Professor Sebastian Schlecht
Fellowship focus: Exploring how mathematical modelling can be used to improve acoustic simulation of enclosed spaces.
Professor Schlecht will bring his expertise in digital signal processing and acoustic modelling to tackle the challenge of creating seamless, immersive audio experiences – such as Zoom meetings which feel as natural as if you were present. Part of the EPSRC Scalable Room Acoustics Modelling (SCReAM) project, the Fellowship will explore how mathematical tools can be leveraged to create perceptually convincing models that integrate richer details of reverberation in an efficient manner.
Dr Oindrila Ghosh
Fellowship focus: Reassessing the impact of Eastern philosophy on Victorian narratives of vivisection and vegetarianism focusing on Thomas Hardy and Edward Carpenter.
In the wake of recent events and Black Lives Matter activism, academics are reassessing the influence of non-western narratives in Victorian culture. Hosted by Professor Pulham, who leads Surrey’s Victoriographies research group, Dr Ghosh’s Fellowship will consider and promote the important part played by Eastern philosophy in discourses on animal welfare and vegetarianism that emerged at the Victorian fin-de-siècle, with special reference to two important figures: author Thomas Hardy and social reformer Edward Carpenter.
Professor Ivan Jablonka
Fellowship focus: Applying the concept of ‘narrative non-fiction’ – a synthesis between the literary narrative and the rigorous pursuit of evidence-based knowledge – to history and social sciences, focusing on work conducted in the School of Literature and Languages’ Mobilities Research Centre.
Professor Jablonka has pioneered the concept of ‘creation in history and social sciences’, based on an innovative synthesis between the literary narrative and the rigorous pursuit of evidence-based knowledge – two domains often thought to be incompatible. During the Fellowship, he and Dr Bantman will apply this approach to work conducted in the School of Literature and Languages’ Mobilities Research Centre. The outcomes will include a jointly written article for a leading journal and two talks for specialist and non-academic audiences.
Dr Hannah Mary Thomas
Fellowship focus: Combining research into head and neck cancer in India with expertise in medical imaging to investigate the stability of radiomics biomarkers.
This Fellowship will bring together Dr Thomas’s research into imaging of head and neck cancer (HNC) in India with expertise within Professor Evans’ group in CVSSP working in the field of radiomics (a quantitative approach to medical imaging) with AI and Big Data applications.
During her visit, Dr Thomas will investigate the stability of radiomics biomarkers to variations in image scanning and explore how the two groups can analyse the effects of differences in the tumour characteristics seen in India and the UK. She will also meet and establish links with the National Physical Laboratory’s Metrology for Medical Physics and Data Sciences groups and Royal Surrey Hospital’s Medical Physics and Nuclear Medicine Departments. Hannah’s collaboration with CVSSP is closely allied to Surrey’s newly-established AI Institute.
Dr René Brouwer
Fellowship focus: Bringing world-renowned expertise in Hellenistic philosophy and its influence on Roman law to Surrey’s Centre for Law and Philosophy.
A world expert in Hellenistic philosophy and its influence on Roman law, Dr Brouwer’s Fellowship will boost research within the Surrey Centre for Law and Philosophy. During two visits in November 2022 and May 2023, he will present his highly acclaimed recent book on law and philosophy in the late Roman republic and deliver two seminars, helping Surrey to consolidate its position as a key junction between legal philosophical research and the study of the history of law.
Professor Grant Devilly
Fellowship focus: Reducing assaults in Night-time Entertainment Districts through violence prevention and psychological treatments for people with drug and alcohol disorders.
A specialist in violence prevention in Night-time Entertainment Districts (NEDs), Professor Devilly will work with Dr Patton’s psychological interventions group to set up a collaborative research team focused on violence prevention and psychological treatment. Adapting Professor Devilly’s approach to a UK context, the team will liaise with the police, emergency services and support agencies with the ultimate aim of reducing assaults in NEDs and developing interventions for people who preload with drugs and alcohol.
Professor Ming Xu
Fellowship focus: Developing mapping tools to help understand how carbon is generated and flows within the socio-economic system.
An award-winning expert in sustainability, Professor Xu will visit Surrey in November 2022 and May 2023 to collaborate with Dr Liu in the development of mapping tools to help understand how carbon is generated and the way it flows within the socio-economic system. The academics will create an Actual & Virtual Carbon Mapping model that encompasses the entire energy supply chain and identifies decarbonisation ‘hot spots’ – research which will provide vital scientific evidence to support the UK’s road towards net zero.
Professor Cibele Crispim
Fellowship focus: Investigating how the timing of eating could relate to obesity and metabolic disorders and providing insights into dietary guidelines based on this research.
Understanding how the timing of food relates to increased risk of obesity and metabolic disorders is a hot topic which could lead to useful interventions such as time-restricted eating. Visiting Surrey in August 2022, Professor Crispim will collaborate with Professor Skene to characterise time-related dietary patterns in a large sample of Brazilian adults in relation to obesity. The aims of the Fellowship include the assessment for the first time of the temporal pattern of food intake of the Brazilian population and a presentation at the 26th Congress of European Sleep Research Society.
Associate Professor Sebastian Pfautsch
Fellowship focus: Engaging schools in STEM education through the Heat-Cool project, which teaches children about the links between heat and climate change impacts in cities through technology-enabled sessions.
Against a background of declining interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) education in schools throughout industrialised nations, Associate Professor Pfautsch will bring his specialist knowledge of urban heat to GCARE. He will collaborate with Professor Kumar to further develop the Centre’s Heat-Cool project – which helps school pupils to understand the relationship between heat and climate change impacts in cities through technology-enabled sessions – as well as delivering a public lecture on the subject.
Dr Santosh Nannuru
Fellowship focus: Solving current challenges in AI by developing state-of-the-art target tracking algorithms which have applications in autonomous driving, robot navigation and smart home systems.
Building on their long-standing collaboration, Dr Nannuru and Dr Li will develop state-of-the-art target tracking algorithms which have applications in autonomous driving, robot navigation and smart home systems. Aiming to solve current challenges in this area, and drawing on expertise within Surrey’s Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing and newly-formed AI Institute, the academics will conduct experimental studies and validate the jointly-developed algorithms. Outcomes will include research seminars to disseminate the findings, and talks for Surrey academics and students.