Grahame Mackenzie

Dr Steve Archibald

Biological Inorganic Chemistry

Dr Andrew Boa

Bioorganic chemistry

Dr Mark Lorch

Membranes, Proteins, Lipids and Magnets

Dr Kevin Welham

Analytical chemistry and mass spectrometry

Dr Tony Walmsley

Analytical science and chemometrics

Computer Science

Professor Ken Hawick

Computational Science, Complex Systems, Simulation and Modelling, Advanced Graphics, Domain-Specific Programming Languages, High Performance Computing, Big Data and Graph Databases

Professor Ping Jiang

Cyber-physical systems, Intelligent Systems and Robotics

Professor Yiannis Papadopoulos

Dependable Software Systems, Optimisation and Meta heuristics, Dependable Transport and Medical Applications

Dr Helen Wright

Visualization, Virtual Reality

Dr Darryl Davis

Tele health, Data Mining, Decision Support, Cognitive Robots

Dr Leonardo Bottaci

Dependable Software Systems, Software Testing

Pedagogical Research in Computer Science

Dr Mike Brayshaw

Dr Yongqiang Cheng

Tele health, Robotics Systems

Dr Kevin Elner

Graphics Systems, Graphical Interaction

Dr Neil Gordon

Finite geometry and Applications, Mathematical modelling, Computer algebra, Safety and Reliability Analysis, Tele health, Technology Enhanced Learning and Information Systems, Pedagogical Research in Computer Science

Dr Chandra Kambhampati

Tele health, Data Mining, Control and Signal Processing

Dr Qingde Li

Computer Graphics, CAD, Medical Image Processing and Visualization; Big Data Engineering

Dr Hantao Liu

Image Processing, Computer Vision, Visual Perception

Dr David Parker

Dependable Software Systems, Optimisation and Meta heuristics, Dependable Transport and Medical Applications

Dr Peter Robinson




Our research is grouped into three broad themes:

Energy and Environment

Dr Ian Bell

Microfluidics, lab-on-a-chip

Mr Nathan Brown

Microfluidics, lab-on-a-chip

Mr Gavin Cutler

Hydrokinetic turbines: cross-flow geometry optimisation, flow conditioning, scale issues and system integration

Dr Kevin Fancey

Viscoelastically prestressed composites: e.g. wind turbines (fatigue resistance, morphing aerofoils).

Professor Stephanie Haywood

Photo-electrochemical systems, photovoltaic devices, photodetectors.

Dr Sergei Lukaschuk

Fluid dynamics

Professor Ron Patton

Control and intelligent systems; fault-tolerant and robust control; control of  renewable energy systems; fault-tolerant flight control

Dr Kevin Paulson

Effect of climate change on communications

Dr Nick Riley

Supply chain improvement, climate change and communications

Dr Phil Rubini

Combustion, heat transfer, computational fluid dynamics, fire safety, acoustics

Dr Sergey Rybchenko

Photovoltaic devices

Dr Vicky Skoulou

Biomass and waste thermochemical treatments, biofuels

Dr Paul Stevenson

Strategies for CO2 enhanced petroleum recovery, development of environmentally benign coal preparation plant

Professor Paul Stewart

Advanced power and energy systems, optimisation and AI, electrical machines and drives, aerospace and automotive

Dr Meihong Wang

Carbon capture, transport and storage

Professor Xudong Zhao

Energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, solar thermal and power technologies.

Sustainable Engineering

Dr Kevin Fancey

Novel natural fibre composites.

Professor Stephanie Haywood

Semiconductor devices

Dr Ming Hou

Control and intelligent systems

Dr Igor Itskevitch

Semiconductor devices

Dr Jing-Sheng Liu

Design optimization

Dr Jiawei Mi

Advanced metallic alloys, metallic glasses and composites; in-situ characterisation and modelling of materials and processing

Professor Ron Patton

Control and intelligent systems; fault-tolerant and robust control; control of renewable energy systems; fault-tolerant flight control

Dr Sergey Rybchenko

Semiconductor devices

Dr Meihong Wang

Process systems engineering

Dr Sharif Zein

Green catalysis

Medical Engineering

Professor Michael Fagan

Modelling of bone, mathematical biology, modelling of skulls, craniofacial applications, paediatric orthopaedics

Dr Catherine Dobson

Osteoporosis and falls prevention, development of the femur and pelvis; cardiovascular stents

Mr Anthony Bateson

Telehealth and integrated care technology

Dr Catherine Dobson

Stent fracture and haemodynamics, speech rehabilitation

Dr James Gilbert

Speech rehabilitation and reconstruction

Dr Phil Langley

Cardiac electrophysiology, atrial fibrillation

Dr Kevin Paulson

Telehealth and integrated care technology

Dr Susan Pulko

TLM and cancer modelling

Dr Sergey Rybchenko

Speech rehabilitation and reconstruction

Dr Anthony Wilkinson

Telehealth and integrated care technology

Dr Sharif Zein


Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences

Environment and Spaces of Governance

The interface of environmental policy, planning and politics, and spaces of governance.

Engaging with debates on the use of 'ecological footprint analysis' and sustainability appraisal, regional governance and conservation planning in Europe, Canada and the USA,

Environmental restoration, waste and sustainable energy issues from social and economic viewpoints, eco-industrial developments,

New models of water management and climate change and adaptation policy.

Pauline Deutz


Sally Eden


David Gibbs


Andrew Jonas


Julia Affolderbach

Knowledges, Culture and Space

The group have a shared interest in the production of geographical knowledge especially those of science and scientific practice, the spatial contexts underpinning these processes, and the social worlds that are constructed as a result. The group integrates perspectives in historical/cultural, nature/society and political/economic geography.  Research themes include cities,  nature-culture relations, the city, landscape, social memory, children's geographies and aspects of development studies.

David Atkinson


Sally Eden


Lewis Holloway


Andrew Jonas


Elsbeth Robson


Briony McDonagh

Sediment & flow dynamics

The processes, feedbacks and interactions between water flow and sediment transport over scales from mm to km, across seconds to millennia and in environments ranging from laboratory flumes, to streams, rivers, estuaries, coasts and glaciers. It includes the Total Environment Simulator at the DEEP. The group continues to innovate with new monitoring and modelling approaches on a wide range of scales, processes, environments and locations studied; including Cambodia, South Africa and the USA. Projects will often involving a blend of laboratory flume studies, fieldwork, numerical modelling or innovative monitoring approaches. Modelling, GIS and remote sensing techniques are applied in many cases.

Tim Bellerby


Tom Coulthard


Graham Ferrier


Jack Hardisty

Stuart McLelland

Dan Parsons


David Milan

System response to environmental change

The SREC group brings together geological and geographical scientists from a range of disciplinary perspectives with a common interest in determining how systems respond to changes in the wider environment. The group is heavily involved in developing techniques to reconstruct the nature and dynamics of past systems from palaeo-environmental records as well as identifying the thresholds and sensitivities of these systems to future environmental changes. Themes include climate change, landscape development and volcanic impacts and hazards. We use a wide range of methodologies including analysis of pollen, diatoms and plant fossil biomarkers, stable isotopes, and archaeological excavation. Current projects include long term climate reconstructions from China, southern Europe and the Arctic. We also work using field experiments; empirical monitoring; the laboratory development of bio-films and tufas; DNA laboratory work on controls on preservation and the microbiology and biochemistry of waterlogged and semi-waterlogged sediments; through to numerical modelling.

Anna Bird


Jane Bunting


Malcolm Lillie


Jane Reed


Mike Rogerson


David Bond


Jeff Blackford

Aquatic Systems & Resources

This science underpinning sustainable resource use across all aquatic environments. Significant contributions have been made to assessment metrics and methodologies for the EU Habitats, Water Framework and Marine Strategy Directives and defining policies for conserving aquatic biodiversity. Innovative approaches to assessing the potential of tidal wave energy devices are used.  Solutions to real world problems includes work on large, poorly-instrumented catchments. Novel approaches have been developed to assess the spread of contaminants beyond disposal sites in soil and water, using combinations of geophysical surveys and remote sensing changes in vegetation patterns.

Tim Bellerby


Graham Ferrier


Jack Hardisty


Dan Parsons


David Milan


Applied Geological Research

Expertise in this area include palaeo-ecology (used to set restoration targets or reconstruct past climates), metamorphism and mineralogy, extinctions in the fossil record, energy and petroleum geosciences, carbonate reservoir evolution, and volcanic hazard studies.   Methods include stratigraphy and sedimentology, field study, geochemical analysis of rocks and volcanic debris and laboratory simulation of changing conditions.

Anna Bird


Rebecca Willimas


Mike Rogerson


David Bond


Jeff Blackford


Mike Widdowson


Physics & Mathematics

Our research is grouped into five broad areas:

Experimental Solid-State Physics

Dr Ali Adawi

Hybrid organic plasmonic nano-structures and devices, organic nano-photonics, organic devices (OLED and OPV), Spectroscopy of organic and inorganic materials

+44 1482 465037

Dr Neil Kemp

Organic and Molecular Spintronics, Lab-on-Chip Nanogap Biosensors, Memristors for Nonvolatile Memory Storgae, Nanophysics and Nanotechnology

+44 1482 466149 

Prof Mary O'Neill

Liquid crystals; OLEDS; Organic photovoltaic; Organic semiconductors, Materials and devices

+44 1482 465246

Dr Jean-Sebastien Bouillard

plasmonics for optoelectronics and bioimaging, diagnostic and treatments

+44 (0)1482 465414

Theory of Condensed Matter

Dr Martin Buzza

Theory of soft matter; theoretical modelling of colloids, surfactants and polymers; self-assembly; soft nanotechnology

+44 1482 466420

Dr Angela Dyson

Semiconductor transport theory and simulation; modelling of Gallium-Nitride devices.

+44 1482 465050

Dr Clive Emary

Quantum transport, quantum information, quantum feedback control, quantum optics, quantum criticality

+44 1482 465134

Astrophysics and Gravitation

Dr Siri Chongchitnan

Cosmology, inflation, dark energy, statistics of large-scale structures; primordial gravitational waves, cosmic 21cm and Lyman-alpha signals

+44 1482 466078

Dr Kevin Pimbblet

Galaxy formation, galaxy clusters and filaments; large, wide-field and deep redshift surveys.


Dr Ronald Reid-Edwards

Superstring theory, twistor theory, quantum field theory, supergravity, higher-dimensional physics and Kaluza-Klein theory.

+44 1482 465587

Dr Sergei Zharkov

Solar Physics: helioseismology; solar magnetic field structure and flare physics; sunquakes and flare seismology; MHD waves, geometric asymptotics

+44 1482 465842


Dr Jessica Banks

Low dimensional, geometric topology, 3-manifold topology, knot theory, graph theory

+44 1482 465501

Dr Marco Cattaneo

Statistics, reasoning and decision-making, graphical models, robust statistics

+44 (0)1482 465501

Dr John Elliott

Fluid mechanics and acoustics, high-Reynolds aerodynamic flow, liquid droplet impacts,  asymptotic analysis and numerical simulation

+44 1482 465154

Dr Tim Scott

Mathematical modelling of environmental situations and industrial processes related to fluid flow through porous media. Numerical methods for solving the modelling equations.

+44 1482 465128

Lasers and light-matter interactions

Dr David Sands

Laser Processing of Semiconductors; melting and recrystallisation of silicon;

Physics Education Research: conceptual understanding

+44 1482 465826

Dr Howard Snelling

Laser Applications, Light interaction with matter, Ultrafast optical physics, Micromachining, Laser ablation.

+44 1482 465690

Dr Christopher Walton

Lasers, Laser Ablation, Micro-and Nano Cavity Resonant Sensors, Plasmonic Solar Cells Devices

+44 1482 465203


Dr Igor Schindler

Neuroscience of visual perception and spatial attention; multisensory integration; TMS/tDCS applications in perception and motor control

Prof. Rhona Johnston

Reading and memory development; reading disorders; the role of phonics in learning to read

Dr Steve Dewhurst

False memory, autobiographical memory, prospective memory.

Dr Kevin Riggs

Theory of mind in adults and children. Imitation, action perception.

Dr Fiona Earle

Stress, workload and fatigue. Specific areas include: dimensionality of the fatigue construct; complex task performance and performance breakdown, control in the workplace and the effects of working on-call.

Dr Mary-Ellen Large

Visual cognition, object (including faces) categorization, perception, attention and memory representation. Research methodology, EEG, fMRI and psychophysics.

Prof. Giuliana Mazzoni

Autobiographical Memory: Exceptional Memories; Autobiographical Memory; Involuntary Memories; Autobiographical Memory: Memory Illusions; Enhancing Memory; placebo effect in (patients, GPs, normal population); nocebo effect/pain  (patients, GPs, normal population); hypnosis; Memory and metacognition in epilepsy patients.

Dr Chiara Guerrini

Neuropsychology of normal and pathological ageing

Dr Tjeerd Jellema

Autism spectrum disorders; Social neuroscience; Social cognition; Involuntary processing of social cues; Action anticipation.

Prof. John A Groeger

Sleep, sleep loss and human performance; Acquisition and maintenance of complex skills.

Dr Kazuyo Nakabayashi

Visual cognition, in particular all aspects of face recognition (e.g., perceptual and memory mechanisms underlying recognising own and other race faces, development of face recognition, factors influencing the ability to recognise faces) using behavioural and eye movement measures.

Prof Richard Hammersley

Addictions: Drug and alcohol use and dependence. Treatment of dependence. Eating behaviour and psychological treatment of obesity.

Dr Henning Holle

Neurobiology of itch (patients, normal population), psychological itch interventions (patients, normal population), gesture-supported communication.

Dr Paul Skarratt

Visual attentional capture; Inhibition of return;  Social attention and decision making; Human territorial behaviour

Dr Emily Mather

Cognitive development, especially early word learning and categorisation.

Dr David George

The role of attention in learning and effects of learning on attention;  nature of internal representations of stimuli; the interaction between representational form and learning, and the role of stimulus similarity in learning; the effects of uncertainty and ambiguity on learning and the role of the prefrontal cortex in processing and responding to uncertainty and ambiguity.

Dr Rachel Anderson

Autobiographical memory (in particular the functional role of ABM for problem-solving/future thinking and/or emotion regulation); Non-motor (cognitive/emotional) aspects of Parkinson’s disease.

Dr Julie Castronovo

impact of multi-modal education to numbers in children; numerical cognition and bilingualism; development of the mental number line in children; numerical cognition and eating disorders;  numerical cognition in blind people

Dr David Smith

Auditory perception; especially in relation to extra-linguistic (indexical) information concerning physical characteristics of the speaker, such as physical size, whether male or female etc; how long it takes to acquire information (both linguistic and extra-linguistic) about the auditory world; auditory perception in different populations

Dr Jason Tipples

Time perception; emotion;  social cognition (thinking, behaviour and emotion related specifically to social life)

Dr Joanna Horne

Educational assessment; computerised assessment and dyslexia research.

Dr Kim Dent-Brown

Health and applied psychology.

Dr Yong-Peng Why

The impact of personality (e.g., cynical hostility), emotions (e.g., anger), stress appraisal (e.g., perceived control), and coping (e.g., problem-focused coping) on cardiovascular stress responses. Veridical and non-veridical appraisals (e.g., depressive realism, positive illusions) as well as implicit-explicit attitudes on cardiovascular functions and health behaviours.

Dr Jorg Richter

Personality and psychopathology; personality and coping; personality and anger; personality development of stendents (social communication, economics, social work, policy) from university training to working in their field; depression; familial transmission of alcoholism; further development of the Temperament and Character Inventory; cross-cultural comparisons; end-of-life decision making (acceptance and use of advance directives etc.).

Dr Shane Lindsay

Memory and sleep.  Eye-tracking and psycholinguistics.  Embodiment and language comprehension.

Prof Paul Wilson

Basic learning mechanisms: cue competition in spatial, associative and causal learning.

Professor Marie Reid

Psychology of human feeding, including: how carbohydrates affect mood, appetite and weight gain/ loss; the cognitive mechanisms underlying food choice, particularly outcome expectancies; · sufferers’ experiences of and perspectives on eating disorders;  people with intellectual disabilities and their carers perspectives on healthy eating and obesity

Dr Anna Sandfield

Social psychology, particularly the impact of social relationships and change upon identity construction and wellbeing.

Sport, Health & Exercise Science

Professor Sean Carroll

Metabolic flexibility, endocrinology, human exercise metabolism and CVD.


Dr Lee Ingle

Cardiovascular rehabilitation, cardiopulmonary exercise testing, cardiovascular adaptations to exercise training

Dr Grant Abt

Technology in sport, intermittent exercise, football

Dr Max Ditroilo

Biomechanics, mechanical properties of the muscle-tendon unit.

Dr Mark Fogarty

Oxidative stress, DNA damage, exercise physiology

Dr Andrew Garrett

Fatigue, temperature regulation, hypoxic stress

Dr Antonios Matsakas

Tissue morphology, skeletal muscle physiology/plasticity

Dr Rebecca Vince

Endothelial response to exercise, heat shock proteins, microparticles, inflammation

Dr Samantha Nabb

Health psychology, anxiety and depression, adherence to exercise, disordered eating behaviours

Dr Natalie Vanicek

Musculoskeletal biomechanics, clinical gait analysis, lower limb amputees, PVD

Dr Adam Nicholls

Coping, stress, sports psychology


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