Dr. Yu Zhou


School of Engineering

Computing and Technology Building, CT028

+44 (0) 1772 89 2890

Yu is a Lecturer in Engineering in the School of Engineering. He is also a member of the Applied Digital Signal and Image Processing Reseach Centre. His main research interests are: computer aided diagnosis, data mining and visual navigation. He collaborates closely with academia staff, clinicians and engineers.

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Yu completed his PhD study in 2010. This project was to develop a Mark II portable handheld device to assist dermatologists to in melanoma diagnosis. This project features a computer aided diagnosis system whose user experience is pretty much like using a digital camera, while giving fast and reliable clinical decision support. It was award a prize from the Skin Forum.

After his PhD, Yu worked on a crystallization monitoring project which involves observing very fine 3D particles in real time. This project was funded by TSB and it requires collaborations with pharmaceutical/instrumental companies such as Pfizer and Avantium. Yu formulated and tested different mechanical plots for this device, designed the data collection/visualization software.

Yu also worked on image processing algorithms for digital histopathology applications in the WELMEC project in Leeds. Yu developed algorithms to mark the cells in microscope images, evaluating the amount of stains within one digital slide etc.

Ph.D. Machine Vision, University of West England, Bristol, 2010
MEng, Control Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, 2005
BEng, Control Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, 2003


Zhou, Yu, Smith, Melvyn L., Smith, Lyndon and Warr, Robert (2012) Combinatorial photometric stereo and its application in 3D modeling of melanoma. Machine Vision and Applications, 23 (5). pp. 1029-1045. ISSN 0932-8092

Zhou, Yu, Smith, Melvyn, Smith, Lyndon, Farooq, Abdul and Warr, Robert (2011) Enhanced 3D curvature pattern and melanoma diagnosis. Computerized Medical Imaging and Graphics, 35 (2). pp. 155-165. ISSN 08956111

Zhou, Yu, Smith, Melvyn, Smith, Lyndon and Warr, Robert (2010) A new method describing border irregularity of pigmented lesions. Skin Research and Technology, 16 (1). pp. 66-76. ISSN 0909752X

Zhou, Yu, Smith, Melvyn, Smith, Lyndon and Warr, Rob (2010) Using 3D differential forms to characterize a pigmented lesion in vivo. Skin Research and Technology, 16 (1). pp. 77-84. ISSN 0909752X

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Research Activities

His research interests include computer aided diagnosis, digital pathology and online measurement.

Research Projects

Digital pathology (WELMEC)

3D imaging of crystallization (TSB)

3D imaging of melanoma (TSB)


Teaching Activities

Yu teaches in the following subject areas:

  • Embedded system
  • Pattern Recognition


Member of IEEE and IEEE computer society

Member of IET

Member of CLSS-UK