Health Informatics Group

Prof Tom Kelsey

Prof Tom Kelsey

Prof Tom Kelsey

Dr. Kelsey is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science at the University of St Andrews, and also:

  • a member of the International Society for Computational Biology
  • Scientific Director of the Wallace-Kelsey Research Foundation
  • an investigator on EPSRC grant EP/H004092/1 A Constraint Solver Synthesiser
  • a founder member of the St Andrews Institute for Data-Intensive Research
  • a member of CIRCA, the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Computational Algebra
  • a member of the International Society for Fertility Preservation
  • a board member of the NHS Scotland Managed Services Network for Children and Young People with Cancer
  • a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine (this fellowship does not imply any medical qualification)

Many classic results in science have come from the analysis of knowledge available in the published literature. A classic example is Mendeleev’s proposal of the law of periodicity: the data on which the law depended were published throughout the chemical literature, in many languages and many symbolic formulations. Most of his research effort is data-driven. He carefully integrates research data from co-investigators with data extracted from published studies. He then uses advanced computational knowledge discovery techniques to derive candidate predictive models, evaluate and validate the best of these models. The models are then used to generate hypotheses for testing by the research community.

His areas of research include:

  • Computational Pure Mathematics – the use of Computational Algebra and Constraint Satisfaction to enumerate and classify finite algebraic structures such as semigroups, monoids and rings
  • Biomedical Data Science – identifying, integrating and simulating data from both previous studies and current collaborations, in order to develop biomedical models and hypotheses for future biomedical research projects
  • eHealth – how best to apply the advances in ICT, data management, cloud-computing and communications to improve the delivery of modern healthcare

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