Forthcoming meetings

ERIG Research Talks
Provisional Programme

Saturday 12th January 2019, 10.30-13.30

Thanasis Tsanas (University of Edinburgh)
Wearable technology

My research focuses on developing novel tools for data mining and extracting domain information through time series analysis, signal processing, and statistical machine learning. I have worked primarily on applications in healthcare and in particular neuroscience and mental disorders. For example, my PhD work focused on using speech to (a) differentiate healthy controls from people with Parkinson’s disease, and (b) to replicate a Parkinson’s disease symptom severity metric. Other applications of my work on speech-related projects include voice forensics, and even attempting to understand mouse communication through processing their vocalisations.

More recently, I have been working on developing algorithms to mine data collected from wearable sensors such as smartwatches. The aim is to provide an efficient, robust, objective way to characterise activity, sleep, and circadian rhythm patterns and assist people in daily living or monitor patient groups through treatment. Mining the data collected from these wearable sensors along with data collected from mobile phones offers an unprecedented opportunity to monitor longitudinal patterns at a large scale, and can help revolutionise contemporary healthcare.

Saturday 27th April, 2019, 10.30-13.30
Dr David Breen, Consultant neurologist, NHS Lothian


As usual, the talks will take place at the Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine (SCRM), 5 Little France Drive, Edinburgh EH16 4UU. We are grateful to Dr Tilo Kunath for his hospitality. A sandwich lunch will be available after the talk for those who wish it.

To register for the events, please follow this link:TBA