The Department organised an off-campus induction event for the new PhD students in our Centre for Doctoral Training and Research. The agenda included presentations from academics on our large research projects, alongside short tutorials on theoretical computer science and advanced machine learning. There were also informal talks about PhD life, publishing high quality work, and pursuing a research career. The event concluded with a mini data dive using air quality data from London.
The two-day welcome event was held at Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire, which offered the students and academics the opportunity to meet each other in a relaxed environment. The students also met with some of the current PhD students and asked them about their experiences. The programme was very productive with overwhelmingly positive feedback.
We welcome our new cohort of PhD students and look forward to organising similar events across the coming years.
Dr. Fayyaz Minhas (Fayyaz, pron. FAY-YAZ) has recently joined the department as an Assistant Professor. He will be associated with the Tissue Image Analytics (TIA) lab in the Applied Computing division, and will also be working closely on the PathLAKE project.
Prior to joining Warwick, Dr. Minhas worked as a Principal Scientist at Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS), Islamabad, Pakistan since 2007. He has over 8 years of experience of teaching and research in computer science and has taught courses on Machine learning, Bioinformatics, Quantum Programming, Artificial Intelligence, Cancer Bioinformatics, Computational Biomolecular Design, Biometrics, Python Programming, etc. At PIEAS, he was the Principal Investigator of PIEAS Biomedical Informatics Lab as well as PIEAS Data Science Lab. Dr. Minhas is a recipient of the Fulbright scholarship for his Ph.D. in computer science at Colorado State University, USA. Dr. Minhas works on solving problems in biology and medicine using machine learning methods as well as the development of bespoke machine learning algorithms in the domains of biomedical informatics and data science.
At Warwick, Dr. Minhas will be working closely on the PathLAKE (Pathology image data Lake for Analytics, Knowledge and Education) project and is interested in exploring the development and application of machine learning models for integrating cancer pathology and bioinformatics data for improved diagnosis and personalised treatment of cancer.
He loves to work in a collaborative multidisciplinary research environment and keeps his office door open for colleagues, students and friends. He also likes to play volleyball, read poetry and is ever ready to talk about hiking trails in the American Midwest and the north of Pakistan.
Dr Minhas’ academic profile can be accessed at the URL: https://sites.google.com/view/fayyaz/home
We are happy to announce that Dr Yulia Timofeeva from the department's Applied Computing research theme has been awarded a Medical Research Council grant to develop a modelling framework and computational tools for studying synaptic transmitter release in health and disease. The £475K project will run in close collaboration with the laboratory of Professor Kirill Volynski at the UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology as well as other world-leading experimental laboratories in Europe, USA, Canada and Japan, specialising in state-of-the-art research in synaptic transmission.