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Professor Dave Marshall

Dave Marshall

Prof David Marshall has been a lecturer at the School of Computer Science and Informatics for an incredible 31 years, making him our longest-serving academic member of staff.

Working in the field of computer vision since 1986, Prof Marshall is leader of the School’s Visual Computing Research Group, and Director of the interdisciplinary Human Factors Technology Centre. His research interests include computer vision, machine, audio/video image processing, human facial analysis, computer music and data/sensor fusion. He has published over 180 papers and a book in these research areas and has attracted over £4.5m in research funding over his academic career.

“I came to the School in 1986 as a PhD student before starting as a lecturer in September 1989. I have gone from PhD student, to Lecturer, to Senior Lecturer, to Reader, to Professor - all at Cardiff University. It has been quite a normal career pathway in terms of progression; being near or at spine points when it would be natural to apply for promotion. Luckily my performances were deemed good enough to all pass at the first hurdle. I have been well supported by Heads of School and Heads of Group over the years, without their support it would have been harder to progress for sure.

“The School has also offered much-needed support in terms of flexible working around family life over the years. Between 2004-2007 I was the sole parent of my baby daughter from birth to three-years-old. It was very challenging being sole carer to a young baby, but the School were sympathetic to my situation and I got a lot of help to work flexibly

.“Heading up our Visual Computing Research Group, my ambition is to see this grow and continue to be acknowledged as internationally leading. We have appointed some rather brilliant Early Career Researchers in recent years and I relish the opportunity of helping bring on the young researchers as academics.

“My big passion is PGR research and acting as Director of Postgraduate Research Studies in the School is my favourite role. I like bringing on PGRs as young researchers even more than the ECRs. It also keeps me young!”