Dr Martin J. Turner
Relationship Manager, Supporting Research IT
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"When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong." Arthur C. Clarke (1918-2008)
"A fool ... is a man who has never tried an experiment in his life" Erasmus Darwin (1731-1802)
Dr Martin Turner emphasises on research and services for Video, Computation and Visualization. Currently he is a research Relationship Manager in the University of Manchester with overlapping secondments include being Visualisation Director for the Harwell Imaging Partnership (HIP) at STFC/RAL and as a Visualisation Group Leader within the Scientific Computing Division in STFC/DL. Related to e-Science and Grid infrastructure he has worked as project manager for numerous RCUK and JISC funded VRE, video and data rojects. In terms of national service he has been manager of the NW spoke for the JISC funded vizNET (National Visualization Support Network), the JANET(UK) VTAS (Video Technology Advisory Service) and project links with the JISC National Grid Service. He has worked on the management and development of novel web-based Visualization portals for specific video conferencing systems (EPSRC OMII-UK), economics census data (NCeSS funded), as well as a Linguistic avatar based Virtual Campus.
As a service has managed the internal High Performance Visualization machines for the University, as well as coordinated extreme power-viz systems, via commercial interest through notably Cybernet Systems Inc. Research interests and keynote talks cover a broad background, specialising in many Visualization and Mathematical topics associated with video, image and signal creation, analysis, processing and presentation. This has resulted in a short-term Fellowship with British Telecom, a published book Fractal Geometry in Digital Imaging by Academic Press, a series of editorial roles, as well as over 100 other peer reviewed publications; and he has supervised to completion sixteen successful MPhil/PhD students. Teaching has covered all academic levels from undergraduate to postgraduate; and he is an Honorary Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Manchester, emphasizing at the MSc and PhD level. He is a University EIM (Emergency Incident Manager) and has completed the Headstart University Leadership Training scheme.
He is a member of the BCS, IEEE, IMA (CMath MIMA CSci), EG and an Executive Member and past treasurer of the Eurographics UK Chapter, as well as one of the founding members of the Manchester ACM SIGGRAPH Professional Chapter.
Relationship Manager Roles
- Grant applications / Research data management plans
- Data management and life cycle
- System continuity and support after grant ends
- High performance computing
- Storage Needs
- Network Creations (people and systems)
- RSE applications
- Meet with any research groups/ PI’s
- Attend research group meetings and to make aware of IT services
- Deal with any current research issues/support
Can link as an academic, researcher or technical role;
- For new RC or EU projects
- On exiting projects and act in a supervisory capabilities
Focused Funded Projects
Involved with a series of visualization and video projects through various funding agencies. A key component is to create a longitudinal research support system, coordinated around
- various inter-related research projects in visualization and video technologies as well as
This is through multiple projects integrating with real user needs. A few old examples are listed here:
PAG - the Portlet Access Grid project "allowing video conferencing everywhere (or at least where there is good networking)"
CREW - Virtual Research Environment designed to record and annotate Collaborative Research Events on the Web.
PEPS - Parallel Express Projects, aiming to create systems for PowerViz users requiring maximum visualisation performance of cluster and shared memory systems. Related is an EPSRC funded X-Ray Imaging project with Materials Science.
e-Dance - in the academic field of dance this project aims to capture and document the incremental development of ideas and their material manifestation in the creative process within practice-led research.
RACE - start-up repository holding Access Grid material with related meta-data.
Image Processing - Various Image processing based projects in association with aerospace reconnaissance.
Books and Proceedings
Geographic Visualization: Concepts, Tools and Applications by Martin Dodge, Mary McDerby, Martin Turner (Eds) Wiley/Blackwell Pub. 2008
This volume of edited chapters was produced with support from many national and international contributors, as well as organisational and funding bodies including; NCeSS, vizNET, JISC, CCSR, ESRC, University of Nottingham, UCL – Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis and the University of Manchester. Review from the International Journal of Geographical Information Science.
Fractal Geometry in Digital Imaging by Martin Turner, Jonathan Blackledge and Patrick Andrews, Academic Press 1998
This book presents the analysis of textured images using fractal geometry, and discusses its application to imaging science and computer vision when modeling natural objects. The authors explore the methods which can be used to simulate, analyze, and interpret coherent images, and demonstrate a new approach which segments each image into regions of similarity that can be characterized by a random fractal with a given fractal dimension. Until relatively recently (i.e. the last 200 years), nearly all concepts of geometry - once a cornerstone of mathematics - were based on Greek geometry,...
Paradata and Transparency in Virtual Heritage (Digital Research in the Arts and Humanities) by Anna Bentkowska-Kafel, Hugh Denard and Drew Baker (1 Feb 2012)
Martin Turner Lies, damn lies and visualization: Will Metadata and Paradata be a Solution or a Curse? book chapter 12 in Paradata. Intellectual Transparency in Historical Visualization A volume of essays for the AHRC ICT Methods Network series, Digital Arts and Humanities, Ashgate Publishers.
Research in a Connected World, Eds Alex Voss, Elizabeth Vander Meer, David Freeman (Dec 2009)
Martin Turner Visualization Matters Module Chapter in Research in a Connected World, Eds Alex Voss, Elizabeth Vander Meer, David Freeman (ebook http://cnx.org/content/col10677/1.12), December 2009.
Image Processing III: Mathematical Methods, Algorithms and Applications by Jonathan Blackledge and Martin Turner (Eds) Horwood Publishing Ltd (1 Jan 2002)
"This economically priced book focuses on the best practices in hardware, software and advanced imaging systems. Industrial and scientific applications cover digital communications, remote sensing, astro-physics, computer science, pattern recognition, medical technology, telecommunication, virtual reality, fingerprint identification and cinematography. Here is an account of world research recording the IMA conference Image Processing III held in 2000 at De Montfort University, Leicester on behalf of The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, co-sponsored by The Institute of Physics and The Institute of Electrical Engineers. Authorities from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Belgium, France, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Georgia, South Africa, Singapore, USA and Australia Economically priced, this important and authoritative resource book for research and study cites over 360 references to the literature, and is copiously illustrated with some 340 photographs and diagrams."
Fractal Geometry: Mathematical Methods, Algorithms, Applications (Horwood Mathematics and Applications Series) by Jonathan Blackledge, Allan Evans and Martin Turner (Eds) Horwood Publishing Ltd (2002)
"International authorities from Canada, Denmark, England, Germany, Russia and South Africa focus on up-to-date-research on fractal geometry and the best practices in software, theoretical mathematical algorithms, and analysis. They address the rich panoply of manifold applications of fractal geometry available for study and research in science and industry: i.e., remote sensing, mapping, texture creations, pattern recognition, image compression, aeromechanical systems, cryptography and financial analysis. Economically priced, this important and authoritative reference source for research and study cites over 230 references to the literature, copiously illustrated with over 320 diagrams and photographs. The book is published for The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, co-sponsored with The Institute of Physics and The Institution of Electrical Engineers."
Digital Image Processing: Mathematical Methods, Algorithms and Applications Jonathan Blackledge and Martin Turner (Eds) Horwood Publishing Ltd (1 Feb 2000)
"This work presents an up-to-date record of international research on image restoration on the interaction of image processing as it relates to mathematical modelling. It covers in great detail its reconstruction and restoration, image comprehension, fractals and wavelets, pattern recognition and image understanding. The level is appropriate for advanced study and advanced research for applied mathematicians, computer scientists, electrical and electro-mechanical engineers, and scientists working in IT, remote sensing, medical imaging, vision systems, spectroscopy, virtual reality, military technology, electro-optics, biochemistry and cartigraphy."
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