PhD Student Celebrates Thesis Publication Success

A student from the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering is celebrating after her thesis has been published in the Springer theses series.

Olga Isupova’s thesis on Machine Learning Methods for Behaviour Analysis and Anomaly Detection in Video was nominated for publication by the University of Sheffield in 2018 and has been successfully published in the series.

Originally from Tarusa, Russia, Olga began studying her PhD at ACSE in 2014 under the supervision of Professor Lyudmila Mihaylova.

She decided to study at the University of Sheffield as it offered a position in the EU FP7 Training network on tRAcking in compleX sensor systems (TRAX) project - a European Union project which aimed to design innovative algorithms and techniques for dealing with raw data from complex tracking systems, such as video surveillance and CCTV systems.


Her thesis proposes machine learning methods for understanding and detecting anomalies in video intelligent systems. Methodology includes Bayesian topic modelling for detecting events which differs from typical activities and change point detection which for abrupt behavioural change discovery.

Olga said: “The TRAX project that funded my PhD gave me a lot of opportunities of training, travelling and meeting great people all over the world. Mila has made me an independent researcher and I cannot say enough thanks for that to her.

“I am very thankful to all members at ACSE for their help and support. There is an amazing atmosphere at ACSE where you instantly feel like you belong here, that you are home.”

In December 2017, Olga took second place in the competition with her research in the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Control and Automation Doctoral Dissertation Awards 2017.

After leaving ACSE, Olga spent a few months at the University of Liverpool before continuing her Postdoctoral Research at the University of Oxford.

Springer is a leading global scientific, technical and medical portfolio which publishes hundreds of academic journals and books every year. Internationally top-ranked research institutes select their best thesis annually for publication.

Professor Lyudmila Mihaylova, Professor of Signal Processing and Control at the University of Sheffield, said: “The Springer thesis series is a very prestigious publication for PhD students to have their thesis included in. Olga’s work on the TRAX project has been monumental to understanding the behaviour of anomalies in visual sensors.”

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