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Dr Lyuba Alboul MSc, PhD

Senior Research Fellow


Summary

Dr Lyuba Alboul joined Sheffield Hallam in 2002. She has an MSc in Pure and Applied Mathematics, and PhD in Geometry and Topology (both from Moscow University 'RUDN'). Her PhD research was dedicated to the theory of Riemannian spaces. Even though her graduate and postgraduate studies were in the realm of pure mathematics, Lyuba has always been interested in theoretical computer science and AI.

About

She was awarded several research grants in Italy (University of Genova and Institute of Applied Mathematics) where she got an extensive training and experience in theoretical computer science.

In Italy she also had the opportunity to perform research concerning the use of geometric methods in problems arisen in applications, which became the basis of her present research interests.

Teaching

Business, Technology and Enterprise

Research

Her main research interest can shortly be characterised as ‘interplay between discrete and continuous mathematical structures’. The research credo is to develop a well founded and self-contained theory of geometric models, especially surfaces, originating from complex three-dimensional data. 

Her other research interest lies in Robotics where she is interested in emerging behaviour patterns in robot teams.

Lyuba participates in the following EU projects:

  • Guardians (IST 045269) (2006-10)
  • Viewfinder (IST 045541) (2006-09)
  • In these projects she undertakes research in robot swarm control and map building.

Dr Alboul was the designer, key researcher and co-investigator of several successful projects in Russia, Italy, the Netherlands, and the UK.

Publications

Journal articles

Khan, M., Alboul, L., & Potts, J. (2020). Development of Tools and Methods for Autonomous Fixed-wing UAV Research. UKRAS20 Conference: “Robots into the real world” Proceedings, 69-70. http://doi.org/10.31256/mk8ck9q

Nisiotis, L., Alboul, L., & Beer, M. (2020). A Prototype that Fuses Virtual Reality, Robots, and Social Networks to Create a New Cyber–Physical–Social Eco-Society System for Cultural Heritage. Sustainability, 12 (2), e645. http://doi.org/10.3390/su12020645

Mbama, C.I., Ezepue, P., Alboul, L., & Beer, M. (2018). Digital Banking, Customer Experience and Financial Performance: UK Bank Managers’ Perceptions. Journal of Research in Interactive Marketing, 12 (4), 432-451. http://doi.org/10.1108/jrim-01-2018-0026

Haynes, P., Alboul, L., & Penders, J. (2012). Dynamic graph-based search in unknown environments. Journal of Discrete Algorithms, 12, 2-13. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jda.2011.06.004

Penders, J., & Alboul, L. (2012). Emerging robot swarm traffic. International Journal of Intelligent Computing and Cybernetics, 5 (3), 312-339. http://doi.org/10.1108/17563781211255871

Penders, J., Alboul, L., Prescott, T., Groß, R., Melhuish, C., & Witkowski, M. (2012). TAROS2011. Robotics and Autonomous Systems, 60 (11), 1355. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.robot.2012.09.008

Penders, J., Alboul, L., Witkowski, U., Naghsh, A., Saez-Pons, J., Herbrechtsmeier, S., & Habbal, M.E. (2011). A robot swarm assisting a human fire-fighter. Advanced Robotics, 25 (1-2), 93-117. http://doi.org/10.1163/016918610X538507

Saez-Pons, J., Alboul, L., Penders, J., & Nomdedeu, L. (2010). Multi-robot team formation control in the GUARDIANS project. Industrial Robot, 37 (4), 372-383. http://doi.org/10.1108/01439911011044831

Alboul, L., Mencia, J., Ramirez, R., & Sadovskaia, N. (2008). On the determination of the potential function from given orbits. Czechoslovak mathematical journal, 58 (3), 799-821. http://doi.org/10.1007/s10587-008-0052-5

Dupin, M.M., Halliday, I., Care, C.M., Alboul, L., & Munn, L.L. (2007). Modeling the flow of dense suspensions of deformable particles in three dimensions. Physical review E. Statistical, nonlinear and soft matter physics, 75. http://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevE.75.066707

Rodrigues, M., Robinson, A., Alboul, L., & Brink, W. (2006). 3D modelling and recognition. WSEAS Transactions on Information Science and Applications, 3 (11), 2118-2122.

Aichholzer, O., Alboul, L.S., & Hurtado, F. (2002). On flips in polyhedral surfaces. International Journal of Foundations of Computer Science, 13 (2), 303-311. http://doi.org/10.1142/S0129054102001102

Alboul, L., Kloosterman, G., Traas, C., & Van Damme, R. (2000). Best data-dependent triangulations. Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics, 119 (1-2), 1-12. http://doi.org/10.1016/S0377-0427(00)00368-X

Conference papers

Nisiotis, L., & Alboul, L. (2021). Work-in-progress-an intelligent immersive learning system using AI, XR and robots. Proceedings of 2021 7th International Conference of the Immersive Learning Research Network, iLRN 2021. http://doi.org/10.23919/iLRN52045.2021.9459358

Fennimore, D.J., Ali, R., Alboul, L., & Offiah, A.C. (2021). Analysis of vibration frequencies as a method of screening for long bone fractures in children. 17th International Conference on Condition Monitoring and Asset Management, CM 2021.

Nisiotis, L., & Alboul, L. (2021). Initial Evaluation of an Intelligent Virtual Museum Prototype Powered by AI, XR and Robots. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), 12980 LNCS, 290-305. http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-87595-4_21

Ali, R., Alboul, L., & Offiah, A. (2020). Development of a non-invasive screening technique for detection of wrist fractures in children. In COMADEM 2019 (the 32nd International Congress and Exhibition on Condition Monitoring and Diagnostic Engineering Management), Huddersfield, UK, 3 September 2019 - 5 September 2019 (pp. 1115-1128). Cham: Springer: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-57745-2

Nisiotis, L., & Alboul, L. (2020). Work-in-Progress—Converging Virtual Reality, Robots, and Social Networks to Support Immersive Learning. In Economou, D., Klippel, A., Dodds, H., Peña-Rios, A., Lee, M.J.W., Beck, D.E., ... Richter, J. (Eds.) 6th International Immersive Learning Research Network Conference, Online, 21 June 2020 - 25 June 2020 (pp. 308-311). Immersive Learning Research Network: https://immersivelrn.org/resources/proceedings/proceedings-books/

Ali, R., Alboul, L., & Offiah, A.C. (2020). Development of a Non-invasive Screening Technique for Detection of Wrist Fractures in Children. Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies, 166, 1115-1128. http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-57745-2_92

Haire, M., Xu, X., Alboul, L., Penders, J., & Zhang, H. (2019). Ship Hull Repair Using A Swarm Of Autonomous Underwater Robots: A Self-Assembly Algorithm. ECMR 2019 (European Conference on Mobile Robotics). http://doi.org/10.1109/ECMR.2019.8870910

Haire, M., Xu, X., Alboul, L., Penders, J., & Zhang, H. (2019). Ship hull inspection using a swarm of autonomous underwater robots: a Search algorithm. 2019 IEEE International Symposium on Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics (SSRR). http://doi.org/10.1109/SSRR.2019.8848963

Nisiotis, L., Alboul, L., & Beer, M. (2019). Virtual Museums as a New Type of Cyber-Physical- Social System.

Alboul, L., Beer, M., & Nisiotis, L. (2019). Robotics and Virtual Reality Gaming for Cultural Heritage Preservation. In Dorban, F. (Ed.) Resilience and Sustainability of Cities in Hazardous Environments, Napoli, (pp. 335-345). GVES: http://congress.gvess.org/downloads/Resilience_and_Sustainability_of_Cities_in_Hazardous_Environments.pdf

Penders, J., Wang, J., Bhowmik, D., Di Nuovo, A., Soranzo, A., Rolph, J., ... Cameron, D. (2018). Robots claiming space: gauging public reaction usingcomputer vision techniques. In Giuliani, M., Assaf, T., & Giannaccini, M.E. (Eds.) Towards autonomous robotic systems: 19th annual conference, TAROS 2018 proceedings, (pp. 468-470). Springer: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-96728-8

Ehimwenma, K.E., Crowther, P., Alboul, L., Beer, M., & Offor, K.J. (2018). An agent based approach for improvised explosive device detection, public alertness and safety. In 2018 IEEE Workshop on Environmental, Energy, and Structural Monitoring Systems (EESMS), (pp. 89-94). Salerno, Italy: IEEE: http://doi.org/10.1109/EESMS.2018.8405821

Sayed, M., Alboul, L., & Penders, J. (2017). Functional design methodology for customised anthropomorphic artificial hands. In Chrisley, R., Muller, V.C., Sandamirskaya, Y., & Vincze, M. (Eds.) EUCognition 2016 : Cognitive Robot Architectures, (pp. 62-63). CEUR-WS: http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-1855/EUCognition_2016_Part20.pdf

Ali, R., Alboul, L., & Offiah, A. (2017). Signal processing techniques for accurate screening of wrist fractures. In Camarinha-Matos, L.M., Parreira-Rocha, M., & Ramezani, J. (Eds.) Technological innovation for smart systems : 8th IFIP WG 5.5/SOCOLNET Advanced Doctoral Conference on Computing, Electrical and Industrial Systems, DoCEIS 2017, Costa de Caparica, Portugal, May 3-5, 2017, Proceedings, (pp. 175-182). Springer: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-56077-9_16

Sayed, M., Diaz Garcia,, J.C., & Alboul, L. (2016). Texture recognition using force sensitive resistors. In Alboul, L., Damian, D., & Aitken, J.M. (Eds.) Towards autonomous robotic systems, 17th Annual Conference, TAROS 2016, Sheffield, UK, June 26--July 1, 2016, Proceedings, (pp. 288-294). Springer International Publishing: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-40379-3_30

Janani, A.-.R., Alboul, L., & Penders, J. (2016). Multi robot cooperative area coverage, case study: spraying. In Alboul, L., Damian, D., & Aitken, J.M. (Eds.) Towards autonomous robotic systems : 17th annual conference, TAROS 2016, Sheffield, UK, June 26-July 1, 2016, Proceedings, (pp. 165-176). Springer: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-40379-3_17

Elyounnss, M., Holloway, A., Penders, J., & Alboul, L. (2016). Development of an intelligent robotic rein for haptic control and interaction with mobile machines. In Alboul, L., Damian, D., & Aitken, J.M. (Eds.) Towards autonomous robotic systems, 17th Annual Conference, TAROS 2016, Sheffield, UK, June 26--July 1, 2016, Proceedings, (pp. 111-115). Springer International Publishing: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-40379-3_11

Janani, A.-.R., Alboul, L., & Penders, J. (2016). Multi robot cooperative area coverage, case study: spraying. In Alboul, L., Damian, D., & Aitken, J.M. (Eds.) Towards autonomous robotic systems : 17th annual conference, TAROS 2016, Sheffield, UK, June 26-July 1, 2016, Proceedings, (pp. 165-176). Springer: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-40379-3_17

Sayed, M., Diaz Garcia,, J.C., & Alboul, L. (2016). Texture recognition using force sensitive resistors. In Alboul, L., Damian, D., & Aitken, J.M. (Eds.) Towards autonomous robotic systems, 17th Annual Conference, TAROS 2016, Sheffield, UK, June 26--July 1, 2016, Proceedings, (pp. 288-294). Springer International Publishing: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-40379-3_30

Elyounnss, M., Holloway, A., Penders, J., & Alboul, L. (2016). Development of an intelligent robotic rein for haptic control and interaction with mobile machines. In Alboul, L., Damian, D., & Aitken, J.M. (Eds.) Towards autonomous robotic systems, 17th Annual Conference, TAROS 2016, Sheffield, UK, June 26--July 1, 2016, Proceedings, (pp. 111-115). Springer International Publishing: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-40379-3_11

Singh, J., Bingham, P., Penders, J., & Manby, D. (2016). Effects of residual charge on the performance of electro-adhesive grippers. In Alboul, L., Damian, D., & Aitkens, J.M. (Eds.) Towards autonomous robotic systems. TAROS 2016, Sheffield, UK, June 26--July 1, 2016, Proceedings, (pp. 327-338). Springer International Publishing: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-40379-3_34

Ceccarelli, M., Cafolla, D., Wang, M., & Carbone, G. (2016). An overview of the ongoing humanoid robot project LARMbot. In Alboul, L., Damian, D., & Aitken, J.M. (Eds.) Towards autonomous robotic systems, 17th Annual Conference, TAROS 2016, Sheffield, UK, June 26--July 1, 2016, Proceedings, (pp. 53-64). Springer International Publishing: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-40379-3_6

Di Nuovo, A., Wang, N., Broz, F., Belpaeme, T., Jones, R., & Cangelosi, A. (2016). Experimental evaluation of a multi-modal user interface for a robotic service. In Alboul, L., Damien, D., & Aitken, J.M. (Eds.) Towards autonomous robotic systems, 17th Annual Conference, TAROS 2016, Sheffield, UK, June 26--July 1, 2016, Proceedings, (pp. 87-98). Springer International Publishing: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-40379-3_9

Janani, A.-.R., Alboul, L., & Penders, J. (2016). Multi-agent cooperative area coverage: case study ploughing. In AAMAS '16 Proceedings of the 2016 International Conference on Autonomous Agents & Multiagent Systems, (pp. 1397-1398). ACM and International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems: http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2937178

Cobb, T., Sayed, M., & Alboul, L. (2014). A method to construct low-cost superficial tactile array sensors. In Zhang, X., Liu, H., Chen, Z., & Wang, N. (Eds.) Intelligent robotics and applications : 7th International Conference, ICIRA 2014, Guangzhou, China, December 17-20, 2014, Proceedings, Part II, (pp. 453-462). Cham: Springer International Publishing: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-13963-0_46

Sayed, L.A.A., & Alboul, L. (2014). Vision system for robot's speed and position control. In 13th International Conference on Control Automation Robotics & Vision, ICARCV 2014, Singapore, December 10-12, 2014, (pp. 1010-1014). IEEE

Ghosh, A., Alboul, L., Penders, J., Jones, P.E., & Reed, H. (2014). Following a Robot using a Haptic Interface without Visual Feedback. In Seventh International Conference on Advances in Computer-Human Interactions, ACHI 2014, Barcelona, Spain, 23 March 2014 - 27 March 2014.

Beer, M., Alboul, L., Norling, E., & Wallis, P. (2012). Using Agents in Virtual Environments to Assist Controllers to Manage Multiple Assets. In Workshop on Cognitive Agents for Virtual Environments, AAMAS 2012, Valencia, Spain, 4 June 2012. http://www.staff.science.uu.nl/~dignu101/CAVE12/

Saez-Pons, J., Alboul, L., & Penders, J. (2011). Experiments in cooperative human multi-robot navigation. Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation. http://doi.org/10.1109/ICRA.2011.5980592

Alboul, L., & Chliveros, G. (2011). A system for reconstruction from point clouds in 3D: Simplification and mesh representation. In 11th International Conference on Control Automation Robotics and Vision (ICARCV), Singapore, Singapore, 2010 - 2010 (pp. 2301-2306). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers ( IEEE ): http://doi.org/10.1109/ICARCV.2010.5707901

Alboul, L., Abdul-Rahman, H., Haynes, P., Penders, J., & Tharin, J. (2010). An approach to multi-robot site exploration based on principles of self-organisation. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), 6425 (Part 2), 717-729. http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-16587-0_65

Alboul, L., Saez-Pons, J., Penders, J., & Nomdedeu, L. (2009). Challenges of the multi-robot team in the GUARDIANS project. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), 5928 LNAI, 112-125. http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-10817-4_11

Alboul, L., Saez-Pons, J., & Penders, J. (2008). Mixed human-robot team navigation in the GUARDIANS project. IEEE International Workshop on Safety, Security and Rescue Robotics, 95-101.

Echeverria, G., & Alboul, L. (2007). Decimation and smoothing of triangular meshes based on curvature from the polyhedral Gauss map. In International Symposium on Computational Modelling of Objects Represented in Images (CompIMAGE 2006), (pp. 175-180).

Alboul, L., Brink, W., & Rodrigues, M. (2006). Mesh optimisation based on Willmore energy. In 22nd European Workshop on Computational Geometry, Delphi, Greece, 27 March 2006 - 29 March 2006. http://cgi.di.uoa.gr/~ewcg06/index.php?sec=program

Rodrigues, M., Robinson, A., Alboul, L., & Brink, W. (2006). 3D modelling and recognition. In ISCGAV'06 Proceedings of the 6th WSEAS International Conference on Signal Processing, Computational Geometry and Artificial Vision, (pp. 72-76). World Scientific and Engineering Academy and Society (WSEAS): http://wseas.org/cms.action?id=4046

Robinson, A., Rodrigues, M.A., & Alboul, L. (2005). Producing animations from 3D face scans. Game-on 2005: 6th international conference on intelligent games and simulation, 57-64.

Alboul, L., Echeverria, G., & Rodrigues, M.A. (2005). Enhancing game physics using Gauss map computation. In Al-Akaidi, M., & Rhalibi, A.E. (Eds.) 6th international conference on intelligent games and simulation, De Montfort University, Leicester, England, 24 November 2005 - 25 November 2005 (pp. 47-51). Ghent: European simulation society

Alboul, L., & Echeverria, G. (2005). Polyhedral Gauss maps and curvature characterisation of triangle meshes. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), 3604 LNCS, 14-33. http://doi.org/10.1007/11537908_2

Robinson, A., Alboul, L., & Rodrigues, M. (2004). Methods for indexing stripes in uncoded structured light scanning systems. Journal of WSCG, 12 (3), 371-378. http://wscg.zcu.cz/wscg2004/wscg_program.htm#full

Penders, J., Alboul, L., & Rodrigues, M. (2004). Modelling interaction patterns and group behaviour in a three-robot team. In TAROS 2004 "Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems", Essex, UK, 6 September 2004 - 8 September 2004. http://www.iis.ee.ic.ac.uk/~taros05/taros04_proceedings_contents.htm

Alboul, L., Echeverria, G., & Rodrigues, M. (2004). Total absolute curvature as a tool for modelling curves and surfaces. In Seminar on Computational Geometry. http://www3.math.tu-berlin.de/geometrie/ps/ddgseminar.html

Alboul, L. (2003). Optimising triangulated polyhedral surfaces with self-intersections. In 10th IMA Conference on the Mathematics of Surfaces, Leeds, England, 15 September 2003 - 17 September 2003 (pp. 48-72).

Penders, J., Alboul, L., & Braspenning, P. (1994). Interaction Congenial Autonomous Robots. In Cohn, A.G. (Ed.) ECAI 94, Amsterdam. Wiley

Book chapters

Alboul, L., Beer, M., & Nisiotis, L. (2019). Merging Realities in Space and Time: Towards a New Cyber-Physical Eco-Society. In Dimitrova, M. (Ed.) Cyber-Physical Systems for Social Applications. IGI Global

Alboul, L., Beer, M., & Nisiotis, L. (2019). Merging realities in space and time. In Dimitrova, M. (Ed.) Cyber-physical systems for social applications. (pp. 156-183). IGI Global: http://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-5225-7879-6.ch007

Saez-Pons, J., Alboul, L., & Penders, J. (2011). Experiments in cooperative human multi-robot navigation. In Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2011 IEEE International Conference on. (pp. 5615-5621). IEEE Explore: http://doi.org/10.1109/ICRA.2011.5979769

Çayirpunar, O., Gazi, V., Tavli, B., Cervera, E., Withowski, U., & Penders, J. (2010). Experimental study on the effects of communication on cooperative search in complex environments. In Using Robots in Hazardous Environments: Landmine Detection, De-Mining and Other Applications. (pp. 535-556). http://doi.org/10.1533/9780857090201

Books

Aitken, J.M., Alboul, L., Damian, D., Prescott, T., & Penders, J. (2016). Preface.

Penders, J., Prescott, T., Groß, R., & Alboul, L. (2011). Preface. http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-23232-9

Reports

Penders, J., Alboul, L., Witkowski, U., Naghsh, A., Saez-Pons, J., Herbrechtsmeier, S., & El-Habbal, M. (2009). GUARDIANS final report part 1 (draft): a robot swarm assisting a human fire fighter. Sheffield Hallam University.

Theses / Dissertations

Ali, R. (2019). Bone Vibration Analysis as a Novel Screening Tool for Long Bone Fractures. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Alboul, L. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00223

Ochinanwata, N.H. (2019). Integrated Business Modelling for Developing Digital Internationalising Firms in Nigeria. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Alboul, L. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00169

Mbama, C. (2018). Digital banking services, customer experience and financial performance in UK banks. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Alboul, L., Beer, M., & Ezepue, P. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00112

Urama, T. (2018). Stochastic calculus and derivatives pricing in theNigerian stock market. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Alboul, L., Ezepue, P., & Penders, J. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00108

Sayed, M. (2016). Simulation-based functional evaluation of anthropomorphic artificial hands. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Alboul, L., & Penders, J.

Saez-Pons, J. (2011). Experiments in human multi-robot systems. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Alboul, L., Penders, J., Chliveros, G., & Naghsh, A.

Echeverria, G. (2007). The polyhedral Gauss map and discrete curvature measures in geometric modelling. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Alboul, L., & Rodrigues, M.

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