Name Dr Kevan Buckley
Job Title Head of Computer Science
Faculty Faculty of Science and Engineering
School School of Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject(s) Mathematics and Computer Science
Tel 01902 321836

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Dr Buckley started out his academic career as a Computer Science Undergraduate at Teesside Polytechnic where he really enjoyed subjects such as programming, formal methods and compiler design. However, when he graduated he felt that he needed more experience in hardware so pursued an MSc in Systems Engineering at University of Wales, Cardiff, and elected to do as much robotics and control systems study as possible. This opened up the opportunity to stay on for postgraduate research in applying artificial intelligence and optimisation techniques to geometry problems relating to the complex robotic manipulators used to service nuclear power stations.


Around the time of completing his PhD the Cardiff Manufacturing Engineering Centre was launched out of the Intelligent Systems Laboratory and Dr Buckley joined as a research associate working on a number of European funded projects supporting the technical Computer Science aspects of the work. After 3 years of postdoctoral work, he moved to the midlands and began a lectureship in Computer Science at Wolverhampton. In 2005, he was promoted to a Principal Lecturer and from the merger of the School of Computing and IT with the School of Engineering and Built Environment was Head of Learning and Teaching. On the formation of the Faculty of Science he became Head of School of Mathematics and Computer Science. His current role is Head of Computer Science.

He continues to teach Software Engineering and High Performance Computing and is an active researcher in several areas.

  • Computer Programming and Software Engineering
  • High Performance Computing
  • Computer Graphics
  • Machine Vision
  • Robotics
  • Computational Geometry
  • Application of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to complex application domains
  • Coursework generation and formative assessment software

Dr Buckley’s PhD, “Techniques for Geometry Control of Kinematically Redundant Manipulators”, looked at the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Numerical Optimisation techniques to the complex robotic manipulators used to service and decommission nuclear power stations. More than twenty years later he is now working on applying techniques that were beyond the capabilities of computing in 1996 to similar problems that are still of interest with the increasing demand for the development of intelligent machines to operate in hostile, dynamic environments such as nuclear, undersea and space. His is currently working on applying reinforcement learning and techniques based on cellular automata to these areas.

Whilst at Wolverhampton Dr Buckley has pursued a seemingly diverse array of research topics. However, they are all drawn together with a common facet, the application of AI to complex problems. This has led his research to produce outputs and PhD completions in application areas including Civil Engineering and Construction, Forensic Science and Social Media.

The pinnacle of his research at Wolverhampton has been with the Statistical Cybermetrics Group , that whilst working on the Cyberemotions project was included in the REF2014 submission that scored most highly in the University.

Building towards a REF2021 submission in the unit of assessment for Computer Science, Dr Buckley is a member of the Wolverhampton Cyber Research Institute leading one the three pillars of research focusing on AI.

In the role of Academic Supervisor, Dr Buckley successfully completed a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) in the area of intelligent control systems for LED lighting. This led to a larger than anticipated study of Cyber-physical Systems (Internet of Things) and the implementation of measures to make them secure.

Dr Buckley is Academic Supervisor on a follow-on KEEN project that is currently extending the previous work to include a range of sensors with the ambition of developing a suite of products that can transform buildings into smart buildings.

Another KTP, has been approved for Dr Buckley to supervise. It will apply deep learning artificial intelligence to the generation of decision support systems in the area of service accounting.

In 2017 Dr Buckley launched the Computer Science Motivated Inventors Club aimed at introducing children and their parents to the latest exciting technology and giving them access to facilities such as 3D printing that they would not normally have and enable them to explore and develop their creative ideas. Projects have ranged from controlling the colour of lights in the room based on tweets to interactive electronic jewelery. Looking to the future, COSMIC will look at projects to explore how artificial intelligence can be used to augment our everyday living environment.

Artefacts (gadgets and other creations) from COSMIC will be available to try at Scifest.

Dr Buckley has supervised to completion 12 PhD projects in the areas described in his research profile. He is interested in supervising doctoral students in the following areas:

  • Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Intelligent Systems
  • Cyber-physical Systems and Internet of Things
  • Robotics
  • Machine Vision
  • Application of Computer Science techniques and technology to other disciplines
  • High Performance Computing and Parallelism
  • Cellular Automata, Fractals and other Complex Systems

If you would like to pursue research and have already completed a degree or postgraduate qualification in a relevant discipline please make contact through this web page.

  • Yu, Z., Yang, S., Sillitoe, I. and Buckley, K. A., Towards a Scalable Hardware/Software Co-Design Platform for Real-time Pedestrian Tracking Based on a ZYNQ-7000 Device. In: 2nd International Conference on Consumer Electronics Asia (ICCE ASIA 2017), Bengaluru, India, 5-7 Oct 2017
  • Ahmed, A. M., Buckley, K. A., Moreton, R., Elmaghraby, A., “A Serious Game Prototype to Encourage Citizens to Use e-Government in Libya”, in Innovation and the Public Sector, Vol 23:241-248, ISBN 978-1-61499-669-9, IoS Press, 2016
  • Matthew, O., · Buckley, K.A. · Garvey, M., · Moreton, R., “Multi-Tenant Database Framework Validation and Implementation into an Expert System”. International Journal of Advanced Studies in Computer Science and Engineering. Volume 5, Issue 8, August 2016
  • Matthew, O., · Buckley, K.A. · Garvey, M., “A Framework for Multi-Tenant Database Adoption based on the Influencing Factors”, International Journal of Information Technology and Computer Science, (IJITCS), ISSN Print: 2074-9007, Volume 8, Number 3, March 2016
  • Matthew, O., · Buckley, K.A. · Garvey, M., “Statistical Analysis of Factors that Influences the Evaluation and Adoption of Multi-Tenant Databases”, International Journal of Computer Trends and Technology (IJCTT), Volume-37 Number-2, 2016
  • Wood, K., Buckley, K.A.,  “Reality Vs Hype – Does Cloud Computing Meet the Expectations of SMEs?”, 5th International Conference on Cloud Computing and Services Science, 20-22HR068 , May, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Matthew, O.., Garvey M., Buckley, K.A., “Predicting the impact of the factors that influence the adoption of multi-tenant databases”, International Conference On Computer And Information Science And Technology(CIST’15); 05/2015
  • A. Chmiel, J. Sienkiewicz, G. Paltoglou, , K. Buckley, M. Skowron, M. Thelwall, A. Kappas, J. A. Hołyst. In:N. Agarwal,.T.Wigard, “Collective Emotions Online“, Online Collective Action: Dynamics of the Crowd in Social Media, Lecture Notes in Social Networks Series, Springer International Publishing, pages 59-74, 2014
  • Kenekayoro, P., Buckley, K., Thelwall,·M., "Hyperlinks as inter-university collaboration indicators", Journal of Information Science40(4), 2014
  • Kenekayoro, P., Buckley, K., Thelwall·M., "Clustering research group website homepages" Scientometrics 102(3), 2014
  • Kenekayoro, P., Buckley, K., Thelwall M., "Automatic classification of academic web page types", Scientometrics, 101(2), 2014
  • Kenekayoro, P., Buckley, K. , Thelwall, M., “Motivation for hyperlink creation using inter-page relationships“,The 14th. Conference of the International Society for Scientometrics and. Informetrics (ISSI), Vienna, Austria, 2013
  • Thelwall, M., & Buckley, K. (2013). Topic-based sentiment analysis for the Social Web: The role of mood and issue-related words. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 64(8), 1608–1617
  • Paltoglou, G., Buckley, K., Subjectivity annotation of the Microblog 2011, Realtime Adhoc relevance judgements. In ECIR 2013: 35th European  Conference on Information Retrieval, pages 344 - 355,  2013
  • Thelwall, M., Buckley, K.A., Paltoglou, G., Skowron, M., Garcia, D,, Gobron, S., Ahn, J.,  Kappas, A.,  Küster, D., Holyst, J.A., “Damping Sentiment Analysis in Online Communication: Discussions, Monologs and Dialogs”, Computational Linguistics and Intelligent Text Processing ,Lecture Notes in Computer Science Volume 7817, 2013, pp 1-12
  • Thelwall, M., Buckley, K.,”Topic-based sentiment analysis for the Social Web: The role of mood and issue-related words.” Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, Volume 64, Issue 8, pages 1608–1617, August 2013
  • Kenekayoro,P.,  Buckley,K.  and  Thelwall,M, “Motivation for Hyperlink Creation Using Inter-Page Relationships”, ISSI 2013 - 14th International Conference on Scientometrics and Informetrics, 15-19 July 2013
  • Kenekayoro,P.,  Buckley,K.  and  Thelwall,M., “Fuzzy  Clustering  of  UK  Computer  Science Departments”,  IADIS European Conference on Data Mining (DM). Lisbon, 21-July-2012. 
  • Ahn, J., Borowiec, A., Buckley, K, Cai, D., Chmiel, A, Czaplicka, A., Dabrowski, G., Garas, A., Garcia, D., Gobron, S, Hillmann, R., Holyst, J, Kappas, A., Küster, D., Mitrovic, M., Paltoglou, G., Pirker, H., Rank, S., Schweitzer, F., Sienkiewicz, J, “CYBEREMOTIONS - Collective Emotions in Cyberspace”, Procedia CS 7: 221-222 ,2011
  • Sobkowicz, P., Thelwall, M., Buckley, K., Paltaglou, G., & Sobkowicz, A. (2013). Lognormal distributions of user post lengths in Internet discussions - a consequence of the Weber-Fechner law? EPJ Data Science, 2:2, doi:10.1140/epjds14
  • Weroński, P., Sienkiewicz, J., Paltoglou, G., Buckley, K., Thelwall, M., Hołyst, J.A., "Emotional Analysis of Blogs and Forums Data", Acta Physica Polonica A, 121, B-128-B132, 2012
  • Chmiel, A., Sienkiewicz, J., Thelwall, M., Paltoglou, G., Buckley, K., Kappas, A. & Hołyst, J.A.: "Collective emotions online and their influence on community life", PLoS ONE, Vol. 6, No. 7., 2011
  • Chmiel A., Sobkowicz P., Sienkiewicz J., Paltoglou G., Buckley K., Thelwall M., Hołyst J.A.: "Negative emotions boost user activity at BBC forum", Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, 390 (16): 2936-2944, 2011
  • Thelwall, M., Buckley, K.,  Paltoglou, G.,. Sentiment strength detection for the social Web. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 63(1), 163-173., 2012
  • Thelwall, M., Buckley, K., & Paltoglou, G., "Sentiment in Twitter events. Journal of the Americn Society for Information Science and Technology, 62(2), 406-418. , 2011
  • Thelwall, M., Buckley, K., Paltoglou, G., Cai, D., Kappas, A.: Sentiment "Strength detection in short informal text", Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 61(12): 2544-2558, 2010
  • Paltoglou, G., Thelwall M., Buckley K.: "Online textual communications annotated with grades of emotion strength", In Proc. 3rd International Workshop of Emotion: Corpora for research on Emotion and Affect, p.25-31, 2010
  • Buckley, K., Wilson, A.F., Uppal, J. “The Changing Experiences of Teaching Programming”, 7th China – Europe International Symposium on Software Industry Orientated Education: 23-24th May 2011, University of Northampton
  • Paltoglou, G., Thelwall, M., Buckley, K., “Online textual communications annotated with grades of emotion strength”, to appear in Third International Workshop on Emotion: Corpora for Research on Emotion and Affect., May 2010, Valletta Malta
  • Sutton R, Glazzard Z, Riley D, Buckley K A, “Preliminary Analysis of the Nature and Processing of Palm Marks by a UK Fingerprint Bureau”, J Forensic Sci. 2013 Nov;58(6):1615-20
  • Cook T, Buckley K, Sutton R, “The effect of rotation, displacement, and degradation on identification using palmar flexion creases”, Journal of,  Forensic Science, accepted  J Forensic Sci. 2013 Nov;58(6):1495-502.
  • Cook, T, Sutton, R., Buckley, K., “Automated flexion crease identification using internal image seams”, Pattern Recognition, Volume 43, Issue 3, March 2010, Pages 630-635
  • Gupta A, Buckley K and Sutton R ,"The Effect Of Substrate On The Reproducibility Of Inked Fingerprint Pore Dimensions Examined Using Photomicrography", Fingerprint Whorld, Vol 33. No 128, June 2007
  • Gupta, A., Buckley, K., Sutton, R., "The effect of substrate on the reproducibility of inked Fingerprint pore dimensions examined using photomicrography", The Print, Vol 26, No 3, 2010
  • Gupta, A.,  Buckley, K., Sutton, R., "Latent fingermark pore area reproducibility", Forensic Science International 179, July 2008
  • Wilson, A. F., Musgrove P. B., Buckley K. A., Pearce G., and Geoghegan  J."Using 3D Visualisation in the Repair of Intra-articular Fractures", Euro Graphics 2003, University of Bangor, 13-15 June 2007
  • Wilson, A.F, Musgrove, P. B., Buckley, K. A, Pearce, G, Geoghegan, J., "Developing an Application to Provide Interactive Three-dimensional Visualisation of Bone Fractures", EG UK Theory and Practice of Computer Graphics, 2009
  • Buckley, K.A., Green, M., JAFA: Java Formative Assessment – Development of a formative assessment tool to support learning of introductory computer programming" in "Learning and Teaching Projects 2005-2007", University of Wolverhampton Institute for Learning Enhancement, ISBN 978-0-9560611-0-2, 2009
  • Buckley, K,  Penfold, B. "Formative Assessment Informed Pastoral Tutoring", 3rd European Conference on the First Year Experience, Wolverhampton, June 2008
  • Buckley, K, Bentley, H., "Welcome Week - Making a Good Start at University",  The Third China-Europe International Symposium on Software Industry-Oriented Education, Dublin, 2007
  • Buckley, K. Davies, J, Bentley, H, "A Comparison of the Nature of Pre-entry Assessment in FE Feeder Colleges with those of the First Year Degree Programme", in Learing and Teaching Projects 2004-2005, Centre of Excellence in Learning and Teaching, ISBN 0-9542116-4-2, 2005
  • Sutrisna, M., Potts, K. and Buckley, K., “An expert system as a potential decision‐making tool in the valuation of variations”, Proceedings of The RICS Foundation Construction and Building Research Conference (COBRA), 1‐2 September, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, 2003
  • Sutrisna, M, Potts, K., Proverbs, D., Buckley, K. “A decision making model for the valuation of variations on civil engineering projects”, RICS Research Papers Series, Volume 5, Number 7, 2005
  • Sutrisna, M, Potts, K., Proverbs, D., Buckley, K., "A knowledge based system for valuing variations in Civil Engineering works: A user centred approach",  International Journal of IT in AEC, Volume 2, Issue 4., 2005
  • Sutrisna, M., Buckley, K., Potts, K., Proverbs, D., "A decision support tool for the valuation of variations on civil engineering projects" , RICS Research Paper Series, 5 (7) , 2005, p. 44.
  • Sutrisna, M., Proverbs, D. , Potts, K., Buckley, K.,"A knowledge based system for valuing variations in civil engineering works: a user centred approach", International Journal of IT in Architecture, Engineering & Construction, 2 (4) , pp. 285-302. 2005
  • Yu, H., Oloke, D., Proverbs, D. and Buckley, K., "Improving Health And Safety In Construction: A Knowledge-Based Approach",  ARCOM Twenty First Annual Conference, pp. 475 – 487, September 7-9, London, University of Salford. ISBN 0 902896 93 8, 2005
  • Yu, H., Heesom, D., Oloke, D., Buckley, K., Proverbs, D., “A knowledge based decision support system for H&S competence assessment. 23rd Annual Conference of the Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM)”,  3rd-5th September 2007, Belfast, Northern Ireland, pp. 305-314. ISBN 978-0-9552390-0-7, 2007
  • Yu, H., Heesom, D., Oloke, D., Buckley, K., Proverbs, D. “Using AI Technologies to Improve Construction Health and Safety Performance: A Conceptual CBR Model for Health and Safety Competence Assessment”, WCAEBE, 2006
  • Gutowska, A., Sloane A., Buckley, K.,"On Desideratum for B2C E-commerce Reputation Systems",  Journal of Computer Science and Technology, Volume 24 ,  Issue 5, pages: 820-832, 2009
  • Gutowska, A., Buckley, K. "A Computational Distributed Reputation Model for B2C E-commerce", IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Intelligent Agent Technology Workshops, 9 December, Sydney, Australia, 2008
  • Gutowska, A., Buckley, K., "Computing Reputation Metric in Multi-agent E-commerce Reputation System", IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems Workshops, 20 June, Beijing, China,  pp. 255-260, 2008
  • Slater, S. Moreton, R. Buckley K. "A Review of Agent Emotion Architectures", Eludamos Journal for Computer Game Culture, Vol 2, No2, 2008
  • Slater, S. Moreton, R. Buckley, K. "A.I. Techniques for Modelling Anger in Emotional Agents", 13 th International Conference on Computer Games: AI, Animation, Mobile, Interactive Multimedia, Educational & Serious Games, Wolverhampton, November, 2008
  • Slater, S. Moreton, R. Buckley, K. "Emotional Agents as Software Interfaces", BCS HCI2008 Culture, Creativity, Interaction, Liverpool, September 1-5, 2008
  • Slater, S., Bechkoum, K., Buckley,  K., “A Foundation of Emotion Research for Games & Simulations”. AISB 2007. Artificial and Ambient Intelligence,  Newcastle, April 2007
  • Slater, S., Bechkoum, K., Buckley, K., Bridges, A. "A Foundation for Emotion Research for Games and Simulations", AISB Artificial and Ambient Intelligence, Newcastle 2007
  • Slater, S., Bechkoum, K., Buckley, K., "Body, Mind and Emotion. An Overview of Agent Implementation on Mainstream Computer Games", International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling, Cumbria, UK, June 2006