Professor Tim Ritchings

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I am a Professor of Intelligent Systems. I was Head of the School of Computing, Science and Engineering at the University of Salford from 2006-2011, after being Head of Computer Science for 3 years. Prior to joining Salford in 2001 as a Reader in Computer Science, I was a Senior Lecturer in Computation at UMIST.

I was educated and the University of Manchester, receiving 1st class BSc (Hons) in Physics in 1972, followed by a PhD in Radio-astronomy in 1976.

My research interests are related to the development and evaluation of novel Intelligent Systems that involve the digital signals and images, using Pattern Recognition, AI and Visualisation techniques to help in their interpretation and understanding of the data. My focus has been on effective and reliable systems that address significant real-world issues, and has been principally concerned with biomedical applications. Recent key projects include: objective computer-based techniques to monitor and assess the quality of a patient’s voice following treatment for cancer of the larynx; the automated registration of time-separated retinopathy images for monitoring the progression of glaucoma and diabetes, the real-time prediction of Blood Glucose Levels in diabetics, and tendon tracking in ultra-sound images. My work has been published in over 30 journals articles and Chapters in books and more than 60 referred conferences and I have supervised over 20 PhD students. In recent years I have been on Programme committees for International Conferences and Workshops in Italy (MAVEBA’99 ’01 ’03 ‘05), Malaysia (CITA'01 ’03 ’05, ‘07, ‘13), and the UK (IEEE-ITAB’03) and (IEEE-MEDVIZ’04). In addition to being awarded ESPRC research grants, he has received British Council (CICHE) funding for links related to “Advanced Teaching and Training Methods for GIS applications”, with UNIMAS, Malaysia, and “Advanced Teaching and Training Methods in the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for Environmental Planning and Healthcare Support”, with ERI & IRI, Egypt.

I am a Chartered Engineer and a Chartered IT Professional; and a Fellow of both the Royal Astronomical Society and the British Computer Society; and a Member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology.


Topics have included:

Computer Architecture

Networking and Open Systems

Operating Systems Techniques

Multimedia Programming

Image Processing

Computer Graphics

Visualisation Techniques

AI & Neural Networks

Research Methods

Research Interests

Intelligent Systems

Signal and Image Processing

Pattern Recognition, Neural Networks, Genetic Algorithms

Information Extraction

Data Visualisation and Augmented/Mixed Reality

Qualifications and Memberships

BSc with 1st Class Honours in Physics, Victoria University of Manchester, 1972.

PhD (Radio-Astronomy at Jodrell Bank), Victoria University of Manchester, 1976.

Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (FRAS), 1977

Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS), 1994

Chartered Engineer (CEng), 1994

Chartered IT Professional (CITP), 2004

Member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (MIET), 2006


Ritchings RT, Berry C, Sheta W (2008).  Comparing ANNs and Genetic Programming for voice quality assessment post-treatment. Applied Artificial Intelligence, Vol 22 (3),  pp 198-207..

Pearson S, Ritchings RT, Azlan M (2012)  The use of normalised cross-correlation analysis for automatic tendon excursion measurement in dynamic ultrasound imaging. Accepted for publication in the Journal of Applied Biomechanics.

Ritchings RT, Khadragi, A, Saeb M (2012). An Intelligent Computer-Based System for Sign Language Tutoring. Assistive.

Hussain I, Mei TX  & Ritchings RT (2012): Estimation of wheel–rail contact conditions and adhesion using the multiple model approach, Vehicle System Dynamics: International Journal of Vehicle Mechanics and Mobility.