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    Prof Tom Duckett

    Professor of Computer Science

    School of Computer Science
    College of Science

    About Tom Duckett

    I joined the University of Lincoln as a Senior Lecturer in 2006, after spending 7 years working at Örebro University, Sweden as a Lecturer, Docent and leader of the AASS Learning Systems Lab. I was promoted to Reader in 2007 and Professor in 2013 at the University of Lincoln, where I also direct the Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems Research (L-CAS). My research in robotic systems and sensor technologies covers a range of topics, from fundamental questions in robotic autonomy for long-term operation in human-centred environments, to real-world applications, especially in agriculture and food technology, as well as in security and assistive care. I have co-authored over 100 scientific publications, including 25 articles in top quality journals (H-index: 30, Google Scholar), and have held peer-reviewed grants worth over £1.2 million at the University of Lincoln, from sources including the European Commission (FP7), UK Technology Strategy Board, EPSRC, BBSRC and Defra. I have a 100% completion rate in postgraduate supervision, with 8 successful PhD supervisions to date as first supervisor. I also enjoy playing an active role in teaching and learning, including development of the undergraduate and postgraduate curricula at the School of Computer Science, University of Lincoln. Prior to becoming an academic, I worked for several years as an analyst-programmer, developing and supporting software solutions for the fresh food industry.

    Department Responsibilities

    Director of the Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems Research (L-CAS)

    Subject Specialism

    autonomous robots, AI, machine learning, computer vision, sensor fusion, food technology, agricultural robotics


    • PhD in Computer Science — University of Manchester, UK, 2001
    • M.Sc. with distinction in Knowledge Based Systems — Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK., 1995
    • B.Sc. (Hons.) in Computer and Management Sciences — University of Warwick, UK, 1991


    • 2013-17: EU FP7 IP, £725,000 (value of grant at Lincoln): “STRANDS: Spatial-Temporal Representati
    • 2013-15: TSB, £355,000 (value of grant at Lincoln), “Trainable vision-based anomaly detection and
    • 2013-14: TSB, £24,000 (value of grant at Lincoln), “Novel computer vision techniques for food qua
    • 2013-14: TSB, £31,000 (value of grant at Lincoln), “Autonomous control of agricultural sprayers
    • 2012-13: BBSRC SPARK, £5,000, “Laser-based sensing technology for improved control of spraying bo
    • 2011-12: HIRF Innovation Fellowship, £16,000, “Low-cost automatic identification of potato blemis
    • 2011: Defra AFM-LINK, £60,000, “Monitoring of heat sealed packaging using thermal and multi-spect
    • 2006-10: EPSRC CASE, £81,000, “Quantitative estimation of blemishes in potatoes using machine vis

    External Activities and Consultancy

    I was Program Chair of the European Conference on Mobile Robotics (ECMR) in 2011, and I will be the General Chair of ECMR in 2015 when we host the event in Lincoln. I am a reviewer for all of the top international journals and conferences in robotics and autonomous systems. I am an EPSRC College Member. I am also an external examiner for Harper Adams University’s degree programmes in Agricultural Engineering and Off Road Vehicle Design.

    Research in the Lincoln Repository

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