Silvia carries out cross-faculty research in the areas of computer modelling, simulation and optimization for medical and engineering applications. She leads the Biomedical Informatics Research Group, part of ARU's Medical Technology Research Centre (MTRC).
Silvia’s areas of expertise include data, signal and image processing, statistical, machine learning and AI methods, neural networks, numerical modelling and optimization of physical and industrial processes (electromagnetics, acoustics, quantum mechanics, workflows). Since 2010, she has worked with the Vision and Eye Research Institute (VERI) on the role of acoustic cues, like level and reverberation, as conveyors of information about the environment and to facilitate better navigation of the visually impaired. She has a keen interest in digital healthcare and, in particular, assisted living for the visually impaired using acoustic cues and smart technologies.
She has worked on research projects funded by Innovate UK, the EU, UK Central Laboratory of the Research Councils, Radiocommunications Agency, Medical Research Council and British industry.
US Patent US10190312B2: Sound absorbing material, a method for production of the same and device for cutting apertures in the sound absorbing material; Inventors: Bjorn Andre Flotre, Silvia Cirstea, Edwin Robert Toulson: https://patents.google.com/patent/US10190312B2/en.
Ray, J., Wijesekera, L., Cirstea, S., 2022. Machine learning and clinical neurophysiology. J Neurology, doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00415-022-11283-9.
Kolarik, A. J., Moore, B. C. J., Cirstea, S., Raman, R., Gopalakrishnan, S., Pardhan, S., 2022. Partial visual loss disrupts the relationship between judged room size and sound source distance. Experimental Brain Research, 240:81–96, doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00221-021-06235-0.
Hameed, N., Shabut, A., Hameed, F., Cirstea, S., Hossain, A., 2021. Achievements of neural network in skin lesions classification, in State of the Art in Neural Networks and Their Applications, Elsevier Academic Press, London, ISBN: 978-0-12-819740-0.
Aggius-Vella, E., Kolarik, A.J., Gori, M., Cirstea, S., Campus, C., Moore, B.C.J., Pardhan, S., 2020. Comparison of auditory spatial bisection and minimum audible angle in front, lateral, and back space. Scientific Reports 10:6279, doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-62983-z.
Kolarik, A.J., Raman, R., Moore, B.C.J., Cirstea, S., Gopalakrishnan, S., Pardhan, S., 2020. The accuracy of auditory spatial judgments in the visually impaired is dependent on sound source distance. Scientific Reports 10:7169, doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-64306-8.
Hameed, N., Shabut, A., Hameed, F., Cirstea, S., Harriet, S., Hossain, A., 2020. Mobile-based Skin Lesions Classification Using Convolution Neural Network. Annals of Emerging Technologies in Computing (AETiC), 4(2):26-37, doi: 10.33166/AETiC.2020.02.003.
Hameed N., Hameed F., Shabut A., Khan S., Cirstea S., Hossain A., 2019. An Intelligent Computer-Aided Scheme for Classifying Multiple Skin Lesions. Computers, 8(3), 62; https://doi.org/10.3390/computers8030062.
Sadeghi Esfahlani, S., Thompson, T., Davod Parsa, A., Brown I., Cirstea, S., 2018. ReHabgame: A non-immersive virtual reality rehabilitation system with applications in neuroscience. Heliyon 4 e00526. doi: 10.1016 /j .heliyon .2018 .e00526.
Kolarik, A. J., Pardhan, S., Cirstea, S., Moore, B. C. J., 2017. Auditory spatial representations of the world are compressed in blind humans. Experimental Brain Research, 235(2), 597-606. doi: 10.1007/s00221-016-4823-1.
Kolarik, A. J., Moore, B. C. J., Zahorik, P., Cirstea, S., Pardhan, S., 2016. Auditory distance perception in humans: a review of cues, development, neuronal bases, and effects of sensory loss. Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics, 78(2), 373-395. doi: 10.3758/s13414-015-1015-1.
Kolarik, A. J., Cirstea, S., Pardhan, S., Moore, B. C. J., 2014. A summary of research investigating echolocation abilities of blind and sighted humans. Hearing Research, 310, 60-68. doi: 10.1016/j.heares.2014.01.010.
Kolarik, A., Cirstea, S., & Pardhan, S. (2013). Discrimination of virtual auditory distance using level and direct-to-reverberant ratio cues. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 134(5), 3395-3398. doi: 10.1121/1.4824395.
Kolarik. A. J., Moore, B. C. J., Raman, R., Cirstea, S., Gopalakrishnan, S., Pardhan, S., 2020. Greater severity of visual loss is associated with larger auditory distance judgments, with poorer accuracy for closer sounds, J. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 61(7), 4268, ARVO.
O’Reilly, J., Cirstea, S., Zhang, J., Cirstea, M., 2019. A novel development of acoustic SLAM, Proceedings of 2019 Joint International Conference OPTIM-ACEMP, p. 525-531, IEEE.
Hameed, N., Shabut, A., Hameed, F., Cirstea, S., Hossain, A., 2019. An Intelligent Inflammatory Skin Lesions Classification Scheme for Mobile Devices, International Conference on Computing, Electronics and Communications Engineering (iCCECE), p. 83-88, London, UK.
Sadeghi Esfahlani, S., Cirstea, S., Sanaei, A., Cirstea, M., 2018. Fire detection of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle in a Mixed Reality-based System, Proc of IECON 2018 - 44th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, Washington DC, USA, p. 2757-2762, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/IECON.2018.8592764.
Bagnoli, M., Cirstea, S., 2017. Dynamic geometry- and material-dependent simulation of room impulse responses in a virtual gaming environment. Joint International Conference OPTIM-ACEMP, IEEE. doi: 10.1109/OPTIM.2017.7975118.