Mark Roper

Graduate Laboratory Assistant
School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (CSEE)
Postgraduate Research Student
School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (CSEE)
 Mark Roper



  • PhD in Biological Sciences, Queen Mary University of London (2017)

  • BSc Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence, University of Essex (1999)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Computer vision for marine animal behaviour analysis

Underwater photogrammetry and 3D object detection and tracking for analysis of marine animal behaviour and interactions. Initial focus on developing inexpensive high-speed video synchronisation and camera position estimation tools.

Insect cognition

PhD thesis (2017): "Honeybee visual cognition: a miniature brain’s simple solutions to complex problems." In recent decades we have seen a string of remarkable discoveries detailing the impressive cognitive abilities of bees (social learning, concept learning and even counting). But should these discoveries be regarded as spectacular just because bees manage to achieve human-like computations of visual image analysis and reasoning? In my PhD thesis I offered a radically different explanation.



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