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Dr Damian Farnell

Dr Damian Farnell

Senior Lecturer in Medical Statistics

School of Dentistry

Available for postgraduate supervision

Overview

I am a senior lecturer of applied mathematics in dentistry at the School of Dentistry at Cardiff University, UK, and I am the module leader for two postgraduate courses on "Research Methods" (DET031) and "Postgraduate Dental Professionalism" in the School of Dentistry. I provide research advice and statistical consultancy for projects in the School of Dentistry. 

Research group

Applied Clinical Research and Public Health

Featured Publications

  • Book: Quantum Magnetism. Lecture Notes in Physics Vol. 645, U Schollwoeck, J Richter, DJJ Farnell, and RF Bishop, (Editors), (Springer Verlag, Heidelberg, 2004). (Hardcover ISBN: 3-540-21422-4. Softcover from 2010: ISBN: 978-3642059766)
  • Book: Coupled Cluster Method Theories of Quantum Magnetism, RF Bishop, PHY Li, DJJ Farnell, and R Zinke. Accepted for publication in the Springer series: Solid State Science (To be published by October 2019).

Qualifications

  • PhD entitled “Integrable and Non-Integrable Quantum Arrays” (1994) UMIST, UK.
  • BSc on Mathematical Physics (1991) UMIST, UK.

Honours and awards

Professional memberships

Academic positions

  • From 2017-present: Senior lecturer in Medical Statistics, School of Dentistry, Cardiff University, UK
  • 2014-2017: Lecturer in Medical Statistics, School of Dentistry, Cardiff University, UK.
  • 2011-2014: Senior Lecturer in Mathematics, University of South Wales, UK.
  • 2007-2011: Research Statistician, University of Manchester, UK.
  • 2003-2006: Lecturer in Ophthalmic Imaging, St. Paul’s Eye Unit + University of Liverpool, UK.
  • Before 2003: Post-doctoral researcher (from 1996) and software engineer (1995).w

Speaking engagements

Poster presentations and talks (2012 to 2018 only):

  • "What’s in a Smile? Initial Results of Multilevel Principal Components Analysis of Facial Shape and Image Texture". Oral presentation at Medical Image Understanding and Analysis (MIUA) 2018. Southampton (July 2018).
  • "What’s in a Smile? Multilevel Models of Facial Shape and Appearance". Oral presentation at the Dental School Research Day (16 May 2018)
  • “Mathematics in Medicine.” A lecture in the series: Royal Institution Mathematics Masterclasses at the University of South Wales (March 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018).
  • "Emergence of magnetic order in kagome antiferromagnets: the role of next-nearest neighbour bonds." Poster at the Strongly Correlated Electrons (SCES) conference Prague (July 2017).
  • "Initial Results of Multilevel Principal Components Analysis of Facial Shape". Poster Presentation. Medical Image Understanding and Analysis (MIUA) 2017. Edinburgh (July 2017).
  • "Systematic Review of online, face-to-face, and blended formats for teaching information literacy / library skills to undergraduates." Lightning talk and poster. Centre for Education Innovation, Learning and Teachng event (July 2017).
  • "Monte Carlo Methods and Teaching Biostatistics". Oral presentation. Burwalls, for Teachers for Medical Statistics. Nottingham (June 2017).
  • "Oral Health Inequalities in 5-year old Children in Wales." Oral presentation. IADR 2017. San Fransisco, USA (March 2017).
  • “Mathematics in Medicine.” A lecture in the series: Royal Institution Mathematics Masterclasses at the University of South Wales (March 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, & 2017).
  • “Monte Carlo simulation of Latanoprost-induced iris darkening. (Or: “How maths helped to prove that it wasn’t cancer” …!)” Informal talk given to Applied Clinical Research and Public Health groups, School of Dentistry, Cardiff University (January 2016).
  • “Multilevel Principal Component Analysis (mPCA) in Shape Analysis: A Feasibility Study in Medical and Dental Imaging.” Invited talk to the Division of Mathematics, University of South Wales, UK (January 2016).
  • “Information literacy teaching in Universities - A systematic review of evaluation studies: Preliminary findings for online versus traditional methods.” (POSTER) by Weightman AL, Farnell D., Morris D, Strange H. Evidence based library and information practice conference (EBLIP) in Brisbane (July 2015). http://eblip8.info/
  • “Applications of the coupled cluster method to quantum magnetism,” invited talk at the Theorie der kondensierten Materie II, Theoretical Physics Institute, Otto-von-Guericke-Universitaet Magdeburg, Germany (June 2015).
  • “An overview of the coupled cluster method,” invited talk at the Theorie der kondensierten Materie II, Theoretical Physics Institute, Otto-von-Guericke-Universitaet Magdeburg, Germany (June 2015).
  • “The magnetisation process of triangular-lattice antiferromagnets.” (POSTER) Theoretical and Experimental Magnetism Meeting, Cosener’s House, Addingdon UK (July 2013).
  • Internal research talk on “Coupled Fluid/Strcuture Interactions: How do hearts beat, flags flap, and fish swim?” Division of Mathematics, University of Glamorgan (2012).
  • “Heisenberg antiferromagnet on the kagome lattice with arbitrary spin: A higher-order coupled cluster treatment” by O. Goetze, J. Richter, DJJ Farnell et al. Poster at the 504. Wilhelm und Else Heraeus-Seminar
  • “Ground-state phase structure of the spin-1/2 anisotropic planar pyrochlore model’ by PHY Li, R.F. Bishop, DJJ Farnell, and C.E. Campbell at the 504. Poster. Wilhelm und Else Heraeus-Seminar entitled ‘Quantum Magnetism in Low Spatial Dimensions’. POSTER PRIZE AWARDED!
  • “Coupled Cluster Theories of Quantum Magnetism” talk at the 504 WE-Hereaus Seminar on “Quantum Magnetism in Low Spatial Dimensions”, Bad Honnef (April 2012).

Committees and reviewing

  • Dental Research Ethics Committee
  • Dental Postgraduate Research Committee
  • College Data Strategy Committee

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  • Module leader for module entitled: "DET031: Research Methods" for postgraduate students in the School of Dentistry.
  • Module leader for an online postgraduate module entitled: "Postgraduate Dental Professionalism" 
  • Academic tutor for second-year undergraduate dental students
  • PhD supervision
  • MSc and undergraduate project supervision

Research Interests:

  • Biostatistics 
  • Medical imaging and image processing
  • Numerical biosimulation
  • Quantum magnetism
  • Quantum many-body theory

Automated Retinal Image Analysis (ARIA) dataset

  • Principal researcher for the ARIA project at St. Paul's Eye Unit, RLUHT. Recruitment of patients, retinal photography, and image analysis of resulting digital fundus photographs. See this link http://eyecharity.weebly.com/aria_online.html for a directory of images collected by members of staff of St Paul's Eye Unit and the University of Liverpool as part of the ARIA project.

CCCM (crystallographic coupled cluster method):

  • CCCM is a high-order CCM (coupled cluster method) code for lattice spin systems at T=0 by Damian J. J. Farnell (DF).
  • Historically, this code is based on "foundations" laid by Ray Bishop and John Parkinson (amongst others), and Chen Zeng's work in the 90's on the high-order code.
  • This code has been exploited and pushed forward by Damian Farnell and Sven Krüger primarily.
  • Joerg Schulenburg (JS) improved this code greatly and he has set up this webpage for distribution of the most recent code.
  • 3D facial shape analysis (1 PGR student)