I am Professor of Computing, and a member of the School of Computing's Applied Computing in Biology, Medicine and Health (BMH) and Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) research themes. I also helped to create and work within the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics (LIDA), where I lead the EPSRC-funded QuantiCode project.
My research focuses on:
- Navigation: Encompassing virtual reality, the real-world, and the WWW.
- Visualization Particularly large, high-resolution ('giga-pixel') displays and bio-medical applications.
- We develop software for visualizing terra-pixel image collections, comparative genomics, multi-criteria optimisation, the analysis of complex data in petrophysics, retail and health.
- The Leeds Virtual Microscope (LVM) is used to train histopathology registrars, teach medical students, and was used to establish new PT1 bowel cancer screening guidelines that affect thousands of patients each year. In the Editor's Spotlight of ACM ToCHI, our LVM research is described as an "outstanding example" of strong human-computer interaction research into a real-world problem with "compelling clinical impact". The LVM his being commercialised by the healthcare company Roche.
- Paramorama combines objective and subjective outputs for multi-criteria optimisation.
- PETMiner is part of the industry-funded PETGAS project, and developing software for the analysis of quantitative and qualitative petrophysics data.
- The QuantiCode project is developing novel data mining and visualization tools and techniques, which will transform people's ability to analyse quantitative and coded longitudinal data of the type found in sectors such as retail and health. QuantiCode is funded by the EPSRC Making Sense of Data call, which is part of the Towards an Intelligent Information Infrastructure (TI3) cross-ICT priority. Our partners are the Leeds Informatics Board, Leeds City Council, Bradford Institute for Health Research, The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), Sainsbury's, Consumerdata, and aql.
If you are interested in doing a PhD in any of the above topics then I would be delighted to hear from you. I welcome applications from students who are sponsored, self-funded or currently without funding (the School offers a variety of scholarships).
A brief history: I worked in industry for PAFEC Ltd, Prime Computer, Datel Technology, and Evans and Sutherland, mostly in research and development software engineering positions. Prior to coming to Leeds I spent seven years as a researcher in the School of Psychology at Cardiff University, where I also completed my PhD. In 2008 I was awarded a Fellowship for Experienced Researchers from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, which I spent studying navigation in real and virtual spaces with Prof. Heinrich Buelthoff at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics. I am also Co-Editor in Chief of the journal Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments.
Post: School of Computing, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK, LS2 9JT
Tel: +44 (0)113 343 1711 (direct)
Fax: +44 (0)113 343 5468
Email: r.a.ruddle AT Leeds