John Qiang Gan
Professor of AI & Robotics
Machine learning, artificial intelligence, robotics, signal and image processing, pattern recognition, brain-computer interfaces, human-machine interaction, intelligent systems, health informatics, data and text mining (Big Data).
Would machine learning, machine intelligence or artificial intelligence be a great driver of change over the coming decades, similar to the Internet in the past 20 years? Google and Facebook have answered this question very positively. Google paid $400m for UK artificial intelligence startup DeepMind. Facebook hired deep learning guru Prof. Yann LeCun to run its new Artificial Intelligence Lab (I visited LeCunís department at AT&T Bell Laboratories and had a discussion on the Neocognitron and his convolutional neural network over lunch in 1993).†
Identifying Connectivity Patterns in the Human Brain Using Non-negative Matrix Factorisation and its Application to Alzheimerís Disease Detection Based on fMRI, funded by Newton Fund PhD Placement Grant.
e-hpMOBE: Energy-aware High Performance Multi-objective Optimisation in Heterogeneous Computer Architecture for Biomedical Engineering Applications, funded by Spanish Ministry of Economy Competitiveness and European Regional Development Fund (collaborator).
SHOAL: Search and monitoring of Harmful contaminants, other pollutants and leaks in vessels in port using a swarm of robotic fish, funded by the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Commission.
Intelligent RoboChair, funded by The Royal Society.
Building a Fast Biped Running Robot with Biologically-inspired Neuro-mechanical Design, funded by the RPF of Essex University.
[Demo1: Biped walking robot at Essex]
Prof. Gan has developed intelligent systems and software packages for signal processing, computer vision and robotic control in the past years, in collaboration with industry in the form of contracts with companies or through the KTP programme. He is keen to collaborate with industry in the areas of sensory information processing, computer vision, robotics and intelligent control systems, data analysis and interpretation via machine learning.
CS220 Navigating the Digital World (lecturing on the AI topic, 2016-2017)
CE804 Digital Signal Processing (2012-2015)
CC401/406 MSc Project and Dissertation (2002-2006)
1999-2017 University of Essex.
This page was last modified by John Gan in Feb. 2018