Personal profile


Beatriz de la Iglesia's research has focused in data mining algorithms and application, with particular experience in health care data analysis. She has worked, among other themes, on the analysis of primary care datasets for cardiovascular disease risk evaluation; on text mining of gastroenterology procedural reports to identify key success indicators; on  linking data in the secondary care setting in order to create patient-centric databases suitable for clinical research; on the development of algorithms for clustering complex data with particular application to air pollution data; and on the analysis of twitter data for syndromic surveillance.

She has published over 70 peer reviewed publications and is involved in a number of multi-disciplinary collaborations. 

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Academic Background

Beatriz obtained her first degree, a first class BSc Honours in Applied Computing, at UEA in 1994.  She obtained her PhD in Computing Science in September 2001. The subject of her research was data mining and in particular the extraction of partial classification rules or nuggets using meta-heuristic algorithms. She also obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education in 2004.  She took an ILM3 certificate in Leadership and Management in 2018 and further cemented her leadership skills in 2019 by participating in the Advance HE Aurora Leadership Programme.


  • May 95 to January 97: worked in Norwich Union (now Aviva) full-time as a Teaching Company Associate for a Teaching Company Scheme between Norwich Union and UEA.
  • January 97 to January 2001: tutor post for UEA lecturing on various courses, part-time.
  • October 1999 to December 2001: half-time post as a senior research assistant in a bio-informatics project funded by a BBSRC grant.
  • January 2001 to July 2012: Lecturer in Computing Science, UEA.
  • July 2012 to 2022: Senior Lecturer in Computing Science, UEA.
  • August 2022 to now: Professor of Data Science.
  • August 2023 to now: Head of School

Key Research Interests

Beatriz de la Iglesia is part of the Data Science Laboratory. Her research interests include
Health informatics:

  • primary care data analysis
  • text mining of clinical reports
  • linking hospital data to enable analysis of clinical pathways
  • text mining of gastroenterology reports to characterise upper gastrointestinal
  • Twitter mining for syndromic surveillance

Algorithm development:

  • meta-heuristics and multi-objective algorithms for classification and clustering
  • association rule mining
  • privacy preserving data mining
  • image analysis using deep learning
  • imputation for missing data

Big data:

  • fusion algorithms to cluster heterogeneous data
  • analysis of twitter data for syndromic surveillance
  • methodological issues in the extraction, preparation and analysis of big data
  • consumer behaviour analysis from loyalty card data.

Beatriz has also got consultancy experience mining financial data, particularly in the context of general insurance and life insurance, but also credit card data, looking for business exploitable patterns.    

Key Responsibilities

  • Head of School (current)
  • Director of the Data Science MSc (current)
  • Director of PgT Programmes (previous)
  • Chair of Examiners (UG) (previous)
  • Admissions Deputy Director PGT (previous)
  • Coursework Co-ordinator PgT Students (previous)
  • Induction Programme Director (previous)
  • Deputy Director of Learning and Teaching (previous)

Research Group or Lab Membership

Areas of Expertise

Solution of large problems using meta-heuristics; data mining; health informatics; missing data imputation; clustering; classification; text mining; image analysis; deep learning algorithms.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of East Anglia

Award Date: 1 Jan 2001

Bachelor of Science, University of East Anglia

Award Date: 1 Jan 1994

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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