Huiyu Zhou, PhD

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Reader/Associate Professor

Machine Learning                 

F3 Informatics Building                       
Department of Informatics
University of Leicester
University Road

Telephone number (office): +44(0)116 252 5295


ORCID: 0000-0003-1634-9840

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PhD Studentship (closed): Interpretation of social behaviours among mice with Parkinson's disease. Available to International/UK/EU candidates.

PhD Studentship (closed): Vocal emotions analysis of parent-child conversations for supporting children's emotional wellbeing. Available to UK/EU candidates.

PhD Studentship (closed): Machine learning-based multi-omics integration robustly predict survival and oncogenic pathway activation in common female cancers. Available to UK/EU candidates.

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Personal Details

Dr. Huiyu (Joe) Zhou received a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Radio Technology from Huazhong University of Science and Technology of China and a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from University of Dundee of United Kingdom, respectively. He was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Computer Vision from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

Dr. Zhou currently heads the Knowledge Discovery and Machine Learning Theme and is leading the Biomedical Image Processing Lab at University of Leicester. He is the Director of MSc Programmes, Coordinator of MSc Distance Learning Projects and a Member of Research Committee at Department of Informatics. Prior to this appointment, he worked as a Lecturer (2012-17) at the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Queen's University Belfast.

Dr. Zhou has published widely in the field. He was the recipient of "CVIU 2012 Most Cited Paper  Award", "ICPRAM 2016 Best Paper Award in the Area of Applications" and was shortlisted for "ICPRAM 2017 Best Student Paper Award" and "MBEC 2006 Nightingale Prize". He currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Recent Advances in Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems, Editorial Board Member and Guest Editor of several refereed journals.

Dr. Zhou has been an external examiner for PhD candidates from universities of UK, Hong Kong and India. He is the external examiner of taught MSc programme in Digital Design & Branding at Brunel University London (2018-22). He is a grant reviewer for the research proposals submitted to EU H2020, CHIST-ERA, Slovakia, MRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, UKRI FLF, NC3Rs, Wellcome Trust, NEAT and RSE. He is one of the Technical Committee of "Information Assurance & Intelligence Multimedia-Mobile Communications in IEEE SMC Society", "Biometrics Task Force" and "Robotics Task Force" of the Intelligent Systems Applications Technical Committee, IEEE Computational Intelligence Society.

Dr. Zhou's research specialisation includes machine learning, computer vision and artificial intelligence. His research interest has focused on the development of AI/machine learning algorithms that enable a system to better understand and interpret images/signals. His research has been or is supported by UK EPSRC, MRC, EU ICT, Royal Society, Innovate UK, Leverhulme Trust, Invest NI, Puffin Trust, Alzheimer Research (UK) and industry.


Service-Oriented Architectures (CO7214/7514), Spring, 2018-19, University of Leicester.

Big Data & Predictive Analytics (CO3093/7093), Spring, 2018, University of Leicester.

Multimedia and Computer Graphics (CO2016), Spring, 2018-19, University of Leicester.

Web and Mobile App Development (CSC3054/7054), Spring, 2013-17, Queen's University Belfast.

Research Grants

Awarded after Jan 2018:

  • "Kinect measurement of range, rhythm and rate of motion for evaluating shoulder diseases", UoL PI, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, 2018-19, £5K.
  • "Cross-cultural computer-supported collaborative learning for student capacity building in data science", Co-I, STFC ODA Award, 2018, £17,699.

Awarded before Jan 2018:



A full list of publications can be found at Google Scholar. Recent publications include:

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  • Wu, T., Liang, D., Pan, J., Sun, H., Kang, B., Kaneko, S. and Zhou, H. "Score-specific non-maximum suppression and coexistence prior for multi-scale face detection", Proc. of ICASSP, Brighton, UK, 12-17 May, 2019.

Research Team

  • Yoav Alon, "Detection of cancer areas in histopathological images with Convolutional Neural Networks", Department of Informatics, University of Leicester, 2/2019-1/2023. PhD student.
  • Elinor Jones, "Effective detection anxiety among adolescents", Department of Informatics, University of Leicester, 1/2019-1/2022. PhD student (co-supervised with Drs. O'Reilly Michelle and Sarah Gong).
  • Honghui Du, "Machine learning for data stream mining in changing environments", Department of Informatics, University of Leicester, 9/2018-2020. PhD student.
  • Anibasa Abubakar, "Detection of Alzheimer's disease and mild cognitive impairment from MR images", Department of Informatics, University of Leicester, 4/2019-3/2022. PhD student.
  • Fang Chen, "Automating oil spill detection and identification in images", University of Leicester, 10/2018-9/2021. PhD student (co-supervised with Dr. Aihua Zhang and Prof. Heiko Balzter).
  • Thais Portilho, "Use of artificial intelligence to treat mental health in prisons", University of Leicester, 9/2018-9/2021. PhD student (co-supervised with Drs. Andy Newton and Wendy Fitzgibbon).
  • Aite Zhao, "Multimodal features for human motion recognition", Department of Informatics, University of Leicester, 12/2018-12/2019. Visiting PhD researcher.
  • Pinggai Zhang, "Optimisation with reasoning learning", University of Leicester, 2018. Exchange PhD student.
  • Haichao Zhu, "Automating fetal image analysis", Department of Informatics, University of Leicester, 10/2018-9/2021. PhD student.
  • Zhihua Liu, "Brain tumor segmentation", Department of Informatics, University of Leicester, 10/2018-9/2020. MPhil student.
  • Zheheng Jiang, “Mouse tracking and behaviour analysis”, Department of Informatics, University of Leicester, 2016-present. PhD student.
  • Lei Tong, “On-line depression detection”, Department of Informatics, University of Leicester, 10/2017-present. MPhil student.
  • Long Chen, “Marine animal behaviour analysis with deep learning”, Department of Informatics, University of Leicester, 5/2018-present. PhD student.
  • Mr. Nebrase Elmrabit, "Cyber security and data handling" (EU DOMINOES Project), Department of Informatics, University of Leicester, 8/2018-7/2020. Research Associate.
  • Dr. Changkui Lyu, "Machine Learning", Department of Informatics, University of Leicester, 9/2018-9/2019. Academic visitor (NUAA).
  • Dr. Zhenhua Zhang, "Decision theory in order information systems and its application", Department of Informatics, University of Leicester, 2/2018-8/2018. Academic visitor (GDUFS).
  • MSc/Final Year project students, including Kostas Siabanis, Department of Informatics, University of Leicester, 2018/19.
Last modified by Huiyu Zhou: 14th Feb, 2019, United Kingdom.

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