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Mark started his career as an electronics apprentice with the Royal Radar Establishment, Malvern (, before reading Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Aston University. After graduating he joined Ferranti Computer Systems, Underwater Systems Group, Cheadle Heath, Manchester ( He returned to academia to study Microprocessor Engineering and Digital Electronics at UMIST and remained as a research assistant within the Department of Computation to gain a PhD in Applied Machine Learning. As a lecturer, Mark established a Machine Vision Research Group at Coventry Polytechnic before moving to UEA in 1998. His research interests now focus on medical image understanding and analysis and he has co-authored nearly 100 publications on applications of computer vision and image analysis in engineering, biosciences and medicine.

PhD Projects

Mark is keen to hear from prospective postgraduate students with interests in computer vision.

Key Research Interests

Mark's research interests are focused in biomedical applications of computer vision.

Selected Publications:

Zhang, L.; Fisher, M. & Wang, W.
Retinal vessel segmentation using multi-scale textons derived from keypoints
Computerized Medical Imaging and Graphics , 2015, 45, 47 - 56

French, G.; Fisher, M.; Mackiewicz, M. & Needle, C.
Convolutional Neural Networks for Counting Fish in Fisheries Surveillance Video. In T. Amaral S. Matthews, T. P. S. M. & Fisher, R. (Eds.)
Proceedings of the Machine Vision of Animals and their Behaviour (MVAB), BMVA Press, 2015, 7.1-7.10 (Note: Best Paper Award).


Key Responsibilities

Senior Adviser and Student Feedback
Quality Assurance Adviser
Industrial and Careers Liaison

Areas of Expertise

Microprocessor engineering and digital electronics; computer vision; medical image understanding and analysis.

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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