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Dr Kathy Clawson

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Interim Head of School of Computer Science

I studied Business Studies with Computing (BA Hons) followed by an MSc in Telecommunications and Distributed Systems at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland. I then completed a PhD in Computing and Information Engineering in the same department, working on a medical image analysis project entitled the 'Enhancement of Melanoma Early Diagnosis'.

My interests include machine learning and machine vision, and I have interdisciplinary focus. I have undertaken research and led in knowledge transfer across a variety of application areas including healthcare, visual perception analysis, finance, pharmaceutical manufacturing, and security/surveillance.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

You can find me on LinkedIn and ResearchGate.

Teaching and supervision

I teach core programming modules which are delivered across the full suite of undergraduate computing courses.

I also lead the final year undergraduate project module undertaken by all students on our six undergraduate programmes.

Research interests for potential research students

My research interests include digital image and video processing, computer vision, and machine learning.

I am interested in how data driven methods can be applied to real world problems across a variety of domains e.g. medicine, health and wellbeing, finance, and manufacturing.


My research interests include digital image and video processing, computer vision, multimedia semantic analysis and pattern recognition and classification.

Application areas of interest include visual perception analysis, security and medical / biomedical science. Previous projects include the SAVASA project.

You can find details of my publications on Google Scholar and ResearchGate.


Number of items: 23.


Huang, Chenxi, Zong, Yongshuo, Ding, Yimin, Luo, Xin, Clawson, Kathy and Peng, Yonghong (2020) A new deep learning approach for the retinal hard exudates detection based on superpixel multi-feature extraction and patch-based CNN. Neurocomputing. ISSN 0925-2312

Paracha, Samiullah, Hall, Lynne, Clawson, Kathy and Mitsche, Nicole (2020) Design, Development and Evaluation of a Virtual Environment with children for Moral, Social & Emotional Leaning. International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments, 10 (2). ISSN 1947-8518

Hong, Hin, Lin, Rongjie, Yang, Chenhui, Cai, Chunting and Clawson, Kathy (2020) ADPM: An Alzheimer’s Disease Prediction Model for Time Series Neuroimage Analysis. IEEE Access, 8 (1). pp. 62601-62609. ISSN 2169-3536

Paracha, Samiuallah, Hall, Lynne, Clawson, Kathy, Mitsche, Nicole and Jamil, Fatima (2019) Co-design with Children: Using Participatory Design for Design Thinking and Social and Emotional Learning. Open Education Studies, 1 (1). pp. 267-280. ISSN 2544-7831

Yasser, A, M, Clawson, Kathy, Bowerman, Chris and Lévêque, M (2017) Saving Cultural Heritage with Digital Make-Believe: Machine Learning and Digital Techniques to the Rescue. HCI '17: Proceedings of the 31st British Computer Society Human Computer Interaction Conference (97). pp. 1-5.

Book Section

Clawson, Kathy, Delicato, Louise and Bowerman, Chris (2018) Human Centric Facial Expression Recognition. In: HCI '18: Proceedings of the 32nd International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference 2018. Proceedings of the BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (32). ACM, pp. 1-12.

Clawson, Kathy, Jing, Min, Scotney, Bryan, Wang, Hui and Liu, Jun (2014) Human action recognition in video via fused optical flow and moment features--towards a hierarchical approach to complex scenario recognition. In: MultiMedia Modeling: 20th Anniversary International Conference, MMM 2014, Dublin, Ireland, January 6-10, 2014, Proceedings, Part II. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (8326). Springer International Publishing, pp. 104-115. ISBN 978-3-319-04116-2

Jing, Min, Wang, Hui, Clawson, Kathy, Coleman, Sonya, Chen, Shuwei, Liu, Jun and Scotney, Bryan (2014) Recognition by Enhanced Bag of Words Model via Topographic ICA. In: Ubiquitous Computing and Ambient Intelligence. Personalisation and User Adapted Services: 8th International Conference, UCAmI 2014, Belfast, UK, December 2-5, 2014, Proceedings. Springer International Publishing, pp. 523-531. ISBN 978-3-319-13102-3

Conference or Workshop Item

Kawi, Omar, Clawson, Kathy, Dunn, Paul, Knight, Daniel, Hodgson, Jonathan and Peng, Yonghong (2020) Medical Formulation Recognition (MFR) using Deep Feature Learning and One Class SVM. In: The International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN), July 19-24, Glasgow, UK.

Clawson, Kathy, Delicato, Louise, Garfield, Sheila and Young, Shell (2018) Automated Representation of Non-Emotional Expressivity to Facilitate Understanding of Facial Mobility: Preliminary Findings. In: Intelligent Systems Conference 2017, 7-8 September 2017, London.

Dickinson, M, Clawson, Kathy and Horsman, G (2017) A Virtual Environment for Accessible Desktop Navigation. In: British Human Computer Interaction Conference, 3 - 6 Jul 2017, Sunderland University, St Peter's Campus.

Chen, Shuwei, Clawson, Kathy, Jing, Min, Liu, Jun, Wang, Hui and Scotney, Bryan (2014) Uncertainty Reasoning Based Formal Framework for Big Video Data Understanding. In: Proceedings of the 2014 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Joint Conferences on Web Intelligence (WI) and Intelligent Agent Technologies (IAT)-Volume 02, 11-14 Aug 2014, Warsaw, Poland.

Little, Suzanne, Clawson, Kathy, Mereu, Anna and Rodriguez, Aitor (2013) Identifying and addressing challenges for search and analysis of disparate surveillance video archives. In: 5th International Conference on Imaging for Crime Prevention and Detection, 16 - 17 Dec 2013, Kingston University London, UK.

Little, Suzanne, Jargalsaikhan, Iveel, Albatal, Rami, Direkoglu, Cem, O'Connor, Noel E, Smeaton, Alan F, Clawson, Kathy, Jing, Min, Scotney, Brian and Wang, Hui (2013) SAVASA project@ TRECVid 2013: semantic indexing and interactive surveillance event detection. In: TRECVid 2013, December 2013, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Washington DC.

Little, Suzanne, Jargalsaikhan, Iveel, Clawson, Kathy, Nieto, Marcos, Li, Hao, Direkoglu, Cem, O'Connor, Noel E, Smeaton, Alan F, Liu, Jun and Scotney, Bryan (2013) Interactive surveillance event detection at TRECVid2012. In: ICMR'13 International Conference on Multimedia Retrieval, 16 - 19 Apr 2013, Dallas, TX, USA.

Little, Suzanne, Jargalsaikhan, Iveel, Clawson, Kathy, Nieto, Marcos, Li, Hao, Direkoglu, Cem, O'Connor, Noel E, Smeaton, Alan F, Scotney, Bryan and Wang, Hui (2013) An information retrieval approach to identifying infrequent events in surveillance video. In: ICMR'13 International Conference on Multimedia Retrieval, 16 - 19 Apr 2013, Dallas, TX, USA.

Liu, Xueqin, Clawson, Kathy, Wang, Hui, Scotney, Bryan and Liu, Jun (2013) Complex event recognition with uncertainty reasoning. In: Machine Learning and Cybernetics (ICMLC), 2013 International Conference on, 14 - 17 Jul 2013, Tianjin, China.

Little, Suzanne, Clawson, Kathy, Direkoglu, Cem, Gaines10, Se{\'a}n, Gaudino, Francesca, Gim{\'e}nez, Roberto, Jargalsaikhan, Iveel, Kafetzakis, Emmanouil, Kourtis, Tasos and Liu, Jun (2012) SAVASA-Standards-Based Approach to Video Archive Search and Analysis. In: TRECVid 2012, 26-28 Nov 2012, NIST, Gaithersburg, Maryland, Washington,DC.

Clawson, Kathy, Morrow, Philip, Scotney, Bryan, McKenna, John and Dolan, Olivia (2009) Analysis of pigmented skin lesion border irregularity using the harmonic wavelet transform. In: 2009 International Machine Vision and Image Processing Conference, 2-4 Sep 2009, Dublin, Ireland.

Clawson, Kathy, Morrow, PJ, Scotney, BW, McKenna, DJ and Dolan, OM (2007) Computerised Skin Lesion Surface Analysis for Pigment Asymmetry Quantification. In: MVIP 2007 International Machine Vision and Image Processing Conference, 5-7 Sep 2007, National University of Ireland Maynooth, Maynooth, County Kildare, Ireland.

Clawson, Kathy, Morrow, Philip J, Scotney, Bryan W, McKenna, D John and Dolan, Olivia M (2007) Determination of optimal axes for skin lesion asymmetry quantification. In: ICIP 2007: IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, 16-19 Sep 2007, San Antonio, Texas, USA.

Clawson, Kathy, Morrow, PJ, Scotney, BW, Dolan, O and McKenna, J (2006) Evaluation of Skin Lesion Asymmetry using Fourier Descriptors. In: Irish Machine Vision and Image Processing (IMVIP 2006), 30 Aug - 1 Sep 2006, Dublin City University.


Clawson, Kathy (2009) EMED: enhancement of melanoma early diagnosis. Doctoral thesis, University of Ulster.

This list was generated on Thu May 13 00:56:49 2021 BST.
  • Image and video processing
  • Deep learning for machine vision
  • Feature extraction and representation
  • Machine learning
  • Affective computing

Last updated 12 May 2021

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