I joined the University of Kent in September 2019. Previsouly I was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Westminster in London (2016-2019), and an Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham (2013-2016). I have a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Nottingham sponsored by the Marie-Curie PhD studentships under the EU Framework Programme 6 (2010). I also did my post-doc at Nottingham (2010-2013), working in the Advanced Data Analysis Centre on several projects funded by various Councils (EPSRC, MRC, EU, etc.). My background is in Mathematics (BSc+MSc Laurea, 2004).
I belong to the following research groups:
My research interests lay in the multi-disciplinary area of applied computer science for real-word applications, especially in biomedical domains. I have expertise in data mining and machine learning applications, from pattern identification to supervised learning. My contributions to knowledge appeared to be of great interest in October 2013, when part of my work on breast cancer was the subject of extensive national media coverage (see, for example, BBC News, ITV, Sky News), and more recently during the Brexit referendum campaign, when a case study from my research was published as part of the Universities for Europe manifesto.
I am currently working on two KTP projects funded by InnovateUK, where we use machine learning modelling and data analytics to:
- enable a more effective delivery of primary healthcare provision in one of the biggest NHS providers of primary care in the UK;
- match candidates to roles within recruitment, so that candidates can understand their progress towards and likelihood of achieving their next job.
I have published numerous articles in high quality international peer-reviewed journals such as Knowledge-Based Systems, Artificial Intelligence in Medicine, and IEEE Transactions in Medical Imaging. The multidisciplinary nature of my research allowed me to also publish in prestigious medical journals like Cancer Research, Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, British Journal of Cancer, and others. My research has also appeared in international conference proceedings and I have been a member of the technical program committee for several conferences.
COMP5480, COMP8160, COMP8800
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.