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Strange, Harry
University College London
London, United Kingdom
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Currently working as a research fellow at Aberystwyth University, Harry Strange’s main interests lie in the fields of medical imaging, computer vision, and machine learning. Of particular interest is the development and application of manifold learning algorithms—statistical methods that help to understand and analyze high-dimensional spaces. His recent book, Open Problems in Spectral Dimensionality Reduction (Springer), seeks to provide an overview and discussion of the area of manifold learning. It allows researchers who are new to the field to quickly get up to speed and understand the strengths and limitations of manifold learning. As well as this, Harry works closely with clinicians and other biomedical researchers looking at the application of computer vision to areas such as fibrinogen segmentation, wheat CT imaging, and topological analysis of medical images.

Harry’s current role focuses on engaging clinicians with academics by providing workshops and meetings that help build capacity for future collaborations and grants. Before taking up his post as a research fellow, Harry worked as a post-doctoral research assistant focusing on novel methods for segmenting and analyzing mammographic and histopathology images. This work led to the development of techniques that improved the segmentation accuracy of high-risk mammograms and also provided new ways of representing and classifying mammographic microcalcifications. Within the field of histopathology, Harry’s research has focused on developing new tools to help pathologists analyze muscle biopsy cases.

Outside of academia, Harry is an avid reader and enjoys nothing better than a single malt, an open fire, and a good biography. He is married to Joanna, and they currently live in a converted stable just outside of Aberystwyth.

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- 10 of 18 reviews

   Twenty lectures on algorithmic game theory
Roughgarden T.,  Cambridge University Press, New York, NY, 2016. 352 pp. Type: Book (978-1-316624-79-1)

I often find myself deliberately avoiding books that are based on university courses. In my experience, such books tend to feel rushed and thrown together rather than carefully planned out. So it was with some trepidation that I sat down to read T...

Jul 27 2017  
   Search and optimization by metaheuristics: techniques and algorithms inspired by nature
Du K., Swamy M.,  Birkhäuser Basel, New York, NY, 2016. 434 pp. Type: Book (978-3-319411-91-0)

Search and optimization algorithms form the backbone of most modern artificial intelligence (AI) techniques. Many of the algorithms that follow the traditional path of AI use search to find optimal (or near optimal) solutions to a given problem. M...

Jun 27 2017  
  Atari to Zelda: Japan’s videogames in global contexts
Consalvo M.,  The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2016. 272 pp. Type: Book (978-0-262034-39-5)

It is becoming increasingly important for researchers to critically engage with video games since they are widely believed to be the fastest-growing form of media over the coming years. One facet of this engagement is attempting to understand how ...

Apr 13 2017  
   Robots and art: exploring an unlikely symbiosis
Herath D., Kroos C., Stelarc .,  Springer International Publishing, New York, NY, 2016. 456 pp. Type: Book

For many people, the term “robotic art” would bring to mind machines in front of easels, attempting to paint what they have been programmed to paint, but perhaps failing because they do not have the creativity that is latent in the cre...

Apr 11 2017  
  Machines of loving grace: the quest for common ground between humans and robots
Markoff J.,  HarperCollins Publishers, New York, NY, 2016. 400 pp. Type: Book (978-0-062266-69-9)

There is little doubt that we are experiencing a resurgence of interest in artificial intelligence (AI). Most new household appliances are advertised as being “smart,” and we all carry in our pockets phones that can provide intelligent...

Mar 2 2017  
   Introduction to statistical machine learning
Sugiyama M.,  Morgan Kaufmann Publishers Inc., San Francisco, CA, 2016. 534 pp. Type: Book, Reviews: (1 of 2)

Recently, I found myself giving an impromptu book review to someone in the bookshop near to my office. I noticed that a man was browsing through a book on machine learning that I had purchased a few months ago. I won’t mention the name of th...

Jan 11 2017  
   Proofs from THE BOOK (5th ed.)
Aigner M., Ziegler G.,  Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated, New York, NY, 2014. 308 pp. Type: Book (978-3-662442-04-3)

In a 2006 interview for the Guardian newspaper [1], mathematician Marcus du Sautoy said the following: “[Mathematics] has beauty and romance. It’s not a boring place to be, the mathematical world. It’s an extraordinary pla...

Mar 20 2015  
   Quantitative finance: an object-oriented approach in C++
Schlögl E.,  Chapman & Hall/CRC, Boca Raton, FL, 2013. 354 pp. Type: Book (978-1-584884-79-8)

I should state at the outset that I am not a “quant.” My interest in quantitative finance is purely recreational rather than professional. I have been fascinated by the world of quantitative finance ever since I read Emanuel DermanR...

Mar 4 2015  
  Linkography: unfolding the design process
Goldschmidt G.,  The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2014. 216 pp. Type: Book (978-0-262027-19-9)

“Designing is a structured process that can be explained and analyzed ... it is not pure magic.” Upon reading this statement by Goldschmidt I initially balked. Although I am a computer scientist by trade, I come from a family of artist...

Dec 24 2014  
  Introduction to R for quantitative finance
Daróczi G., Puhle M., Berlinger E., Csóka P., Havran D., Michaletzky M., Tulassay Z., Véradi K., Vidovics-Dancs A.,  Packt Publishing, Birmingham, UK, 2013. 164 pp. Type: Book (978-1-783280-93-3)

I am not a “quant” by trade; in fact, I have very little background in economics and finance. So why am I reviewing a book on quantitative finance? Well, I have always had a real fascination with finance and the analysis of financial m...

Oct 14 2014  
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