• Professor Yike Guo


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    Professor Yike Guo Director


    Professor Yike Guo is the Institute's first Director. Yike also hold a position in the Department of Computing as leader of the Discovery Science Group. 

  • Dr. Mark Kennedy


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    Dr. Mark Kennedy Deputy Director (Education)


    Dr Mark Kennedy is lab director of the DSI Business Analytics Lab , as well as  Associate Professor of Organisational Behavior and Strategy at the Imperial College Business School. 

  • Professor Niall Adams


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    Professor Niall Adams Deputy Director (Policy and Public Engagement)


    Niall Adams is Professor of Statistics at Imperial College London. In addition to a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, he conducts research in classification, data mining, streaming data analysis and spatial statistics.

  • Professor Paul Matthews


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    Professor Paul Matthews Deputy Director (Academic Engagement)


    Paul Matthews, OBE, MD, DPhil, FRCP, FMedSci is Head of the  Division of Brain Sciences  in the Department of Medicine of Imperial College, London. He has recently been named as Director of the UK Dementia Research Institute at Imperial College, as well as Deputy Director at the DSI. 

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Lab Directors


Dr Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye

Computational Privacy Lab Director

Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye is Assistant Professor in the Department of Computing and Research fellow at the Data Science Institute. He was previously a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard IQSS and was recently named Innovator under 35 for Belgium (TR35). 


Professor William Knottenbelt

Data Economy Lab Director

William Knottenbelt is Professor of Applied Quantitative Analysis in the Analysis, Engineering, Simulation and Optimization of Performance (AESOP) group in the Department of Computing at Imperial College London. 


Professor Mark Kennedy

Business Analytics Lab Director

Mark Kennedy is lab director of the DSI Business Analytics Lab , as well as Associate Professor of Organisational Behavior and Strategy at the Imperial College Business School. 


Professor Chris Pain 

Data Assimilation Lab Director

Chris Pain is Professor in the Department of Earth Science and Engineering, as well as head of the Applied Computation and Modelling Group (AMCG) at Imperial College London. 


Professor Armand Leroi 

Social and Cultural Analytics Lab Director

Armand Leroi is an author, broadcaster, and Professor of Evolutionary Developmental Biology at Imperial College London.


Dr Aldo Faisal

Behavioural Analytics Lab Director

Aldo Faisal is Senior Lecturer in Neurotechnology jointly at the Departments of Bioengineering and Computing at Imperial College London. 

Marc Deisenroth

Dr Marc Deisenroth

Machine Learning Lab Director


Marc Deisenroth is Lecturer in Statistical Machine Learning at the Department of Computing, Imperial College London, and leads the Statistical Machine Learning Group
Marc's research interests center around data-efficient and autonomous machine learning.

Operations Team


Mrs Alice Ashley-Smith

Operations Manager

Alice Ashley-Smith is responsible for the operational management of the Data Science Institute. She works with the Director of the Institute, Professor Yike Guo, to develop policy and strategy, managing and coordinating administrative support and governance.

 Anna Cupani

Anna Cupani
Stakeholder Engagement Manager

Anna Cupani develops strategic relationships between the DSI Fellows and external partners. She brings to the DSI years of experience in research, both in academia and in industry, as well in foresighting, outreach and engagement. In her current role, she engages with business, academics and policy makers to promote the role of the DSI as a research hub for innovative ideas in the field of Data Science. She holds an undergraduate degree in Chemistry and a MSc in Molecular Sciences and completed her PhD in the field of process chemistry at Imperial College. 

Diana O'Malley

Ms Diana O'Malley

Events Officer  

Diana O'Malley is our DSI Events Officer, responsible for delivery of all the DSI event programmes, to include; Distinguished Lecture Series, Seminar Series, Annual Lecture Series, conferences, topical debates, workshops and public engagement activities.


Dr Susan Mulcahy

Education and Teaching Fellow

Susan Mulcahy is our Education & Teaching Fellow, developing the educational offering of the DSI. Susan obtained her data-driven PhD from Imperial’s Bioengineering Dept, where she has taught Matlab classes since 2012. She holds an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and a MBA from INSEAD.


Mr Florian Guitton

Data Centre Operations Manager

Florian Guitton manages the networking and data centre operations at the DSI. In 2012 he joined the Discovery Sciences Group at Imperial College London where he became Research Assistant working on iHealth and eTRIKS programs. In 2013 he become PhD candidate under the supervision of Professor Yi-Ke Guo.


Senaka Fernando
Data Observatory Systems Architect


Senaka Fernando is the Systems Architect for the Data Observatory undertaking the design and development of its architecture and underlying systems. He is a part of the DSI infrastructure group and helps maximise the use of the DO as a research environment within the Data Science Institute. Senaka has 10 years of industry experience working as a solutions architect in the enterprise middleware domain and he is also a PhD student in the Department of Computing at the Imperial College London under the supervision of Professor Yike Guo
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Mr Dave Akroyd

Data Observatory Engineer

Dave Akroyd helps run and maintain the Data Obervatory and its operations. 


Dr Kai Sun

HNA Centre Manager

In addition to working as a data analyst, Kai Sun handles the communication and collaborations between us and our Chinese research partners and collaborator

Research Staff

Paul Agapow

Dr Paul Agapow

Research Associate

Paul Agapow is a computational biologist, investigating novel approaches for analysing rich biomedical data for improved treatment and understanding of molecular pathophysiology. Specific areas of interest include deep learning, integrative analysis, and mining health records.


Dr Rossella Arcucci

Research Associate

Rossella Arcucci is a Research Associate working in the DSI for MAGIC project on Data Assimilation for air pollution problems. Her area of expertise is in Numerical Analysis, Scientific Computing and development of methods, algorithms and software for scientific applications on high performance architectures including parallel and distributed computing. At the moment, she is mainly working on numerical and parallel techniques for solving Data Assimilation models more accurately and efficiently. Efficiency is achieved by virtue of designing computing models specifically to take full advantage of massively parallel computers and general purpose graphics processing units.

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Dr David Birch

Research Associate

David Birch is a researcher focusing on how large scale visualisation and workflow systems can help make sense of data.
David led the team who designed and built the Data Observatory. 


Dr Guangwei Chen 

Research Associate

Guangwei Chen is a research associate in the DSI. Dr Chen is one of the main inventors of the AcuPebble wearable respiratory monitoring system. His research interests are in the area of biomedical signal processing, machine learning algorithms and low power wearable system design. Typical applications are in respiration monitoring, brainwave monitoring, heart monitoring and mHealth self-diagnosis tools. After the success of the AcuPebble development, Dr Chen's research focuses on transfer learning on physiological data which converts the generic machine learned models to the more accurate personalised models with the use of individual personal data. He also works on compressing and speedup deep convolutional networks which can be deployed on the non-GPU based platform.

 Pierre-Marie Danieau

Pierre-Marie Danieau

PhD Student

Pierre-Marie Danieau is a research assistant at the Data Science Institute, Imperial College London. Currently studying at Epitech in France, he will finish a Master's Degree "Expert in information technologies" in 2019. He also holds a Master's in Computer Sciences from the University of Kent in England. He joined DSI in March 2018.

 Hao Dong

Hao Dong

PhD Student

Hao Dong is a PhD student at the Department of Computing  under the supervision of Prof. Yike Guo and Prof. Paul M. Matthews. His interests are in Computer Vision and Deep Learning. He has publications on ICCV, TIFS, TMI, TNSRE, ACM MM 


Ibrahim Emam

Research Associate

Ibrahim Emam is Research Associate leading the development of Translational medicine data management platform (PlatformTM). Before that he was a senior software engineer at the Functional Genomics group at the European Bioinformatics Institute developing the Gene Expression Atlas and ArrayExpress2. He received his MSc in Bioinformatics from the University of Oxford and his double major BSc in Computer Science and Biology from the American University in Cairo Egypt. His working experience revolves around bioinformatics application design and development, large scale data management and analysis, data standardization, modeling and visualisation.


Mr Florian Guitton
Research Associate

Florian Guitton manages the networking and data centre operations at the DSI. In 2012 he joined the Discovery Sciences Group at Imperial College London where he became Research Assistant working on iHealth and eTRIKS programs. In 2013 he become PhD candidate under the supervision of Professor Yi-Ke Guo.


Ali Farzaneh Far

PhD Student


Andrea Gadotti

PhD Student

Andrea has a MSc in mathematical logic from the University of Turin. His research aims at formalizing privacy guarantees with purely mathematical models such as differential privacy. This enables him to both disclose vulnerabilities in current data release systems and design safer solutions

Florimond Houssiau

Florimond Houssiau

PhD Student


Nazanin Kermani

Research Assistant


Nazanin Kermani is a biomedical data scientist. After obtaining a bachelor degree in software engineering, she moved to the field of expert systems and artificial intelligence. She studied intelligent systems and multimedia as part of her MSc. Looking for fruitful areas to apply AI, she moved to genomics and biomedicine where she worked as a biomedical data scientist. Her research interests are in statistical modelling and inference and she works on the scalability of computationally intensive methods to fit big data and statistical methods to enhance research reproducibility. 


Piyawat Lertvittayakumjorn (Peter)

PhD Student

Piyawat (Peter) is a PhD student in Computing, under the supervision of Prof Yike Guo. His research interests include Natural Language Processing, Semantic Web, and Inter-disciplinary Data Mining. Currently, he is working on the project "Learning Knowledge Graphs from Scientific Literature.

 Thibaut Lienart

Thibaut Lienart

Research Assistant 



Dan McGinn

Research Associate

Dan McGinn works as a Research Associate at the Data Science Institute, his research interests include: Blockchain Technology, Open Data Infrastructure, Network/Graph Algorithms, Pattern Recognition, Anomaly Detection through Machine Learning, High Performance Computing/GPU clusters, Financial Technology, Data Economy.


Dr Douglas McIlwraith

Research Fellow

Yuanhan Mo (Max)

PhD Student

Yuanhan is a PhD student in Computing Department, under the supervision of Prof Yike Guo. His research interests include machine learning and medical Image analysis.


Dr Miguel Molina-Solana

Research Fellow

Miguel Molina-Solana is a Marie Curie Research Fellow working at the intersection of Machine Learning and Human-Computer Interaction. In his current research project, DATASOUND, he explores the opportunities that sound offers in the context of modern Data Science. Miguel also collaborates with several researchers in college and worldwide on Business Analytics and Energy Management.


Philip Nadler

PhD Student

Philip Nadler is a PhD candidate in the Department of Computing supervised by Prof. Yike Guo.
He works on the intersection of topics related to economics and computer science. His fields of interest are cryptocurrencies, blockchain applications and machine learning.


Chon Sou

Research Assistant

Chon Sou obtained his Master of Research degree in Cancer Biology at Imperial College London. Currently, he is working as a data analyst under eTRIKS and takes part in maintaining and assessing bioinformatics knowledge management platforms such as tranSMART, XNAT and Borderline in development. 

Arnaud Tournier

Arnaud Tournier

PhD Student

Arnaud Tournier is a PhD student under supervision of  Dr. Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye at Imperial College London, where he works inside the Computational Privacy Group of the Data Science Institute. His research currently focuses on Machine Learning for biometric and behavioral identification. Over the last 5 years he obtained a M.Res. from Sorbonne (UPMC) in Applied Mathematics, a M.Sc. from Paris-Sud in Pure Mathematics and an Engineering Diploma (Centralien) from Ecole Centrale Paris. In 2013 he was a national finalist in France for the International Physics Olympiads.


Axel Oehmichen

Research Associate


Dr Stelios Pavlidis

Research Associate 


Stelios Pavlidis is a bioinformatics data analyst at the Data Science Institute, involved in the curation and analysis of high throughput biomedical data. After a bachelor degree in General Biology, Dr Pavlidis obtained a Master’s degree in Medical genetics and bioinformatics and a PhD on biological data mining and writing algorithms for optimization and heuristic search, such as simulated annealing and genetic algorithms. He was previously a post-doctoral researcher at Janssen, a pharmaceutical Company of Johnson & Johnson, and has been and continues to be involved in multinational consortia, funded by the Innovative Medicines Initiative. These include eTRIKS, BTCure, U-BIOPRED and others, and aim towards improving our understanding of the underlying pathology of various diseases by supporting clinicians in clinical trials and providing the biomedical community with analytical tools, to facilitate and speed up the research process.


Eleni Pissaridou

Research Assistant


Eleni Pissaridou is a Research Assistant at the Data Science Institute working on the OPTIMISE MS project under the supervision of Professor Paul Matthews. Current interests include clinical data management and analysis. Eleni joined the Institute in April 2017.


Mihai Suteu

PhD Student

Mihai Suteu is a part time PhD student under the supervision of Prof. Yike Guo. His research topic is Deep Learning on Time Series and further interests are Representation Learning, Curriculum Learning and Neuroevolution.


Pan Wang

PhD Student


Dr Xian Yang

Research Associate

Xian received her PhD degree from Department of Computing, Imperial College London in 2016. She has been working as a research assistant at Imperial College London since 2012 and became a research associate in 2016. Her research interests include machine learning, neuroimaging, bioinformatics, system biology, data mining, statistics and health informatics. She has taken part in various projects, such as the UBIOPRED project on the severe asthma study, the iHealth project on clinical pathway management, and the eTRIKS project on knowledge management for precision medicine research. 

 Simiao Yu

 Simiao Yu

PhD Student

Simiao Yu is a PhD student under the supervision of Prof. Yike Guo. His research interest is deep generative models towards creativity in computer vision. He has publications in ICCV, TMI, ACM MM, etc.

 Jingqing Zhang

 Jingqing Zhang

PhD Student

Jingqing Zhang is a PhD student in the Department of Computing under the supervision of Prof. Yike Guo since 2017. His research interest includes text mining, multimodality, deep learning and data science. He is supported by LexisNexis HPCC scholarship.