• School of Life & Health Sciences, Aston University, Aston Triangle

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

    Personal profile

    Research Interests

    My current research interest is the development and exploration of Digital Learning Platforms for teaching data science to clinicians. Our own platform is MyDLP (My Digital Learning Platform) and this assists data acquisition, supervised machine learning based on Bayes' theorem, evaluation of model performance (accuracy, informedness and markedness, learning curves) and creation of Artificial Intelligence led decision support systems (including automated clinical test selection and student grading). We are also exploring open source Orange Data mining software that offers more machine learning methods (supervised and unsupervised) and also supports image and natural language processing.

    Teaching Activity

    Undergraduate Modules (lead)

    - Clinical Visual Biology (OP1CVB) - up to 2021

    - Ophthalmic Lenses (OP1OL1) - up to 2021

    - Clinical Practice Development (OP2CPD) - continuing

    Postgraduate Modules (lead)

    - Basic Research Methods (OP4BRM) - continuing

    - Advanced Research Methods (OP4ARM) - continuing



    - August 2007 - Present: Senior Lecturer in Aston University Optometry School

    - August 1990 - August 2007: Lecturer in Aston University Optometry School


    The Dr. Lester Janoff Award for Writing Excellence recognizes the outstanding writing of a research article published in the ASCO Journal Optometric Education. The award is named in honor of Dr. Lester E. Janoff, editor of the Journal from 2002-2005, and long-time member of the editorial review board who was known as an exceptional optometric educator, administrator, contact lens clinician and researcher. Dr. Janoff was also a beloved mentor of young writers.

    Drs. Mark Dunne and Bhavna Pancholi of Aston University are the recipients for 2019. Their article, Virtual Patient Instruction and Self-Assessment Accuracy in Optometry Students, was published in the Winter-Spring 2018 (Volume 43 Number 2) of Optometric Education.

    Contact Details

    Tel: +44 (0) 121 204 4113
    Fax: +44 (0) 121 204 4048

    Education/Academic qualification

    BSc, Optometry


    PhD, An Optical Study of Human Ocular Dimensions


    BSc, Zoology, Bangor University



    • RE Ophthalmology
    • artificial intelligence
    • machine learning
    • big data
    • Bayes' rule
    • digital learning


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