Dr I C G Campbell


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Research interests

I gained a First Class Honours degree in Physics from Imperial College, London and a Doctorate from the Department of Mathematics, King's College, London. I am currently a Reader in the Merchant Venturer's School of Engineering, University of Bristol. For research purposes our group is a component part of the Intelligent Systems Laboratory at the University of Bristol. For teaching purposes I am associated with the Department of Engineering Mathematics. My research interests are machine learning, including probabilistic graphical models and kernel-based methods, algorithm design and the applications of machine learning techniques in bioinformatics, particularly medical bioinformatics. Our research is currently funded by the generous support of the EPSRC, the Medical Research Council, and PASCAL2 .

My personal webpage has further information about publications and research interests.

Recent book:

Learning with Support Vector Machines by Colin Campbell and Yiming Ying (Morgan and Claypool, 2011). This is a concise introduction to Support Vector Machines and kernel-based learning. It is available as an ebook from Morgan and Claypool or as hardcopy from Amazon or Waterstones. The Introductory Lectures on Support Vector Machines, at the 6th International Summer School on Pattern Recognition, provide a shortened summary of some of the content of this book.

PhD Opportunities:

PhD funding for projects in our areas of interest is available from a number of sources:

  • The EPSRC-supported Bristol Centre for Complexity Sciences. This centre supports multi-disciplinary research with 10 PhD studentships currently available per annum. The research student has a supervisor in a mathematically or computationally oriented discipline, such as machine learning, and a co-supervisor in a life-sciences oriented discipline.
  • The MRC-supported Bristol Centre for Systems Biomedicine (BCSBmed) with 5 studentships available per annum. This initiative supports PhD projects in bioinformatics and cancer informatics in addition to other research topics.
  • Departmental Training Awards (DTAs).
  • In addition there are further Bristol university scholarships for both UK/EU candidates and overseas (non-UK and non-EU) candidates.
  • Occasionally we also have EPSRC project studentships which are open to nationals of any country and are linked to a specific project.

Please email Dr. Campbell directly (C.Campbell(at)bris.ac.uk) for further information.

Postdoctoral Opportunities:

For very well qualified candidates we support applications for Fellowships.

Previous Group Members:

Dr. Yiming Ying is now Assistant Professor at the University of Exeter, United Kingdom. Dr. Kaizhu Huang is now Associate Professor at the National Laboratory of Pattern Recognition, The Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China. UK-based academic staff who are alumni of the group include Prof. Nello Cristianini (University of Bristol), Dr. Simon Rogers (University of Glasgow) and Prof. Stephen Coombes (University of Nottingham).

Video lectures:

Various talks on kernel-based learning

Past Workshops organised:


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