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Dr Thomas Ploetz

Senior Lecturer (Assoc. Prof.) , Newcastle University
Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Research field: Computer and Information Science - Artificial Intelligence
computational behavior analysis, health informatics, assistive technologies, machine learning, statistical pattern recognition, activity recognition, ubiquitous / pervasive computing

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Awards and Grants

  •  Apr 2011 
    IJCAI travel grant
  •  Apr 2010 
    DFG Postdoc research grant
  •  Jan 1902 
    projects not listed here (contact me)

Biographical Information

I am a Senior Lecturer (Assoc. Prof.) in "Context Aware Computing". My research agenda is centered on "Computational Behaviour Analysis", which basically means that I am building computational (that is statistical) models that describe and shall help assessing human behaviour. The basis for this is the analysis of behavioural data that are captured in a pretty opportunistic way utilising a variety of sensing modalities, most notably pervasive / ubiquitous sensors (e.g., accelerometers, RFID, environmental sensors), cameras, or microphones. The modelling itself is agnostic in terms of the actual choice of sensing modalities as long as the relevant information for behaviour analysis is captured. Behaviour data are sequential by definition. Consequently, related modelling techniques are focussed on sequential models (for example of Markovian type). I am especially interested in quantitative assessments of human behaviour, which is of value for, e.g., skill assessment. My day-to-day work can probably best be summarised as applied machine learning for activity recognition.

The central theme of my research is to develop techniques and systems that actually have an impact on people's life. Therefore, my research is almost always connected to some practical application (in contrast to purely theoretical work) and I am keen on deploying systems I develop in the "wild", i.e., in real-world settings. The most prominent domain for this kind of work is health where I am working on computational assessments of behavioural phenotypes of, for example, Parkinson's, Dementia, or Autism. Within the Digital Interaction group at Newcastle University I am involved in a number of projects that address these research themes from different angles.

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Professional Experience


2014 - Present
Senior Lecturer (Assoc. Prof.) at Newcastle University
Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Feb 2012 - Feb 2014
Lecturer (Ass. Prof.) at Newcastle University
Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Feb 2011 - Feb 2012
visiting researcher at Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Nov 2009 - Feb 2011
Research Associate at School of Computing Science, Newcastle University
Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
May 2006 - Jan 2011
Senior Researcher at Robotics Research Institute, TU Dortmund University
Dortmund, Germany
Classes taught:
Lecture Pattern Recognition
Exercise groups Pattern Recognition
project groups (various)
Lecture Speech Recognition (substitute)
Jun 2005 - Apr 2006
Postdoc at Faculty of Technology, Bielefeld University
Bielefeld, Germany
Classes taught:
project groups (various)
Lecture Speech Recognition (substitute)
exercise groups Speech Recognition
exercise groups Image Processing
various seminars (machine perception)
Oct 2001 - Jun 2005
Researcher at Faculty of Technology, Bielefeld University
Bielefeld, Germany
Classes taught:
various project groups
various seminars (machine perception)
exercise groups Speech Recognition
exercise groups Image Processing
Jun 1996 - Dec 2008
consultant, software developer at Thomas Ploetz EDV
Bielefeld, Germany
Jan 1994 - Sep 1998
software developer at atg test systems GmbH
Wertheim, Germany
Education


Oct 2001 - Jun 2005
Faculty of Technology, Bielefeld University in Bielefeld, Germany
PhD (Dr.-Ing.)
Sep 1998 - Sep 2001
Faculty of Technology, Bielefeld University in Bielefeld, Germany
Dipl.-Inform.

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