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Sonya Coleman joined the Computer Science Research Institute and School of Computing and Intelligent Systems in 2002 and was appointed Head of the Research Graduate School in 2012. Sonya is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and teaches at undergraduate level. Sonya received a BSc(Hons) in Mathematics, Statistics and Computing (first class) from the Ulster University, UK in 1999, and a PhD in Mathematics from the Ulster University, UK in 2003. She is Cognitive Robotics team leader within the Intelligent Systems Research Centre.  Sonya has publications primarily in image processing, robotics, computational intelligence and financial engineering. Her research has been supported by funding from various sources such as EPSRC, The Nuffield Foundation, The Leverhulme Trust and the European Commission. In 2009 she was awarded the Distinguished Research Fellowship by the Ulster University in recognition of her contribution research and she is currently secretary of the Irish Pattern Recognition and Classification Society.

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Research Output 2001 2019

A New Patch selection method based on Parsing and Saliency Detection for Person Re-identification

Liu, Y., Zhang, Y., Coleman, S., Bhanu, B. & Liu, S., 27 Sep 2019, In : Neurocomputing. 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Color matching

An Investigation of Gradient as a Feature Cue for Saliency Detection

Cooley, C., Coleman, S., Gardiner, B. & Scotney, B., 18 Aug 2019, 2019 2nd International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Pattern Recognition (AIPR 2019). Beijing, 5 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
Object detection

A Predictive Model for Paediatric Autism Screening

Wingfield, B., Miller, S., Pratheepan, Y., Kerr, D., Gardiner, B., Seneviratne, S., Samarasinghe, P. & Coleman, S., 3 Oct 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Health Informatics Journal.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Autistic Disorder
Appointments and Schedules
Mobile Applications
Sri Lanka

Classification of Health Risk Factors to Predict the Risk of Falling in Older Adults

Lindsay, L., Coleman, S., Kerr, D., Taylor, B. & Moorhead, A., 4 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press).

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Open Access
Health risks
health risk
risk communication

Forecasting Day-Ahead Electricity Prices With A SARIMAX Model

Mc Hugh, C., Coleman, S., Kerr, D. & McGlynn, D., 9 Sep 2019, (Accepted/In press) The 2019 IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution



Continuous tactile sensing for enhanced human-robot collaboration

Author: Gomez Eguiluz, A., May 2018

Supervisor: Coleman, S. (Supervisor), Mc Ginnity, T. (Supervisor) & Rano, I. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Using computational intelligence for knowledge discovery from the human microbiome

Author: Wingfield, B., Mar 2019

Supervisor: McGinnity, T. (Supervisor), Bjourson, A. (Supervisor) & Coleman, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis