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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.
Main areas for research include:
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 feeds’ Global 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 (ICAC10), , 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
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.