Dr Ing. Reuben A Farrugia

Dr Ing. Reuben A Farrugia

Dr Ing. Reuben A Farrugia


Senior Lecturer

Room 15B
Faculty of ICT
University of Malta
  +356 2340 3088
Reuben A. Farrugia obtained his first degree in Engineering at the University of Malta in 2004. He has been employed as a research engineer at the same University and worked on two different FP6 projects funded by the European Commission. The TWISTER project involved the development of an OPNET model of a videoconferencing system which can be used to predict the Quality of Experience (QoE) of a video-conference session transmitted over satellite. The work on the E-CAB project involved the modelling of the IEEE 802.11a wireless system to predict the mobile coverage within a commercial aircraft. Since January 2008 he has been working in the Department of Communications and Computer Engineering at the University of Malta where he is now Senior Lecturer.

Dr. Farrugia has been active in research throughout his career and managed to publish more than 60 international conference and journal papers. He has been involved in technical and organisational committees of several national and international conferences. In particular, he served as General-Chair on the IEEE Int. Workshop on Bio-metrics and Forensics (IWBF) and as Technical Programme Co-Chair on the IEEE Visual Communications and Image Processing (VCIP) in 2014. He has also been contributing as a reviewer of several journals and conferences, including IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video and Technology and IEEE Transactions on Multimedia. On September 2013 he was appointed as National Contact Point of the European Association of Biometrics (EAB). He has also been involved in three COST Actions: Integrating Bio-metrics and Forensics for the Digital Age (IC1106), De-Identification for Privacy Protection in Multimedia Content (IC1206) and European Network on Quality of Experience in Multimedia Systems and Services (IC1003).
He spent a year sabbatical starting September 2015 at INRIA Rennes Bretagnezx Atlantique (France) where he joined the SCIROCCO team to work on face super-resolution and lightfield image processing.
  • Face super-resolution and inpainting
  • Iris super-resolution
  • Heterogeneous face recognition
  • Lightfield image processing
  • Biometrics and Digital Forensics
  • Image and Video Compression

Fernandez, F., Farrugia, R. & Bigun, J. 2015, "Eigen-Patches Iris Super-Resolution for Iris Recognition Improvement", , September.

Micallef, B.W., Debono, C.J. & Farrugia, R.A. 2014, "Reducing 3D video coding complexity through more efficient disparity estimation", Consumer Electronics, IEEE Transactions on, vol. 60, no. 1, pp. 74-82.

Micallef, J.J., Farrugia, R.A. & Debono, C.J. 2014, "Correlation Noise-Based Unequal Error Protected Rate-Adaptive Codes for Distributed Video Coding", Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, IEEE Transactions on, vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 127-140.

Farrugia, R.A. & Debono, C.J. 2011, "Robust decoder-based error control strategy for recovery of H.264/AVC video content", Communications, IET, vol. 5, no. 13, pp. 1928-1938.

Micallef, J.J., Farrugia, R.A. & Debono, C.J. 2011, "LDPCA Code Construction for Slepian-Wolf Coding", Communications Letters, IEEE, vol. 15, no. 10, pp. 1100-1103.

Farrugia, R.A. & Debono, C.J. 2010, "A Hybrid Error Control and Artifact Detection Mechanism for Robust Decoding of H.264/AVC Video Sequences", Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, IEEE Transactions on, vol. 20, no. 5, pp. 756-762.

Reuben A. Farrugia & Carl J. Debono 2009, "A Support Vector Machine Approach for Detection and Localization of Transmission Errors within Standard H.263++ Decoders ", IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, vol. 11, no. 7, pp. 1323-1330.

Reuben A. Farrugia & Carl J. Debono 2008, "A Robust Error Detection Mechanism for H.264/AVC Coded Video Sequences Based on Support Vector Machines", IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technologies, vol. 18, no. 12, pp. 1766-1770.

Ongoing Research Projects

Facial Image Enhancement from CCTV Images
Automated Face Recognition from Composite Sketches
Iris Super-Resolution for Iris Recognition Improvement

Past Projects

Source Representation for improved Channel Code Performance in Wyner-Ziv Video Coding
Multi-View Video-Plus-Depth Coding using Depth Information
Resilient Wireless Transmission of H.264/AVC through Error Localization and Control
E-Enabled Cabin and Associated Logistics for Improved Passanger Services and Operational
Efficiency (E-CAB)
Terrestrial Wireless Infrastructure Integrated with Satellite Telecommunications for E-Rural
Applications (TWISTER)

External Collaborations

INRIA Rennes Bretagne Atlantique, France
Halmstad University, Sweden


IEEE Member
European Association on Biometrics Member