Tom Bishop


I am a post-doc working with Dr. Paolo Favaro in the VISP group of the Joint Research Institute on Signal and Image processing, School of EPS, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK.

I completed my PhD on Blind image Deconvolution in 2008 in the Institute for Digital Communications at the University of Edinburgh, supervised by James Hopgood. Previously I gained my B.A. and M.Eng. degrees in Electronic & Information Engineering from the University of Cambridge (Pembroke College) in 2004, and the M.A. degree in 2007.


My research interests include Computational Photography/novel camera designs and Computer vision; Inverse Problems including Image Restoration, Blind Deconvolution & Superresolution; Image, texture & blur modelling, Bayesian methods; sparse models, Compressed sensing and dictionary learning.


Computational Photography

The current research project is mainly centred around Computational Photography and Light Field/Plenoptic Cameras. See more details on our Plenoptic camera here, and our papers on Plenoptic Superresolution and Plenoptic Depth estimation.

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Above: superresolution from a captured plenoptic image

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Assembly of our plenoptic camera

Our plenoptic camera is a modified medium format camera with an array of microlenses placed close to the digital back. Each microlens covers several pixels and enables us to capture a sampled light field image, which we can process to acheive digital refocusing, superresolution, and 3D depth estimation.


Texture Priors

I have developed a new image prior based around a data-driven higher-order MRF, that allows for recovery of texture and fine detail in deconvolution problems.

BSAR texture model


Blind Image Deconvolution via MCMC

During my Phd I developed a novel algorithm to restore out-of-focus and motion blurred images with unknown blur.



Book Chapter:

• T. E. Bishop, D. Babacan, B. Amizic, T. Chan, R. Molina, and A. K. Katsaggelos, "Blind Image Deconvolution: problem formulation and existing approaches", in Blind image deconvolution: Theory and Applications, P. Campisi, and K. Egiazarian (eds.), CRC Press, 2007.

Ph.D. Thesis:

• "Blind Image Deconvolution: Nonstationary Bayesian approaches to restoring blurred photos" - PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh, Oct 2008


• T.E. Bishop and P. Favaro, "Full-Resolution Depth Map Estimation from an Aliased Plenoptic Light Field", in ACCV, the Tenth Asian Conference on Computer Vision, New Zealand, Nov 2010

• M. Martinello, T.E. Bishop and P. Favaro, "A Bayesian Approach to Shape from Coded Aperture", in IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP), Hong Kong, Sep 2010

• J. Mateos, T.E. Bishop, R. Molina, and A.K. Katsaggelos, "Local Bayesian Image Restoration Using Variational Methods and Gamma-Normal Distributions", in IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP), Egypt, Nov 2009

• T.E. Bishop and P. Favaro, "Plenoptic Depth Estimation From Multiple Aliased Views", in The 2009 IEEE International Workshop on 3-D Digital Imaging and Modeling (3DIM 09), ICCV Workshop, Kyoto, Oct 2009

• T.E. Bishop, S. Zanetti, P. Favaro, "Light Field Superresolution", in 1st IEEE International Conference on Computational Photography (ICCP), Apr 2009

• T.E. Bishop, R. Molina, J.R. Hopgood, "Blind Restoration of Blurred Photographs via AR Modelling and MCMC", in IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP), San Diego, Oct 2008

• T.E. Bishop, R. Molina, J.R. Hopgood, "Nonstationary Blind Image Restoration using Variational Methods", in IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP), San Antonio, Sep 2007

• T.E. Bishop, J.R. Hopgood, "Bayesian Approaches for Blind Restoration of Nonstationary Images", in IMA Seventh International Conference On Mathematics In Signal Processing, Dec 2006

• T. E. Bishop and J. R. Hopgood, "Blind Image Restoration Using A Block-Stationary Signal Model", in IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP 2006), II, 853-856, Toulouse, May 2006


Some other links: my photography portfolio page;

My old home page;

Our recent work on Light Field Superresolution;

The journal club page which I used to manage