Professor Eran Edirisinghe
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation)
Title: Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation)
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As the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation), Eran provides strategic leadership to development and management of research and innovation portfolio of Keele University. He joined Keele University in August 2021, having previously served at Loughborough University in various academic and leadership roles, including being the Head of Department of Computer Science (2011-2014) and Associate Dean for Enterprise, School of Science (2015-2021).
Having received a BSc.Eng.(Hons.) degree in Electronic & Telecommunication Engineering from Moratuwa University, Sri Lanka, in 1994, Eran received his MSc degree in Digital Communication Systems and PhD degree in Computer Science from Loughborough University, in 1996 and 1999, respectively. He joined Loughborough University as a Lecturer in Computer Science in 2000. His research expertise is in the areas of image processing, image enhancement, video coding, computer vision, pattern recognition, machine learning and deep neural networks. Eran’s research has contributed significantly to the UK industry and economy. He actively contributed to the strengthening of the R&I portfolio of Apical Ltd., a global award-winning UK based SME that supplied smart digital camera and display technology to all top mobile, digital camera and TV brands, which was acquired by ARM UK in 2016 for a record $320M. His research group’s partnership with Apical Ltd., was awarded the prestigious, Loughborough University Enterprise Award for Knowledge Transfer in both 2013 and 2014.
Eran has held research grants to the value of over £15M funded by the EPSRC, DTI/Innovate UK, UK industry and has collaborated with 30+ industry partners in delivering high impact research. He has also published 180+ academic papers and 20+ confidential industry research reports. A passionate advocate of PhD student supervision and training, Eran has supervised over 40 PhD students, many of whom hold senior leadership positions in UK/International universities and industry. He continues to focus on conducting high impact, applied research in Deep Neural Networks supported, imaging applications in digital cameras, drones, automated document analysis systems, future smart-TVs and display systems.