Dr. Costen studied Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford (B.A., 1989), and Mathematics and Psychology at the University of Aberdeen (PhD, 1994), focusing on computer models of face recognition. He then undertook research at Advanced Telecommunications Research, Kyoto, Japan and the University of Manchester. He joined Manchester Metropolitan University in 2001, now as Reader in Cognitive Computer Vision. His research focuses on deep-learning models of human anatomy and behaviour. He has published over 70 papers (H-index 20) and successfully supervised 7 PhD students and is a Fellow of the British Computing Society and the Higher Education Academy.