My research is in the field of Computer Vision (CV). CV is concerned with the development of computer algorithms for analysing the content of an image. I have specific expertise in the development of Image Analysis and Pattern Recognition algorithms for medical applications: My PhD research was in the area of automated cervical cancer screening, whilst my current research is in the area of automated/computer-assisted diagnosis of breast lesions using magnetic resonance imaging.
Andrew received his BAppSc (Hons 1) in Mathematics from Edith Cowan University (ECU), Perth, Western Australia in 1990. In the following two years he worked as a tutor and lecturer for the Department of Mathematics at ECU. In 1992 Andrew was awarded an Australian Postgraduate Research Award and in 1994 he received his MAppSc in Mathematics and Planning from ECU. Between 1993 and 1995 Andrew worked as a Graduate Research Assistant for the Australian Institute of Security and Applied Technology (AISAT). During this time he was actively involved in two projects: (i) The development of a biometric identification system based on the vein pattern on the back of the hand; and (ii) Firearms identification from firearms "fingerprints" on spent cartridge cases from .22 calibre rifles. From 1995 to 1996 Andrew worked as a Graduate Research Assistant for the Department of Computer and Communication Engineering at ECU. During this time he was involved in the development of specifications for a video rate VLSI mathematical morphology processor for image coding and compression. In 1996 Andrew was awarded a University of Queensland (UQ) Postgraduate Research Scholarship. Between 1997 and 2000 Andrew worked as a UNIX Systems Administrator for the CRC-SSIP (casual). In 1999 Andrew worked as a Senior Research Assistant for the Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at UQ. He was employed to undertake a theoretical and practical investigation of a novel approach to constructing self-dual image operators (funded by an Australian Research Council small grant). Between 2001 and 2002 Andrew worked as an Image Analyst and Senior Research Fellow for SPIRE Innovations Pty Limited. During this time he worked on three major projects: (i) The development of an image analysis software engine for deployment in commercial software for digital image cytometry; (ii) The development of a rapid prototyping environment for implementing and evaluating statistical pattern recognition systems for malignancy-associated changes (MACs) research; and (iii) The evaluation of structural texture features for the detection of MACs in Pap-stained cervical slides. Since 2003 Andrew has worked as a Research Fellow in the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (ITEE) at UQ. During this time he has been working on two major projects: (i) Commercial-in-confidence collaboration with MonoGen, Inc., Chicago (MonoGen develops technologies and instruments to automate anatomic and molecular pathology laboratories); and (ii) The development of image analysis and statistical pattern recognition algorithms for the improved classification of breast lesions using magnetic resonance imaging. In 2004 Andrew was awarded his PhD in Image Analysis from the University of Queensland. His PhD thesis describes image analysis tools developed for automated cytometry (in particular cervical cancer screening). Part of the thesis is the subject of an International Patent Application (no. PCT/AU02/00969).