Portrait of Dr Michael O'Grady Dr Michael O'Grady

m.ogrady@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472919



I am currently Acting Subject Area leader for the Digital Media side of the Department of Informatics in the School of Computing and Engineering. I started at Huddersfield in 2001, having just completed a conversion Masters MSc in Interactive Multimedia Production the previous year.

I started my career as a Civil Engineer, gaining a First at Newcastle University in Civil Engineering , followed by a full-time PhD in heavy duty paving design. I’ve travelled around the world with consultancy and manufacturing/sales work, in the latter year in Environmental Engineering. Here I specialised in landfill control and mitigation – capping, leachate and gas control and paving over compressible strata.

Whilst lecturing at Huddersfield, I have specialised in teaching interactive media for web and disc, now focussing more on website production, entrepreneurial skills and video production with students.

Research and Scholarship

Main areas for research include:

  • automated detection of low-level high-volume anti-social behaviour in video streams. This is a live research project with a local company and has many options for research degree students to partake at MRes and PhD level;
  • use of web technology to promote de-carbonising schemes. This is a live research project and there are opportunities for MRes students; and
  • generation of green energy, especially micro-hydro power.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


O'Grady, M (2017) Think Smart. Work Smart.: The definitive student guide to less is more! . Max Your Degree. : Planet Student. ISBN 9780993528903


O'Grady, M. and Wang, J. (2012) ‘Graffiti detection: Automated crime detection in security camera feedsGlobal Forensic Science Today (12), pp. 4-15.


Wang, J., O'Grady, M., Xu, Q. and Xu, Z. (2010) ‘Video Feature Representation and 3D Curve-based Event Matching’. In: 16th International Conference on Automation and Computing (ICAC’10), , University of Birmingham

Wang, J., Xu, Z. and O'Grady, M. (2010) ‘Head Curve Matching and Graffiti Detection’. In: British Machine Vision Conference 2010, 31st August - 3rd September 2010, Aberystwyth, UK


  • External Examiner for Staffordshire University
  • External Expert for Coventry University

Research Degree Supervision

Current opportunities

  • Please contact this member of staff to discuss possible opportunities.

Teaching and Professional Activities

  • Acting Subject Area leader – Digital Media (Games and Web)
  • Course Leader and Final Year Tutor for the Multimedia Suite of courses including BA Interactive Multimedia, BSc Web Technologies and BSc Web Design.
  • Deputy Academic Integrity Officer

Teaching/research interests

I am interested in The Student Journey and am currently developing a book series to help with the different personal and academic elements of studying in Higher Education.

I am also developing an interest in digital treatments for promoting the stories behind archive materials, especially historical photographs.