School of Computing

Data Science Research Group

Contact details:

  • Head of group: Palaniappan Ramaswamy
  • Seminar Organiser: Michael Kampouridis

    Data Science is an interdisciplinary field that utilises computing technology to derive obvious and non-obvious relationships in data by developing the appropriate scientific algorithms and implementation of these methods to extract useful knowledge or insights from the data. The focus of the Data Science Research Group at Kent is to apply the techniques such as signal processing, machine learning, security and statistics in an impactful manner to benefit the wider public. Our research is cross-disciplinary involving schools such as Business, Computing, Engineering, Pharmacy, Psychology, Sociology and Sports Science.

    Visit our blog for recent updates and more about our research

    Areas of Research Activity

    Members are engaged in the following areas of research:

    • Biomedical signal analysis for applications such as  affective and brain-computer-interfacing, biometrics, cardiovascular diagnosis, mental disorders (minimally conscious, Parkinson etc) and virtual reality;
    • Financial econometrics and time-series modelling and forecasting such as the estimation of declining social discount rate for intergenerational cost-benefit analysis;
    • Speech and audio signal processing with embedded system designs for applications related to hearing and communications;
    • Computational intelligence techniques (like ant colony optimisation, evolutionary algorithms and artificial neural networks) for business-related problems such as weather derivative and algorithmic trading;
    • Supervised machine learning algorithms to analyse biological data such as the biology of ageing and pharmacokinetics;
    • Computational creativity, semantic web, and natural language processing for applications such as music informatics, digital humanities and knowledge modelling;  
    • Memristor technology for data storage, cloud and green computing;
    • Parallel and stream data processing;
    • Cryptology, steganography and steganalysis;
    • Text mining and machine learning, intelligent information retrieval, web mining, reasoning under uncertainty.

    Recent News

    • May 2018: Want to join us? We are looking for a new member in our research group. Details here.
    • May 2018: Dr Srivas Chennu will be joining The Alan Turing Institute for Data Science as a visiting researcher.
    • April 2018: Dr Palani has been appointed as Visiting Professor in the prestigious Electrical Engineering Department (currently ranked 23 in the world), University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
    • Dec 2017: We have a new Lecturer in our group, Dr Shoaib Jameel, who joined us from Cardiff University.
    • Dec 2017: Read Dr Chennu's article on Artificial Intelligence and healthcare at The Conversation.
    • May 2017: A research grant awarded by the EPSRC will fund Dr. Chennu's MOHAWK project.
    • Mar 2017: Dr Palani featured in the EEG biometric research aired on BBC News South East.
    • Jan 2017: Dr Srivas Chennu provided expert commentary to ITV News at Ten about a high-profile study on a new brain-computer interfacing technology that enabled communication with completely locked-in patients.
    • Dec 2016BBC Radio 4 commisioned a documentary highlighting Dr Chennu's research into developing bedside assessment for patients in vegetative and minimally conscious states. Listen to it here
    • Dec 2016: Dr Ramaswamy has delivered two courses on biomedical signals to colleagues in two Indian universities as part of an initiative to elevate India’s scientific and technological capacity to global excellence. For details, see here.
    • Oct 2016: Dr Anna Jordanous’s work on modelling creativity (with Bill Keller, published in PLOS ONE) has been featured in articles on the World Economic Forum website, as well as news sources such as La Repubblica (Italy) DeMorgen (Belgium), Atlantico (France) and other media outlets such as the Psychology today blog. For details, see here.
    • July 2016: Professor Ian McLoughlin publishes Speech and Audio Processing: a Matlab-based approach, Cambridge University Press, July 2016, ISBN 978-1107085466.


Kent academic gives keynote speech at City Event Lecturer Anna Jordanous was invited to give a keynote speech to computer scientists at investment bank Credit Suisse.  The Credit Suisse IT Expo was themed around ‘AI & Robotics’ which ties in with Anna’s area of expertise, which is computational creativity. Anna was selected alongside speakers from the machine learning and artificial intelligence fields. One of the speakers was a former student Toby Leheup who works for Credi...

15 June 2018

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Sonic attacks in China and Cuba: how sound can be a weapon Professor Ian McLoughlin from the School of Computing Data Science Research Group has written an article for The Conversation on the possible cause of ‘sonic attacks’ in Cuba and China. The article has also been published in The Independent and on the Newsweek USA website. Reports of "sonic attacks" in China, and previously in Cuba, have left many wandering whether sonic weapons could be targeting US diplomats. Victims have reporte...

7 June 2018

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New lecturer joins School of Computing Dr Tomas Petricek has joined the University of Kent as a lecturer in the School of Computing. Tomas is a member of the Programming Languages and Systems Research group and is based at the Canterbury campus. Tomas studied for his undergraduate and Master's degree at Charles University in Prague before completing his PhD in 2016 at the University of Cambridge on 'coeffects', which is a programming language theory for context-aware programming la...

30 May 2018

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Last Updated: 16/05/2018