Electronics and Computer Science (ECS), University of Southampton

Electronics and Computer Science (ECS)

Mark S. Nixon

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Mark S. Nixon

ECS, Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering
University of Southampton
Southampton, United Kingdom. SO17 1BJ

Position: Head of Group in Vision, Learning and Control
Extension: 23542
Telephone: Work (Voice): +44 (0)23 8059 3542
Email: msn@ecs.soton.ac.uk
Homepage: http://users.ecs.soton.ac.uk/msn/
URI: http://id.ecs.soton.ac.uk/person/33 [browse]

Interests: biometrics, computer vision, computer vision and image processing: feature extraction and description biometrics: gait, ear, fusion, image processing, novel biometrics remotely sensed image analysis medical image analysis


I'm the Professor in Computer Vision at the School of Electronics and Computer Science. My research interests are in image processing and computer vision. I have helped to develop new techniques for static and moving shape extraction (both parametric and non-parametric) which have found application in automatic face and automatic gait recognition and in medical image analysis. We were early workers in face recognition, later came to pioneergait recognition and later joined the pioneers of ear biometrics, and currently we're working on soft biometrics where we recognise people by human attributes. Amongst previous research contracts, I was Principal Investigator with John Carter on the DARPA supported project Automatic Gait Recognition for Human ID at a Distance , on the General Dynamics Defence Technology Centre's program on data fusion (biometrics, naturally), on the MoD/ARL (US) IBM-led Information Technology Alliance and we're currently working on the EU funded Tabula Rasa programme which is the first co-ordinated study of spoofing biometrics.

I chaired the 9th British Machine Vision Conference BMVC'98 held at Southampton in September '98 (an issue of Image and Vision Computing containing some of the most highly rated conference papers was published as Volume 18 Number 9). The BMVC'98 Electronic Conference Proceedings remain online via the British Machine Vision Association . Apart from being a programme member/ reviewer for other conferences, Josef Kittler and I chaired IAPR International Conference Audio Visual Biometric Person Authentication (AVBPA 2003) and was Publications Chair for the International Conference on Pattern Recognition (ICPR 2004) at Cambridge UK with Josef Kittler, I co-chaired the IEEE 7th International Conference on Face and Gesture Recognition FG2006 held at Southampton, UK in 2006. More recently I have been program cochair at many of the top biometrics conferences (IEEE BTAS, IEEE/IAPR IJCB, IAPR ICB) and general chair BTAS 2010 and ISBA 2016, and track chair ICPR 2016.

I am a Fellow of the IET, Fellow of the IAPR (for services to biometrics and computer vision) and am the Distinuished Fellow of the BMVA 2015.

If you'd like to hear about our research in automatic gait recognition, I gave plenaries/ keynotes on gait biometrics at at IEEE Face and Gesture 2004, EUSIPCO 2004, IEEE ISBAST 2008, the International Conference on Information Security and Digital Forensics, on Biometrics and Forensics, at IEEE BTAS 2009 and on Semantic Biometrics at IEEE BiDS 2009. Most recently I spoke (and you can see the talk - it's on a History of Biometrics) at IEEE International Joint Conference on Biometrics (USA, 2011) and at the 15th Sanken International Symposium (Japan, 2012) and on gait and soft at IEEE AVSS 2013.


My first book, Introductory Digital Design - a programmable approach , was published by MacMillan, UK, July 1995. Our vision book, co-written with Dr. Alberto Aguado from the University of Surrey, entitled Feature Extraction and Image Processing is currently in its Second Edition, published by Academic Press/ Elsevier in 2007. With Tieniu Tan and Rama Chellappa, we wrote Human ID based on Gait which is part of the Springer Series on Biometrics, and was published late 2005. We wrote the survey on Gait Biometrics in the first text on Biometrics: Personal ID in Networked Society, and the Ear Biometrics Chapter in The Handbook of Biometrics. Excellent books indeed.

Gait book picture

Our work on biometrics has attracted quite a lot of press interest. Most recently (2011), we have shown the first try at gait spoofing on Discovery's Planet Earth (about time 6:20). Here we are on BBC1, Aug 2005 (ears), on ABC (Good Morning America) News (gait, also on YouTube ), on BBC (40 Years of Surveillance, 2008) now on YouTube, and more recently we were on a new BBC1 Program Bang Goes the Theory. Even better, there's an article in the Times and even a leading article. There's been more coverage on ear biometrics recently: here we are on ITV Meridian, 2010, (gait) and on BBC1 in 2010 (more for juniors this) Newsround (ear - use VLC to open this one). If you have codec problems, try VLC or GOM as one or other usually works.

Mark Nixon's publications .

For a bit of R&R, I play in a folk band, Forest Folk


BSc PhD FIET FIAPR Distinguished Fellow BMVA 2015

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