Tutor and Student Profiles


Graham Shelton-Rayner

Graham Shelton-Rayner

Assistant Professor, School of Life Sciences

Following completion of his BSc in Biological Science at Coventry University Graham continued to collaborate with the faculty, resulting in the publication of 1 peer reviewed research article. This work acted as the catalyst for his PhD which he was awarded in 2009; involving the development and testing of a novel innate immunological chemiluminescent assay for the objective assessment of psycho-physiological stress; focusing on its potential application for assessing ergonomic interaction within the automotive industry (working in collaboration with and sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover Ltd). This work resulted in the publication of 4 peer reviewed research articles and has led to further JLR sponsored applied research.
Graham’s current focus, again working in collaboration with JLR is in the use of Heart Rate Variability and its application as a non-invasive, low impact, near real-time assay of psycho-physiological stress (Project commenced 2012). His research has also aided in the development of a cross faculty, multidisciplinary research group at Coventry University which received initial start-up funding from the Vice Chancellor’s investment fund (2011).
The aim of the Human Technology Centre (HTC) is to provide a truly integrated business-driven approach to human machine interface (HMI) customer-focused innovation, aligned to automotive and transport solutions; with the aim of pioneering a unique human-centred approach to design and engineering.

Vasile Palade

Vasile Palade

Reader, Institute for Future Transport and Cities

Dr. Vasile Palade is a Reader in Pervasive Computing in the Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing at Coventry University. He previously held academic and research positions at the University of Oxford -UK, University of Hull – UK, and the University of Galati, Romania.
His research interests are in the area of machine learning/computational intelligence, and encompass neural networks and deep learning, neuro-fuzzy systems, various nature inspired algorithms such as swarm optimization algorithms, hybrid intelligent systems, ensemble of classifiers, class imbalance learning. Application areas include image processing, social network data analysis and web mining, smart cities, Bioinformatics problems, fault diagnosis, among others.
Dr. Palade is author and co-author of more than 130 papers in journals and conference proceedings as well as books on computational intelligence and applications. He has also co-edited several books including conference proceedings. He is an Associate Editor for several journals, such as Knowledge and Information Systems (Elsevier), International Journal on Artificial Intelligence Tools (World Scientific), International Journal of Hybrid Intelligent Systems (IOS Press), Neurocomputing (Elsevier). He has delivered keynote talks to international conferences on machine learning and applications. Dr. Vasile Palade is an IEEE Senior Member and a member of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society.


Alireza Daneshkhah

Assistant Professor, School of Computing, Electronics and Maths

Dr Alireza Daneshkhah is a fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and a member of International Society of Bayesian Analysis. He is a Senior Lecturer in Statistics and Course Director of Data Science and Computational Intelligence (MSc) in the School of Engineering, Environment and Computing of Coventry University.
Alireza is Bayesian statistician interested in applying Bayesian probabilistic methods in a wide range of applications. These include modelling interdependencies of large scale data and simulation of complex systems using Bayesian networks, Gaussian process emulators and artificial neural networks.
In the recent years, his research has been involved in developing Proactive asset management using optimised time-based maintenance and online condition based maintenance for networked infrastructure using advanced dynamic graphical models in the presence of massive heterogeneous information, including on-line data (SCADA and sensor data). He is also interested in probabilistic risk analysis of climate change affecting water systems and reliability analysis of the assets under natural hazard threats. His other research interests are using expert elicitation techniques when the available data is limited, and modelling Big data using a wide range of Machine learning techniques. Ali’s most recent research interest is to develop Deep learning methods using Deep Gaussian process and neural networks with a wide range of applications including uncertainty quantification of highly complex PDE based models, autonomous vehicle validation and testing, processing medical images, remote sensing, etc.

Andrew Parkes

Professor of Transport Ergonomics and Director of Research, Institute for Future Transport and Cities, Coventry University

Andrew moved to Coventry University in September 2015. He was Chief Scientist (Life Sciences) at UK Transport Research Laboratory for sixteen years following research appointments at Birmingham, Loughborough and Leeds Universities. His background is in Psychology and Human Factors and is active in areas of virtual and augmented reality, autonomous and connected mobility, transport design and safety. He was Vice President of the Forum of European Road Safety Research Institutes (FERSI) and is Adjunct Professor at Monash University School of Art Design and Architecture, Melbourne, Australia. Interests over his career have expanded from accident causation and investigation, through to a much wider view of the efficiency, acceptability and safety of transport systems. He has published over 200 journal articles, book contributions and sponsored reports in the areas of driver behaviour and performance. Research impact has included i) design of vehicle secondary safety systems, ii) design of in-vehicle interfaces, iii) legislation on driver distraction, iv) international standards for measurement of driver behaviour, v) use of simulation for training and research. He is an invited speaker and technical organiser at many international conferences, a member of review panels for academic journals and frequent evaluator of research for UK Research Councils and the EU Framework programme. He is a current PhD supervisor in areas of biomechanics, neuropsychology, cognitive ergonomics and usability evaluation.

Jeremy Bryans

Assistant Professor in Automotive Cybersecurity, Institute for Future Transport and Cities, Coventry University

Jeremy Bryans is an Assistant Professor in Automotive Cybersecurity in Institute for Future Transport and Cities. He specialises in the use of formal methods. He is the Coventry PI on CEM-DIT – a project developing an automated system to support decision makers during emergency responses. He recently finished a project developing a security mechanism to automatically analyse behaviour on internal vehicle networks. Previously he worked at Newcastle University, where he was involved in large EU research projects on model-based techniques for developing and maintaining Systems of Systems (SoS) and Cyber-Physical Systems, and designed and led a project on the sustainability of smart grid communications infrastructure. Prior to that he designed and led a EPSRC/DSTL-funded project on the secure transmission of provenance metadata in dynamic coalitions. He is a member of the BCS (MBCS), INCOSE (The International Council on Systems Engineering) and a guest member of Newcastle University.

He has been on the program committee of several conferences, and reviews for multiple journals and organisations. He has over 50 publications.

Neophytos (Neo) Lophitis

Assistant Professor at the School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics and the Research Institute for Future Transport and Cities, Coventry University

Dr. Neophytos (Neo) Lophitis is currently an Assistant Professor at Coventry University. He is also an affiliated Academic (research) Collaborator at the University of Cambridge.  

During 2005-2009 he studied Electrical and Information Science (BA) and Electrical and Electronic Engineering (MEng) at Magdalene College, University of Cambridge. During 2009-2013 was a PhD student at the High Voltage Microelectronics and Sensors (HVMS) laboratory, also at the University of Cambridge. Before he joined Coventry, between 2013-2015, he was a post-doctoral researcher at HVMS and also consulted an R&D project at Cambridge Microelectronics (Camutronics) LTD and Anvil Semiconductors LTD. 

In 2016, his work at Coventry achieved the acknowledgement from the European Centre for Power Electronics (ECPE) which granted Coventry the status of an “ECPE Competence Centre”. In 2018 he achieved the accession of Coventry as full member of the EPSRC Centre for Power Electronics. He then became the Coventry representative at the Centre and member of its Steering and Advisory Group (STAG). 

He is currently the author/co-author of more than 45 academic manuscripts, including 1 book chapter, 2 patent families, journals and leading conference publications. Neophytos is a regular reviewer for journals and conferences. He reviewed tens of articles submitted at the IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices, IEEE Electron Device Letters, IET Power Electronics, IET Electronics Letters, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, Applied Physics Letters and IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition. 

His research interests and contribution are on the advancement of high voltage power semiconductor devices, Silicon and Wide bandgap, the condition monitoring of power electronic converters, electric machines, and on the degradation and state of health of batteries for automotive applications and power conversion systems. 

Siraj Ahmed Shaikh

Professor of Systems Security, Institute of Future Transport and Cities, Coventry University

Prof Siraj Ahmed Shaikh is a Professor of Systems Security at the Institute of Future Transport and Cities at Coventry University, where he leads the Systems Security Group. From March 2015 till March 2016, he was seconded to HORIBA MIRA, as part of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s industrial secondment scheme to investigate in-cabin security testing for automotive platforms. From 2011 to 2013, he was involved with the development of an intelligent control and guidance system for unmanned logistics vehicles for unmanned distribution capability, which was funded by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) of UK over two phased projects (co-led with Prof. Dobrila Petrovic). He is a member of the Automotive Security Workstream of the Automotive Electronic Systems Innovation Network (AESIN) in the UK. Siraj has been involved in research, development and evaluation of large-scale distributed secure systems for nearly twenty years and has published over 90 peer-reviewed papers.

Stewart Birrell

Professor, Institute for Future Transport and Cities

Stewart A Birrell is a Professor of Human Factors for Future Transport within the National Transport Design Centre (ntdc) at Coventry University. He received his PhD in Ergonomics from Loughborough University, UK in 2007, and first-class degree in Sport Science in 2002. Stewart has spent the previous 15 years working within the transportation sector within industry and academia, with expertise ranging from driver behaviour and distraction, multimodal warnings, user state monitoring and information requirements – all underpinned by the design of in-vehicle information systems, and their evaluation using simulators, virtual reality (VR) and field operational trials. Currently, he applies innovative Human Factors Engineering methodologies to enable real-world and virtual evaluation of user interaction with Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV), Electric Vehicle (EV) and Urban Air Mobility (UAM) technologies and services. Professor Birrell has over 100 journal and conference papers, book sections and articles published in his field to date, and is an Editor of the internationally renowned, Q1/4* journal IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems.

Paul Herriotts

Professor, Institute for Future Transport and Cities

Paul Herriotts is Professor of Transport Design at the National Transport Design Centre at Coventry University. He brings both academic and industrial experience to his post, having been the Design Ergonomics Technical Specialist at Jaguar Land Rover, based in their Gaydon design studio for many years until May 2019. His professional background is in Design Ergonomics / Human Factors with a focus on user-centered design and passenger experience. His PhD related to car design for older drivers. His recent work includes research into motion sickness and he holds associated patents. In addition to his mainstream automotive work, Paul is a passionate advocate of inclusive design, with a focus on designing for older people and those with sight loss.

Jesper Christensen

Assistant Professor

Jesper Christensen started his “mechanical engineering” activities as an engine fitter apprentice working on large marine propulsion systems; a three year degree. After completion he enrolled at University studying “Industrial Engineering”; and was awarded a BSc in 2007. Following this he completed his MSc in “Design of Mechanical Systems” in 2010. During his studies he undertook several industrial based projects focused on optimisation; e.g. the development of an antivibration mount to improve fatigue life for a 250kg sewage pump in collaboration with Grundfoss. Before completing his MSc he also undertook a four month placement at Jaguar Land Rover focusing on FE correlation of foam material models for automotive seating. Since joining Coventry University Jesper’s work has primarily focused on the development and implementation of optimisation algorithms for lightweighting applications, and has led to several invited presentations; for example to the German Association for Computational Mechanics, Dresden, 2012 and at the House of Commons at the ‘Set For Britain’ event in 2013. He was awarded his PhD on the topic of “Topology Optimisation of Structures Exposed to Large (non-linear) Deformations” in September 2015; which also lead to the publication of a book on the topic. Jesper is a Fellow of the ImechE and the Higher Education Academy, a STEM ambassador and a member of the EPSRC Peer Review College.