Academic promotions 2017/2018

Congratulations to the following staff have recently been promoted to professor:

Department of Psychology

Ed Keogh

Ed’s research examines cognitive, emotional, and social factors aspects in the experience of pain.  He is leading research on a number of important issues in the field, including the role of gender in the experience of pain, components of attention affected by pain, and the role of anxiety in pain.  Using a range of methods, his research extends beyond the academic community and impacts patients, healthcare professionals, the general public, and policy makers, while having an international impact as an integral part of the University of Bath’s Centre for Pain Research.

Professor Greg Maio, Head of Department said “Ed Keogh’s internationally recognized research on the psychology of pain is an important element of the university’s high global visibility in this domain.  He is leading the way in understanding the role of gender in the experience of pain, while being an exemplary mentor, teacher, and leader. His promotion is a welcome recognition of his accomplishments and great news for the department.”

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Sarah Halligan

Sarah’s research examines the factors that contribute to depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in children and adolescents.  She leads a research group that has made a major contribution to our understanding of the psychological and neuroendocrine factors contributing to chronic post-traumatic distress, identifying potential sociobiological mechanisms for the intergenerational transmission of the risk of disorder.  Her impactful work has heavily utilised a mixed methods approach, with interdisciplinary connections including endocrinologists, population health scientists, social scientists, and psychiatrists.

Professor Greg Maio, Head of Department said “Sarah Halligan is an internationally recognized leader in research on factors contributing to psychological disorder in children and adolescents.  Sarah’s research is highly respected for both its basic psychological significance and practical importance.  Moreover, she is a superb mentor, teacher, and innovator.  The department is delighted at this recognition of her accomplishments.”

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Department of Mechanical Engineering

Sam Akehurst

Sam Akehurst, Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been promoted to Professor of Advanced Powertrain Systems.

Sam’s research interests focus on propulsion systems for future low carbon vehicles. His research is a highly applied, combining both computer simulation tools and the latest approaches to experimentation. He leads research relationships with McLaren Automotive, Jaguar Land Rover and Ford Motor Company.

Professor Gary Lock, Head of Department said: “Sam specialises in high-impact research within the Powertrain and Vehicle Research Centre (PVRC), working closely with nationally-significant automotive companies. His collaboration with McLaren is the largest-ever collaborative research-and-development project for the PVRC, and looks set to grow into a key strategic partnership in the new IAAPS facility.”

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Department of Computer Science

Darren Cosker

Darren Cosker, Department of Computer Science, has been promoted to Professor of Visual Computing.

Darren’s research focuses on analysing, synthesising and understanding human motion. His interests have applications across multiple domains, including entertainment (video games, visual effects) and human performance analysis (sport and rehabilitation). He leads and is involved with multiple applied research projects with industrial and non-academic partners, including Double Negative Visual Effects, Disney Research and British Skeleton.

Professor Eamonn O’ Neill, Head of Department said: “Darren has demonstrated outstanding research leadership through his role as Director of CAMERA, one of EPSRC’s flagship Digital Economy research centres. He has shown considerable ability to foster industrial and external collaborations in a range of discipline areas, leading to productive long term research projects.”

“Darren is thoroughly deserving of his promotion to personal chair. It is recognition of his long term efforts to establish entertainment based motion analysis at Bath, and produce industrial impact not just through external collaboration but also through internal commercial work.”

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