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Athanasios Anastasiou

Health Data Scientist

Work experience

Oct 2017Present

Data Scientist

Swansea University

Developing bibInsight, a system to enable large scale systematic research on bibliometrics combining natural language processing, network analysis and machine learning. 

Oct 2013Sep 2017

Lecturer in Health Data Science

Swansea University Medical School

Programme Director for the MSc in Health Data Science at Swansea University's Medical School. Co-Lead of "Training & Capacity Development" for the Farr Institute.

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.


Digital Signal Processing

MRes in Digital Signal Processing & Communications Engineering. Final year project was "A robust acoustic link for underwater data communications" (basically a MODEM adapted to a channel strongly influenced by multipath propagation) in collaboration with JS Marine - Plymouth.

Extensive practical experience with digital signal processing for EEG, MEG, fMRI data in the biomedical domain.

Data Modelling

Extensive experience in finite (UML) and numeric data modeling over medical data.

Python Programming

Main language of preference for the last 12 years with a strong focus on scientific programming.

C / C++ Programming

Proficient in C/C++ with an extensive portfolio of projects, primarily in biomedical digital signal and image processing.

MATLAB Programming

Proficient in MATLAB programming with a strong focus on Digital Signal and Image Processing.

Linux User

I have been using Linux since Slackware 3.5. 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.


Chavana-Bryant, Cecilia, Yadvinder Malhi, Jin Wu, Gregory P. Asner, Athanasios Anastasiou, Brian J. Enquist, Eric G. Cosio Caravasi, et al. 2016. “Leaf Aging of Amazonian Canopy Trees as Revealed by Spectral and Physiochemical Measurements.” New Phytologist, n/a–n/a.

Athanasios Anastasiou, Georgina Moulton, Colin McCowan, Paul Taylor, and Catharine Goddard. 2016. “Tomorrow’s Health Data Scientists in the Making: 2 Years of Training & Capacity Building Activities with the Farr Institute.”

Jammeh, Emmanuel, Camille Carroll, Stephen Pearson, Javier Escudero, Athanasios Anastasiou, John Zajicek, and Emmanuel Ifeachor. 2015. “Using NHS Primary Care Data to Identify Undiagnosed Dementia.” Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry 86 (11): e4–e4.

Escudero, Javier, Athanasios Anastasiou, and Alberto Fernández. 2014. “Post-Processing for Spectral Coherence of Magnetoencephalogram Background Activity: Application to Alzheimer’s Disease.” In Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), 2014 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE, 6345–6348. IEEE.

Anastasiou, Athanasios, Javier Escudero, Emmanuel Ifeachor, Camille Carroll, Steven Pearson, John Zajicek, Henley William, Peter Turnbull, and Graham Sykes. 2013. “A Pilot Study of the Use of Routinely Collected NHS Clinical Data to Identify Undiagnosed Dementia.”

Anastasiou, Athanasios, Javier Escudero, Emmanuel Ifeachor, and John Zajicek. 2013. “Clinical Trial Methods in Neurodegenerative Diseases (CTMND).”

Escudero, Javier, Athanasios Anastasiou, and Alberto Fernandez. 2013. “Sensor Proximity Bias in MEG Coherence.”

Boulos, Maged N Kamel, Athanasios Anastasiou, Evangelos Bekiaris, and Mary Panou. 2011. “Geo-Enabled Technologies for Independent Living: Examples from Four European Projects.” Technology and Disability 23 (1): 7–17.

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.


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

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)

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).