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João F. C. Mota


About Me

I am Assistant Professor of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering, within the School of Engineering & Physical Sciences, at Heriot-Watt University.

My research interests lie in foundational tools for machine learning and imaging problems, including optimization theory and algorithms, learning theory, and data science, and their multiple applications, including autonomous systems, medical imaging, art investigation, approximate computing, sensor networks, and several imaging modalities (medical, hyperspectral, super-resolution, compression). I am also interested in developing algorithms for multimodal signal processing, distributed processing of information, control of systems, network science, and statistical inference.

For more information, see Google Scholar and Heriot-Watt research profile.

Currently, I am serving as Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing.

Open PhD position: Embedding physical models into deep neural networks for sonar detection


  • Rahul Mourya (postdoc), Lecturer in Artificial Intelligence and Data Science, University of Wolverhampton
  • Yun Wu (postdoc), Lecturer at Queen's University Belfast
  • Marija Vella (PhD student), Research Scientist at IBEX Innovations, now financial consultant

Journal publications

Conference publications


An explanation of my PhD research:

Other Documents


João Mota .
EM 3.22 .
Heriot-Watt University .
Edinburgh EH14 4AS .
United Kingdom

Email: j.mota (at)