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 for postgraduate research in applying artificial intelligence and optimisation techniques to geometry problems of the complex robotic manipulators used to service nuclear power stations.

Around the time of completing his PhD the Cardiff Manufacturing Engineering Centre was launched 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 found a lectureship in Computer Science at Wolverhampton. In 2005, he was promoted to a Principal Lecturer and since the merger of the School of Computing and IT with the School of Engineering and Built Environment has been the Head of Learning and Teaching. He continues to teach Software Engineering related courses and is an active researcher in several areas.

  • Computer Programming
  • High Performance Computing
  • Computer Graphics
  • Machine Vision
  • Robotics
  • Computational Geometry
  • application of Artificial Intelligence
  • Machine Learning to complex application domains
  • coursework generation software
  • Supporting the Statistical Cybermetrics Group on the EU funded CyberEmotions project, which involves capturing dialogue and discussions from social media (e.g. blogs, newsgroups and forums) and applying artificial intelligence techniques to perform sentiment classification, the results of which are fed into sub-projects hosted in 8 partner organisations throughout Europe.
  • Technology supported learning, focussing on technology for formative assessment, both in the classroom (using a mobile phone-based voting system) and outside the classroom (using an interactive web-based learning environment with an emphasis on computer generated formative assessment tasks and student monitoring).
  • Forensic science focussing on machine vision techniques for processing finger and palm prints, both at a microscopic level where prints from only a small part of a fingerprint (e.g. just one or two friction ridges) have been captured and at a crude level of detail where a whole palmprint has been captured, but only detail of flexion creases is visible. This work is being done in collaboration with The School of Applied Sciences and various external agencies with an interest in criminal justice or biometrics. Internal studentships have supported two postgraduate researchers, with other work being carried out without explicitly allocated resources.


  • Sutton, R., Glazzard, Z., Riley, D., Buckley, K., “Preliminary Analysis of the Nature and Processing of Palm Marks by a UK Fingerprint Bureau”, Journal of Forensic Sciences, accepted for publication, 2012
  • 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. 
  • Junghyun Ahn, J, Anna 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
  • Weroński, P., Sienkiewicz, J., Paltoglou, G., Buckley, K., Thelwall, M., Hołyst, J.A., "Emotional Analysis of Blogs and Forums Data", accepted for publication in 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, in press, 2011
  • 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
  • Cook T., Buckley K, Sutton R ,"The effect of rotation, displacement, and degradation on identification using palmar flexion creases, Forensic Science International(in press), 2011
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Buckley, K,  Penfold, B. "Formative Assessment Informed Pastoral Tutoring", 3rd European Conference on the First Year Experience, Wolverhampton, June 2008

Selected Earlier publications (pre-2008)

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 Artificiail 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,
  • 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 ot the First Year Degree Programme", in Learing and Teaching Projects 2004-2005, Ecntre of Excellence in Learning and Teaching, ISBN 0-9542116-4-2, 2005
  • 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
  • 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