From Self-Data to Decision Making

  • From Self-Data to Decision Making

School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
& ECIT Global Research Institute

Proposed Project Title: From Self-Data to Decision Making

Principal Supervisor:   Dr Jose Sousa Sousa (MHLS)     Second Supervisor: Prof Dimitrios Nikolopoulos (ECIT)

Project Description:
This project is a collaboration between the Advanced Informatics Core Technology Unit (BICTU) in the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences and the Institute of Electronics, Communication and Information Technology (ECIT). The objective of this collaboration is to develop Big Data management infrastructures and architectures for extracting actionable biomedical insights and performing analytics, audit, and knowledge extraction from the data produced by Core Technology Units in the Faculty of MHLS,  including genomics, imaging and mass spectrometric data.

This PhD project focuses on the development of a big data architecture to integrate different raw data sets and produce emergent models of interdependence significance that can influence human decision making. The concept of the project is to derive an architecture that mimics how our brain develops conscience to decide and how our brain transforms the continuous self-data produced by each of our body systems into reasoning, thought, and emotions. The project will focus on the development of AI-based inference tools that allow the automatic production of metadata from raw data and the use of metadata to drive decision making processes. This will include the need to understand the data flow and produce AI data ingest components through metadata. The project will develop a pilot with real data in two scenarios: bladder cancer treatment and ecoinformatics.

The outcome of the project will be a data integration framework and tools that produce emergent metadata that allows data management of the raw data in a way that makes it FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable) data with minimal human data curation.

Contact details

Supervisor Name: Dr Jose Sousa Sousa                                                                       Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 2237
QUB Address:     Faculty Office MHLS                                                                            Email:


CoSupervisor Name: Prof Dimitrios Nikolopoulos                                                           Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 1800
QUB Address:     ECIT                                                                                                  Email: