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Professor Jonathon Chambers FREng BSc(Hons) PhD DSc DIC CEng FIET FIEEE FHEA

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Visiting Professor of Communications and Signal Processing

Jonathon Chambers is a widely-experienced academic leader and an expert in adaptive and blind signal processing and their application in biomedicine, communications and defence.

He has secured more than 25 research projects from industry and government to the value of £10M. 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, in 2001 and 2007, respectively; and has published approaching 500 other scientific works, including more than 150 journal papers, and has steered more than 70 researchers to PhD graduation.

Jonathon has additionally held senior academic positions at Cardiff University, Imperial College, and King's College London, and has a track record in successful strategic thinking, managing change, partnership and team-building. 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 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 is also a Guest Professor at Harbin Engineering University, China.

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.

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

Jonathon's education began in Singapore before continuing in Peterborough. After school he served in the Royal Navy as an artificer apprentice in action, data and control. He then studied for his first-degree in electronic and electrical engineering at the Polytechnic of Central London. He was the top graduate of the Polytechnic in 1985 and was awarded the Robert Mitchell Medal. His supervisor was Professor Gerry Cain, who first sparked his interest in the fascinating field of signal processing. After graduation, he was immediately appointed to the academic staff at the Polytechnic as a Lecturer in Signal Processing.

In 1986 he moved to Peterhouse, Cambridge University, for postgraduate research under the supervision of Professor Peter Rayner within the Department of Engineering. He also studied within the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Imperial College, under the supervision of Professor Tony Constantinides, from where he gained his PhD in adaptive signal processing in 1990. Following a year of postdoctoral research at Imperial College he joined Schlumberger Cambridge Research for three-years where he applied signal processing techniques to oilfield related problems such as measurements while drilling and volumetric analysis of multiphase flow.

In 1994 he returned to an academic career at Imperial College initially as a Lecturer in Signal Processing and then gaining promotion to a Readership in Signal Processing in 1998. Jonathon and his co-workers received the IEE Hartree Premium from the Informatics Division and the IEE Blumlein-Browne-Willans Premium from the Electronics and Communications Divisions for their research findings in adaptive signal processing.

In 2001 he was appointed to a Professorship in Signal Processing at King's College London and served as the Deputy Head of the Division of Engineering. In 2004 he was awarded a five-year Cardiff Professorial Fellowship. He initiated the Signal Separation: Theory and Engineering Relevance (SISTER) Cardiff-QinetiQ Partnership with Professor John McWhirter, FRS.

Jonathon was then delighted to join the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, now the School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering, at Loughborough University in July 2007 where he led the Advanced Signal Processing Group. He also served as the Associate Dean Enterprise (ADE) and Research (ADR). He continues to work in the School as a Visiting Professor and the Director of the LSSC EPSRC/Dstl consortium.

Jonathon has served as an external MSc programme examiner for Bristol, Cambridge, Lancaster and Strathclyde Universities, and is currently serving as an external on the UG programmes for the Department of Electronica and Electrical Engineering at Imperial College. He has always enjoyed teaching and continues to deliver three modules in signal processing to undergraduate and postgraduate students. His greatest reward, however, is PhD supervision, and he wishes to acknowledge the outstanding researchers with whom he has worked and who have now moved on to many academic and industrial positions throughout the world.

Selected PhD Graduates:

2015   J. Harris, Online Source Separation in Reverberant Environments
Exploiting Known Source Locations

2015   Z. Tian, Buffer-aided Cooperative Networks

2015    S. Aina, Loughborough University Spontaneous Expression Database
and Baseline Results for Automatic Emotion Recognition

2015   W. Qaja, Distributed Space-Time Coding in Wireless Communication
Networks and Application in Cognitive Radio

2015   P. Wheeler, Adaptive Notch Filtering for Tracking Multiple Complex
Sinusoid Signals

2015   L. Ge, Distributed Space-Time Coding including the Golden Code
With Application in Cooperative Wireless Networks

2015   M. Manna, Modified Quasi-Orthogonal Space-Time Block Coding
in Distributed Wireless Networks

2014   M. Eddaghel, Mitigating PAPR in Cooperative Wireless Networks
with Frequency Selective Channels and Relay Selection

2014   U. Mannai, Novel Transmission Schemes for Application in Two-way
Cooperative Relay Wireless Communication Networks

2014   O. Alnatouh, Distributed Transmission Schemes for Wireless
Communication Networks

2014   A. ur-Rehman, Bayesian-Based Techniques for Tracking Multiple Humans in an Enclosed Environment

2013   Y. Liang, Enhanced Independent Vector Analysis for Audio Separation in a Room Enviroment

2013   M.S. Khan, Informed Algorithms for Sound Source Separation in Enclosed Reverberant Environments

2013   M. Yu, Computer Vision Based Techniques for Fall Detection with Application Towards Assisted Living
2012   A. Elazreg, Distributed Space Time Block Coding in Asynchronous Cooperative Relay Networks
2012   G. Chen, Rate Enhancement and Multi-Relay Selection Schemes for Application in Wireless Cooperative Networks
2012   F. Alotaibi, Distributed Space-Time Block Coding in Cooperative  Relay Networks with Application in Cognitve Radio

2012     M. Hayes, Distributed Quasi-Orthogonal Space-Time Coding in Wireless Cooperative Relay Networks

2011   A. Anandkumar, Robust Game-Theoretic Algorithms for Distributed Resource Allocation in Wireless Communications

2009   L. Li, Adaptive Algorithms and Variable Structures for Distributed Estimation

2009   S.M. Naqvi, Multimodal Methods for Blind Source Separation of Audio Sources

2009   N.E. Eltayeb , Space-Time Coding for Broadband Point-to-Point and Cooperative Wireless Communications

2008   T. Tsalaile, Digital Signal Processing Algorithms and Techniques for the Enhancement of Lung Sound Measurement

2008   A. Aubrey, Exploiting the Bi-modality of Speech in the Cocktail Party Problem

2008   J. Foster, Algorithms and Techniques for Polynomial Matrix Decompositions

2007   Y. Zhang Adaptive Algorithms and Structures with Potential Application in Reverberation Time Estimation in Occupied Rooms

2007   C.C. Took, Blind Source Separation via Independent and Sparse Component Analysis with Application to Temporomandibular Disorder

2006   R. Nawaz, Low Complexity Channel Shortening and Equalization for Multicarrier Systems

2006   T. Bowles, Signal Processing Techniques for the Interpretation of Microarray Measurements

2005   Z. Zhang, Sinusoidal Frequency Estimation with Applications to Ultrasound

2003   M. Klajman, Mixed Statistics in Blind Source Separation

2002   P. Yuvapoositanon, Blind Adaptive Techniques for Direct-Sequence Code Division Multiple Access Receivers

2002   Y. Luo, A Mixed Cross-Correlation and Constant Modulus Adaptive Algorithm for Joint Blind Equalization and Source Separation

2002   M. Jafari, Novel Sequential Algorithms for Blind Source Separation of Instantaneous Mixtures

2001   N. Forsyth, A Subband and Noise Robust Approach to Stereophonic Echo Cancellation

2001   N. Tangsangiumvisai, Algorithms and Structures for Stereophonic Acoustic Echo Cancellation

2001   C. Topping, Moving Object Enhancement in Noisy Video Sequences

1999   D. Mandic, Recurrent Neural Networks for Prediction: Architectures and Stability

1998   D. Brookes, Adaptive Algorithms for Low Complexity Equalizers in Mobile Communications

1997   S. Lambotharan, Algorithms and Structures for Blind Channel Equalization

1996   N. Chotikakamthorn, A Pre-Filtering Maximum Likelihood Approach to Multiple Source Direction Estimation

Selected Publications

J. Dong, W. Wang, W. Dai, M.D. Plumbley, Z.F. Han, and J.A. Chambers, "Analysis SIMCO Algorithms for Sparse Analysis Model Based Dictionary Learning, IEEE Trans. Signal Processing, Vol. 64(2), pp. 417-431, 2016. [Collaboration with University of Surrey]

A. Rehman, S.M. Naqvi, L. Mihaylova, and J.A. Chambers, "Multi-Target Tracking and Occlusion Handling with Learned Variational Bayesian Clusters and a Social Force Model, IEEE Trans. Signal Processing, Vol. 64(5), pp. 1320-1335, 2016. [Collaboration with University of Sheffield]

Y. Huang, Y. Zhang, N. Li, and J.A. Chambers, "A Robust Gaussian Approximate Fixed-Interval Smoother for Nonlinear Systems with Heavy-Tailed Process and Measurement Noises", IEEE Signal Processing Letters, Vol. 23(4), pp. 468-472, 2016. [Collaboration with Harbin Engineering University]

Y.G. Zhang, C.C. Wang, L. Zhao, and J.A. Chambers, "A Spatial Diffusion Strategy for Tap-Length Estimation Over Adaptive Networks", IEEE Trans. Signal Processing, Vol. 63(17), pp. 4487-4501, 2015. [Collaboration with Harbin Engineering University]

Z. Tian, Z. Chen, Y. Gong, and J.A. Chambers, "Buffer-Aided Max-Link Relay Selection in Amplify-and-Forward Cooperative Networks, IEEE Trans. Vehicular Technology, Vol. 64(2), pp. 553-565, 2015. [Collaboration with National Key Lab. of Science & Tech on Comms, Univ. of Electronic Science & Tech of China, Chengdu]

G. Chen, Y. Gong, P. Xiao, and J.A. Chambers, "Physical Layer Network Security in the Full Duplex Relay System, Vol. 10(3), pp. 574-583, 2015. [Collaboration with the University of Surrey]

G. Chen, Z. Tian, Y. Gong, and J.A. Chambers, "Decode-and-Forward Buffer-Aided Relay Selection in Cognitive Relay Networks", IEEE Trans. Vehicular Technology, Vol. 63(9), pp. 4723-4728, 2014.

G. Chen, Z. Tian, Y. Gong, Z. Chen, and J.A. Chambers, "Max-Ratio Relay Selection in Secure Buffer-Aided Cooperative Wireless Networks", IEEE Trans. Information Forensics and Security, Vol. 9(4), pp. 719-729, 2014. [Collaboration with National Key Lab. of Science & Tech on Comms, Univ. of Electronic Science & Tech of China, Chengdu]

B. Rivet, W. Wang, S.M. Naqvi, and J.A. Chambers, “Audio-Visual Speech Source Separation”, IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, Vol. 31(3), pp. 125-134, 2014. [Collaboration with University of Grenoble, France, and Surrey University]

M. Bernard, P. Koniusz, W. Wang, J. Kittler, S.M. Naqvi, and J.A. Chambers, “Robust Multi-Speaker Tracking via Dictionary Learning and Identity Modelling”, IEEE Trans. Multimedia, Vol. 16(3), pp. 864-880, 2014. [Collaboration with Surrey University]

Y. Rahulamathavan, S. Veluru, R. C.-W. Phan, J.A. Chambers, and M. Rajarajan, “Privacy-Preserving Clinical Decision Support System using Gaussian Kernel based Classification”, IEEE Trans. On Info. Technology in Medicine, Vol. 18(1), pp. 56-66, 2014. [Collaboration with City University and Multimedia Univ., Malaysia]

Q. Liu, W. Wang, P.J.B. Jackson, M. Barnard, J. Kittler and J.A. Chambers, “Source Separation of Convolutive and Noisy Mixtures using Audio-Visual Dictionary Learning and Probabilistic Time-Frequency Masking”, IEEE Trans. Signal Processing, Vol. 61(22), pp. 5520-5535, 2013. [Collaboration with Surrey University]

M.Yu, A. Rhuma, S.M. Naqvi, L. Wang and J.A. Chambers, “An unsupervised online support vector machine based person-specific fall detection system for monitoring an elderly individual in a room environment”, IEEE Trans. On Info. Technology in Biomedicine, Vol. 17(6),  pp. 1002-1014, 2013. [Collaboration with Shandong University of Science and Technology, China, and National Lab. of Pattern Recognition,  Institute of Automation Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China]

M.S. Khan, S.M. Naqvi, W. Wang, and J.A. Chambers, “Video-aided model-based source separation in real reverberant rooms” IEEE Trans. Audio, Speech and Language Processing, Vol. 21, No. 9, pp. 1900-1912, 2013. [Collaboration with Surrey University]

Y. Rahulamathavan, R. C.-W, Phan, J.A. Chambers, and D.J. Parish, “Facial Expression Recognition in the Encrypted Domain based on Local Fisher Discriminant Analysis”, IEEE Trans. Affective Computing, Vol. 4(1), pp. 83-92, 2013. [Collaboration with City University]
M.Yu, A. Rhuma, S.M. Naqvi, L. Wang and J.A. Chambers, “Posture recognition based fall detection system for monitoring an elderly person in a smart home environment”, IEEE Trans. On Info. Technology in Biomedicine, Vol. 16, No. 6, pp. 1274-1286, 2012. [Collaboration with National Lab. of Pattern Recognition, Institute of Automation Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China]

F.Alotaibi and J.A. Chambers, "Outage Probability of Cooperative Cognitive Networks based on Distributed Orthogonal Space-time Block Codes", IEEE Trans on Vehicular Technology, Vol. 61, no. 8, pp. 3759-3765, 2012.

A. Khalili, M.A. Tinati, A. Rastegarnia and J.A. Chambers, "Steady-state Analysis of Diffusion LMS Adaptive Networks with Noisy Links, IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, Vol 60 Issue 2, pp 974-979, 2012. [Collaboration with University of Malayer, Iran]

A. Khalili, M.A. Tinati, A. Rastegarnia and J.A. Chambers, "Transient analysis of diffusion least-mean squares adaptive networks with noisy channels", Int Journal of Adaptive Control and Signal Processing, Vol 26 Issue 2, pp 171-180, 2012. [Collaboration with University of Malayer, Iran]

A.J.G.Anandkumar, A. Anandkumar, S. Lambotharan and J.A. Chambers, "Robust Rate-Maximization Game Under Bounded Channel Uncertainty" IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, Vol 60, No.9, pp. 4471-4486, 2011. [Collaboration with UCIrvine, USA]

Y. Sun, S. Hu, V. Azorin-Peris, S. Greenwald, J.A. Chambers, and Y. Zu, "Motion-compensated noncontact imaging photoplethysmography to monitor cardiorespiratory status during exercise",  Journal of Biomedical Optics, Vol. 16(7), pp. 077010/1-9, 2011. [Collaboration with Barts & The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, and Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China]

Y. Zhang, and J.A. Chambers, "Exploiting all combinations of microphone sensors in overdetermined frequency domain blind source separation of speech signals", International Journal on Adaptive Control and Signal Processing, Vol. 4(5), pp. 88-94, 2011. [Collaboration with Harbin Engineering University, China]

S.M.R. Naqvi,  M. Yu, and J.A. Chambers,  “A Multimodal Approach for Blind Source Separation of Moving Sources”,  IEEE Journal Selected Topics in Signal Processing, Vol 4 (5) pp 895-910, 2010.

J. Foster,  J.G. McWhirter, M.R.Davies, and J.A. Chambers,  “An Algorithm for Calculating the QR and Singular Value Decompositions of Polynomial Matrices”,  IEEE Trans. Signal Processing, Vol. 58(3), pp. 1263-1274, 2010. [Collaboration with Cardiff University] 

L. Li,  J.A. Chambers,  C. Lopes, and A. Sayed, “Distributed Estimation over an Adaptive Incremental Network based on the Affine Projection Algorithm”,  IEEE Trans. Signal Processing, Vol. 58(1), pp. 151-164, 2010.  [Collaboration with UCLA, USA]

W. Wang,  A. Cichocki, and J.A. Chambers, “A multiplicative algorithm for convolutive non-negative matrix factorization based on squared Euclidean distance”,  IEEE Trans. Signal Processing,  Vol. 57(7), pp. 2858-2863, 2009. [Collaboration with University of Surrey and Riken Lab, Japan] 

T. Tsalaile, R. Sameni, S. Sanei, C. Jutten, and J.A. Chambers, “Sequential Blind Source Extraction for Quasi-Periodic Signals with Time-Varying Period”,  IEEE Trans. Biomedical Engineering, Vol. 56(3), pp 646- 655, 2009. [Collaboration with GIPSA-lab, Grenoble, France]

K. Nazarpour, Y. Wongsawat, S. Sanei, J.A. Chambers and S. Oraintara, “Removal of the Eye-Blink Artifacts from EEGs via STF-TS Modeling and Robust Minimum Variance Beamforming”,  IEEE Transactions Biomedical Engineering,  Vol. 55(9), pp. 2221-2231, Sept. 2008. [Collaboration with Cardiff University]

L.-T. Ong,  M. Shikh-Bahaei, and J.A. Chambers, “Variable Rate and Variable Power MQAM System Based on Bayesian Bit Error Rate and Channel Estimation Technicques”,  IEEE Transactions Communications,  Vol. 56(2), pp. 177-182, Feb. 2008. [Collaboration with King's College London]

Y. Zhang, N. Li, J.A. Chambers,  and A.H. Sayed, “Steady state performance analysis of a variable tap-length LMS algorithm”,  IEEE Transactions Signal Processing, Vol. 56(2), pp. 839-845, Feb. 2008. [Collaboration with UCLA, USA, and Harbin Engineering University, China]

C. Cheong Took,  S. Sanei, J.A. Chambers, S. Rickard, and S. Dunne, “Fractional delay estimation for blind source separation and localization of TMD joint sounds”,  IEEE Transactions Biomedical Engineering, Vol. 55(3),  pp. 949-956, July 2007.

C. Toker,  S. Lambotharan, and J.A. Chambers, “Joint Transceiver Design for MIMO Channel Shortening”,  IEEE Transactions Signal Processing, Vol. 55, pp. 3851-3866, 2007.

Athena Swan Bronze award

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