The University of Southampton

Dr Francis Chmiel DPhil

Enterprise fellow - Data Science


I am a data scientist at the IT Innovation centre (part of the Electronics and Computer Science department), where I focus on the application of artificial intelligence and machine-learning to problems in healthcare. I work in close colloboration with clinicial and medical professionals, which has been a great privilege. 

Currently, I'm focussing on several projects bringing AI and machine-learning techniques to healthcare, including:

  • A collaboration with Prof. Neil White (UoS) and the University of Hospitals Southampton to study the use of machine-learning algorithms to support the operational aspects of  emergency deparments (see more on the Alan Turing website who are funding this work).
  • Collaborating with Dr I. Robertson (UHS) and Prof. Y. Cheong (UHS) to use machine-learning and data science techniques to help streamline fertility treatment. This was covered in a recent news article by ECS.
  • Working with self-reported (smartphone) health data to predict exacerbation events in COPD patients as part of the BigMedlytics consortium.

Previously I worked as an Operational Reseacher for the Ministry of Defence and am a physicist by education; I have an MPhys from the University of Durham and a DPhil in Condensed Matter Physics from the University of Oxford. My DPhil research focussed on using national science facilities (such as the Diamond Light Source) to study magnetoelectric and multiferroic materials. Here I developed a love of handling data, and particularly in deep-insight analytics. My publications are tracked on my Scholar profile.


Research interests

  • Applied research in healthcare
  • Machine learning and Artifical intelligence
  • Insight analytics


Chmiel, Francis P., Prabahakaran, Dharmalingam, Steadman, Paul, Chen, Jiahao, Fan, Raymond, Johnson, Roger D. and Radaelli, Paolo G. (2019) Magnetoelectric domains and their switching mechanism in a Y-type hexaferrite. Physical Review, B, 100 (10), [104411]. (doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.100.104411).

Waterfield Price, Noah, Vibhakar, Anuradha M., Johnson, Roger D., Schad, Jon, Saenrang, Wittawatt, Bombardi, Alexendro, Chmiel, Francis P., Eom, Chang-Beom and Radaelli, Paolo G. (2019) Strain engineering a multiferroic monodomain in thin-film BiFeO3. Physical Review Applied, 11 (2), [024035]. (doi:10.1103/PhysRevApplied.11.024035).

Chmiel, Francis P., Waterfield Price, Noah, Johnson, Roger D., Lamirand, Anne D., Schad, Jon, van der Laan, Gerrit, Harris, David T., Irwin, Julian, Rzchowski, Mark S., Eom, Chang-Beom and Radaelli, Paolo G. (2018) Observation of magnetic vortex pairs at room temperature in a planar α-Fe 2 O 3/Co heterostructure. Nature Materials, 17 (7), 581-585. (doi:10.1038/s41563-018-0101-x).

Waterfield Price, Noah, Johnson, Roger D., Saenrang, Wittawatt, Bombardi, Alexendro, Chmiel, Francis P., Eom, Chang-Beom and Radaelli, Paolo G. (2017) Electrical switching of magnetic polarity in a multiferroic BiFeO3 device at room temperature. Physical Review Applied, 8 (1), [014033]. (doi:10.1103/PhysRevApplied.8.014033).

Waterfield Price, Noah, Johnson, Roger D, Saenrang, Wittawatt, Maccherozzi, Francesco, Bombardi, Alexendro, Chmiel, Francis P, Eom, Chang-Beom and Radaelli, Paolo G (2016) Coherent magnetoelastic domains in multiferroic BiFeO3 films. Physical Review Letters, 117 (17), [177601]. (doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.117.177601).

Wang, Zhiping, Lin, Qianqian, Chmiel, Francis P., Sakai, Nobuya, Herz, Laura M. and Snaith, Henry J. (2017) Efficient ambient-air-stable solar cells with 2D–3D heterostructured butylammonium-caesium-formamidinium lead halide perovskites. Nature Energy, 2, [17135]. (doi:10.1038/nenergy.2017.135).

Robertson, Isla, Chmiel, Francis and Cheong, Ying (2020) Streamlining follicular monitoring during controlled ovarian stimulation. A data-driven approach to efficient IVF care in the new era of social distancing. Human Reproduction. (doi:10.1093/humrep/deaa251).

Inada-Kim, Matthew, Chmiel, Francis, Boniface, Michael, Pocock, Helen, Black, John J.M. and Deakin, Charles D. (2020) Validation of home oxygen saturations as a marker of clinical deterioration in patients with suspected COVID-19. medRxiv. (doi:10.1101/2020.11.06.20225938v1). (Submitted)

Chmiel, Francis, Burns, Daniel, Pickering, Brian, Blythin, Alison, Wilkinson, Thomas and Boniface, Michael (2020) Retrospective development and evaluation of prognostic models for exacerbation event prediction in patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease using data self-reported to a digital health application. The Lancet Digital Health. (doi:10.1101/2020.11.30.20237727). (Submitted)


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