Transforming healthcare

Vahid Soleimani

Vahid Soleimani (PhD 2014-) is combining research in image processing, computer vision and human behaviour to help improve health monitoring systems.

'My specialist area is image processing and computer vision. People working in this area usually try to solve problems relating to visual matters – for example, simulating human vision – and develop algorithms to be applied elsewhere, like in MRI scanners.

'I’ve been working in this field for ten years. For my MSc, I designed an application that transformed Persian sign language into audible sounds for non-deaf people. For my PhD, I will look at human activity recognition systems that can be used in healthcare, for example to detect anxiety and depression, to monitor patients at home or to record a patient’s recovery.

'Without alumni funding, it would have been impossible for me to come to Bristol. I wouldn’t have been able to afford the tuition fees, nor the cost of living. I feel so very lucky to be studying here, and am looking forward to the experiences and knowledge I’ll acquire during the course of my studies.'

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