Imperial College London

Dr Anil Anthony Bharath

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Bioengineering

Reader in Image Analysis



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4.31Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus





Dr. Anil Anthony Bharath is Reader in Image Analysis, and on the Research Board of Imperial's  Data Science Institute.  He holds a degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from UCL, and obtained a PhD from Imperial College, also from the Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering.

He was appointed as Lecturer in the Department of Biological & Medical Systems at Imperial College in 1991. Between 1993 and 2003, Dr.Bharath held the posts of Hayward Lecturer, then Hayward Senior Lecturer in Medical Imaging. He was appointed to a Readership position in 2005.

Dr. Bharath has published in the field of imaging, image analysis and signal processing, and has extensive experience in computer vision. In 1998, he demonstrated the first application of steerable filters to shape detection, an area of image analysis. Later contributions included the use of Bayesian marginalisation in very early-stage computer vision, focus-of-attention methods, and custom-designed wavelet transforms to analyse images in a scalable manner. The analysis of visual data, including new algorithms and system architectures, continues to be his main research interest.

In 2002, Dr. Bharath initiated the Basic Technology Project "Reverse Engineering Human Visual Processes", which created a blueprint for a scalable subset of processes in the human visual system, particularly of visual area V1. 

In 2008, Dr. Bharath spun out the company Cortexica Vision Systems, which applies simplified models of the behaviour of visual neurons to visual search. See for more details, as well as a brief discussion on how these models are related to modern convolutional neural networks.

Anil’s research publications can be found at the tab above, or on Google Scholar

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Peiffer V, Bharath AA, Sherwin SJ, et al., 2013, A Novel Method for Quantifying Spatial Correlations Between Patterns of Atherosclerosis and Hemodynamic Factors, Journal of Biomechanical Engineering-Transactions of the ASME, Vol:135, ISSN:0148-0731

Ip HMD, Drakakis EM, Bharath AA, 2008, On analog networks and mixed-domain spatio-temporal frequency response, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems. Part 1: Regular Papers, Vol:55, ISSN:1549-8328, Pages:272-285

Ip HMD, Drakakis EM, Bharath AA, 2008, Synthesis of nonseparable 3-D spatiotemporal bandpass filters on analog networks, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems. Part 1: Regular Papers, Vol:55, ISSN:1549-8328, Pages:286-298

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