Staff profile

Dr Harry (Hongqing) Yu

Senior Lecturer in Computer Science

Harry Yu




College of Science and Engineering


School of Computing

Research centre

Data Science Research Centre





I am a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader of MSc Programmes in the School of Computing and Engineering at the University of Derby. My teaching expertise is in Data Science and Machine Learning. I am a very active researcher as a member of the Data Science Research Centre at the University.

Before joining the University of Derby, I worked as Senior Lecturer in Data Science and a Course Leader for MSc Sensor and Smart Cities.

I have been involved in more than ten research projects that mostly were supported by Innovate UK and European Committee Research Frameworks and regional SME development frameworks. I obtained PhD award from the University of Leicester in 2009 and continued my research in the fields of Data/Text Mining, Semantic technologies, Deep Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing for healthcare, multimedia and learning systems.

Teaching responsibilities

I am the MSc Programme Leader and Chair for PGT Computing programme committees in the School, as well as the module leader for Data Mining and Foundations of AI.

I have a rich PhD supervising experience with 12 PhD students has been graduated or current working with me in the University of Derby.

Some of the PhD students I have supervised have completed the following dissertations: 

Research interests

My current research is in wide areas of Data Science and Machine Learning. The main theme is knowledge discovery and representation from cutting-edge technologies (Data/Text Mining, Semantic technologies, Deep Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing) for supporting industry automation, digital twins and healthcare systems.

There are five major research strands that I am currently working on:

  1. Applying advanced AI technologies such as Transformers and Large Language Model to support business and industry automations. 
  2. Trustable and Explainable AI technologies.  
  3. Health-related Causality Analysis and Discovery through multiple trusted data resources and different formats (Literature, images and clinical dataset)
  4. IoT-led context-aware machine learning system to support runtime application systems

I am pursuing research collaborations at all levels with organisations, SMEs or individuals who are interested in or can get benefits from my research work

The projects I have been involved with are as follows:


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