Professor Jonathon Chambers

Head of Department

Professor Jonathon Chambers


Jonathon Chambers is a widely-experienced academic and research leader and an expert in adaptive signal processing and machine learning and their application in biomedicine, communications and defence.  He was awarded PhD (1990) and DSc (2014) degrees from Imperial College. He holds the Chair of Engineering and from the 1st December 2017 is the Head of the Department of Engineering within the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Leicester.

He is also an International Honorary Dean and Guest Professor within the College of Automation, Harbin Engineering University supported by the Chinese Govt's 1000 Talents Programme and previously by the High-End Expert Programme.

He has secured more than 30 research projects from industry and government to the value of more than £12M.  He is the Director of one of the two Dstl/EPSRC University Defence Research Collaboration consortia, LSSCN, which is running between 2013 and 2018, and led from Newcastle University.  He has co-authored two research monographs, one in non linear adaptive signal processing and a second in EEG signal processing, both appearing with Wiley; and has published more than 500 other scientific works, including more than 180 journal papers, and has steered more than 80 researchers to PhD graduation.

Jonathon holds Visiting Professor positions at King's College London and Loughborough and Newcastle Universities and has additionally held senior academic positions at Cardiff University and Imperial College.  He has served as an Associate Editor/Senior Area Editor for IEEE journals, including IEEE Trans. Signal Processing, for more than ten years and was a Co-Technical Programme Chair  for the IEEE flagship conference in Signal Processing, ICASSP, held in Prague, 2011.  He is currently an Area Editor in Communications Signal Processing for Digital Signal Processing and an Associate Editor for Advances in Signal Processing.  He is additionally a member of the organising committee of ICASSP 2019 and 2022 which will be held in Brighton, UK and Singapore.  He is also a co-academic chair for FUSION 2018 which will be held at the University of Cambridge, UK.

He was awarded the first QinetiQ Visiting Fellowship in 2007 "for his outstanding contributions to adaptive signal processing and his contributions to QinetiQ" as a result of his successful collaboration with the signal processing team at Malvern.  He also received the Teaching Excellence Award from the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Loughborough University and he was awarded one of the four Research-Informed Teaching Awards from Loughborough University in 2013.

He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2012 and was elevated to a Fellow of the IEEE in 2011.  He is also a Fellow of the IET and Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA).

Current major research interests: advanced signal processing for wireless communication systems and multimodal technologies (audio-visual) to support human interaction; together with signal processing for assisted living and signal processing for the networked battlespace.

More information on Jonathon's research can be found on his ORCID Profile: and Google Scholar Profile:


Recent EPSRC funded projects

(PI) 2017-2020 EP/R006377/1 "Communications Signal Processing Solutions for Massive Machine-to-Machine Commmunications", EPSRC, £340K (FEC), collaboration with KCL, QMUL and Lboro

(CI) 2017-2020 EP/R002665/1 "Full Duplex for Underwater Acoustic Communications", EPSRC, £517K (FEC), collaboration with Newcastle, York and Atlas Elektronik UK


Journal outputs 2017/2018/2019

  • G. Chen, J. Coon, A. Mondal, B. Allen, and J.A. Chambers, "Performance Analysis for Multi-Hop Full-Duplex IoT Networks Subject to Poisson Distributed Interferers", to appear in IEEE Trans. Internet of Things, 2019.
  • M.T.S. Al-Kaltakchi, R. Al-Nima, H.N. Abdullah, T. Han, and J.A. Chambers, "Finger Texture Verification Systems Based on Multiple Spectrum Lighting Sensors with Four Fusion Levels", to appear in Iraqi Journal of ICT, 2019.
  • A. Zerguine, S.M. Asad, M. Moinuddin, and J.A. Chambers, "A Robust and Stable Variable Step-Size Design for the Least-Mean Fourth Algorithm using Quotient Form Signal Processing", to appear in Signal Processing, 2019.
  • Y. Huang, Y. Zhang, P. Shi, Z. Wu, J. Qian, and J.A. Chambers, "Robust Kalman Filters Based on Gaussian Scale Mixture Distribution with Application to Target Tracking", to appear in IEEE Trans. Systems, Man. And Cybernetics, 2019.
  • M. Alageli, A. Ikhlef, and J.A. Chambers, "SWIPT Massive MIMO Systems with Active Eavesdropping", IEEE JSAC Special Issue on Wireless Transmission of Information and Power, Vol. 37(1), pp. 233-247, 2019.
  • Y. Sun, W. Wang,  J.A. Chambers, and M. Naqvi, "Two-Stage Monaural Source Separation in Reverberant Room Environments using Deep Neural Networks", IEEE Trans. Audio, Speech and Language Processing, Vol. 27(1), pp. 125-139, 2019.
  • R. Al-Nima, S. Al-Sumaida, S. Dlay, and J.A. Chambers, “Personal Verification Based on Multi-Spectral Finger Texture Lighting Images”, IET Proc. Signal Processing, Vol. 12(9), pp. 1154-1164, 2018.
  • F. Alsifiany, A. Ikhlef, and J.A. Chambers, "Exploiting High Rate Differential Algebraic STBC in Downlink Multiuser MIMO Systems", IET Proc. Communications, Vol. 12(17), pp. 2188-2197, 2018.
  • A. Deligiannis, A. Daniyan, S. Lambotharan, and J.A. Chambers, "Secrecy Rate Optimizations for MIMO Communication Radar", IEEE Trans. Aerospace and Electronic Systems, Vol. 54(5), pp. 2481-2492, 2018.
  • Q. Li, Y. Ben, S.M. Naqvi, and J.A. Chambers, "Robust Selection of the Degrees of Freedom in the Student's t Distribution through Multiple Model Adaptive Signal Processing", Signal Processing, Vol. 153, pp. 255-265, 2018.
  • Q. Li, Y. Ben, S.M. Naqvi, J. Neasham, and J.A. Chambers, "Robust Student's t Based Cooperative Navigation for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles", IEEE Trans. Instrumentation and Measurement, Vol. 67(18), pp. 1762-177, 2018.
  • M. Yu, L. Gong, M. Oh, W-H Chen, and J.A. Chambers, "Multiple Model Ballistic Missile Tracking with State-Dependent Transitions and Gaussian Particle Filtering", IEEE Trans. Aerospace and Electronic Systems, Vol. 54(3), pp. 1066-1081, 2018.
  • V. Abolghasemi, M. Chen, A. Alameer, S. Ferdowsi, J.A. Chambers, and K. Nazarpour, "Incoherent Dictionary Pair Learning: Application to a Novel Open-Source Database of Chinese Numbers", IEEE Signal Processing Letters, Vol. 25(4), pp. 472-476, 2018.
  • Z. Fu, P. Feng, F. Angelini, J.A. Chambers, and S.M. Naqvi, "Particle PHD Filter Based Multiple Human Tracking using Online Group-Structured Dictionary Learning", IEEE Access, Vol. 6, pp. 2169-3536, 2018.
  • Y. Huang, Y. Zhang, Z. Wu, N. Li, and J.A. Chambers, "A novel adaptive Kalman filter with inaccurate process and measurement noise covariance matrics", IEEE Trans. Automatic Control, Vol. 63(2), pp. 594-601, 2018.
  • Y. Huang, Y. Zhang, B. Xu, Z Wu, and J.A. Chambers, "A New Adaptive Extended Kalman Filter for Cooperative Localization", IEEE Trans. Aerospace and Electronic Systems, Vol. 54(1), pp. 353-368, 2018.
  • M. Alageli, A. Ikhlef, and J.A. Chambers, "Optimization for Maximizing Sum Secrecy Rate in MU-MISO SWIPT Systems", IEEE Trans. Vehicular Technology, Vol. 67(1), pp. 537-553, 2018.
  • J. Guan, X. Wang, P. Feng, J. Dong, J.A. Chambers, Z.L. Jiang, and W. Wang, "Polynomial Dictionary Learning Algorithms in Sparse Representations", Signal Processing, Vol. 142, pp. 492-503, 2018.
  • J. Qian, Z. He, W. Zhang, Y. Huang, N. Fu, and J.A. Chambers, "Robust Adaptive Beamforming for Multiple-Input Multiple-Output Radar with Spatial Filtering Techniques", Signal Processing, Vol. 143, pp. 152-160, 2018.
  • A.J. Al-Askery, C. Tsimenidis, S. Boussakta, and J.A. Chambers, "Performance Analysis of Coded Massive MIMO-OFDM Systems Using Effective Matrix Inversion", IEEE Trans. Communications, Vol. 65(12),  pp. 5244-5256, 2017.
  • Y. Huang, Y. Zhang, and J.A. Chambers, "A New Outlier Robust Student's t based Adaptive Gaussian Approximation Filter for Cooperative Localization", IEEE Trans. Mechatronics, Vol. 22(5), pp. 2380-2386, 2017.
  • F.J. Aparicio-Navaro, K.G. Kyriakopoulos, Y. Gong, D.J. Parish, and J.A. Chambers, "Using Pattern-of-Life as Contextual Information for Anomaly-based Intrusion Detection Systems",  IEEE Access, Vol. 5, pp. 22177-22193, 2017.
  • A. Deligiannis, A. Panoui, S. Lambotharan, and J.A. Chambers, "Game Theoretic Power Allocation and the Nash Equilibrium Analysis for a Multistatic MIMO Radar Network", IEEE Trans. Signal Processing, Vol. 65, pp. 6397-6408, 2017.
  • A. Daniyan, Y. Gong, P. Feng, J.A. Chambers, and S. Lambotharan, "Kalman Gain Aided Particle PHD Filter for Multitarget Tracking", IEEE Trans. Aerospace and Electronic Systems, Vol. 53, pp 2251-2265, 2017.
  • M.A.M. Abdullah, S.S. Dlay, W.K. Woo, and J.A. Chambers, “Robust Iris Segmentation Method Based on a New Active Contour Force with Noncircular Normalization”, IEEE Trans. Systems, Man., and Cybernetics: Systems, Vol. 47, pp. 3128-3141,  2017.
  • R. Al-Nima, M.A.M. Abdullah, M. Al-Kaltakchi, S. Dlay, L. Woo and J.A. Chambers, "Finger Texture Biometric Verification Exploiting Multi-scale Sobel Angles Local Binary Pattern Features and Score-based Fusion", Vol. 70, pp. 178-189, 2017.
  • S. Al-Sumaidaee, M.A.M. Abdullah, R. Al-Nima, S.S. Dlay and J.A. Chambers, "Multi-gradient features and Elongated Quinary Pattern encoding for image-based facial expression recognition", Elsevier Pattern Recognition, Vol. 71, pp. 249-263, 2017.
  • A. Prochazka, H. Charvatova, O. Vysata, J. Kopal, and J.A. Chambers, "Breathing Analysis Using Thermal and Depth Imaging Camera Video Records, Sensors, Vol. 17, 1408, 2017.
  • S. Alkassar, W.L. Woo, S.S. Dlay, and J.A. Chambers, “Sclera recognition: on the quality measure and segmentation of degraded images captured under relaxed imaging conditions." IET Biometrics, Vol. 6(4), pp. 266-275, 2017.
  • M. Yu, W.-H. Chan, and J.A. Chambers, "State Dependent Multiple Model-Based Particle Filtering for Ballistic Missile Tracking in a Low-Observable Environment", Aerospace Science and Technology, Vol. 67, pp. 144-154, 2017.
  • Y. Huang, Y. Zhang, N.Li, and J.A. Chambers, "A novel robust Student's t based Kalman filter", IEEE Trans. Aerospace and Electronic Systems, Vol. 53(3), pp. 1545-1554, 2017.
  • J. Dong, W. Wang,  Z.-F. Han, A. Prochazka, and J.A. Chambers, "Sparse Analysis Model Based Multiplicative Noise Removal with Enhanced Regularization", Signal Processing, Vol. 137, pp. 160-176, 2017.
  • R. Al-Nima, S. Dlay, S. Al-Sumaidaee, L. Woo and J.A. Chambers, “Robust Feature Extraction and Salvage Schemes for Finger Texture Based Biometrics”, IET Biometrics, Vol. 6(2), pp. 43-52, 2017.
  • P. Feng, M. Naqvi, W. Wang, and J.A. Chambers, "Social Force Model based MCMC-OCSVM Particle PHD Filter for Multiple Human Tracking", IEEE Trans. Multimedia, Vol. 19(4), pp. 725-739, 2017.
  • S. Alkassar, W.L. Woo, S.S. Dlay, and J.A. Chambers, “Robust Sclera Recognition System with Novel
    Sclera Segmentation and Validation Techniques”, IEEE Trans. Systems, Man. And Cybernetics, Vol. 47(3), pp. 474-486, 2017.
  • Z. Tian, Y.Gong, G. Chen, and J.A. Chambers, "Buffer-Aided Relay Selection with Reduced Packet Delay in Cooperative Networks", IEEE Trans. Vehicular Technology, Vol. 66(3), pp. 2567-2575, 2017.

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