Dr David Harris-Birtill is a Lecturer in the School of Computer Science at the University of St Andrews. David's research interests include remote sensing, image and signal processing and machine learning for patient benefit. David also is Founder and Director of Beyond Medics Limited, a spin-out company from the University established to create medical imaging and sensing technology for patient benefit. David and Beyond Medics the won the Converge Challenge KickStart Award in 2016. Previously in St Andrews, David was Principal Investigator on a project funded by the Digital Health and Care Institute (DHI), where, together with his Research Assistant, David Morrison, he created an automated remote pulse oximeter to measure people's vital signs from a distance using camera-based technology. David was a Principal Investigator on an EPSRC IAA funded project to perform medical image segmentation using deep learning to automatically detect cancer.
Previously David worked on the Palimpsest project, analysing and visualising high-volume literary data to explore the geographical nature of literature. He also led the SICSA knowledge exchange theme, Medical Imaging and Sensing in Computing, having been awarded full funding by SICSA for a series of exciting events to foster greater creativity and collaboration between industry and academia in this dynamic field. He is a lecturer on several undergraduate and postgraduate modules, including running and lecturing on CS5002: Programming Principles and Practice, and lecturing on Medical Imaging as part of CS1005: Computer Science in Everyday Life. Previously he led and lectured the module CS5043: Research Methods for User Experience, and he also lectures on Human Computer Interaction modules when required. He also currently supervises Senior Honours, Masters and PhD research projects. David studied for his Physics Masters at Warwick University, before completing his PhD in Physics at the Institute of Cancer Research in London. He then became a Post-Doctoral Researcher in Imperial College London, working for the department of Surgery and Cancer in the Hamlyn Centre for Medical Robotics. Throughout his career David has used his programming skills to create high-impact image and data analysis programs to help researchers across the globe, enabling clinicians, chemists, biologists and physicists to complete their research much faster using fully-optimised and automated or semi-automated programs. He also has a great deal of experimental experience creating and optimising medical imaging systems, microscopy systems, using lasers for therapy and imaging, and chemical analysis of gold nano-particles.
David’s work has been published in journals including Astronomy and Astrophysics and the Journal of Biomedical Optics, and has presented his research across the globe at conferences including San Francisco (SPIE Photonics WEST), Hong Kong (Acoustics 2012), Bangalore India (THIT 2015), and an invited workshop in Atlanta (CTS 2015). He has created open source image analysis programs which have been downloaded by over 100 researchers all over the globe, and has run a course on “Introduction to Matlab for busy researchers and clinicians”.
- Morrison, D & Harris-Birtill, DCC 2022, Anonymising pathology data using generative adversarial networks. in JE Tomaszewski, AD Ward & RM (eds), Medical Imaging 2022: Digital and Computational Pathology., 1203917, Proceedings of SPIE, vol. 12039, SPIE, SPIE Medical Imaging 2022, San Diego, California, United States, 20/02/22. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2611803
- Rahmat, R, Harris-Birtill, D, Finn, D, Feng, Y, Montgomery, D, Nailon, WH & McLaughlin, S 2021, Radiomics-led monitoring of non-small cell lung cancer patients during radiotherapy. in BW Papież, M Yaqub, J Jiao, AIL Namburete & JA Noble (eds), Medical image understanding and analysis: 25th annual conference, MIUA 2021. Lecture notes in computer science, vol. 12722, Springer, Cham, pp. 532–546, Medical Image Understanding and Analysis, Oxford, United Kingdom, 12/07/21. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-80432-9_39
- Schrempf, P, Watson, H, Park, E, Pajak, M, MacKinnon, H, Muir, KW, Harris-Birtill, D & O’Neil, AQ 2021, 'Templated text synthesis for expert-guided multi-label extraction from radiology reports', Machine Learning and Knowledge Extraction, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 299-317. https://doi.org/10.3390/make3020015
- Harris-Birtill, D & Harris-Birtill, R 2021, Understanding computation time: a critical discussion of time as a computational performance metric. in A Misztal, PA Harris & JA Parker (eds), Time in variance. The study of time, vol. 17, Brill, Leiden, pp. 220-248, The 17th triennial conference of the International Society for the Study of Time, California, California, United States, 23/06/19. https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004470170_014
- Stefani, A, Rahmat, R & Harris-Birtill, DCC 2020, Autofocus Net: Auto-focused 3D CNN for Brain Tumour Segmentation. in In Annual Conference on Medical Image Understanding and Analysis: Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS). vol. 1248, Springer, pp. 43-55. <https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-52791-4_4>
- Schrempf, P, Watson, H, Mikhael, S, Pajak, M, Falis, M, Lisowska, A, Muir, KW, Harris-Birtill, D & O'Neil, AQ 2020, Paying per-label attention for multi-label extraction from radiology reports. in J Cardoso, H Van Nguyen, N Heller, P Henriques Abreu, I Isgum, W Silva, R Cruz, J Pereira Amorim, V Patel, B Roysam, K Zhou, S Jiang, N Le, K Luu, R Sznitman, V Cheplygina, D Mateus, E Trucco & S Abbasi (eds), Interpretable and Annotation-Efficient Learning for Medical Image Computing: Third International Workshop, iMIMIC 2020, Second International Workshop, MIL3iD 2020, and 5th International Workshop, LABELS 2020, Held in Conjunction with MICCAI 2020, Lima, Peru, October 4–8, 2020, Proceedings. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Image Processing, Computer Vision, Pattern Recognition, and Graphics), vol. 12446 LNCS, Springer, Cham, pp. 277-289, MICCAI Workshop on Large-scale Annotation of Biomedical data and Expert Label Synthesis 2020, Peru, 8/10/20. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-61166-8_29
- Pirzada, P, Wilde, AG & Harris-Birtill, DCC 2019, 'Smart Homes for elderly to promote their health and wellbeing', womENcourage 2019, Rome, Italy, 16/09/19 - 18/09/19.