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My research interests are at the intersection of machine learning and healthcare (neurodegenerative diseases). My work focuses on the creation of advanced classification algorithms for diagnosis, prognosis and understanding of Parkinson's Disease using different machine learning methods like deep learning and evolutionary algorithms.


Dr Marta Vallejo is a tenure track research fellow in biomedical signal and image processing. Previous to this appointment, she was head of AI and machine learning at ClearSky Medical Diagnostics Ltd. (www.clearskymd.com). She holds a PhD in computational intelligence and predictive modelling and an MSc in artificial intelligence. She has worked on several research projects in the areas of deep learning, evolutionary algorithms and predictive modelling. Notably, she was the lead researcher for "A Multiobjective Evolutionary Approach to Understanding Parkinson's Disease", a project that saw the development of new predictive models for Parkinson’s disease management. Currently, she works in the Proteus project, which is focused on the treatment of critically ill respiratory patients using advanced microendoscopic imaging and sensing technologies. Dr Vallejo has also worked as a project manager on a number of EU research projects. She is also a fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Key Research Words/Phrases

Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Evolutionary Algorithms, Simulation and Modelling, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Parkinson's Disease, Dementia

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Research Output

Deep Learning in ex-vivo Lung Cancer Discrimination using Fluorescence Lifetime Endomicroscopic Images

Wang, Q., Hopgood, J. R., Finlayson, N., Williams, G., Fernandes, S., Williams, E., Akram, A., Dhaliwal, K. & Vallejo, M., 27 Aug 2020, 42nd Annual International Conferences of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE, p. 1891-1894 4 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • Open Access
  • Combining Soft Robotics and Brain-Machine Interfaces for Stroke Rehabilitation

    Vargas, P. A., Brasil, F. L., McConnell, A. C., Vallejo, M., Corne, D. W., Stokes, A. A. & Moioli, R. C., 2017, Converging Clinical and Engineering Research on Neurorehabilitation II: Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on NeuroRehabilitation (ICNR2016), October 18-21, 2016, Segovia, Spain. Ibáñez, J., González-Vargas, J., Azorín, J. M., Akay, M. & Pons, J. L. (eds.). Springer, p. 1257-1262 6 p. (Biosystems & Biorobotics; vol. 15).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingOther chapter contribution

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    Evolutionary algorithms under noise and uncertainty: A location-allocation case study

    Vallejo, M. & Corne, D. W., 13 Feb 2017, 2016 IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence (SSCI). IEEE, 7849959

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    34 Downloads (Pure)

    Robotic devices and brain-machine interfaces for hand rehabilitation post-stroke

    McConnell, A. C., Moioli, R. C., Brasil, F. L., Vallejo, M., Corne, D. W., Vargas, P. A. & Stokes, A. A., Jun 2017, In : Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine. 49, 6, p. 449-460 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    Open Access
  • 14 Citations (Scopus)
    40 Downloads (Pure)


    Spirit of Heriot-Watt Awards 2017, Outward Looking

    Lane, David Michael (Recipient), Lohan, Katrin Solveig (Recipient), Vargas, Patricia A. (Recipient), Hastie, Helen (Recipient), Broz, Frank (Recipient), Sethu Vijayakumar (Recipient), Michael Hermann (Recipient), Mary Ellen Foster (Recipient), Sabine Hauert (Recipient), Micael S. Couceiro (Recipient), Baillie, Lynne (Recipient), Erden, Mustafa Suphi (Recipient), Iain James McEwen (Recipient), Alistair Campbell McConnell (Recipient), Robert Goodfellow (Recipient), Dragone, Mauro (Recipient), Fulvio Mastrogiovanni (Recipient), Dondrup, Christian (Recipient), Mei Yii Lim (Recipient), Sarah Anne Murphy (Recipient), Vallejo, Marta (Recipient), Siobhan Duncan (Recipient) & Mohd Khairul Azmi Hassan (Recipient), 1 Jul 2017

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