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Professor Lik-Kwan Shark

Prof. Lik-Kwan Shark

Head of ADMT and ADSIP

School of Engineering

Computing and Technology Building, CM147

+44 (0) 1772 89 3253

lshark@uclan.ac.uk

Subject Areas: Electronic and Computer Engineering

As Professor of Signal and Image Processing since 2001 and a fellow of IET, Lik-Kwan is research active within the area of digital engineering and is the founder and head of ADSIP and ADMT research centres. Working with an extensive network of collaborators in various sectors, he has received >£9M external funding, produced >150 publications and won several awards for his research in novel applications of digital signal and image processing technologies, from non-destructive evaluation of aerostructures to non-invasive diagnosis of medical conditions.

Full Profile

Professor Shark is the founder and head of two research centres which are the Applied Digital Signal and Image Processing Research Centre (ADSIP) established in 2001 and the Advanced Digital Manufacturing Technology Research Centre (ADMT) established in 2008.

He received his BSc (Hons) in Electronic and Communications Engineering from the Polytechnic of North London in 1983, his MSc in Microwave and Modern Optics from University College London in 1984, and his PhD in the area of digital satellite systems from the Lancashire Polytechnic in collaboration with the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough in 1988. After a short spell of research fellowship, he became a senior lecturer in 1989, and subsequently promoted to Principal Lecturer in 1998 and Professor of Signal and Image Processing in 2001 at the University of Central Lancashire.

He is a fellow of IET; Visiting Chair Professor of the China State Key Laboratory of Hybrid Process Industry Automation System and Equipment Technology; Distinguished Visiting Professor of Beijing Municipal Higher Education Commission under the Outstanding Talents Programme; associate editor of two international journals; general chair of one international conference and programme committee member of seven international conferences; member of EPSRC peer review college; evaluator of European Research Council Information and Communication Panel and Research Executive Agency Process Panel; as well as a regular reviewer of grant bodies in Cyprus, Greece, Italy, and Hong Kong. He has received >£9M external funding from various grant bodies (such as ARC, EPSRC, ERDF, EU Framework Programmes, HEFCE, MOD, MRC and RGF) and industrial companies (such as Alenia, BAE Systems and PACCAR).

He has supervised 25 PhD students to completion, produced >150 publications including two best conference papers and eight invited journal papers, and won several awards including two from BAE Systems for technology innovation.

Publications

Kurekin, A, Radford, D, Level, K, Marshall, D and Shark, Lik-Kwan (2011) A new method for generating site-specific clutter map for land based radar by using multimodal remote sensing images and digital terrain data. IET Radar, Sonar and Navigation, 5 (3). pp. 374-388. ISSN 1751-8784

Shark, Lik-Kwan, Chen, H and Goodacre, J (2011) Knee acoustic emission: a potential biomarker for quantitative assessment of joint ageing and degeneration. Medical Engineering & Physics, 33 (5). pp. 534-545. ISSN 13504533

Shark, L, Zhang, Yan and Boller, C (2010) Integrity evaluation of metallic aerostructures by trend analysis of acousto-ultrasonic signals. Insight, 52 (3). pp. 124-129. ISSN 1354-2575

Mascaro, B, Prior, J, Shark, Lik-Kwan and Selfe, James (2009) Exploratory study of a non-invasive method based on acoustic emission for assessing the dynamic integrity of knee joints. Medical Engineering & Physics, 31 (8). pp. 1013-1022. ISSN 1350-4533

Full list of publications

Teaching

Digital Signal Processing

Digital Image Processing

Research Activities

Digital signal and image processing applied to (a) aerospace/submarine non-destructive testing and evaluation, (b) non-invasive medical diagnosis and measurement guided treatment, (c) interactive and immersive digital environment, and (d) data-driven and digital integrated manufacturing execution.

Memberships

Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET)

Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (MIEEE)

Member of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (MInstNDT)

Chartered Engineer (CEng)

External Activities

Chair Professor of the China State Key Laboratory of Hybrid Process Industry Automation System and Equipment Technology (from 2012)

Associate Editor of International Journal of Modelling, Identification and Control (IJMIC), Inderscience (from 2012)

Associate Editor of International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology (IJCAT), Inderscience (from 2011)

Distinguished Professor of the Beijing Municipal Higher Education Commission under the Outstanding Talents Programme (from 2009)

Guest Professor of North China University of Technology (from 2008)

Guest Professor of Kunming University of Science & Technology (from 2006)

Professor - Honorary Research Appointment, Blackpool Fylde & Wyre Hospitals NHS Trust (from 2005)

Guest Professor of Beijing Institute of Technology (from 2005)

Expert evaluator of European Commission (from 2004)

Member of EPSRC Peer Review College (from 2003)

Visiting Professor of Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2002)

Research

Projects

Automatic defect seeking and geometry characterisation by intelligent beam forming and scanning through ultrasonic arrays, funded by BAE Systems Maritime – Submarines (2014-2018).

Acoustic emission as a non-invasive biomarker for quantitative dynamic assessment of knee joint repair in clinical trials and stratified medicine, funded by MRC (2014-2016), in collaboration with Lancaster University and Imorphics Ltd., and supported by Blackpool Teaching Hospital, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, National Institute for Health Research Cumbria and Lancashire Comprehensive Local Research Networks, University College London Institute of Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Science, University Hospital of Morecambe Bay, Universities of Liverpool and Manchester.

Semeiotic oriented technology for individual’s cardiometabolic risk self-assessment and self-monitoring (SEMEOTICONS), funded by EU 7th Framework Programme (2013-2016), in collaboration with the Italian National Research Council (CNR), the Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH) in Greece, Linköping University in Sweden, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Centre de Recherche en Nutrition Humaine Rhône-Alpes in France, INTECS and COSMED in Italy, FORTHNET S.A. in Greece, and DRACO Systems in Spain.

Self-resilient reconfigurable assembly system with in-process quality improvement, funded by EPSRC (2013-2018), in collaboration with Warwick University, and supported by BAE Systems, EnginSoft, Georgia Institute of Technology, Hexagon Metrology, Jaguar Cars, Stadco, Universities of Huddersfield and Michigan.

3D tomographic display and analysis of FMC acquisition, funded by BAE Systems Maritime – Submarines (2013-2015), in collaboration with University of Bristol and AMEC.

Growing autonomous system mission management applications (GAMMA), funded by Regional Growth Fund (2012-2015), in collaboration with North West Aerospace Alliance (NWAA), BAE Systems, National Nuclear Laboratory Ltd, Universities of Liverpool, Lancaster, Manchester and Salford.

Developing digital manufacturing capabilities for aerospace platforms, funded by EPSRC and BAE Systems Military Air and Information (2012-2016).

Digital integrated manufacturing execution (DigitME), funded by ERDF (2011-2014).

Enhanced NDE TDP, funded by BAE Systems Maritime – Submarines (2011-2013), in collaboration with University of Bristol and Doosan Babcock.

Development of innovative small wind turbine technologies, funded by ERDF (2010-2014).

Technology in radiotherapy feasibility studies, funded by EPSRC (2009-2011), in collaboration with Christie Hospital, Liverpool John Moores University, Cergy Pontoise University France, Preston Acute Hospitals Trust, and Universitat Otto-von-Guericke Magdeburg Germany.

Digital Engineering Research and Innovation Centre (DERiC), funded by BAE Systems (2008-2009).

Computer assisted inspection and 3D visualisation of foreplane, funded by BAE Systems (2007).

Project for applied research in advanced digital manufacturing (Paradigm), funded by ERDF (2007-2008).

Engineering and computational science for oncology network (ECSON), funded by EPSRC (2007-2009), in collaboration with Christie Hospital and Liverpool John Moores University, and supported AGH University of Science and Technology Poland, Jagiellonian University Collegium Medicum Poland, French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control (INRIA), Lyon Research Centre for Images and Intelligent Information Systems (LIRIS) France, Signal and Image Processing Research Laboratory (ETIS) France, Otto von Guericke Universität Magdeburg Germany, Signals and Images Laboratory from the Italian National Research Council (CNR), and 3dMD USA.

Metrology guided radiation therapy (MEGURATH), funded by EPSRC (2007-2010), in collaboration with Christie Hospital and Liverpool John Moores University, and supported by Elekta, Philips Medical Systems and VisionRT.

Acoustic emission: a new technique for assessing and monitoring knee arthritis, funded by Arthritis Research Campaign (2006-2009), and supported by Blackpool Hospital and Physical Acoustics.

PACCAR robotics and vision laboratory, funded by PACCAR (2005).

Biofeedback in immersive digital environments for medicine, sports and rehabilitation, funded by HEFCE Science Research Investment Fund (2005).

Platform for analysis of multispectral and hyperspectral images from acquisition to interpretation for environmental monitoring and decision making (PIMHAI), funded by EU Community Initiative Programme Interreg IIIB «Atlantic Area» (2004-2007), in collaboration with Université de Rennes France, Université de Bordeaux France, Université de Poitiers France, Associação para o Desenvolvimento das Telecomunicações e Técnicas de Informática (ADETTI) Portugal, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa Portugal, Universidade de Vigo Spain, and Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research.

Visualisation of complex data sets, funded by HEFCE Science Research Investment Fund (2004).

Technologies and techniques for new maintenance concepts (TATEM), funded by EC 6th Framework Programme (2004-2008), in collaboration with Smiths Aerospace, Airbus France, Alenia Aeronautica Italy, ACTC Industries Ltd Israel, Avitronics Research Greece, Damigou-S. Kanatsoulis H.- Kintis An. O. E. (DKK) Greece, EADS Military Aircraft Germany, Eurocopter France, Gamesa Desarrollos Aeronauticos Spain, Hispano-Suiza France, Israel Aircraft Industries Ltd., Institutul Pentru Analiza Sistemelor Romania, Integrated Aerospace Sciences Corporation Greece, Instituto de Soldadura e Qualidade Portugal, Institue of Structures and Advanced Materials Greece, 3d Vision France, Messier-Dowty Ltd., MTU Aero Engines GmbH Germany, Stichting National Lucht – en Ruimtevaartlaboratorium (National Aerospace Laboratory) Netherlands, National Technical University of Athens Greece, Paragon Ltd. Greece, RSL Electronics Ltd. Israel, Sagem SA France, Societe d’Integration d’Etude et de Recherche de Systemes France, Snecma Moteurs France, Snecma Services France, Techspace Aero Belgium, Fundacion Tekniker Spain, Thales Avionics France, Turbomeca France, EADS Corporate Research Centre Germany, Hellenic Aerospace Industry Greece, BAE Systems Advance Technology Centre, Airbus Germany, Airbus SAS France, Galileo Avionica Italy, Diehl Avionik Systeme GmbH Germany, Airbus UK, Airbus Deutschland GmbH Germany, Marconi Selenia Communications Italy, Societa Italiana Avionica Italy, Technische Universitat Darmstadt Germany, DaimlerChrysler AG Germany, Aerosystems International Ltd., University of Patras Greece, Trinity College Dublin Ireland, EADS Sogerma Services France, Skytek Ltd. Ireland, Thales Avionics Electrical Systems France, University of Sheffield, Airbus Espana Spain, FLS Aerospace (IRL) Ltd. Ireland, Institut de Maintenance Aeronautique France, International Co Development France, Interactive STAR, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique France, EADS Corporate Research Centre France, Cooperative Research Centre for Advanced Composite Structures Ltd. Australia, and NDT Expert France.

Enhanced CAD based NDT software for foreplane inspection, funded by BAE Systems (2003).

Structure integrity evaluation of superplastic forming and diffusion bonded aircraft components by ultrasonic phased array system, funded by R/D Tech (2003).

Integration of nondestructive testing (INDeT), EU 5th Framework Programme (2002-2005), in collaboration with EADS CCR France, EADS Airbus Germany, Alenia Aerospazio Italy, EADS Airbus S.L. Spain, Dassault Aviation France, Tanner Document Germany, FHF Furtwangen Germany, Sogitec Industries France, NDT Expert France, Tecnatom SA Spain, Inteltec Italy, IEI-CNR Italy, and University of Limerick Ireland.

Ultrasonic signal processing for automatic evaluation of diffusion bonding quality, funded by BAE Systems (2002).

Structural integrity evaluation by 3D ultrasonic non-destructive testing, funded by HEFCE Science Research Investment Fund (2001).

Improved NDE concepts for innovative aircraft structures and efficient operational maintenance (INCA), funded by EU 5th Framework Programme (2001-2005), in collaboration with DaimlerChrysler Aerospace Airbus Germany, Alenia Aerospazio Italy, Aerospatiale-Matra France, BAE Systems, CASA Spain, CSM Celsius Saab Materialteknik Sweden, Dassault Aviation France, ENEL Italy, My Optical Systems Germany, NDT Experts France, NUKEM Nutronik Germany, Tecnatom Spain, National d’Etudes et de Recherches Aerospatiales (ONERA) France, CNRS l’Institet d’Optique France, University of Uppsala Sweden, University of Stuttgart Germary, The Industrial Material Institute of the National Research Council Canada, and General Equipment Corporate Research and Development USA.

Advancing acoustography for rapid non-destructive inspection of complex aircraft structures, funded by EPSRC (2001-2004), in collaboration with British Aerospace and Santec Systems in USA.

CAD based NDT data processing and visualisation, funded by Alenia Aerospazio Italy (2000-2002).

Advanced integrated NDT concepts for unified life-cycle (INDUCE), funded by EU 4th Framework Programme (1999-2002), in collaboration with Alenia Aerospazio Italy, Aerospatiale (France), British Aerospace, B&W Electronics Italy, Centro Italiano Ricerche Aerospaziali Italy, Commissariat a l’Energie Atomique France, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche Italy, Construcciones Aeronauticas Spain, Dassault Aviation France, SODERN France, Universitad Complutense de Madrid Spain, and University of Sheffield.

Lossless image compression of multi-data sets for multi-sensor non-destructive testing systems, funded by British Council and Hong Kong Research Grants Council (1998-2000), in collaboration with City University of Hong Kong.

Data integration and processing system for non-destructive testing of aircraft components (DIAPS), funded by EPSRC (1997-2000), in collaboration with British Aerospace.

Conferences

International Conference on Computer Vision Theory and Applications (VISAPP), Berlin, Germany, Member of International Programme Committee, 11-14 March, 2015.

International Conference on Modeling, Identification and Control (ICMIC), Melbourne, Australia, Member of International Program Committee, 3-5 December, 2014.

IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (IEEE SMC), San Diego, USA, Member of Programme Committee, 5-8 October 2014.

IEEE International Conference on Wavelet Analysis and Pattern Recognition (IEEE ICWAPR), Lanzhou, China, Member of Programme Committee, 13-16 July 2014.

International Conference on Image and Signal Processing (ICISP), Member of Programme Committee, Cherbourg, Normandy, France, 30 June - 2 July, 2014.

International Conference on Computer Vision Theory and Applications (VISAPP), Lisbon, Portugal, Member of International Programme Committee, 5-8 January 2014.

IEEE International Conference on Signal-Image Technology & Internet Based Systems (IEEE SITIS), Track Signal and Image Technologies (SIT), Kyoto, Japan, Member of Programme Committee, 2-5 December 2013.

IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (IEEE SMC), Manchester, UK, Member of Programme Committee, 13-16 October 2013.

Special Session on Future ICT-enabled Manufacturing Execution in IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (IEEE SMC), Manchester, UK, Organising and Session Chair, 13-16 October, 2013.

Special Session on Smart Technologies for Civil Applications of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man (IEEE SMC), and Cybernetics, Manchester, UK, Organising and Session Chair, 13-16 October 2013.

International Conference on Imaging and Signal Processing (ICISP), Bangalore, India, Member of Programme Committee, 9-11 August 2013.

International Conference on Modeling, Identification and Control (ICMIC), Cairo, Egypt, Member of International Program Committee, 31 August – 2 September 2013.

IEEE International Conference on Information Visualisation, London, UK, Member of Programme Committee, 15-18 July 2013.

IEEE International Conference on Wavelet Analysis and Pattern Recognition (IEEE ICWAPR), Tianjin, China, Member of Programme Committee, 14-17 July 2013.

International Conference on Computer Vision Theory and Applications (VISAPP), Barcelona, Spain, Member of International Programme Committee, 21-24 February 2013.

IEEE International Conference on Signal-Image Technology & Internet Based Systems (IEEE SITIS), Track Signal and Image Technologies (SIT), Sorrento, Italy, Member of Programme Committee, 25-29 November 2012.

IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (IEEE SMC), Seoul, Korea, Member of Programme Committee, 14-17 October 2012.

Special Session on Recent Advances in Affective Computing in IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (IEEE SMC), Seoul, Korea, Organiser, 14-17 October 2012.

IEEE International Conference on Wavelet Analysis and Pattern Recognition (IEEE ICWAPR), Xian, China, Member of Programme Committee, 15-17 July 2012.

IEEE International Conference on Information Visualisation, Montpellier, France, Member of Programme Committee, 10-13 July 2012.

International Conference on Image and Signal Processing (ICISP), Agadir, Morocco, Member of Programme Committee, June 28-30, 2012.

International Conference on Computer Vision Theory and Applications (VISAPP), Rome, Italy, Member of International Programme Committee, 24-26 February 2012.

IEEE International Conference on Signal-Image Technology & Internet Based Systems (IEEE SITIS), Track Signal and Image Technologies (SIT), Dijon, France, Member of Programme Committee, 28 November – 1 December 2011.

IEEE International Conference on Information Visualisation, London, UK, Member of Programme Committee, 13-15 July 2011.

IEEE International Conference on Wavelet Analysis and Pattern Recognition (IEEE ICWAPR), Guilin, China, Member of Programme Committee, 10-13 July 2011.

International Conference on Computer Vision Theory and Applications (VISAPP), Algarve, Portugal, Member of International Programme Committee, 5-7 March 2011.

IEEE International Conference on Signal-Image Technology & Internet Based Systems (IEEE SITIS), Track Signal and Image Technologies (SIT), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Member of Programme Committee, 15-18 December 2010.

International Conference on Image and Signal Processing (ICISP), Member of Programme Committee, Quebec, Canada, 30 June – 2 July 2010.

IEEE International Conference on Wavelet Analysis and Pattern Recognition (IEEE ICWAPR), Qingdao China, Member of Programme Committee, 11-14 July 2010.

IEEE International Conference on Information Visualisation, London, UK, Member of Programme Committee, 26-29 July 2010.

International Conference on Computer Vision Theory and Applications (VISAPP), Angers, France, Member of International Programme Committee, 17-21 May 2010.

Special Session on Engineering and Computational Sciences for Medical Imaging in Oncology (ECSMIO) in International Conference on Computer Vision Theory and Applications (VISAPP), Angers, France, Organiser, 17-21 May 2010.

IEEE International Conference on Signal-Image Technology & Internet Based Systems (IEEE SITIS), Track Signal and Image Technologies (SIT), Marrakesh, Morocco, Member of Programme Committee, 29 November – 3 December 2009.

Workshop on New Opportunities and Directions for the Interdisciplinary Assessment of Knee Arthritis, Preston, Convenor and organiser, 22 May 2009.

International Conference on Computer Vision Theory and Applications (VISAPP), Lisboa, Portugal, Member of International Programme Committee, 5-8 February 2009.

Engineering and Computational Science for Oncology Network Workshop at Manchester, Chair of Session on New Technologies, Analytical Methods for Preparation and Follow-Up, 15-16 January 2009.

IEEE International Conference on BioMedical Visualization (MediViz), Barcelona, Spain, Member of Advisory and Programme Committee, 15-17 July 2009.

IEEE International Conference on Wavelet Analysis and Pattern Recognition (IEEE ICWAPR), Baoding, China, Member of Programme Committee, 12-15 July 2009.

IEEE International Conference on Wavelet Analysis and Pattern Recognition (IEEE ICWAPR), Hong Kong, China, Member of Programme Committee, 30-31 August 2008.

IEEE International Conference on BioMedical Visualization (MediViz), London, UK, Member of Advisory and Programme Committee, 9-11 July 2008.

Workshop on The Future of Manufacturing in the North West, Preston, UK, Convenor and organiser, 2 July 2008.

IEEE International Conference on BioMedical Visualization (MediViz), Zurich, Switzerland, Member of Advisory and Programme Committee, 4-6 July 2007.

The 2nd International Conference on Geometric Modelling & Imaging, Vision and Graphics (GMAI), Zurich, Switzerland, Session Chair, 4-6 July 2007.

Atlantic Europe Conference on Remote Imaging and Spectroscopy (AECRIS), Preston, UK, General Chair, 11-12 September 2006.

International Workshop on Wireless Communication and Network (IWWCN), Jinan, China, Co-Chair and Steering Board Member, 14-18 June 2004.

British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing Conference, Southport, UK, Convenor and Chair of Aerospace Session, 17-19 September 2002.

World Computer Congress International Conference on Signal Processing (WCC-ICSP), Beijing, China, Session Chair of TF Spectrum Analysis and Wavelet, 21-25 August 2000.