Get to Know Us
Head of Department
Alexandra Bonnici received her B.Eng (Hons) in 2004, an MPhil (Melit.) in Engineering in 2008 and PhD (Melit.) in 2015 on work related to the vectorisation and interpretation of sketches with artistic cues. Alexandra is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Malta and is currently serving as Head of Department of the Department of Systems and Control Engineering and coordinator of the Faculty’s Certificate in Engineering Sciences. Alexandra is an active member of the research community, serving as a steering committee member of the ACM Symposium on Document Engineering. She is also active in promoting Engineering knowledge to students, having set up the Engineering Technology Clubs at the Faculty of Engineering.
Alexandra has interests in music, particularly in piano music, and started learning the piano at the age of 5. She now holds a Licentiate with London College of Music and teaches piano to young children as a hobby. Moreover, she is interested in using computer vision and artificial intelligence to develop tools that aid pianists in music learning and playing.
Alexandra is a "fur parent" to two cats, Kitty and Tigger, and a dog, Jade.
Pro-Rector for Research & Knowledge Transfer
Kenneth Camilleri graduated with a B.Elec.Eng.(Hons) degree in electrical engineering from the University of Malta in 1991, and with an M.Sc. in Signal Processing and Machine Intelligence degree and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Surrey, UK in 1994 and 1999, respectively. Kenneth is a Professor at the University of Malta and he is currently the Director of the Centre for Biomedical Cybernetics. Kenneth's research revolves around the fields of signal processing, computer vision and machine learning, with specific research interests in automatic drawing interpretation, eye gaze tracking, human computer interfacing based on electrophysiological signals - such as the electroencephalogram (EEG) and the electrooculogram (EOG) -, brain computer interfacing and biomedical signal and image analysis for physiological measurement and the extraction of disease biomarkers. He has over 160 international peer-reviewed publications contributing to these areas. Kenneth also has an interest in the nature of intelligence and consciousness.
Kenneth enjoys watching action, fantasy and science fiction movies, and especially enjoys movies with a philosophical twist, such as The Matrix movies, and movies which bring out courage and valour both in real life, such as Hacksaw Ridge, and in fantasy, such as The Lord of the Rings trilogy. He is also a firm believer in the wisdom that can be found in books; he has recently finished reading 'Conversations on Consciousness' by Susan Blackmore and 'Thinking, Fast and Slow' by Daniel Kahneman.
Tracey Camilleri received her B.Eng (Hons) in 2004 and PhD in 2012, both from the University of Malta. She is currently a Senior Lecturer with the Department of Systems and Control Engineering at the same university and her research interests include processing of biomedical data, such as brain signals and eye movements. These are then used to develop human machine interfaces through which a user can control computer applications using biosignals instead of standard interfaces such as touch screens or keyboards.
Tracey also forms part of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE), serving as the student branch advisor for over 10 years. Locally, this organisation helps to organise events for students to help promote engineering, recognise the students' achievements and guide them as young professionals.
Stefania Cristina graduated with the B.Eng.(Hons) degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Malta in 2008, and received her M.Sc. by Research and Ph.D. degrees in 2010 and 2016 respectively, from the same University. Her research work and interests revolve around the application of computer vision and machine learning to the fields of eye-gaze tracking and human body pose estimation, with a particular interest in developing assistive technologies that can help persons with physical limitations control electronic devices in their environment. Stefania has also been involved in the Malta Group of Professional Engineering Institutions (MGPEI) for over 8 years, previously as Hon. Secretary, and presently as Chair. She is also an Executive Team member of the Vision & Imaging Technical Network of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
Stefania has an interest in fine art, having herself started to attend drawing and painting lessons from the age of 7, and later continuing her studies at the Malta School of Art in Valletta for several years. She also trains long-distance running with a local athletics club.
Nathaniel received his B.Eng degree and his M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering in 2016 and 2017, respectively, from the University of Malta. His undergraduate and postgraduate research projects focused on the processing of an eye-related bio-signal to detect different types of eye movements and to estimate the subject's gaze. These were used to develop a practical human-machine interface system, specifically a virtual keyboard, allowing one to communicate through their eye movements alone. He is also currently reading for a Ph.D. in Systems and Control Engineering, focusing on the same research area. Nathaniel is also a Systems Engineer with the department.
Rachael Duca received her B.Eng (Hons)(Melit.) in 2014 and her M.Sc. in Engineering (Melit.) in 2015. Her undergraduate project was a collaboration with an industrial partner who manufactured pH sensors. Rachael's work involved the development of a testing and certification station for these sensors in the industrial environment of ProMinent Fluids Control Ltd. Furthermore, Rachael's M.Sc focussed on autonomous exploration of unknown environments by using ground mobile robots. These mobile robots could then build a map of the area as they explored it.
Currently, Rachael is reading for a Ph.D in Engineering which focuses on the multi-robot coordination in coverage control of some known area, in the presence of known system constraints. Rachael Duca is also currently a full time systems engineer with the Department.
Assistant Laboratory Manager
SANCHIA CILIA LENTINI