Personal webpage: Colin Campbell

Contact details:
Room 2.39, Merchant Venturer's Building,
University of Bristol,
Bristol BS8 1UB,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)117-33-15620
Fax: +44 (0)117-954-5208 (attn: Colin Campbell (EMAT))
Mobile: 07891-608-017

Brief Biography:

I gained a First Class Honours degree in Physics from Imperial College, London and a Doctorate from the Department of Mathematics, King's College, London, under the supervision of Prof. Peter West FRS. I am currently a Reader in the Merchant Venturer's School of Engineering, University of Bristol. For research purposes our group is a component part of the Intelligent Systems Laboratory at the University of Bristol, of which I'm currently Head. For teaching purposes I am associated with the Department of Engineering Mathematics. My research interests are machine learning, including probabilistic graphical models and kernel-based methods, algorithm design and the applications of machine learning techniques in bioinformatics, particularly medical bioinformatics. Our research is currently funded by the generous support of the the EPSRC and the Medical Research Council.

Recent Journal Papers

Book on kernel-based learning methods:

Learning with Support Vector Machines by Colin Campbell and Yiming Ying (Morgan and Claypool, 2011). This is a concise introduction to Support Vector Machines and kernel-based learning. It is available as an ebook from Morgan and Claypool or as hardcopy from Amazon or Waterstones. Introductory Lectures on Support Vector Machines, from the 6th International Summer School on Pattern Recognition, provide a shortened summary of some of the content of this book.

PhD Opportunities:

PhD funding for projects in our areas of interest is available from a number of sources:

  • The MRC-supported Bristol Centre for Systems Biomedicine (BCSBmed) with 5 studentships available per annum. This initiative supports PhD projects in bioinformatics and cancer informatics in addition to other research topics.
  • Departmental Training Awards (DTAs).
  • In addition there are further Bristol university scholarships for both UK/EU candidates and overseas (non-UK and non-EU) candidates.
  • Occasionally we also have other PhD studentships which are open to nationals of any country and are linked to a specific project.
  • Please email Dr. Campbell directly (C.Campbell(at) for further information.

    Postdoctoral Opportunities:

    For very well qualified candidates we support applications for Fellowship awards from a variety of research sponsors.

    Previous Group Members:

    Michael Ferlaino has moved to the Data Science Institute, University of Oxford. Yiming Ying is now Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, State University of New York at Albany. Kaizhu Huang is now Associate Professor at the National Laboratory of Pattern Recognition, The Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China. UK-based academic staff who are alumni of the group include Nello Cristianini, Professor at the University of Bristol, Simon Rogers (University of Glasgow) and Stephen Coombes, Professor at the University of Nottingham.

    Video lectures:

  • Various talks on kernel-based learning.
  • Past Workshops organised:

  • Cancer Bioinformatics Workshop, Cambridge, 2-4 September, 2010
  • Several NIPS Workshops on machine learning and bioinformatics.