Neil J. Cronin

Work/Study History

  • BSc, Brunel University, UK (2002-2005)
  • MSc, University of Jyväskylä, Finland (2005-2007)
  • PhD, Aalborg University, Denmark (2007-2010)
  • Post-Doctoral Researcher, Griffith University (2010-2011)
  • Senior Researcher, University of Jyväskylä, Finland (2011-2016)
  • Associate Professor, University of Jyväskylä, Finland (2016-)
  • MSc student in Cognitive Computing and Collective Intelligence, IT Faculty, Jyväskylä (2018-2020)

Research Interests

My research interests are quite varied, but centre generally around human locomotion and image processing. I have published numerous articles in both of these areas, often involving the use of ultrasound to study muscle-tendon function. I have also given around 25 invited talks on these topics, including 2 as keynote speaker.

Recently I have focussed particularly on the development of analysis methods, and I am currently working with AI techniques such as Deep Learning (Convolutional Neural Networks), in an effort to improve the objectivity and efficiency of the process.

I am also very interested in a broad range of evolving technologies such as robotics, wearables, 3D printing and VR, and hope to incorporate these into my research and teaching where possible.

I collaborate nationally and internationally, and am always open to novel research ideas.

I have a driver's licence but have never owned a car- my ultimate dream is that my first 'car' will actually be an autonomous helicopter!


I'm originally from the UK, and began my studies in London. I first moved to Finland in 2005, and have never really left since then.

After completing my PhD in Denmark in 2010, I began an NHMRC-funded Post-Doctoral fellowship at Griffith University, Australia. In 2011 I moved back to Finland to start a tenure track Assistant Professorship, and became an Associate Professor in 2016.

I hold a Docentship at Oulu University, and am an Adjunct Associate Professor at Griffith University. I am also a member of the ECSS Reviewing Panel, and regularly contribute to invited sessions at ECSS conferences.

Closer to home, among other service-related duties, I am a panel member for our International MSc Programme in Biology of Physical Activity, having graduated from the programme as a student in 2007.