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Research project

Synthetic hematological data over federated computing frameworks (SYNTHEMA)

Project overview

SYNTHEMA aims establish a cross-border hub to develop and validate Artificial Intelligence techniques for anonymisation and synthetic data generation in rare hematological diseases. SYNTHEMA will generate reliable, high-quality synthetic data that can shape new virtual patients to further enhance diagnostic capacity, assess treatment options and predict outcomes in rare hematological diseases.


Lead researcher

Professor Michael Boniface CEng, FIET

Professorial Fellow in Information Techn

Research interests

  • Artifical intelligence for health systems
  • Human centred interactive systems
  • Federated systems management 
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Other researchers

Dr Stephen Phillips

Principal Enterprise Fellow

Research interests

  • Cyber-security
  • Risk management
  • Secure systems
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Dr Laura Carmichael LLB (Hons), MSc (Dist.), PhD

Research Fellow

Research interests

  • Data Governance
  • Data Sharing Models
  • Data Protection Law
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Dr Brian Pickering MA, PGCert, MSc, DPhil, MBPsS, MBCS

Senior Research Fellow

Research interests

  • My focus is on how human agents interact with technology, especially the online world, to achieve their goals. Most of the work I do is informed by Actor Network Theory and tussle analysis, but also the social psychology of group interactions. This also involves the development of agency and increased self-efficacy.
  • Trust: The social science construct of trust as an ongoing negotiation between trustor (who is willing to expose themselves to vulnerability) and the trustee (who must demonstrate their trustworthiness through their actions) is an underlying theme to much of the work I am involved in. I do not conflate trust with a cognitive assessment of cost versus benefit since there is definitely both a social and an emotional component. With regard to technology, trust is an "organising principle" for much technology-mediated interaction. It also relates to constructs like self-efficacy and agency in technology adoption.
  • Cyberpsychology: I bring together many years of experience with computer technologies (especially speech- and language-enabled applications) with a broader psychological perspective. I'm interested primarily in the Internet as a tool to be adapted for user needs, rather than an independent environment, and therefore uncovering the social and network processes which help individuals engage.
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Collaborating research institutes, centres and groups

Research outputs

Brian Pickering, Katie Baker, Sarah Kirby & Laura Carmichael, 2024, Journal of Privacy and Confidentiality
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