Harin SellahewaDean of Computing at University of Buckingham
Dr Harin Sellahewa holds a BSc in Information Systems and a DPhil in Computing, both from the University of Buckingham. During the latter stages of his DPhil, he worked as a Research Associate on the EU-funded FP6 project, SecurePhone, led by Professor Sabah Jassim. He then joined the Gray Cancer Institute (now the Gray Institute for Radiation Oncology & Biology, University of Oxford), as a post-doctoral scientist to work with Professor Boris Vojnovic on the award winning CyMap project. Harin’s role was to develop algorithms to automatically detect, count and track cells.
Harin’s research interests are in Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision, and Machine Learning. He has co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed journal/conference papers and a book chapter. He has successfully supervised/co-supervised over a dozen PhD projects and continues to supervise a number of PhD students specialising in AI with applications in Biometrics, Digital Health, and Cyber Security.
He is the Lead Academic and co-applicant of the successful £2m Local Growth Fund grant from BTVLEP towards the School of Computing and Centre for AI in Buckingham. He was the Lead Academic of a successfully completed two-year Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project, jointly funded by Innovate UK and Deepnet Security Limited. He is the Lead Academic of the recently awarded KTP project, jointly funded by Innovate UK and Russell IPM. More recently, he has expanded his work into augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) with a particular interest in their use in education. He is leading the Education 4.0 project in partnership with JISC, and spearheaded by Sir Anthony Seldon.
Harin has taken part in several panel discussions on AI and has appeared on TV and radio interviews discussing the impact of AI on 21st Century living. He is a passionate promotor of STEM; he has spoken at schools, science forums and public engagement events; organised and participated in several STEM activities (coding tasters, AR and VR experiences); and launched a campaign to increase diversity in Computing. Harin is the Dean of Computing at University of Buckingham.