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15th November 2010, 10:39am  (updated 15th November 2010, 10:47am)
Lincoln appoints pioneer of 'CSI' technology
Professor Nigel Allinson Nigel Allinson has been appointed Distinguished Professor of Image Engineering at the University of Lincoln.

The internationally-renowned academic, whose research has led to major breakthroughs in many aspects of imaging technology, from recording x-ray images of proteins to the streaming of video over the internet, joins the University in January.

He is currently Professor of Image Engineering at the University of Sheffield and has previously held posts at UMIST, York and Keele during his 30 year career in academia. Prof Allinson has also just been awarded visiting chair at the Department of Materials, Oxford.

His high profile forensic science projects within the criminal justice system and homeland security include using computer imaging to identify criminals by their shoeprints, and speeding up the transmission of fingerprint information from crime scenes to police bureaux, reducing the time to achieve an identification from days to minutes. This technology is currently in use with three-quarters of UK police forces.

Prof Allinson has made major advancements in medical imaging, in particular improving the detection and treatment of diseases such as cancer through the real-time monitoring of tumours while patients receive radiotherapy, and leading teams to develop some of the world's largest imaging devices for radiology.

On his appointment Prof Allinson said: "I've always liked to take on challenges and I like the freedom in evidence at Lincoln. I think there are opportunities here that would be impossible to find elsewhere."

Prof Allinson has enjoyed a wealth of commercial successes. In 2006 he was rated as the Times Higher Education's top academic entrepreneur; he has won Oxford Venturefest; and he has co-founded five spin-out companies.

He is also a Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the European X-ray Free Electron Laser at Hamburg (currently the largest scientific new facility in Europe), external board member of the STFC Centre for Instrumentation, international panel member for the Hong Kong University Grants Committee Research Assessment Exercise, judge for The Royal Television Society Awards, member of the management committee of the International Research Centre 'Al-Khwarizmi' in Uzbekistan, member of EPSRC College, and panel member and chair, and member of the UK-USA Bilateral Group on security issues.

Vice Chancellor of the University of Lincoln Professor Mary Stuart said: "Nigel is at the forefront of his field and we are very excited that he will be joining our growing team of world-leading researchers in science, engineering and technology."

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