Dr. Yu Zhou


School of Engineering

Computing and Technology Building, CM028

+44 (0) 1772 89 2890


Yu’s main research interests are: optimization methods and embedded system.

Full Profile

Yu is now leading the development of the MSc Applied Data Science course.

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
  • MSc, Control Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, 2005
  • BEng, Control Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, 2003


Song, Zhuoyi, Zhou, Yu and Juusola, Mikko (2017) Modeling elucidates how refractory period can provide profound nonlinear gain control to graded potential neurons. Physiological reports, 5

Song, ZY, Zhou, Y and Juusola, M (2016) Random Photon Absorption Model Elucidates How Early Gain Control in Fly Photoreceptors Arises from Quantal Sampling. Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience, 10 .

Pretorius, AJ, Zhou, Yu and Ruddle, R (2015) Visual parameter optimisation for biomedical image processing. BMC Bioinformatics, 16 (S9). pp. 1-13.

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Research Activities

Optimization and modelling, embedded systems.

External Affiliations and Roles
  • Fellow of HEA
  • Member of IET

Teaching activities and responsibilities

Course leader of MSc Applied Data Science

  • Programming with Data (EL4013)
  • Signal & Image Processing B(EL4147)
  • Signal & Image Processing A(EL3147)
  • Microcontroller Systems (EL3250)
  • Embedded Real-time Systems (EL3243)
  • Instrumentation and Control (EL2104)



  • Embedded Linux Conference
  • Hitex ARM conference