Professor Lik-Kwan Shark
Professor Shark is a fellow of IET. He founded and led two research centres: Applied Digital Signal and Image Processing Research Centre (ADSIP) established in 2001 and Advanced Digital Manufacturing Technology Research Centre (ADMT) established in 2008. Through an extensive network of collaborators in multiple sectors, he has received around £16M in research funding, produced more than 180 publications, and won awards for his cross-sector research and development of signal and image processing technologies for industrial non-destructive evaluation and medical non-invasive diagnosis.
With 38 years working in the UK higher education sector, Professor Shark has a distinguished track record in education and research.
In education, he is regarded as a leading pioneer of international education by being the first to bring British-style education to China. Inspired by the Chinese policy of “one country, two systems” for Hong Kong and Macau, he proposed the concept of “one school, two classes” to advocate international education in China, created an exemplary joint education model to enable Chinese students to study the initial years of the British style engineering course in China, and started the wave of Sino-British joint degree courses way back in 1993 at Shenzhen University (2 years before the Chinese Ministry of Education introducing Temporary Regulations for Chinese-Foreign Cooperation in Running Schools).
In research, he is unique in cross-sector signal and image processing research by exploiting the synergies between industrial non-destructive evaluation and medical non-invasive diagnosis. He has led several large-scale multi-million-pound projects, collaborated with more than 160 organisations in 21 countries worldwide, and received more than £16M in research funding (with a total award in excess of £86M) from a diverse range of national and international grant bodies as well as world-leading industrial companies, produced more than 180 publications, and won various academic and industrial awards. In celebration of The Queen’s diamond jubilee, he had the great honour of showing his research to HM The Queen and HRH Duke of Edinburgh in the royal visit to his research centre.
- PhD Digital Satellite Systems, Lancashire Polytechnic in collaboration with Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough, 1988
- MSc Microwaves and Modern Optics, University College London, 1984
- BSc(Hons) Electronic & Communications Engineering, Polytechnic of North London, 1983
- Best Paper Award in Medical Image Analysis and Processing, International Conference on Image and Graphics Processing (ICIGP), 2022
- Best Paper Award in the Area of Application, International Conference on Pattern Recognition Applications and Methods (ICPRAM), 2015
- Best Paper Award, International Conference on Intelligent Automation and Robotics, 2014
- Diamond Jubilee Royal Visit by HM The Queen with HRH Duke of Edinburgh, 2012
- The Times Higher Education Research Project of the Year Award (shortlisted), 2011
- Distinguished Visiting Professor Award, Beijing Municipal Higher Education Commission, 2010
- Best Paper, British Conference on NDT, 2009
- Best Research Centre Award, UCLan, 2007
- The Sir Frank Whittle Award, 2004
- Best Paper, British Conference on NDT, 2003
- Innovation Award, BAE Systems, 2002
- Innovation Award, BAE Systems, 2000
- Signal and Image Processing
- IET fellow
- Advisory Board Member, IET Image Processing
- Associate Editor, Avestia Journal of Machine Intelligence and Data Science (JMIDS)
- Editorial Board Member, Inderscience International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology (IJCAT) and International Journal of Modelling, Identification and Control (IJMIC)
- Visiting Professor, Lancaster University (2014-2021)
- Visiting Professor, China State Key Laboratory of Hybrid Process Industry Automation System and Equipment Technology (Awarded in 2012)
- Distinguished Visiting Professor of Beijing Municipal Higher Education Commission funded under the Outstanding Talents Programme (2010-2013)
- Guest Professor, North China University of Technology (Awarded in 2008)
- Guest Professor, Kunming University of Science & Technology (Awarded in 2006)
- Professor (Honorary Research Appointment), Blackpool Fylde & Wyre Hospitals NHS Trust, 2005
- Guest Professor, Beijing Institute of Technology (Awarded in 2005)
- Visiting Professor, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 2002
- Member of EPSRC Peer Review College
- Expert Evaluator of European Commission Research Executive Agency
- Specialist adviser of Hong Kong Council for Academic Accreditation
Signal and image processing is one of the most awesome and ubiquitous technologies that is shaping the world of tomorrow. Over the years, Professor Shark has worked on a broad spectrum of application-driven and user-led research projects in collaboration with multiple disciplines and transformed numerous innovative ideas into reality by developing advanced computational signal and image processing systems. Among a long list of examples includes collaboration with environmental scientists on large-scale immersive exploration of multi-modality remote sensing data; with manufacturing engineers on automatic inspection and prognosis of advanced safety-critical structures; with oncologists to achieve high-precision radiotherapy; with physiotherapists on immersive rehabilitation using multi-form bio-feedback; with psychologists on 4D facial expression recognition; with rheumatologists to pioneer acoustic emission for joint assessment; with sign linguists on dynamic gesture recognition for direct sign writing; and with sports scientists on interactive and immersive digital sport environments. Particularly noteworthy are his contributions to advancing the non-destructive evaluation of engineering structures in the aerospace/submarine sector and the non-invasive diagnosis of patients in the medical sector by exploiting the synergies between these two seemingly disparate fields. He has produced more than 180 publications including one book, three invited book chapters, and five best conference papers. He has also served as lead editor of one special issue and one conference proceedings.
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- Applied Digital Signal and Image Processing Research Centre (ADSIP)
- Advanced Digital Manufacturing Technology Research Centre (ADMT)
- Professor Shark has supervised 31 PhD, 6 MPhil, and 4 MSc(Res) to completion, as well as 24 post-doctoral researchers
- Around £16M research funding has been awarded, not only from a diverse range of national and international grant bodies (such as Arthritis Research Campaign, British Council, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, European Regional Development Fund, EU Framework Programmes, Higher Education Funding Council for England, Medical Research Council, Ministry of Defence and Regional Growth Fund), but also from world-leading industrial companies (such as Alenia, BAE Systems and PACCAR).
- Among more than 60 funded projects, there were 15 large-scale multi-million-pound projects with a total value of more than £86M.
- Among more than 160 collaborating organisations in 21 countries worldwide, there were top aerospace companies such as Airbus, Alenia, BAE Systems, Dassault, EADS and Smiths Aerospace; prestigious national research institutes such as the Industrial Material Institute of the National Research Council Canada, French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control (INRIA), Foundation for Research & Technology – Hellas (FORTH) in Greece, Signals and Images Laboratory of the National Research Council (CNR) in Italy, and National Nuclear Laboratory in the UK; world-leading UK universities such as Bristol, Manchester, Lancaster, Liverpool, Sheffield, and Warwick; and major regional hospitals such as Blackpool Victoria, Christie and Royal Preston.
- Professor Shark has served as General Chair of three international conferences - Atlantic Europe Conference on Remote Imaging and Spectroscopy (AECRIS) endorsed by IAPR, International Conference on Image and Graphics Processing (ICIGP) sponsored by IET, and the International Forum on Signal Processing (IFSP).
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