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Research interests

I'm interested in using machine learning to extract meaning and value from data and presenting this to users in a way that promotes understanding and trust. This not only means being transparent regarding the provenance of the data, but also making the reasoning accessible and understandable to users who may be domain experts but have little or no knowledge of machine learning algorithms. Without trust there is little point to performing the inferencing as users and stakeholders will not act on the results no matter how interesting they might first appear. 

My lab uses a mixture of machine learning, psychophysics, data visualisation and ethical crowd-sourcing. Current projects range from appearance rendering of ultrasound projects and examining the texture of gas turbine blades to providing strategic level summaries of large project portfolio and providing smart support for research landscaping and strategy development meetings of up to one hundred stakeholders.


I have a first in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from Glasgow and PhD in image processing from Heriot-Watt. For a while after graduation I was a software engineer on mainly military related projects and did consultancy in Europe before taking up a post initially in Heriot-Watt’s Electrical Engineering Department.

I have successfully supervised over twenty phds, published over 100 peer-reviewed papers, have chaired a number of leading international conferences and workshops and attracted has multi-million pound EU and national funding.  I been a member of a considerable number of EPSRC, ESRC, Data Lab and InnovateUK prioritisation panels and have been involved in strategy development for ESRC, EPSRC and InnovateUK (for instance I have been a member of thje EPSRC ICT SAT and DE’s PAB).

External positions

Ocean University of China

10 Jan 2007 → …

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Research Output

Open Access
  • 189 Downloads (Pure)

    Survey of Procedural Methods for Two-Dimensional Texture Generation

    Dong, J., Liu, J., Yao, K., Chantler, M., Qi, L., Yu, H. & Jian, M., 19 Feb 2020, In : Sensors. 20, 4, 1135.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 4 Downloads (Pure)

    Visualising COVID-19 Research

    Le Bras, P., Gharavi, A., Robb, D. A., Vidal, A. F., Padilla, S. & Chantler, M. J., 13 May 2020, arXiv.

    Research output: Working paper

  • 263 Downloads (Pure)

    Challenges in Collaborative HRI for Remote Robot Teams

    Hastie, H., Robb, D. A., Lopes, J. D., Ahmad, M., Le Bras, P., Liu, X., Petrick, R. P. A., Lohan, K. & Chantler, M. J., 2019, CHI2019 Workshop on The Challenges of Working on Social Robots that Collaborate with People (SIRCHI 2019).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Open Access
    23 Downloads (Pure)

    Exploring Interaction with Remote Autonomous Systems using Conversational Agents

    Robb, D. A., Lopes, J., Padilla, S., Laskov, A., Garcia, F. J. C., Liu, X., Scharff Willners, J., Valeyrie, N., Lohan, K., Lane, D., Patron, P., Petillot, Y., Chantler, M. J. & Hastie, H., 18 Jun 2019, DIS 2019 - Proceedings of the 2019 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference. Association for Computing Machinery, p. 1543-1556 14 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
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    Honourable Mention ACM CHI 2017 Research Papers and Notes

    Padilla, Stefano (Recipient), Thomas Methven (Recipient), Robb, David (Recipient) & Chantler, Michael John (Recipient), 8 May 2017

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Honourable Mention ACM DIS 2017 Research Papers and Notes

    Robb, David (Recipient), Padilla, Stefano (Recipient), Thomas Methven (Recipient), Kalkreuter, Britta (Recipient) & Chantler, Michael John (Recipient), 13 Jun 2017

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Visualising Covid-19 Research and Improved by Google Cloud

    Le Bras, Pierre (Recipient), Azimeh Gharavi (Recipient), Robb, David (Recipient), Padilla, Stefano (Recipient), Fernandez Vidal, Ana (Recipient) & Chantler, Michael John (Recipient), 1 Jun 2020

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

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