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Professor David Bull


David R. Bull (M’94–SM’07) PhD, FIET, SMIEEE, CEng received the B.Sc. degree from the University of Exeter, U.K, in 1980, the M.Sc. degree from the University of Manchester, U.K, in 1983, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Wales, Cardiff, U.K, in 1988. He holds the Chair in Signal Processing at the University of Bristol. His previous roles include: Lecturer at the University of Wales (Cardiff) and Systems Engineer for Rolls Royce. He was Head of the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department at Bristol between 2001 and 2006 and is now Director of Bristol Vision Institute (BVI) which he co-founded in 2007. 

In 1996 David helped to establish the UK DTI Virtual Centre of Excellence in Digital Broadcasting and Multimedia Technology and was one of its Directors from 1997-2000.  He was also a founder member of theUK’s £50M MoD Defence Technology Centre in Data and Information Fusion, serving on its Science and Technology Board for 3 years. He was appointed as an independent member of UK Government’s Defence Scientific Advisory Council (DSAC) in 2002, contributing to the UK(MoD)-US(DoD) Working Group on Persistent Surveillance (2004). He has also advised Government through membership of the UK Foresight Panel and through the DTI/EPSRC steering Group on Digital Broadcasting and Multimedia Technology. He is an advisor to Khalifa University (UAE) on Research Strategy and Postgraduate Education. He is also a member of the Steering Committee for the UK Technology Strategy Board’s Special Interest Group on Imaging. Since 2011, David has Chaired the BBC Anchor Innovation Group.

David has contributed to the organisation of many conferences, to several technical committees and has undertaken numerous editorial duties. These include past committee membership of IEE Professional Group E10 (Circuit Theory and Design), E5 (Signal Processing) and E4 (Broadcast Technology) and IEEE Multimedia Systems and Applications Technical Committee. He is currently a member of the Technical Advisory Panel for the IET Professional Network in Visual Information Engineering (VIE).  He was Chairman of the 1st IEEE/IEEworkshop on Natural Algorithms in Signal Processing which lead to the series ofIEE/IEEE International Conferences on Genetic Algorithms in Engineering Systems (Special Session Chair). More recently he has been on the Technical Programme Committees for conferences including IEEE ICIP 2003, IEEE ISSPA 2007, WIAMIS and was on the Executive Committee for the 13th International Conference on Information Fusion (2010).  He is a past member of the Editorial Board for the Academic Press Series on Digital Signal Processing and its Applications and was Guest Editor of a Special Issue of the EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing (Wireless Video- 2008). David was the organiser of the prestigious IEEE Themes Workshop in 2011. He was also the Lead Editor for a recent Special Issue of the IEEE Journal on Selected Topics in Signal Processing on the topic of 'Emerging Technologies for Vido Compression'.

Throughout his career, David has acted as a consultant to many companies and acted as an expert advisor on high definition video coding formats for the UK HDTV. In 2004 David was selected as a DTI Distinguished Professor, In 2001, he co-founded ProVision Communication Technologies Ltd., a University spin-out specialising in wireless video communications. This has undertaken various projects for numerous high profile clients. ProVision launched the world’s first robust multisource wireless HD sender for consumer use at CES in 2009.

In 2007 David co-founded the Bristol Vision Institute (BVI). BVI functions as a virtual research institute and has been highly successful in stimulating research interaction and collaboration across the University of Bristol. BVI brings together engineers and scientists from a range of academic disciplines (from 14 Departments) together with external partners such as the Bristol Eye Hospital and the Bristol Robotics Laboratory.  BVI currently represents a grouping of around 120 researchers.

David leads the Signal Processing activities within the Centre for Communications Research at Bristol. He is Director of the new EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Communications which is located at Bristol.