Biography Richard Comley is Professor of Computer Communications and Director of Research at Middlesex University. Previous roles since joining from City University in 2001, where he had been Deputy Dean of Engineering, have included Academic Group Chair and Associate Dean Research in the School of Engineering and Information Sciences. He has published widely in the fields of signal and image processing, collaborated on a range of research projects and undertaken commercial work for organisations such as the National Air Traffic Service and Home Office, plus a number of other smaller companies. Qualifications BSc(Hons), upper second class in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, City University, London, 1974. PhD in Electronic Engineering, City University, London, 1978. Thesis title: Portable Computers for Real-Time Signal Processing: EEG Analysis as a Case Study. PGCertHE Management, Middlesex University, London, 2008.
Professor Comley has extensive teaching experience that has included courses in Networks and Communications, Data Communications, Network Security, Computer Systems, Computer Architecture, Embedded and Real-Time Systems, Communications Systems, Systems Reliability, Digital Signal Processing, VLSI Architecture and Design, Semiconductor Physics, Digital Design, and Operational and Financial Management. Current teaching is focused on training workshops for research students and staff.
Research activities and interests are in the general areas of communications, security and computer aided measurements. The computer aided measurement work has focused mainly on the application of digital signal processing techniques to the analysis of biomedical signals. The communications work has been concerned with local area networks, line coding techniques and, more recently, mobile communications and network security issues. Currently supervisor to five research students and co-investigator on an EU Marie Currie project, WIDTH - Warehousing Images in the Digital Hospital: Interpretation, Infrastructure and Integration; value €411k, awarded in July 2011. Professor Comley has over 60 publications, recent outputs include:
Sebastian, Patrick and Voon, Yap Vooi and Comley, Richard A. (2017) Parametric tracking across multiple cameras. Pertanika Journal of Science & Technology , 25 (S) . pp. 159-168. ISSN 0128-7680
Zayouna, Ammar and Comley, Richard A. and Shi, Daming (2016) Optical flow estimation via steered-L1 norm. In: 24th International Conference in Central Europe on Computer Graphics, Visualization and Computer Vision, 30 May - 03 Jun 2016, Plzen, Czech Republic.
Rahmdel, Payam and Comley, Richard A. and Shi, Daming and McElduff, Siobhan (2015) A review of hough transform and line segment detection approaches. In: VISAPP 2015 - International Conference on Computer Vision Theory and Applications, 11-14 Mar 2015, Berlin.
Snow, Peter and Loureiro, Rui C. V. and Comley, Richard A. (2014) Design of a robotic sensorimotor system for phantom limb pain rehabilitation. In: 5th IEEE RAS & EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (BioRob), 12-15 Aug 2014, São Paulo, Brazil.
Rahmdel, Payam S. and Shi, Daming and Comley, Richard A. (2013) Comment on "collinear segment detection using HT neighborhoods". IEEE Transactions on Image Processing , 23 (2). pp. 952-955. ISSN 1057-7149
External Examinership Currently an External Examiner at the University of West London, and Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Perak, Malaysia, and previously at Southampton Solent University (2003 to 2008), Buckinghamshire Chilterns University (1995 to 1999) and Nene College (1993 to 1998). Professor Comley also has a long standing association with the University of London External Degree programme, where he is a Visiting Examiner, and with City & Guilds were he was elected an Honorary Member in 2001 in recognition of his services. Research External Examiner to nine research students, contributor to numerous conferences (e.g. General Chair, IEEE 2008 International Conference on Cybernetic Intelligent Systems (CIS2008), London, 2008, and member of the Organizing Committee for the XV and XVI International Conferences on Neurocybernetics held in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, in 2009 and 2012), and member of the Modern Universities Research Group (MURG) and London Research Excellence Group. Consultancy & Industrial Professor Comley formed a limited company in 1981 in order to provide a stable base for his growing involvement in consultancy work. He has maintained a steady flow of work since that date mainly in the area of instrumentation.