Dr Weiping Lu


+44 131 4531882



Heriot-Watt University


EH14 4AS



Dr Weiping Lu joined Heriot-Watt in 1988 as a China Research Fellow under the Royal Society and Chinese Academy Exchange Programme. He obtained his PhD from Heriot-Watt in 1991 on nonlinear dynamics and chaos in optical systems and then worked as a postdoc in the same subject area. He received the 67th Award of the Makdougall-Brisbane Prize in1998 by the Royal Society of Edinburgh for his contributions to this subject.

His research interests are in two areas:

In the area of Physics with Life Sciences Interface, he works with biologists to develop advanced computational techniques for fluorescence microscopy imaging, including image noise reduction, particle detection, particle tracking and analysis. Currently he has developed new image processing algorithms capable of detection and tracking of transport particles within biological live cells under low SNR environments.

In Atomic, Molecular and Nonlinear Optics, he currently studies the nonlinear phenomena of cold atoms and molecules in novel optical fields. The aim is to understand and exploit their collective dynamics arising from the nonlinear interactions for applications, such as deceleration of cold molecular beams.


Particle tracking in live cells

The project is to develop advanced computational methods for detecting and tracking transport particles/single molecules in live cells under challenging low SNR environments.

(Collaborators in IB3 include Alan Greenway, Rory Duncan and Colin Rickman.)

Super-resolution imaging

Development of computational methods for imaging below the diffraction limit for biological applications.

(Collaborators in IB3 are Colin Rickman and Rory Duncan.)

Cold atoms and molecules

Study of nonlinear and collective phenomena of cold atoms and molecules in novel optical fields.

Group Members

William Harrison

Zhen Qui