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.