• EH14 4AS

    United Kingdom

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Projects in the area of deep learning applied to neurodegenerative disesases are preferred, but other diseases are also possible.


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Research interests

My research interests are at the intersection of machine learning and healthcare (neurodegenerative diseases and cancer). My work focuses on creating advanced deep learning and evolutionary algorithms for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and understanding of Parkinson's Disease, Huntington's Disease and ALS/Motor Neuron Disease.


Dr Marta Vallejo is an Assistant Professor at the School of Computer Sciences and programme director for the graduate apprenticeship in Data Science. Before that, she held for four years a tenure-track Research Fellow position in biomedical signal and image processing under the reputed Bicentennial Research Leader position. Prior 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. She also led the Data Analytic work package at the Proteus project (https://www.proteus.ac.uk/), which 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 several EU research projects in Spain. She is also a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Key Research Words/Phrases

Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Evolutionary Algorithms, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Parkinson's Disease, Huntington's Disease, ALS, Motor Neuron Disease, Lung Cancer

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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  • 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), Vijayakumar, Sethu (Recipient), Hermann, Michael (Recipient), Foster, Mary Ellen (Recipient), Hauert, Sabine (Recipient), Couceiro, Micael S. (Recipient), Baillie, Lynne (Recipient), Erden, Mustafa Suphi (Recipient), McEwen, Iain James (Recipient), McConnell, Alistair (Recipient), Goodfellow, Robert (Recipient), Dragone, Mauro (Recipient), Mastrogiovanni, Fulvio (Recipient), Dondrup, Christian (Recipient), Lim, Mei Yii (Recipient), Murphy, Sarah Anne (Recipient), Vallejo, Marta (Recipient), Duncan, Siobhan (Recipient) & Hassan, Mohd Khairul Azmi (Recipient), 1 Jul 2017

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