IDA Meeting (8th Feb 2018)

IDA meetings will now be held at our new IDA-BSEL Research Group Laboratory – WBB 208 (2nd floor of Wilfred Brown)

Today’s talks are from:

Samy Ayed on an exploratory study of the inputs for ensemble clustering technique as a subset selection problem (PDF Slides can be found HERE).

Leila Yousefi and Weibuo Liu both discussed Deep Learning and how latent variables are used in their PhDs (PDF Slides can be found HERE).

BIOIMAGING 2018 Best Student Paper Award

We are pleased to announce that Bashir Dodo’s paper “Graph-Cut Segmentation of Retinal Layers from OCT Images” has won the BIOIMAGING 2018 Best Student Paper Award.

Below is the abstract and full list of authors.

The segmentation of various retinal layers is vital for diagnosing and tracking progress of medication of various ocular diseases. Due to the complexity of retinal structures, the tediousness of manual segmentation and variation from different specialists, many methods have been proposed to aid with this analysis. However image artifacts, in addition to inhomogeneity in pathological structures, remain a challenge, with negative influence on the performance of segmentation algorithms. Previous attempts normally pre-process the images or model the segmentation to handle the obstruction but it still remains an area of active research, especially in relation to the graph based algorithms. In this paper we present an automatic retinal layer segmentation method, which is comprised of fuzzy histogram hyperbolization and graph cut methods to segment 8 boundaries and 7 layers of the retina on 150 OCT B-Sans images, 50 each from the temporal, nasal and centre of foveal region. Our method shows positive results, with additional tolerance and adaptability to contour variance and pathological inconsistency of the retinal structures in all regions.

Bashir Isa Dodo, Yongmin Li, Khalid Eltayef and Xiaohui Liu.

Congratulations again!

IDA Meeting (8th Nov 2017)

IDA meeting held at WBB 208 (2nd floor of Wilfred Brown) – Weds 8th November at 3pm

Talks from:

Alina Miron on Exergames in healthcare.
Navid Dorudian on Moving object detection in challenging scenarios using colour and depth images.

IDA 2017 Conference

The Sixteenth International Symposium on Intelligent Data Analysis (IDA 2017) was held between 26th October and 28th October, 2017 in London, UK.

Keynote Speakers:

– Opportunities and Challenges of Learning Health Systems by Professor Niels Peek

– Reverse engineering human decision making from high resolution analysis of behaviour by Dr A. Aldo Faisal

– Mining for Causal Results by Professor Paul Cohen


IDA this year was great success!


Special thanks goes to David Weston (General Chair), Niall Adams and Allan Tucker (Program Chairs), and Stephen Swift (Local Chair) and his team for the local arrangements.

Next year it will be held in Den Bosch, the Netherlands.

Updated on 3rd novemeber 2017.

Biodiversity Information Standards 2017 Annual Conference

Nicky Nicolson attended the Biodiversity Information Standards annual conference ( in Ottawa, Canada. This is an association which develops standards to represent and interchange biodiversity information. The conference includes both practical work on standards development and documentation, and traditional conference presentations on research which has been enabled by the provision of standardised data from heterogenous sources. Recent conferences have shown greater take-up of intelligent data analysis techniques. Nicky co-authored a presentation on the development of large-scale analytics infrastructures as part of a collaboration with the Advanced Computing and Information Systems Laboratory at University of Florida in the iDigBio ( project.

Conference abstracts are available here:

Updated on 18th October 2017.

KDD 2018 in London

KDD 2018 will be held in London, United Kingdom (19 – 23 August 2018). Click HERE for details.

The annual KDD conference is a premier interdisciplinary conference in the field of knowledge discovery in data and data-mining. Have a look at the KDD website for an archive of previous conferences and publications.

Updated on 13th October 2017.

IDA Meeting (27th Sep 2017)

Talks from:

Nicky Nicolson on Identifying novel features from specimen data for the prediction of valuable collection trips (PDF Slides can be found HERE or an online version HERE)

Bashir Dodo on Automated Layer Segmentation of Macula SD-OCT Images Using Graph-Cut Method (Slides can be found HERE)

New PhD Researcher and Accepted Publications

  • Welcome new PhD student Joanna Pawlik who will be working on text mining botanical floras at Kew.
  • Congratulation to Nicky Nicolson and Khaled / Bashir who have an accepted paper in IDA 2017.
  • Also,  congratulation to Awad Alyousef who has been invited to submit his paper from a workshop at AI in Medicince to a special issue journal.

Updated on 12th September 2017.

IDA Meeting (4th Jul 2017)

IDA meeting:- Talks from:
Mashael Al Hulaybi (PhD Student) on analysing education data.
Danila Vela (Visiting Researcher for 2 months) on protein network models