Biography

I undertook my BSc (London) in Electronic Engineering (EE) specialising in computer architectures and digital systems design. After graduation, I have worked there as an RA  (sponsored by CLCC/Plessey Ltd.) before joining the Computing Laboratory at the University of Kent (UKC) under the UK High Performance Distributed Systems Initiative, where I also received my research doctorate in 1994. I was admitted as an IEE corporate member and a Chartered Engineer (CEng) in 1995.

I took up a lectureship (EE) at Keele in autumn 1994 and, after receiving my SEDA HE teacher training award (Distinction), I moved to Computer Science (CS) during 1997/98. My teaching interests have spanned the two subject disciplines from the traditional teaching of signal processing, through telecommunications and computer vision, to the more recent developments in advanced computer architectures, communication networks and digital security, distributed/Cloud systems, digital image processing and multimedia, object-oriented programming, (statistical) data analysis and analytics.

Research and scholarship

My current research develops and applies cutting edge data analysis to a range of visual analytics and static data problems. Given the high computational demands of visual analysis and the scale of data in current problems, I also research large-scale computation, from parallel computing algorithms in through to distributed/cloud-based computational techniques. The impact of my research can be illustrated by my work presented as the basis of both the two UoA 11 case studies in the 2014 REF  and my on-going work on knowledge transfer with a wide range of external partners, summarised as follows:

  • In visualisation, a principal focus is on gaining a better understanding of large, unstructured, multi-dimensional data sets. At Keele, this has applications in several areas and research projects relevant to security/digital forensic (see CASE award below), business data analytics (KTP Award: Data Integration for Business Intelligence, KTP010034, 2015-2018), and biomedical sciences (NSMI Award 2016 - Automated Analysis of Paediatric Sleep Studies with Big Data techniques: on-going).
  • In security/digital forensics, we have been working on identifying specific chemical elements present in broad-spectrum x-ray photography which may help to detect illicit materials conveyed through airport security systems (EPSRC/2005-07). The research has led to a further industry sponsored CASE award (2009-2013) involving the characterisation of sensor pattern noise (SPN) for the source camera identification and classification of digital photography.
  • In biomedical sciences, we have attracted fundings to automatically classify and measure the extent and quality of tissue regeneration produced by stem-cell treatments of damaged cartilage cells, using advanced computational vision technologies for live cell imaging developed in collaboration with a leading manufacturer of automated microscopes (Chipman Technologies (UK)). This cross-cutting research, initially funded by the EPSRC/Keele 3ME Initiatives (2008-10), seeks to address the need for large-scale exploratory analysis of dynamic cell-level properties and phenomena, and entails the development of advanced automation technologies that can accurately capture and describe the heterogeneity uncovered within in vitro cellular systems over an extended time period. In collaboration with the clinicians at RJAH in Oswestry, the work has recently attracted funding from the BBSRC (CASE Award 2013-2017). 
  • In distributed computing, my work is focused primarily on privacy and security issues in the Internet-scale distribution of processing and data across global networks. For example, we have developed a unique graphically based biometric authentication system which can be used on mobile devices. In conjunction with a computing colleague, we have received major supports from the EU/AWM Proof of Concept Award (3.2009-10.2009), and a further industry sponsored CASE/PhD studentship Award (entitled A Practical framework for the development and Evaluation of Multi-factored Authentication Schemes for Secure Distributed Systems) by the EPSRC (2009-2012).  Since 2011/12, I have served as program committee members in a number of international conferences/series (IEEE/iThings, IEEE CIT and IEEE ISPA) and in the editorial boards for  International Journal on Advances in Networks and Services and Journal of Cloud Computing.
  • In pervasive computing, we have developed and piloted protocols (as proof of concept) for securely delivering medical applications to mobile devices and a prototype system for utilising web-services as an overlay on ad-hoc peer to peer networks for performing robust and efficient metadata queries. As on-going research and development, our more recent work is addressing the many security and privacy concerns raised by the increasing adoption of cloud computing. Additionally, we have demonstrated in a pilot study (2014/15) that the carotid pulse of a patient can be detected through the amplification of colour variation signals captured in videos on portable mobile phones. In collaboration with a consultant cardiologist team from the University Hospital of North Staffs, work has been underway to extend the spatiotemporal filtering approach developed to reveal the low-amplitude motion characterised by the human internal jugular venous pulses (JVP) in a contactless manner. This enables the JVP be used as a reliable marker of fluid status in patients with heart diseases and facilitates remote monitoring and management of such patients.

Teaching

  • CSC-40031 Web Technologies and Security
  • CSC-40039 Cloud Computing
  • CSC-40042 Statistical Techniques for Data Analytics

Further information

KP Lam's Homepage

Selected Publications

  • Collins D and Lam K. 2014. Selling the Cloud to Smaller Business Organisations. Journal of Cloud Computing, vol. 2014 (2014), 1-8. link> doi> link>
  • Lam KP, Collins DJ, Sule-Suso J, Bhana R, Moloney A. 2013. On Evaluation of a Multiscale-based CT Image Analysis and Visualisation Algorithm. PROCEEDINGS OF THE 2013 6TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING AND INFORMATICS (BMEI 2013), VOLS 1 AND 2 (pp. 148-153). link> doi> full text>
  • Smith WA, Lam KP, Collins DJ, Richardson JB, IEEE. 2013. On 2.5D Surface Reconstruction of Cell Cultures. 2013 8TH INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON IMAGE AND SIGNAL PROCESSING AND ANALYSIS (ISPA) (pp. 218-+). link>
  • Lam K, Smith WA, Collins DJ. 2013. Estimation of Depth Map Using Image Focus: A Scale-Space Approach for Shape Recovery. In T. Sobh (Ed.). USA: Springer New York. link> doi> link>
  • Li J, Li B, Wo T, Hu C, Huai J, Liu L, Lam KP. 2012. CyberGuarder: A virtualization security assurance architecture for green cloud computing. FUTURE GENERATION COMPUTER SYSTEMS-THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ESCIENCE, vol. 28(2), 379-390. link> doi>

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Journal Articles

  • Sule-Suso J, Finney S, Bisson J, Hammersley S, Jassel S, Knight R, Hicks C, Sargeant S, Lam K-P, Belcher J, Collins D, Bhana R, Adab F, O'Donovan C, Moloney A. 2015. Pilot study on virtual imaging for patient information on radiotherapy planning and delivery. Radiography. doi> full text>
  • Collins D and Lam K. 2014. Selling the Cloud to Smaller Business Organisations. Journal of Cloud Computing, vol. 2014 (2014), 1-8. link> doi> link>
  • Lam KP, Collins DJ, Sule-Suso J, Bhana R, Moloney A. 2013. On evaluation of a multiscale-based CT image analysis and visualisation algorithm. 2013 6th International Conference on Biomedical Engineering and Informatics, 148-153. doi>
  • Li J, Li B, Wo T, Hu C, Huai J, Liu L, Lam KP. 2012. CyberGuarder: A virtualization security assurance architecture for green cloud computing. FUTURE GENERATION COMPUTER SYSTEMS-THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ESCIENCE, vol. 28(2), 379-390. link> doi>
  • Lam K, Smith, WA, Collins, DJ. 2012. FORTHCOMING: Scalable 2-1/2D Reconstruction of Cell Objects. International Journal on Industrial Electronics, Technology and Automation.
  • Lam K, Soobhany, AR, Leary, R. 2011. On the Performance of Li’s Unsupervised Image Classifier and the Optimal Cropping Position of Images for Forensic Investigations. International Journal of Digital Crime and Forensics, vol. 1(3). doi>
  • Nasirudeen AMA, Wong HH, Thien P, Xu S, Lam K-P, Liu DX. 2011. RIG-I, MDA5 and TLR3 Synergistically Play an Important Role in Restriction of Dengue Virus Infection. PLOS NEGLECTED TROPICAL DISEASES, vol. 5(1), Article ARTN e926. link> doi>
  • Pijanka J, Sockalingum GD, Kohler A, Yang Y, Draux F, Parkes G, Lam K-P, Collins D, Dumas P, Sandt C, van Pittius DG, Douce G, Manfait M, Untereiner V, Sulé-Suso J. 2010. Synchrotron-based FTIR spectra of stained single cells. Towards a clinical application in pathology. Lab Invest, vol. 90(5), 797-807. link> doi>
  • LAM KP and HORNE E. 1993. ENHANCED KERNEL ESTIMATION TECHNIQUE FOR PATTERN-CLASSIFICATION. ELECTRONICS LETTERS, vol. 29(24), 2130-2131. link> doi>
  • LAM KP and HORNE E. 1993. NOVEL TECHNIQUE TO COMBINE BWS AND FWS CLASSIFIERS. ELECTRONICS LETTERS, vol. 29(19), 1702-1704. link> doi>

Other

  • dos Santos F, Andras P, Collins DJ, Lam KP, IEEE. 2017. A Robust Data-Driven Approach to the Decoding of Pyloric Neuron Activity. 2017 IEEE INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON SIGNAL PROCESSING SYSTEMS (SIPS). link> doi> full text>
  • dos Santos F, Andras P, Lam KP. 2017. Towards an Accurate Identification of Pyloric Neuron Activity with VSDi. ARTIFICIAL NEURAL NETWORKS AND MACHINE LEARNING - ICANN 2017, PT I (vol. 10613, pp. 121-128). link> doi> full text>
  • dos Santos F, Andras P, Lam KP. 2017. A Multiresolution Approach to the Extraction of the Pyloric Rhythm. 2017 40TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SIGNAL PROCESSING (TSP) (pp. 403-406). link> doi> full text>
  • Valero-Fernandez R, Collins DJ, Lam KP, Rigby C, Bailey J, IEEE. 2017. Towards Accurate Predictions of Customer Purchasing Patterns. 2017 IEEE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON COMPUTER AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (CIT) (pp. 157-161). link> doi> full text>
  • Lam KP, Dempsey KP, Collins DJ, Richardson JB. 2016. Monitoring Stem Cells in Phase Contrast Imaging. IMAGING, MANIPULATION, AND ANALYSIS OF BIOMOLECULES, CELLS, AND TISSUES IX (vol. 9711). link> doi> full text>
  • Lam KP and Richardson JB. 2015. ON TRACKING SPINAL DISC CELLS. Proceedings of SPIE. SPIE. full text>
  • Lam KP, collins D, Fletcher P. 2014. Mobile Camera Source Identification with SVD. Innovations and Advances in Computing, Informatics, Systems Sciences, Networking and Engineering, Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering, Volume 313. Springer International Publishing. doi> full text>
  • Smith WA, Lam K-P, Dempsey KP, Mazzocchi-Jones D, Richardson JB, Yang Y. 2014. Label free cell tracking in 3-D tissue engineering constructs with high resolution imaging. DYNAMICS AND FLUCTUATIONS IN BIOMEDICAL PHOTONICS XI (vol. 8942). SPIE. link> doi> full text>
  • Lam K, Collin, Collins, Sule-Suso. 2014. On Evaluation of a Multiscale-based CT Image Analysis and Visualisation Algorithm. Biomedical Engineering and Informatics (BMEI), 2013 6th International Conference on. IEEE. doi>
  • Lam K, Lam KP, Collins D, Fletcher P. 2014. Source identification of camera phones using SVD. ICIP2013, the Proceedings. IEEE publishing. doi> full text>
  • Dempsey KP, Richardson JB, Lam KP. 2014. On measuring cell confluence in phase contrast microscopy. IMAGING, MANIPULATION, AND ANALYSIS OF BIOMOLECULES, CELLS, AND TISSUES XII (vol. 8947). link> doi>
  • Lam KP, Collins DJ, Sule-Suso J, Bhana R, Moloney A. 2013. On Evaluation of a Multiscale-based CT Image Analysis and Visualisation Algorithm. PROCEEDINGS OF THE 2013 6TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING AND INFORMATICS (BMEI 2013), VOLS 1 AND 2 (pp. 148-153). link> doi> full text>
  • Smith WA, Lam KP, Collins DJ, Richardson JB, IEEE. 2013. On 2.5D Surface Reconstruction of Cell Cultures. 2013 8TH INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON IMAGE AND SIGNAL PROCESSING AND ANALYSIS (ISPA) (pp. 218-+). link>
  • Soobhany AR, Lam KP, Fletcher P, Collins D, IEEE. 2013. SOURCE IDENTIFICATION OF CAMERA PHONES USING SVD. 2013 20TH IEEE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON IMAGE PROCESSING (ICIP 2013) (pp. 4497-4501). link> doi>
  • Lam K, Howden C, Liu L, Ding ZJ. 2013. Moments in Time: A Forensic View of Twitter. Beijing: IEEE Computer Society. link> doi> link>
  • Lam K, Smith WA, Collins DJ. 2013. Estimation of Depth Map Using Image Focus: A Scale-Space Approach for Shape Recovery. In T. Sobh (Ed.). USA: Springer New York. link> doi> link>
  • Lam K and Collins DJ. 2013. FACE: Fractal Analysis in Cell Engineering. In K. Elleithy (Ed.). Innovations and Advances in Computer, Information, Systems Sciences, and Engineering Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering Volume 152, 2013, pp 1151-1164 (vol. 152, pp. 1151-1164). USA: Springer New York. link> doi> link>
  • Lam KP, Dempsy KP, Smith WA, Wright KT, Masri WE, Richardson JB, IEEE. 2013. A Computational Approach to Quantifying Axon Regeneration in the Presence of Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs). 2013 6TH INTERNATIONAL IEEE/EMBS CONFERENCE ON NEURAL ENGINEERING (NER) (pp. 1541-1544). link>
  • Sule-Suso J, Lam KP, Bhana R, Adab F, Sargeant S, Collins D, Patel A, Moloney A. 2011. Three-Dimensional Imaging for Radiotherapy Planning in Prostate Cancer. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CANCER (vol. 47, p. S194). link> doi>
  • Lam K and Smith, WA. 2010. Exploratory Analysis of UV-Vis Absorption Spectra. doi>
  • Lam K, Collins DJ, Soobhany AR, Liu L. 2010. An Investigation of the Use of Overlay Networks in Developing Scalable and Reliable Information Sharing Web/Services. IEEE CPS. link> doi> link>
  • Smith, WA, Lam K, Collins, D, Tarvainen, J. 2010. Estimation of Depth Map using Image Focus: A Scale-Space Approach for Shape Recovery. doi>
  • Lam K, Liu L, Xu J, Russell D, Luo Z, Russell D, Collins DJ. 2009. Dependable Dynamic Service Integration on Service-Oriented Peer-to-Peer Networks. IEEE Computer Society. link> doi> link>
  • LAM KP and FLETCHER P. 2009. Concurrent grammar inference machines for 2-D pattern recognition: a comparison with the level set approach. In JT. Astola, KO. Egiazarian, NM. Nasrabadi & SA. Rizvi (Eds.). Image Processing: Algorithms and Systems VII (vol. SPIE vol. 7245). SPIE-IS&T. link> doi>
  • Lam KP and Emery R. 2009. Image Pixel Guided Tours: A Software Platform for Non-Destructive X-ray Imaging. IMAGE PROCESSING: ALGORITHMS AND SYSTEMS VII (vol. 7245). link> doi>
  • Lam KP, Austin JC, Day CR. 2007. A coarse-grained spectral signature generator. EIGHT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON QUALITY CONTROL BY ARTIFICIAL VISION (vol. 6356). link> doi>
  • Mak TST, Sedcole P, Cheung PYK, Luk W, Lam KP, Society IEEEC. 2007. A hybrid analog-digital routing network for NoC dynamic routing. NOCS 2007: First International Symposium on Networks-on-Chip, Proceedings (pp. 173-182). link> doi>
  • Lam KP. 2007. Towards a practical differential image processing approach of change detection. INNOVATIVE ALGORITHMS AND TECHNIQUES IN AUTOMATION, INDUSTRIAL ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS (pp. 229-234). link> doi>
  • Lam KP. 1999. A component-based design for parallel moment generators. PARALLEL AND DISTRIBUTED METHODS FOR IMAGE PROCESSING III (vol. 3817, pp. 137-145). link> doi>
  • Lam KP. 1998. High-performance thresholding with adaptive equalisation. PARALLEL AND DISTRIBUTED METHODS FOR IMAGE PROCESSING II (vol. 3452, pp. 148-157). link> doi>
  • Lam KP, Mahdavi A, Pal V. 1997. Algorithm and context: A case study of reliability in computational daylight modeling. CAAD FUTURES 1997 (pp. 331-344). link>
  • Lam KP and Furness A. 1997. K-AVE+GNN+Sobel equals an effective, highly parallel edge detector approach. PARALLEL AND DISTRIBUTED METHODS FOR IMAGE PROCESSING (vol. 3166, pp. 190-198). link> doi>
  • Lam KP. 1997. UHC - A massively parallel and distributed realisation of hierarchical classifier networks. THIRD INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON PARALLEL ARCHITECTURES, ALGORITHMS, AND NETWORKS, PROCEEDINGS (I-SPAN '97) (pp. 186-189). link> doi>
  • Lam KP and Furness A. 1996. On parallelization of neural classification algorithms. SECOND INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON PARALLEL ARCHITECTURES, ALGORITHMS, AND NETWORKS (I-SPAN '96), PROCEEDINGS (pp. 337-340). link> doi>

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