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Mendeley Advisor Thomas Ploetz

  • Dr
  • Senior Lecturer (Assoc. Prof.)
  • Newcastle University
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Research Interests

computational behavior analysis health informatics assistive technologies machine learning statistical pattern recognition activity recognition ubiquitous / pervasive computing

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About

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.

Publications

Optimising sampling rates for accelerometer-based human activity recognition

Khan A, Hammerla N, Mellor S, Ploetz T

Pattern Recognition Letters (2016)

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Segmentation of organs in pig offal using auto-context

Amaral T, Kyriazakis I, Mckenna S, Ploetz T

ISBI (2016)

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Weighted atlas auto-context with application to multiple organ segmentation

Amaral T, Kyriazakis I, Mckenna S, Ploetz T

Proc. WACV (2016)

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Beyond Activity Recognition: Skill Assessment from Accelerometer Data

Khan A, Mellor S, Berlin E, Robin Thompson , McNaney R, Olivier P, Ploetz T

Proc. Ubicomp (2015)

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BlobSnake: Gamification of Feature Extraction for ‘Plug and Play’Human Activity Recognition

Kirkham R, Shepherd C, Ploetz T

Proc. British HCI (2015)

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Professional experience

Senior Lecturer (Assoc. Prof.)

Newcastle University

February 2014 - Present

Lecturer (Ass. Prof.)

Newcastle University

February 2012 - February 2014 (2 years)

visiting researcher

Georgia Institute of Technology

February 2011 - February 2012 (1 year)

Research Associate

Newcastle University School of Computing Science

November 2009 - February 2011 (1 year 3 months)

Senior Researcher

Robotics Research Institute, TU Dortmund University

May 2006 - January 2011 (4 years 8 months)

consultant, software developer

Thomas Ploetz EDV

June 1996 - December 2008 (12 years 6 months)

Postdoc

Faculty of Technology, Bielefeld University

June 2005 - April 2006 (10 months)

Researcher

Faculty of Technology, Bielefeld University

October 2001 - June 2005 (3 years 8 months)

software developer

atg test systems GmbH

January 1994 - September 1998 (4 years 8 months)

Education history

Faculty of Technology, Bielefeld University

PhD (Dr.-Ing.)

October 2001 - June 2005 (3 years 8 months)

Faculty of Technology, Bielefeld University

Dipl.-Inform.

September 1998 - September 2001 (3 years)