Paul F.

Primary Department
School of Electronic Engineering
Full Professor
Phone number: 01 700
Glasnevin Campus
Room Number

Academic biography

Prof. Paul F Whelan (BEng MEng PhD) was appointed to the School of Electronic Engineering, Dublin City University in 1990 and is currently a Full Professor - Personal Chair (Computer Vision). Prior to that he held engnineering and management positions in industry (Westinghouse Electric Systems & Logistics (WESL), Industrial and Scientific Imaging (ISI)). Prof. Whelan found the Vision Systems Laboratory and its associated Vision Systems Group in 1990 and the Centre for Image Processing & Analysis in 2006. As well as publishing over 190 peer reviewed papers, Prof. Whelan has published 3 books including the edited collection Selected Papers on Industrial Machine Vision Systems (1994) and the monographs Intelligent Vision Systems for Industry (1997) and Machine Vision Algorithms in Java (2000). His research interests include image segmentation and analysis (specifically mathematical morphology, texture analysis) with applications in computer vision, industrial vision and medical imaging. He is a member of a range of computer vision related conference program committees and acts as a reviewer for the main computer/machine vision journals. He served on the IEE Irish centre committee (1999-2002) and as the national representative and member of the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR) governing board (1998-2007), a member of the International Federation of Classification Societies (IFCS) council and the inaugural President (1998-2007) of the Irish Pattern Recognition and Classification Society. He was the DCU institutional nominee on the Royal Irish Academy Committee for Engineering Sciences (2009-2013). Prof Whelan has filed 7 patents since 2007 and was the winner of the DCU INVENT (ICT/Engineering Section) Invention Disclosure Award in 2007 & 2008 and the a DCU INVENT commercialisation award for Jaliko Ltd in 2010. Prof. Whelan has successfully developed a royalty bearing licenses of his biomedical technology, along with a spin-out company focusing on the removal of aberrations in digital imaging systems. He served as an elected member (Professorial panel) of DCU Governing Authority (2006-2011) and was winner of the Presidents Research Award 2010/2011. Prof. Whelan's professional and personal achievements were recognised by the DCU Alumni Council (Alumni Wall) in 2014. For full details on Prof Whelan and his work (including a full publications listing and taught module details) please refer to

Research interests

Image Processing and Analysis, Computer / Machine Vision, Medical Imaging [Computer Aided Detection and Diagnosis], Systems Engineering.