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David Owen

Mr David Owen

CUBRIC Data Engineer

School of Psychology

+44 29208 70090
Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre, Maindy Road, Cardiff, CF24 4HQ


I am Data Engineer in the Compute and Data Team at CUBRIC in the School of Psychology, Cardiff University.

My duties include the design, implementation, and maintenance of CUBRIC data pipelines. Typical pipelines may capture image data and metadata recorded during MRI sessions. This data may then be transformed according to the requirements of research staff prior to them receiving it.

I am also responsible for the administration of database systems underpinning CUBRIC's imaging informatics, High Performance Computing, and resource management software. We currently support XNAT, Slurm, and Calpendo respectively. These data sources support the centre's Business Intelligence reporting platform, which uses Elastic Stack.

Further, I am a PhD candidate in the CardiffNLP Research Group, School of Computer Science and Informatics. I am exploring the opportunities offered by NLP (Natural Language Processing) in helping to provide early healthcare intervention in occurrences of mental illness. Supervision is provided by Jose Camacho Collados and Antonio Pardiñas.










Education and qualifications

2015: MSc Advanced Computer Science, Cardiff University

2005: BSc Computer Science, Swansea University

Career overview

2019 - present: Data Engineer, CUBRIC (Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre), Cardiff University

2016 - 2019: Research Associate, School of Computer Science and Informatics, Cardiff University

Between 2006 and 2014 I held a series of developer analyst and application support analyst positions at non-profit organisations and private enterprises.

Speaking engagements

  • Article presentation: "Towards Preemptive Detection of Depression and Anxiety in Twitter" at Social Media Mining for Health Applications Workshop & Shared Task 2020 | COLING 2020, Barcelona, Spain, 12th December 2020

  • Poster presentation: "KneeQApp: Supporting self-management of knee conditions with question answering" at UK Healthcare Text Analytics Conference (HealTAC), Manchester, UK, 18th-19th April 2018

  • Invited talk: "FlexiTerm Cymraeg - A flexible term recognition method for the Welsh language" at the Dissemination event for the Welsh Natural Language Toolkit, University of South Wales, Treforest, UK, 25th May 2017

Committees and reviewing

  • Journal reviewer, Information Fusion (2024)
  • Conference reviewer, International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM) 2024 (2023)
  • Journal reviewer, International Journal of Medical Informatics (2018, 2021-2023)
  • Journal reviewer, Digital Health (2023)
  • Journal reviewer, Biodiversity Data Journal (2018)
  • Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team member, School of Computer Science and Informatics (2017-2019)

Research themes


  • Health informatics and information systems
  • Natural language processing
  • Data mining and knowledge discovery
  • Machine learning