Dr Sharib Ali

Dr Sharib Ali


I obtained my PhD in image analysis (awarded in 01/2016) from the University of Lorraine from CNRS - CRAN laboratory at Nancy, France, where I was involved in the development of robust computer vision algorithms for monitoring bladder cancer progression by accurately creating mosaics of endoscopic videos. The key element in this work was to enable computer to match reliable features based on frame motion and perform mosaicking of the surface under observation (Thesis here). I did my master’s by research in Computer Vision from University of Burgundy, France (2010-2012). My master’s thesis was on “Retinal image analysis from fundus imaging”, which was a collaborative project between Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA and Le2I, Le Creusot at the University of Bourgogne.

Prior to joining Leeds as University lecturer, I worked as a post-doctoral research associate at the Department of Engineering ScienceeUniversity of Oxford. I currently hold a visiting fellow position at the University of Oxford. During my post-doc term there, I designed robust models for computer assisted endoscopy in gastroenterology, especially the oesophagus. The work resulted in several high-quality publication and two patents (filed/submitted). The project was a part of NIHR Oxford biomedical research centre imaging theme on Computer aided endoscopy for Barrett’s oesophagus, for which I worked in close collaboration with consultant gastroenterologists from the Oxford NHS University Hospitals, At Oxford, I am currently co-supervising two DPhil students.

Previously, I also did a post doc at Biomedical and Computer vision group of Prof. Karl Rohr at the University of Heidelberg and DKFZ, Germany. During my work there I collaborated extensively with neuroscience researchers (led by Prof. Katrin Amunts) and physicists (led by Markus Axer) at Forschungszentrum, Jülich, Germany. I designed mathematically plausible phyics-based deformable multi-modal image registraiton techinque that allowed for precise 3D reconstruction of ultra high resolution (1.3um) 2D histology brain images between CCD acquired image and high-throughput polarized light microscopy (more info here).

I have worked as researcher in different capacities in leading research teams in France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland and the UK. I am an initiator and lead organiser of series of endoscopic computer vision challenge that started in 2019 (follow-us here).  Together with Prof. Adrien Bartoli and colleagues, I have intiatiated P2ILF challenge at the MICCAI 2022. I am also organising member of 1st Workshop on Cancer Prevention through early detecTion workshop at MICCAI 2022. I am a founding member of NAAMII, Kathmandu, Nepal and holds a volunteering adjunct research scientist position to train selected students from LMIC listed countries (more info here). I have supervised several research interns and currently supervising/co-supervising PhD students on topics around artificial intelligence for endoscopic, surgical vision and pathology:

I lead Artificial Intelligence in medicine and surgery (AIMS) group

I also supervise/support LMIC students as volunteer position at NAAMII, Nepal.

I am actively involved in reviewiewing for several international journals (e.g., nature communication, IEEE TMI, Medical Image Analysis, Pattern Recognition..), and conferences (MICCAI, IEEE ISBI, IPCAI, ICPR..). I also serve as chair and panel member for international conferences and workshops. I have published in major journals and conferences including medical image analysis, pattern recognition, IEEE TNLLS, CVIU, Scientific reports, MICCAI conference, IEEE ISBI, IEEE EMBC, ICPR, and more. 

Public activitiy (available on Spotify): My recent podcast interview highlighting the need for multi-modality, multi-center approach for tackling generalisability and bias in AI for medical image analysis


  • Teaching/Research

Research interests

My research interest lies in solving computer vision and image processing related problems which includes building new mathematical models and implementation of the methods for both research purposes and practical use. I mostly work around applications in endoscopy, histology imaging, and other biomedical imaging. I am keen towards learning about new technologies and open to meeting new people, establishing interesting and innovative collaborations (both academia and industry), mentoring students and looking forward for new and exciting opportunities.

I have an extensive experience in building cutting edge computer vision technologies for object detection, semantic segmentation, image restoration, depth estimation, optical flow, image registration and 3D reconstruction. I have developed tools in these topics with both classical mathematical models and deep learning models. I am a passionate researcher with knowledge, energy and enthusiasm to contribute towards healthcare technologies that can benefit patients and assist clinicians around the world. I am a promotor of translational research and equality in access to digital healthcare for all. 

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  • PhD in medical image analysis from University of Lorraine, France
  • MSc in Computer Vision (by research), University of Dijon, France

Professional memberships

  • IEEE
  • MICCAI Society

Student education

Artificial Intelligence

Deep Learning


Current postgraduate researchers

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