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Dr Chunbo Luo

Senior Lecturer in Computer Science


Telephone: 01392 725725

Extension: (Streatham) 5725


Quick updates:

  • 中国国家留学基金委和英国埃克塞特大学合作奖学金(博士生项目)The University of Exeter is now offering 50 CSC full PhD scholarships to Chinese students in this 2020-2021 round. If you are intrested to apply, please contact me via email - Link
  • Proud of Mingtao Fu, who has made an extraordinary donation of 3000 facemasks to help Hospiscare doctors and nurses in Devon during the COVID-19 crisis (Exeter postgraduate researcher is Hospiscare Hero). Mingtao is jointly supervised by Engineering expert Dr Miying Yang and me.



His research interests are around collaborative autonomous systems (e.g. sensors, autonomous vehicles, UAVs), with a focus on model-based techniques and machine learning models. 

Some industrial projects I have worked on include:

  • Machine learing for malware prediction, funded by EPSRC and BT for a PhD project, Principal Investigator, 2019-2023. In collaboration with Selina Wong from BT, to predict and mitigate future threats from malware.
  • Detect very small objects from infrared images, Principal Investigator, 2015-2017. In collaboration with UWS, the outcome of this project won a Knowledge Transfer Award. It developed and successfully demonstrated deep learning models to detect small objects in images with high accuracy. This project is a winner of the 2018 Scottish Knowledge Transfer Award!

Some recent research projects include:

  • 2021-2024, EU H2020, INITIATE: Intelligent and Sustainable Aerial-Terrestrial IoT Networks, CoI
  • 2020-2022, NERC, SENSUM:  smart SENSing of landscapes Undergoing hazardous hydrogeologic Movement, CoI
  • 2018-2023, with PML, ESA Dragon 4, DeepWater: Remote sensing and DEEP learning for early warning of WATER quality hazardsPI
  • 2017-2021, NERC, BigFoot: BIG data methods for improving windstorm FOOTprint prediction, CoI
  • 2017-2019, Royal society: Energy-Efficient High-Performance Computing Architecture Solutions for Powerful Big Data Processing, CoI
  • Feasibility study on a fully deployable resilient flooding predicting, monitoring and response system, 2016-2017, ADR funding.
  • China UK Technology Innovation Centre Workshop 2016 (with Prof G Parr, University of East Anglia, and other 7 UK universities, Prof W Chen of Tsinghua University, Shanghai Jiaotong University and other 3 China research institutes, as well as Prof N Azarmi BT and other 4 industrial partners). Link
  • ESRC: IAA Social Policy Network: Building Digital Identities: A Scoping Study, CoI, 2017. LinkReport
  • Exeter-Tsinghua Outward Mobility Academic Fellowship, 2016. 
  • Royal Society of Edinburgh: Flood Detection and Monitoring using Hyperspectral Remote Sensing from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Co-I, 2015-217.
  • EU H2020: SELFNET, UWS Co-I, 2015-2017.
  • RCUK Digital Economy: A Pilot Study on a Fully Deployable Cooperative Unmanned Aerial Vehicles System for Flooding Prediction, Monitoring and Response Services, PI, 2015-2016.
  • Royal Society, NSFC: Research on Multiple UAV Cooperation for Marine Oil Spill Detection, PI, 2013-2015. 


Prospective PhD and Master students

Highly motivated postgraduate students are welcome to apply for PhDs. I am offering to supervise self-funded PhD students in the areas of:

  • Robust and trusful machine learning
  • Learning from small samples, few shots
  • Reinforcement learning for UAVs
  • UAV swarm intelligence

PhD studentships may be offered, e.g. 

  • China Scholarship Council and University of Exeter Full PhD Scholarships Link (Happy to provide supports to your application after our initial discussion and assessment. Please send me an email if you are interested.)
  • More PhD Studentship opportunities at Exeter. Link


  • Algorithms that changed the world;
  • Outside the box, Computer Science research and applications;
  • The C family languages


Third year/MSc student project examples

  • Patients Waiting Time Prediction for NHSquicker, Yuchen Zhu, Computer Science MSc project award winner!
  • Video search (searching an object such as a red car from video clips)
  • Infrared video analyses of egg spawning of weakly electric blunt nose knifefishes
  • Block-chain based systems for combating VAT fraud, and trustful weather data management
  • Fall detection of senior people at care homes using deep learning methods 
  • Prediction and Visulisation of Air Quality in the UK