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Data-Centric Engineering
Data-Centric Enginering programme. Credit:Queen Mary University of London

CDT Management Team

The CDT is run by an experienced team of academics and a full-time professional CDT Manager.

 Professor Rizvi is grant-holder for EPSRC and STFC DTPs, Director of Training in the STFC Data-Science CDT, and sits on the NERC London-DTP Governing Council. On the DCE CDT, he provides overall strategic direction, and is responsible for annual reporting, evaluation and producing the recommendations from operation of this pilot for EPSRC, UKRI and other HEIs.


Prof Sandler, FREng,FIET,FIEEE,FAES was the original PI/Director of the MAT CDT. He has been head of School/Dept. at QMUL/KCL, and an active member of the RAEng Research Committee. He leads two partnerships with BBC R&D overseeing their placement procedures. This role will be responsible for engaging project-partners, ensuring appropriateness of industry projects to the students, and explore new relationships. He will oversee Scholars during their placements.


Prof Bryan-Kinns is PI/Director of the MAT CDT. Bryan-Kinns was Director of Admissions for the School overseeing undergraduate and postgraduate admissions, and will implement the new recruitment process for this pilot. As Director of the MAT CDT he has experience on attracting students from a wide-range of disciplines onto a technology PhD programme. This also affords him better knowledge of supporting student cohorts with particular needs. He will also be responsible for the Scholars' experience throughout the programme.


Dr Chen is MSc Programmes Coordinator overseeing delivery of all level-7 engineering and materials science programmes. Chen leads the postgraduate student-staff liaison committee to assure academic standards and enhance the student learning-experience. He is PI of the EPSRC Creative@home project, leading research-team training. Chen will lead the design/implementation of the training programme, the Scholars' progression, and engage academic support.

Dr Caminotto is the Admin Lead of Centre for Doctoral Training in Data-Centric Engineering, and is the first point of contact for current EngD Scholars and prospective applicants. Alongside the Directors, she is responsible for leading on and managing the activities of the Centre, including its widening participation aims, student recruitment and link up with industrial partners, the training programme, student support and development, and ongoing evaluation of the programme.

Gabriella has several years’ experience as a Higher Education administration and student support professional in the UK, with a focus on doctoral education. Gabriella's background is in Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion, and she previously worked as an Equality Charters Adviser (Athena SWAN) at the Equality Challenge Unit (now Advance HE). Gabriella has a PhD in Language and Communication from City, University of London, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). She teaches on the first core course, An Introduction to Research Methods & Responsible Innovation, which aims to support Scholars as they return to, or begin, university study.

Our Scholars 

Our Scholars are an integral part of the DCE CDT Team - find out more about them below:


Pryanka Chadha, EDS

I am a full time, enterprise doctoral scholar on the Data-Centric Engineering Programme. My interests are in health and how we can leverage technologies to improve our health. My doctorate research focus is looking at the impact of air pollution on fetal development, and how machine learning can be used to better predict adverse pregnancy outcomes due to pollution exposure. I am working under the supervision of Dr. Tina Chowdhury (QMUL), Prof. Jonathan Grigg (QMUL), and Prof. Anna David (UCLH).

Prior to joining the DCE Programme I worked as a healthcare consultant at PwC. I worked on a number of large-scale fascinating projects, including the Covid-19 vaccination programme. I am interested in further developing my technical and research skills to add valuable knowledge to society.

In my free time I enjoy working out (home workouts have forever replaced the gym for me!), yoga, bouldering, skiing and long walks in nature.

Follow me on Twitter @PryankaC


Nadeem Khondokar, EDS

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Zimpi Komo, EDS

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Peter Lock, EDS (PT)

My name is Peter Lock and I am an Enterprise Doctoral Scholar in the Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Centric Engineering.  I graduated from Imperial College London with a PhD in Petroleum Engineering and have worked extensively in petrophysics, modelling flow through porous media.  Most of my career has been dedicated to working within core analysis projects for major operators worldwide.  My specialties are NMR relaxometry and determination of the electrical properties of reservoir rocks.

Recent changes within the Oil and Gas industry has led me to develop an interest in chemo and data centric problems.  My current research is in the use of virtual screening machine learning based methods to aid in the design and synthesis of cannabinoids with therapeutic potential.

I work in Dr Christopher Jones’ synthetic organic chemistry group which is dedicated to developing new synthetic methods that have impact on the efficacy of the drug discovery process. 

In my free time I enjoy the multisports of swimming, cycling and running and do try and get some pool time in. I also try to get out to a time trial under Victoria CC when I can. I’m also a frequent session and stand in bassist.  I’m typically invited to step in when the rhythm section suddenly decide to do a runner 24 hours before a bands next gig.  Such is life!

I’m on LinkedIn at but tend to use that Facebook thing for keeping in touch!

Yemisi Oyeleke, PDS

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Aaron Smiles, EDS

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I am a full-time Enterprise Doctoral Scholar on the DCE CDT, and a telerobotics researcher at the Human Augmentation and Interactive Robotics (HAIR) Lab, part of the Centre for Advanced Robotics (ARQ), under supervision of Dr Ildar Farkhatdinov and Dr Changjae Oh.

My research sits at the intersection of machine learning, computer vision, and spatial computing to develop novel mixed reality and remote robotics applications.

In my spare time I like trying out new recipes and restaurants with my partner, and watching sci-fi shows or playing RPGs, like FFVII and The Witcher 3.



Kishan Sthankiya, EDS

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Caitlin Woods, PDS

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George Wright, PDS

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David Carun, EDS

I am an EngD student within the Centre for Doctoral training in Data-Centric Engineering and the QMUL School of Mathematical Sciences, supervised by Dr Martin Benning.

Previously, I was a project & programme manager, and have worked at an Associate Director level at various built environment consultancies such as Gleeds, Arcadis, and GVA (now Avison Young). My research interests lie in the areas of sustainable urban development and civic participation and empowerment, and my work at the DCE CDT focusses specifically on how computational design and analysis – including but not limited to Machine Learning and Generative Design – can be deployed to understand and mitigate carbon – embodied and emitted – in newbuild urban developments.

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Anna University, India, and a Master’s in Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment from the University of Cambridge. In my spare time, I volunteer as a governor at a local secondary school and as a Planning Advisor for the RSPB. I have also just started to learn the violin.

Sibi Catley-Chandar, PDS

My name is Sibi Catley-Chandar and I’m currently a computer vision research engineer at Huawei and a Professional Doctoral Scholar (PDS) in the Centre for Doctoral Training in Data-Centric Engineering. 

My research interests are in computational photography, with a focus on high dynamic range (HDR) imaging. I’m especially interested in ways to use statistical modelling of the image formation process to improve deep learning methods.

I’m supervised by Dr. Eduardo Perez Pellitero, Professor Greg Slabaugh and Dr. Martin Benning.

Outside of research I enjoy road cycling, running, skiing and walking the dog with my wife.

Please visit Sibi's personal webpage for recent publications.


James Henderson, PDS

James Henderson

My name is James Henderson and I’m an electronic engineer a Plextek as well as a Professional Doctoral Scholar on the DCE CDT at QMUL. My interests lie in microwave and millimetre wave electronics, particularly for radar applications, and I am focussing my research in the area of steerable millimetre wave antennas under the supervision of Professor Yang Hao and Dr James Kelly.

As well as my interests in engineering I am also a keen gymnast, having competed nationally for the past decade and aim to continue as long as my body is able.


Ashish Patel, EDS (PT)

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Marvin Taylor, EDS (PT)

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