Dr. Chris Cantwell’s research is highly interdisciplinary, bridging numerical modelling, signal processing, clinical data, medical imaging and basic laboratory science. His current area of interest is to use engineering techniques to address the biomedical challenges in clinical cardiac electrophysiology. His focus is on the analysis and integration of patient data into personalised computer models; identifying and understanding pathological conditions for the perpetuation of atrial arrhythmias; and developing novel approaches to improve patient care. He works closely with clinicians and basic scientists in the Cardiology department at Hammersmith hospital and the Imperial Centre for Translational and Experimental Medicine. He has developed high-order spectral/hp element software for modelling electrical activity in the left atrium using the Nektar++ spectral/hp element library. This has the potential to allow rapid patient-specific simulation to be performed on clinically tractable timescales.
Dr. Cantwell also has a background and on-going interest in computational fluid dynamics. In this field he has worked on understanding the behaviour of separated flows through the use of linear stability and transient growth analysis. He is a strong proponent of open-source software and is a lead developer of the Nektar++ spectral/hp element framework.