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 is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Malta and has been working in the fields of image processing and pattern recognition since 2004 with specific focus on image/video compression, image restoration, light fields and biometrics. He holds a PhD degree from the University of Malta, published more than 70 international peer-reviewed publications, and has been involved in technical and organizational committees of several national and international conferences. In particular, he served as a General Chair on the IEEE International Workshop on Biometrics and Forensics (IWBF) in 2014 and as Technical Programme Co-Chair on the IEEE Visual Communications and Image Processing (VCIP) the same year. 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 Technology and IEEE Transactions on Multimedia. He is currently area editor of the Elsevier Journal on Signal Processing: Image Communications. On September 2013 he was appointed as National Contact Point on the European Association of Biometrics (EAB) and elevated to IEEE Senior Membership on September 2017. He has also been involved in three COST Actions: Integrating Biometrics 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). During the academic year 2015/16 he spent a one-year sabbatical at INRIA Rennes Bretagne Atlantique (France) working on face super-resolution and light field image processing. In May 2018 he was one of the co-founders of the Data Science Research Group at the University of Malta.
  • Image restoration
  • Light field image processing
  • Biometrics and digital forensics
  • Heterogeneous face recognition
  • Image and video compression

Galea, C. & Farrugia, R.A. 2018, "Matching Software-Generated Sketches to Face Photographs With a Very Deep CNN, Morphed Faces, and Transfer Learning", IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, vol. 13, no. 6, pp. 1421.

Farrugia, R., Galea, C. & Guillemot, C. 2017, "Super Resolution of Light Field Images Using Linear Subspace Projection of Patch-Volumes", IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing, vol. 11, no. 7, pp. 1058.

Farrugia, R. & Guillemot, C. 2017, "Face Hallucination Using Linear Models of Coupled Sparse Support", IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, vol. 26, no. 9, pp. 19 June.

Galea, C. & Farrugia, R.A. 2017, "Forensic Face Photo-Sketch Recognition Using a Deep Learning-Based Architecture", IEEE Signal Processing Letters, vol. 24, no. 11, pp. 1586.

Jiang, X., Le Pendu, M., Farrugia, R.A. & Guillemot, C. 2017, "Light Field Compression With Homography-Based Low-Rank Approximation", IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing, vol. 11, no. 7, pp. 1132.

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
SATellite data Fusion and Imaging Resolution Enhancement (SAT-FIRE)
Face Image Restoration using Deep learning (Deep-FIR)
Light Field Editing and Compression

Past Projects
Automated Face Recognition from Composite Sketches
Biometrics and Digital Forensics
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)