Peter McOwan is currently Vice Principal a for Public Engagement and Student Enterprise and Professor of Computer Science in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary, University of London.
He holds degrees from Edinburgh, Kings College London, UCL and Aberdeen and is a Fellow of the British computer society and the Institute of physics. His research interests are in visual perception, mathematical models for visual processing, in particular motion, cognitive science and biologically inspired hardware and software. He has authored more than 120 papers in these areas.
He regularly serves on the Program Committee for ACII, CVPR and IEEE Artificial Life and is a member of the editorial board of the Journal on Multimodal User Interfaces. Major projects include LIREC, an EU FP7 IP, developing long-term synthetic companions, an EPSRC programme grant CHI+MED investigating design to reduce human errors in medical software and an EPSRC PPE CS4fn, an outreach project to enthuse schools about computer science research.
He was elected a National Teaching Fellow by the Higher Education Academy in 2008 and was awarded the IET Mountbatten medal in 2011 for his work in promoting computer science. He is also a creator of the Qapps project promoting student and staff smartphone applications through Queen Mary’s app shop.