Dr Safak Dogan
Senior Lecturer in Multimedia Technologies, Institute for Digital Technologies
Safak is a leading international researcher and lecturer in multimedia communications systems.
Safak is the Programme Director for a number of Institute for Digital Technologies programmes at Loughborough University London. He specialises in multimedia communication systems and has successfully managed several multi-national collaborative research projects and supervised research students in this area.
His research and teaching cover cloud technologies and systems, media processing over clouds, multimedia applications, smart and autonomous systems, and MSc dissertations.
Safak received a BSc Honours degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from the Istanbul Technical University, Turkey in 1995. He went on to complete an MSc in Satellite Communications Engineering and a PhD in Multimedia Communications Engineering at the University of Surrey in 1996 and 2001, respectively.
Prior to his appointment at Loughborough University London, he worked at the University of Surrey for thirteen years, initially as a Research Associate, then progressing onto a Senior Research Fellow, and subsequently a Lecturer.
Current research and collaborations
In addition to his continued work in digital media processing and adaptation, Safak's current research focuses on investigating mechanisms to realise smart and autonomous systems that can understand their environment through multi-sensor inputs for necessary reactions and devising a 3D video quality metric to enhance quality of user experience.
Current PhD / research supervisions
Safak has successfully supervised 4 PhD students to completion (graduated in 2008, 2011, 2013, and 2015) in digital media processing research, as well as 2 international short-term visiting PhD students for research collaborations on digital media content adaptation technologies.
Currently, he is supervising a Marie Skłodowska-Curie PhD student in smart environments and autonomous systems, and co-supervising an interdisciplinary PhD student exploring data mining and diplomacy. He is also continuing to co-supervise a PhD student at the University of Surrey, who is investigating a novel 3D video quality metric based on the human visual system specifics.
Interests and activities
Safak has been a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) since 1999. He is also a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.
He regularly peer-reviews a number of prestigious journals and international conferences in his research areas, and serves as an invited member of international conference technical programme committees.