UCL Institute of Health Informatics

Prof Paul Taylor

Prof Paul Taylor

Professor of Health Informatics


Institute of Health Informatics

Joined UCL
11th Nov 1996

Research summary

My research focuses on software to improve clinical decision making. Most of the applications I have looked at in recent years concern medical imaging, including the use of AI in mammography, in retinal imaging and chest radiographs. I am interested in seeing how recent advances in the application of neural networks to medical imaging can be most effectively applied to improve the quality of clinical decision making.

I am also active in the use of large datasets, including image databases, to improve our understanding of disease and the effectiveness of treatment, using a large collection of data on ophthalmology from 28 different hospitals.

A lot of my energy in recent years has gone into the development of new teaching programmes and I periodically publish papers assessing our work and its impact.


Teaching summary

I teach on the UCL Postgraduate programmes in Health Informatics, where I am responsible for the core module 'Essentials of Informatics for Health Systems', Health Data Analyics and Health Data Science, and on the UCL MBBS programme.


University College London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 1996
Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 1987
University of Bristol
First Degree, Bachelor of Science | 1986


My first degree was in Pyschology and studied Artificial Intelligence at Imperial College in the 1980s before working for some years in industry on expert systems.

I came into the field of health informatics because I wanted to apply artificial intelligence to socially useful goals. I worked on decision support systems to help in the management of chemotherapy protocols first at the Institut Bergonie in France and then at what was then called the Imperial Cancer Research Fund, where I completed a PhD in the use of decision support for the interpretation of mammograms. 

In 1997 I moved to UCL as a lecturer in Health Informatics at the Centre for Health Informatics and Multidisciplinary Education (CHIME) where I developed and led a new postgraduate programme in health informatics. In 2004 I wrote a textbook called 'From Patient Data to Medical Knowledge'.

In 2014 UCL created a new institute, the Institute of Health Informatics merging CHIME with two other research groups to create a larger entity with a focus on the use of patient data in research. In 2018 I was promoted to professor