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Athanasios Anastasiou

Lecturer in Health Data Science


Jan 2014Jan 2016

PGtHE (Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education)

Swansea University
Sep 1993Jun 1996

Vocational Studies - Computer Programming

Technical High School of Chalkida

Work experience

Oct 2013Present

Lecturer in Health Data Science

Swansea University Medical School

Mainly responsible for the development and delivery of the MSc in Health Data Science at Swansea University's Medical School

Mar 2008Dec 2008

Research Fellow

Complete Ambient Assisted Living eXperiment (CAALYX)

Responsible for creating a business plan for the project's Intellectual Property as part of the project's exploitation activities. Also deveoped a proof of concept Second Life (SL) demonstrator of CAALYX for the purposes of demonstration of the whole project.

Apr 2005Apr 2008

Research Assistant


Acting head of the Data Acquisition Task Force. Main developer of the BIOPATTERN web portal ( Also participated in activities to do with the organisation of a large collection of various medical datasets so as to provide safe access to a group of researchers from across Europe.

Dec 2004Jun 2005

Research Assistant

The Heart To Heart Project

Main developer of software that was to run in a mobile device performing cardiac and respiratory rate monitoring for infants suspected of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

My work involved the research and implementation of the set of algorithms most suitable for the monitoring purposes. The whole software was written in C++ for the linux environment and was also modified to run on a small embedded platform (the gumstix board) to act as a demonstrator.

Sep 2002Jul 2003

Technical Support

Microchip Evoiki

Responsible for the successful deployment of Local Area Networks and assembly and maintenance of computer systemsfor corporate environments.

Jan 1999Jun 2002

Research Assistant

Technological Education Institute Of Athens

Participated actively in the research going on within the Medical Image and Signal Processing (MEDISP) Lab of the Medical Instrumentation Technology department. Also acted as a lecturer's assistant in computer programming modules relevant to C and C++. This work was also carried over to relevant teaching at a master’s course hosted by the Technical Institution of Athens and Brunel University through external contracts.


Data Modelling

Analysing the data that support a company's workflow and synthesizing data models to make them computable.

This is a core skill that I have used in a number of different projects so far with the most recent being the Clinical Trial Methods in Neurodegenerative Diseases where I had to adapt openEHR to support a health data research environment.

Linux User

I have been using Linux since Slackware 3.5 and i am confident with the concepts introduced by *NIX systems. While my personal favourite is Debian, i have been responsible for managing systems running Suse  (Web and DBMS server), Fedora (web, DBMS and file server for our research group) and Ubuntu.

Python Programming

I started using Python as an alternative to MATLAB and was really impressed by the simplicity and elegance of the language. It is now my language of preference.   Projects that can readily be demonstrated include:   Parallel Implementation Of The Strogatz And Wattz Small World Network Phenomenon On Amazon's Elastic Computing: This demonstration was part of a talk that was given at the university of Plymouth on Amazon's Elastic Computing and Elastic Storage facilities and how these could be affecting scientific computing. The program uses Parallel Python to spawn a process over a number of Amazon Elastic Computing Instances, collect the results and visualise them. The program also uses the Networkx package.   A parser for AC3D files using PyParsing and PyVisual: Looking for a convenient way to load my own 3d Objects in a 3D scene, i implemented a parser for the AC3D format which loads and reconstructs a 3D model from a textual representation of its form. This program will feature as an example in the next release of pyparsing.

MATLAB Programming
Projects implemented in MATLAB's programming language that can be readily demonstrated:   Underwater Sound Propagation And Its Impact On Acoustic Communications Systems: This project is divided into two parts: a) The Underwater Sound Propagation Simulator: Essentially, the output of this part is the impulse response of an underwater channel given the geometric characteristics of the emitter, receiver and their relative positions in space. A modified version of the ray-tracing technique was employed. b) The acoustic communications system simulator: A full simulator including an information source, a convolutional encoder, a modulator, the propagation channel (taken from the USP simulator), a demodulator and a viterbi decoder. This project was used to extract plots of Bit Error Rates VS SNR and at various Emitter, Receiver configurations for my MRes final project.   A toolbox for the analysis and visualisation of functional connectivity networks of the brain: The toolbox contains full implementations of various network structure metrics (clustering coefficient, mean path length, energy, average connection density, cost and others) as well as various models for the construction of various networks such as lattice, small world, scale free and others. The toolbox is specifically targeted towards the processing of time series data such as those obtained via functional modalities such as EEG or fMRI. This project has been used throughout my PhD Dissertation for the study of functional networks of the brain.
C / C++ Programming
Projects Implemented Entirely In C / C++ that can be readily demonstrated:   Digital Image Processing (DIP): A "photoshop" application for medical images implementing a range of image processing techniques such as the application of windows, filtering in the space and frequency domains, image spectra, histogram equalisation and others. Developed as an MDI application using the MFC framework.   Three Dimensional Ultrasound Reconstruction: An application providing an intuitive interface for the exploration of ultrasonic volumetric images obtained via common (i.e non 3D) ultrasound heads. The project stemmed out of a more complex application involving segmentation and surface reconstruction due to medical specialists feedback on artefacts introduced by the rendering process. Developed using the MFC framework and OpenGL.   Tomographic Reconstruction: Implementation of the basic filtered back projection tomographic reconstruction algorithm with the objective of applying it to data obtained via a prototype tomographic device.

Professional Training & Membership

  • Statistical Parametric Mapping For functional neuroimaging short course (May 2007)
  • Royal Society Of Medicine Workshop On Building Succesful Business Cases In ICT For Health (May 2008)


A. Anastasiou, E. Ifeachor, and J. Zajicek, “Data modeling methods in clinical trials: experiences from the clinical trial methods in neurodegenerative diseases project,” Trials, vol. 12, no. Suppl 1, p. A15, 2011.

Anastasiou, A. & Ifeachor, E., 2010.A Novel Thresholding Method For The Analysis Of Functional Connectivity Networks Of The Brain. In Proceedings of the 10th IEEE International Conference on Information Technology And Applications In Biomedicine, PID: 67

Anastasiou, A. & Ifeachor, E., 2008. Novel metrics of functional network structure and their application to the detection and characterisation of Alzheimer's disease. In BioInformatics and BioEngineering, 2008. BIBE 2008. 8th IEEE International Conference on. pp. 1-8. 

A  Anastasiou,  P.  Quarie,  MKN  Boulos,  Personal  Location  aware  healthcare  in Europe  -  The  challenges  from  prototype  to  product;  the  CAALYX  experience, International Journal of Telemedicine and Applications, 2009, Vol 5, No 1, pp 18-29 ( 

Anastasiou A, Kamel Boulos MN, and the CAALYX consortium. Barriers to the Adoption of Telehealth and the Complete Ambient Assisted Living Experiment (CAALYX). In: Proceedings of RAATE 2008-Recent Advances in Assistive Technology & Engineering 2008, Coventry University Technocentre, Coventry, UK, 1 December 2008  (

Kamel Boulos MN, Anastasiou A, Bekiaris E, Panou M, Geo-Enabled Technologies For Independent Living: ExamplesFrom Four European Projects, Technology And Disability 2010, in press (accepted Sept 2010, Journal URL:

Maged N. Kamel Boulos, Ricardo Castellot Lou, Athanasios Anastasiou, Chris D. Nugent, Jan Alexandersson, GottfriedZimmermann, Ulises Cortes, and Roberto Casas, 2009, Connecting for Healthcare and Well-being Management: Examplesfrom Six European Projects, International Journal Of Environmental Research and Public Health, Vol 6, No 7, pp 1947-1971,

Kamel Boulos MN, Anastasiou A, and the CAALYX Consortium. CAALYX: Personal healthcare - Anytime, anywhere! In: Proceedings of the 13th Finnish National Conference on Telemedicine and eHealth "eHealth serving the citizen"; MS Viking Mariella Helsinki - Tukholma - Helsinki, Finland, 2-4 April 2008.( 

Kamel Boulos MN, Anastasiou A. A Complete Ambient Assisted Living eXperiment (CAALYX) in Second Life®. In Proceedings of MedNet2008 - The 13th World Congress on the Internet in Medicine, 15-18 October 2008, St. Petersburg State I.P. Pavlov Medical University, Saint Petersburg, Russia (pp.4-5) -( 

P. Hu, A. Anastasiou, L. Sun, E. C. Ifeachor ,2007, A model for bioprofile over Grid in support of eHealthcare, Proceedings of the  3rd International Conference on Computational Intelligence in Medicine and Healthcare (CIMED2007), July 25-27, 2007, Plymouth, U.K.

A. Anastassiou, D. Cavouras, and I. Kandarakis, “The effect of scintillator properties on spiral CT  image quality.”, Third European Symposium on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, Patras, Greece, September 2002. 

A.Episkopakis, A Anastassiou, N. Dimitropoylos, G. Panayiotakis, D. Cavouras and I. Kandarakis, “Modelling The Performance Of Ce3+, Pr3+ and Eu3+ Doped  GD2O2S Host Matrix Scintilators for Use in Digital and Computerized Medical Imaging”, Third European Symposium on Medical Physics and BiomedicalEngineering, Patras, Greece, September 2002.

N.Dimitropoulos, G.Giannoysopoylos, A.Anastassiou, I.Kandarakis,D.Cavouras,“ Computer Assisted Carotid plaque characterization using Neural Networks devised pattern recognition techniques on ultrasound images.“, European Congress Of Radiology 2001, Vienna, Austria, March 2001. 

I.Kandarakis, D.Cavouras, A..Anastassiou, N.Dimitropoulos,C.Nomicos, ”Radiographic Efficiency of the ZnS:Cu phosphor under mammographic Conditions.”, European Congress Of Radiology  2001, Vienna, Austria, March 2001.

Awards & Distinctions

  • Winner of the 2002 Sony Ideas contest held by Electronics Weekly
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Photography has been one of my interests since an early time in my life. Other than this, i pretty much enjoy any sea related activities.

I am holding a Royal Yachting Association Powerboating Level 2, Intermediate and Safety Boat certificates as well as the Short Range Marine VHF and First Aid certificates (Which are anyway prerequisites for the Safety Boat certification).