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Athanasios Tsanas ('Thanasis')
Associate Prof. (tenured)

Thanasis studied Engineering for his undergraduate and MSc degrees and completed a PhD in Applied Mathematics at the University of Oxford (2012). He continued working at the University of Oxford as a Research Fellow in Biomedical Engineering and Applied Mathematics (2012-2016), Stipendiary Lecturer in Engineering Science (2014-2016), and Lecturer in Statistical Research Methods (2016-2019). He joined the Usher Institute, Edinburgh Medical SchoolUniversity of Edinburgh in January 2017 on a prestigious tenure-track Chancellor's Fellowship. He secured tenure a year early (December 2019) and was promoted to Associate Professor in Data Science (May 2020). He is Co-Director of Telescot, and a special scientific advisor to the Ministry of Health in the Greek government. 

He received the Andrew Goudie award (top PhD student across all disciplines, St. Cross College, University of Oxford, 2011), the EPSRC Doctoral Prize award (2012) as one of only 8 Oxford PhD students across 11 departments, the young scientist award (MAVEBA, 2013), the EPSRC Statistics and Machine Learning award (2015), the BIOSTEC/Biosignals Best paper award (2021). He is Co-founder of the NHS Digital Academy, where he leads the development and delivery of the 'Clinical Decision Support and Actionable Data Analytics' theme. He sits on the Editorial Boards of JMIR Mental Health and JMIR mHealth and uHealth. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.


8/2020 -            

12/2019 - 7/2020

1/2017 - 11/2019

10/2017 - 5/2019

10/2016 - 12/2016

10/2014 - 9/2016

10/2012 - 12/2016

3/2005 - 9/2005

7/2004 - 9/2004

Associate Prof. in Data Science (tenured), Medical School, University of Edinburgh

Assistant/Associate Prof. in Data Science (tenured), Medical School, University of Edinburgh

Chancellor's Fellow in Data Science (tenure-track), Medical School, University of Edinburgh

Lecturer in Statistical Research Methods, Said Business School, University of Oxford (external)

Lecturer in Statistical Research Methods, Said Business School, University of Oxford

Stipendiary Lecturer in Engineering Science, St. Peter's College, University of Oxford

Research Fellow, Mathematical Institute and Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford

Student internship (Biomedical engineering), Onassis Cardiac Surgery Centre, Athens, Greece

Student internship (Electrical engineering), Public Power Corporation, Athens, Greece

Other current positions

since 1/2020

since 9/2017

since 7/2020

since 9/2020

since 6/2019

since 5/2017

Co-Director of Telescot, academic research programme in Scotland focusing on telemedicine

Co-founder and Theme Leader in Data Analytics and Clinical Decision Support, NHS Digital Academy

Scientific advisor in Telemedicine, Ministry of Health, Greek government (5-people committee)

Affiliate Researcher, School of Mathematics, University of Edinburgh

Editorial Board Member, JMIR mHealth and uHealth (top technical journal in JMIR)

Editorial Board Member, JMIR mHealth (top medical informatics journal in mental health)

Academic qualifications

10/2008 - 9/2012

10/2007 - 9/2008

9/2005 - 7/2007

9/2001 - 9/2005      

D.Phil. in Applied Mathematics, Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford, UK

M.Sc. in Communications and Signal Processing, Engineering Dept., Newcastle University, UK

B.Eng. in Electrical Engineering and Electronics, University of Liverpool, UK

B.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering, Technological Educational Institute of Athens, Greece

Academic awards

Biosignals/BIOSTEC (February 2021)

Best paper award for the study: "Assessing Parkinson’s disease speech signal generalization of clustering results across three countries: findings in the Parkinson’s voice initiative"

HDRUK publication of the month (September 2019)

Our work published in Circulation was highlighted and selected as publication of the month by HDRUK

EPSRC Computational Statistics and Machine Learning award (NCSML, June 2015)

Only five research projects with a machine learning focus were selected in a UK-wide competition

Best reviewer award for the journal IEEE Journal of Biomedical Health Informatics (2015)

One of only six researchers selected globally for this award

Outstanding reviewer for the journal Computers in Biology and Medicine (2015)

Recognition for thoughtful and constructive feedback in a peer-review setting

Biomedical Signal Processing and Control & MAVEBA International Workshop (December 2013)

Young scientist paper award for the study: “Acoustic analysis toolkit for biomedical speech signal processing: concepts and algorithms

Junior Research Fellow of Kellogg College, University of Oxford (May 2013)

Elected to a prestigious 3-year junior research fellowship at Kellogg College, starting on 1 October 2013

Research paper highlighted as a “key scientific article” in Renewable Energy and global innovations

Highlighted paper: A. Tsanas, A. Xifara: "Accurate quantitative estimation of energy performance of residential buildings using statistical machine learning tools", Energy and Buildings, Vol. 49, pp. 560-567, 2012. According to Renewable Energy and global innovations “Papers are selected from over 5,000 peer reviewed journals.”

The Physionet/Computing in Cardiology 2012 challenge: predicting mortality of ICU patients. Winning entry

Key member of the Oxford biomedical engineering team that won the competition. We designed novel algorithms to extract characteristic patterns from the data, and developed a new Bayesian classification algorithm. The results were presented in the Computing in Cardiology 2012 conference paper

EPSRC Doctoral Prize Award (2012)

Only 8 awards were given across 11 departments in the Mathematical, Physical, and Life Sciences division at the University of Oxford, making this a highly competitive scheme. The award included a generous 6-month salary and funds for equipment (total value of award £27,342)

Hellenic Medical Society, UK (2011)

Shortlisted in the final six candidates for the Papanikolaou prize. Typically medical doctors and biologists are selected, but I had successfully made a case to be considered for the award

St. Cross college, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK (2011)

​Andrew Goudie student recognition award in the field of Academics. The award is given "in recognition of outstanding achievement", and was the equivalent of top student across all disciplines

International Symposium on Nonlinear Theory and its Applications (NOLTA) 2010 Conference

Student paper award for my work on "New Nonlinear Markers and Insights Into Speech Signal Degradation for Effective Tracking of Parkinson's Disease Symptom Severity". The award is given on the basis of "the quality, originality, and clarity of the paper and the presentation."

University of Oxford, Oxford UK (2008-2012)

EPSRC scholarship (doctoral training award) with additional industrial funding from Intel Corporation for the D.Phil. (duration: 4 years. The scholarship covers University and College fees, £16,000 living expenses per annum, and additional funding towards expenses for equipment, books, and attending conferences)

Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK (2007-2008)

CTA Scholarship (covered tuition fees, and £7,000 living expenses) for the M.Sc. in Communications and Signal Processing (2007-2008)

University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK (2007)

BNFL prize for final year project excellence

Department of Biomedical Engineering, Technological Educational Institute of Athens, Athens, Greece (2005)

Graduated as the best student of the class 2001-2005

National Scholarship Foundation (IKY), Athens, Greece (2004)

Scholarship for being the best student of the 3rd year in the Department of Biomedical Engineering

National Scholarship Foundation (IKY), Athens, Greece (2003)

Scholarship for being the best student of the 2nd year in the Department of Biomedical Engineering

Professional memberships

8/2019 - present

8/2019 - present

2/2016 - present

Fellow, Royal Society of Medicine

Senior Member, IEEE

Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Academic community services

Editorial service

  • Editorial Board Member Journal of Medical Internet Research Mental Health

  • Editorial Board Member JMIR mHealth and uHealth

Organising/technical program committee

  • contributed to 10 international conferences/workshops, including the flagship IEEE International Conference on Biomedical and Health Informatics, and serving as session chair in ICPRS, BIOSTEC, MAVEBA etc.


  • research articles for many top discipline-leading journals and conferences. I have reviewed for 50 journals and 9 conferences, including Lancet, Circulation, PLOS Medicine, various IEEE Transactions and ACM Transactions, JMIR, JASA

  • grant proposals for national and international funding bodies, including the Israel Science Foundation, the Icelandic Research Fund, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), Action Medical Trust, and the Cure Parkinson's Trust


  • I have lectured at the University of Oxford and the University of Edinburgh across 4 departments: Engineering Science department (Oxford), Department of Mathematics (Oxford and Edinburgh), Medical School (Oxford and Edinburgh), and the Business School (Oxford)


  • Internal (University of Edinburgh) for 7 PhD reviews and an MSc thesis

  • Internal (University of Oxford) for 4 PhD reviews and an MSc thesis

  • External for 7 PhD theses and 1 MSc thesis, including examining a PhD thesis at the University of Oxford

Invited talks (external to my institution)

  • Academic: Harvard, MIT, Oxford, University of Pennsylvania, University of Melbourne, Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, Universidad Polytecnica de Madrid, UCL, University of Southampton, University of Bristol, Newcastle University, University of Leeds, Cardiff University, University of Dundee, University of Athens, Athens University of Economics and Business, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki etc.

  • Industrial: Cogito (US), Numerical Algorithms Group (UK), Roche (Switzerland), Codiax (Romania), UCB Pharma (UK), Royal Academy of Engineering (UK), Mirador Analytics (UK)

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