Athanasios Tsanas (‘Thanasis’)





































Employment record

10/2016 – 12/2016

Lecturer, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

·      Teaching Statistical Research Methods (1st year Ph.D. students)

10/2014 – 9/2016

Stipendiary Lecturer in Engineering Science, St. Peter’s College, University of Oxford

·      Teaching electrical and information engineering courses (1st and 2nd year undergraduate students)

10/2012 – 12/2016

Research Fellow, Mathematical Institute and Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford

·      Research on biomedical engineering, signal processing, statistical machine learning, and sleep and circadian rhythm analysis with applications in mental and neurodegenerative disorders

2012 – present

Consulting (part-time projects focusing on time-series, signal processing, machine learning)

·      LSVT (US), Lein Applied Diagnostics (UK)

3/2005 – 9/2005

Onassis Cardiac Surgery Centre, Athens, Greece (6-month student internship)

·      Biomedical engineering department: data analysis and service of medical equipment

7/2004 – 9/2004

Public Power Corporation, Athens, Greece (3-month student internship)

·      Electrical engineering department: Digital control systems of a 150/20 KV distribution centre


Professional memberships


Since 2/2016

Senior Associate Member of the Royal Society of Medicine (by invitation)

·      Membership for professionals working in the area of healthcare

Since 2/2016

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (by examination)

·      Assessed portfolio, demonstrating commitment to teaching in higher education


Academic qualifications



D.Phil. in Applied Mathematics, University of Oxford, UK

·      Thesis: Accurate telemonitoring of Parkinson’s disease symptom severity using nonlinear speech signal processing and statistical machine learning


M.Sc. in Communications and Signal Processing, Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK, 2008 (Distinction thesis)

·      Thesis: Advanced equalisation schemes: trends of the future


B.Eng. in Electrical Engineering and Electronics, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK, 2007 (1st class)

·       Thesis: Modelling the circulatory system: evaluating the cardiac output and the arterial pressure


B.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering, Technological Educational Institute of Athens, Greece, 2005 (eq. 1st class, top of my year cohort)

·       Thesis: Mechanical circulatory support systems: current state and a view to the future


Seminars and Certificates


-          University of Oxford, Oxford Learning Institute (January 2015 – January 2016)

Teaching fellowship seminars (best teaching practices in higher education)

-          University of Oxford, Oxford Learning Institute (September 2014)

Examined course on Oxford undergraduate admissions

-          University of Oxford, Oxford Learning Institute (March 2013)

Course on recruitment and selection of staff: qualified to chair selection panels

-          University of Oxford and the UK Higher Education Academy (May 2012)

Associate fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (recognition reference 49802)

-          National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Extramural Research (November 2009)

Examined training course: “Protecting Human Research Participants” (certification number: 333277)

-          Said Business School, University of Oxford, UK (November 2008 – February 2009)

Series of seminars: “Building a business”

-          Technological Educational Institute, Athens, Greece (March 2005)

Training course: “How businesses are run”


IT and other skills


-          Programming

Matlab, C/C++, R, Basic, microcontrollers (Basic Stamps), Assembly, PSpice

-          Languages

Greek (mother tongue), English, German (Zertifikat Deutsch, Goethe Inst. Athens, 2004), French (Basic conversational and writing skills)

-          Full, clean car driving license (2001, Athens, Greece)


Academic awards and distinctions


-          EPSRC Computational Statistics and Machine Learning award (NCSML, June 2015)

Only five research projects with a machine learning focus were selected in a UK-wide competition.

-          Best reviewer award for the journal IEEE Journal of Biomedical Health Informatics (2015)

I was one of only six researchers selected globally for this award.

-          Outstanding reviewer for the journal Computers in Biology and Medicine (2015)

Recognition for thoughtful and constructive feedback in a peer-review setting.

-          Biomedical Signal Processing and Control & MAVEBA International Workshop (December 2013)

I won the young scientist paper award for the study: “Acoustic analysis toolkit for biomedical speech signal processing: concepts and algorithms.

-          Junior Research Fellow of Kellogg College, University of Oxford (May 2013)

I was elected to a prestigious 3-year junior research fellowship at Kellogg College, starting on 1 October 2013.

-          Research paper highlighted as a “key scientific article” in Renewable Energy and global innovations

Highlighted paper “A. Tsanas, A. Xifara: "Accurate quantitative estimation of energy performance of residential buildings using statistical machine learning tools", Energy and Buildings, Vol. 49, pp. 560-567, 2012”. According to Renewable Energy and global innovations “Papers are selected from over 5,000 peer reviewed journals.”

-          The Physionet/Computing in Cardiology 2012 challenge: predicting mortality of ICU patients. Winning entry

I was a member of the Oxford biomedical engineering team that won the competition. We designed novel algorithms to extract characteristic patterns from the data, and developed a new Bayesian classification algorithm. The results were presented in the Computing in Cardiology 2012 conference paper.

-          EPSRC Doctoral Prize Award (2012)

Only the top 10% EPSRC-funded PhD students from the 11 departments of the Mathematical, Physical, and Life Sciences division are eligible to apply for this award. Only 8 awards were given, making this a highly competitive program. The award includes a generous 6-month salary and funds for equipment (total value of award £27,342).

-          Hellenic Medical Society, UK (2011)

Shortlisted in the final six candidates for the Papanikolaou prize. Typically medical doctors and biologists are selected, but I successfully made a case to be considered for the award.

-          St. Cross college, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK (2011)

Andrew Goudie student recognition award in the field of Academics. The award is given "in recognition of outstanding achievement".

-          International Symposium on Nonlinear Theory and its Applications (NOLTA) 2010 Conference

Student paper award for my work on "New Nonlinear Markers and Insights Into Speech Signal Degradation for Effective Tracking of Parkinson's Disease Symptom Severity". The award is given on the basis of "the quality, originality, and clarity of the paper and the presentation."

-          University of Oxford, Oxford UK (2008-2012)

EPSRC scholarship (doctoral training award) with additional industrial funding from Intel Corporation for the D.Phil. (duration: 4 years. The scholarship covers University and College fees, £16,000 living expenses per annum, and additional funding towards expenses for equipment, books, and attending conferences).

-          Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK (2007-2008)

CTA Scholarship (covered tuition fees, and £7,000 living expenses) for the M.Sc. in Communications and Signal Processing (2007-2008).

-          University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK (2007)

BNFL prize for final year project excellence.

-          Department of Medical Instruments Technology, Technological Educational Institute of Athens, Athens, Greece (2005)

Graduated as the best student of the class 2001-2005.

-          National Scholarship Foundation (IKY), Athens, Greece (2004)

Scholarship for being the best student of the 3rd year in the Department of Medical Instruments Technology.

-          National Scholarship Foundation (IKY), Athens, Greece (2003)

Scholarship for being the best student of the 2nd year in the Department of Medical Instruments Technology.


Non-academic awards and distinctions


-          University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

Mindsports Blue award (Chess) "for competing at the highest level of university sport, in recognition of excellence in representing the University of Oxford". This is a much-coveted and prestigious prize. I participated in four Varsity chess matches (2008-2012) and captained the Oxford Varsity chess team in 2013.

-          Athletic Union of Greece, Ministry of Sports, Athens, Greece (2003)

Honorary scholarship for exceptional performance in Sports & Studies. This prestigious scholarship is awarded to Greek athletes who were champions in a given sport and were amongst the top students in their University courses.

-          Junior Chess Champion (-20) 2003 in Greece

Ranked amongst the top-3 juniors during 1996-2003 in several age groups and represented Greece in European and World Chess Championships.


Academic visits


-          Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, Amsterdam, Netherlands

April 2013: Visiting Prof. Eus van Someren

-          Universidad Polytecnica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

February 2013: Visiting Prof. Pedro Gomez-Vilda

-          Media Lab, MIT, Boston, US

January 2012: Visiting Dr. Max Little


Academic host


-          Adam Vogel (University of Melbourne), collaborating on voice-related applications in the neurodegenerative domain (July 2014)


© Athanasios Tsanas

Last updated: 23 November 2016