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    BT48 7JL Londonderry

    United Kingdom

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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 2020

Open Access
Acoustic waves

Adaptive Gesture Recognition System for Robotic Control using Surface EMG Sensors

Marchiex, B., Gardiner, B. & Coleman, S., 2 Nov 2019, (Accepted/In press).

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Open Access
Gesture recognition
Control surfaces
Learning systems

Adversarially Erased Learning for Person Re-identification by Fully Convolutional Networks

Liu, S., Zhang, Y., Qi, L., Coleman, S., Kerr, D. & Zhu, S., 12 Jul 2019, 2019 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks, IJCNN 2019. Budapest, Vol. 2019-July. 9 p. 8852283

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

Open Access

A Machine Learning Approach to Wafer Defect Classification using Bag of Visual Words

Sweeney, T., Coleman, S. & Kerr, D., 28 Aug 2019, Irish Machine Vision and Image Processing Conference. p. 183 - 189 7 p.

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

Open Access
Learning systems
Crystal defects
Quality control

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. 374, p. 86-99 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Color matching


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