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Professor Lik-Kwan Shark

Head of Applied Digital Signal & Image Processing Research Centre (ADSIP) and Advanced Digital Manufacturing Technology Research Centre (ADMT)
School of Engineering

As Chair Professor of Signal and Image Processing and a fellow of IET, he founded and heads Applied Digital Signal and Image Processing Research Centre (ADSIP) and Advanced Digital Manufacturing Technology Research Centre (ADMT). He has an extensive network of collaborators in multiple sectors, received >£13M external funding, produced >170 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.

Professor Shark is the 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. His main area of research has been in the field of signal and image processing, with a particular niche in cross-fertilisation of ideas and translation of approaches between industrial non-destructive evaluation of engineering structures and medical non-invasive diagnosis of patients.

In education, he is regarded as a leading pioneer of international education by being the first to bring the 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 exemplar 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, received more than £13M external funding (with the total award in excess of £83M) from a diverse range of national and international grant bodies as well as world-leading industrial companies, produced more than 170 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 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
  • Professor Shark is a fellow of IET, and holds a number of honorary positions which include Visiting Professor of Lancaster University
  • Guest Professor of Beijing Institute of Technology, Kunming University of Science & Technology, and North China University of Technology
  • Distinguished Visiting Professor of Beijing Municipal Higher Education Commission funded under the Outstanding Talents Programme
  • Visiting Chair Professor of the China State Key Laboratory of Hybrid Process Industry Automation System and Equipment Technology.
  • He is an associate editor of IET Journal of Image Processing and Avestia Journal of Machine Intelligence and Data Science (JMIDS); an Inderscience editorial board member of International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology (IJCAT) and International Journal of Modelling, Identification and Control (IJMIC).
  • In addition, he is an elected member of EPSRC peer review college
  • Panel evaluator of European Research Council and Research Executive Agency
  • Proposal reviewer of the Leverhulme Trust, Medical Research Council, Royal Society, Science and Technology Facilities Council
  • International reviewer/panel chair of grant bodies in Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Hong Kong, Singapore and USA
  • Specialist adviser of Hong Kong Council for Academic Accreditation.