Research Summary

My main research interest is in the development of artificial intelligence techniques for biomedical decision support and in the modelling of human decision making, primarily in the context of medical applications. I research modelling variability in human decision making using advanced fuzzy sets, and generic machine learning topics of data clustering and classification, particularly when dealing with uncertain and complex data. Additional foci are the transfer of medical intelligent systems into clinical use, the study of methods of evaluating intelligent systems and mechanisms for their implementation. Application areas include the assessment of immediate neonatal outcome, early detection of cancer through analysis of FTIR spectra, and the assessment of complex multi-modal datasets in, for example, breast cancer prognosis and diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. I have led a variety of projects worth more than £2.5M and collaborated on a range of multi-disciplinary projects worth over £40M

Current Projects

  • Identification of In-vivo Generated Human Autoantibodies for Colorectal Cancer
  • 23Na MRI: New frontiers in clinical imaging and diagnostics
  • UKCRC Joint Funders Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre
  • Nottingham Molecular Pathology Node (NMPN)
  • ADAC: Advanced Data Analysis Centre
  • Synthetic Biology Research Centre (SBRC) Nottingham: 
  • AIDPATH: Academia and Industry Collaboration for Digital Pathology
  • Centre for Doctoral Training in My Life in Data
  • Value Enhancement for Data from Assets and Transactions (VEDAT)
  • Neo-demographics: Opening Developing World Markets by Using Personal Data and 

Research Supervision

I am currently supervising the following students, as princical supervisor:

  • Chao Chen
  • Elissa Mahdi
  • Pepita Stringer
  • Tajul Razak
  • Stanislava Petrova
  • Zixiao Shen

Past students who have successfully completed PhD under my principal supervision include: Daphne Lai, Jenna Reps, Hala Helmi, Noor Azizah, Hazlina Hamdan, Shabbar Naqvi, Salang Musikasuwan, Ho Duc Thang, Daniele Soria, Linda Fiaschi, Phil Birkin, Joseph Baxter, Cyril Schoreels, Hishammuddin bin Asmuni, Xiao Ying Wang

Peer Esteem

  • Associate Editor of Soft Computing, 2012-15
  • Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems, 2011-12
  • External Undergraduate Examiner at University of Abertay, Dundee, 2012-15.
  • Invited speaker at Classifications and Applications in Big Databases, meeting of the Royal Statistical Society Medical Section, Dec 2014.
  • Invited Keynote speaker at the 11th International Conference on Parallel Problem Solving from Nature (PPSN XI) Krakow, Poland, 2010.
  • Invited Keynote speaker at the 24th European Conference on Modelling and Simulation, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2010.
  • GOLD award at 2010 Human-Competitive awards, GECCO 2010.
  • Best Paper in the Control Systems, Technologies and Applications Session at the World Multiconference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics (2009).
  • Competition Winner at CEC 2008 and FUZZ-IEEE 2007.
  • Member of the EPSRC Peer Review College (2002-Present).
  • Member of numerous International Programme Committees such as FUZZ-IEEE, EURO, PPSN, CIBB, ICFC, CIG, CBB, CIRAS, CIS, CSB, UKCI, CIMED, MEDSIP, RASC.