EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training Cloud Computing for Big Data


Michael Dunne-Willows

Education and industry experience

I completed my statistics undergraduate degree at Newcastle University and simultaneously took on the role of STEM communicator as a member of the Street Scientist team.

As a statistical ambassador for the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) I respond to media requests and help journalists understand probability, data analytics and other statistical issues. Through the RSS I have developed advanced statistical communication skills which have been a huge help with disseminating my research to audiences of both statistical and clinical backgrounds.

In Summer 2018 I completed a technology internship with Ocado Technology. This was excellent experience of how cloud-based services and data analytics can be used for decision making in a fast-moving industry environment.

PhD title

Big Data Analytics in accelerometer-based data sets: long-term monitoring of gait to assess effectiveness of medication in Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson's Disease is the 2nd most common neurological disease. I use longitudinal triaxial accelerometer data from low-cost wearable sensors as a non-invasive means of medication efficacy assessment within Parkinson's Disease,

I aim to address the following questions:

  • How can we identify changes in gait as a consequence of medication during continuous free-living gait on a per-patient basis?
  • What is the pattern of gait change with respect to specific medication intake regimes?

To help answer these questions, I work closely with the Clinical Ageing Research Unit - Newcastle University.


Dr Jian Shi, Dr Silvia Del Din, Prof Paul Watson, Prof Lynn Rochester



Effect of medication on habitual gait in people with Parkinson's disease: a feasibility study - International Society of Posture and Gait Research (ISPGR) World Congress - June 2017

Multivariate Gaussian Mixture Model Parameterisation of Phase Plots for Monitoring of Parkinson’s Disease - 40th International Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference - Dunne-Willows, M. Watson, P. Shi, J. Rochester, L. Del Din, S - July 2018

Validation of a novel lightweight template-based algorithm for free-living gait detection - 6th International Conference on Ambulatory Monitoring of Physical Activity and Movement (ICAMPAM) - Dunne-Willows, M. Watson, P. Shi, J. Hickey, A. Rochester, L. Del Din, S June 2019