December 24, 2017

About me


Norman is a Data Scientist with years of research experience, in both the academia and commerce.

He is currently working for BJSS where he works with a core team of data scientists and machine learning engineers to solve a range of practical machine learning problems across different sectors from government and healthcare to commodity and finance.

Previous roles. He previously worked at QuintilesIMS (now IQVIA) where he developed and applied machine learning algorithms to healthcare with applications to detecting and modelling disease progression. Prior to this, he was a senior lecturer and a principal investigator of a project funded by Medical Research Council (MRC) with the aim of modelling Chronic Kidney Disease.

Awards and recognition. Whilst at University of Surrey, he was named the researcher of the year 2011. He is a fellow of Higher Education Academy and a recipient of Swiss National Science Foundation Advanced Researcher grant. He has been applying machine learning to solving predictive and diagnostic analytics, with applications to biometrics, forensics, and healthcare. On these topics, he has published in excess of 100 peer-reviwed publications which are summarised by a Google-based H-index of 31.


Past Experience

Quintiles IMS Holdings, Inc. - Senior Data Scientist

Quintiles IMS Holdings, Inc., is an American multinational company serving the combined industries of health information technologies and clinical research.

  • Norman was engaged to provide technical leadership to a team of junior data scientists in designing machine learning algorithms that can harness the value of QuintilesIMS’s Real World Evidence to improve retrospective clinical studies, under-diagnosis of rare diseases, personalized treatment response profiles, disease progression predictions, and clinical decision-support tools.

University of Surrey - Senior Lecturer in Computational Intelligence

The University of Surrey is a leading university located within the county town of Guildford, Surrey. Key achievements:

  • Contributed to four modules and designed two full modules.
  • Led a healthcare analytics research team involving two postdoctoral researchers, ensuring high quality research outputs with impact and their career development.
  • Successfully piloted the Peer-Assisted Learning Scheme, enabling better student support and engagement.
  • Provided pastoral care to second-year students, preparing them for placement and career development.

MRC - Principal Investigator

MRC provide New Investigator Research Grant schemes that support clinical and nonclinical researchers while they are establishing themselves as independent principal investigators. Key achievements:

  • Norman led a team of two post-doctoral researchers to tackle the long-term modelling of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).

  • Outputs included a novel algorithm to detect acute kidney injury, to model CKD progression, and to stratify CKD patients.

Clinical Informatics Research Group (Clininf) - Team Coordinator

Clinif offer training programmes related to routine data analysis and statistics. Norman was engaged to provide scientific leadership in processing, extracting and representing health records. Key achievements:

  • Served as a project manager for a number of projects, ensuring timely delivery of research outputs through a coordinated team effort.

CVSSP - Senior Research Fellow

Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP) is an internationally recognised leader in audio-visual machine perception research. Norman was initially engaged as a Research Fellow and later promoted to Senior Research Fellow. Key achievements:

  • Produced award-winning research papers on biometrics, advancing research in multimodal biometrics fusion, dynamic fusion based on biometric sample quality.
  • Collaborated with researchers in Europe and Asia.
  • Team leader for the FP7 MOBIO and BEAT projects.