About Daniel Leightley

Hi, I'm Dan Leightley, a lecturer in Digital Health Sciences, I work on a range of big data, machine learning and mobile health related projects. I am also interested in data security, web development and the cloud infrastructure. My focus is on research that is capable of being commercialised at low-cost for real-world applications, which is secure and user friendly.

You can see some of my code in the GitHub repo here.

I am a member of the UK Army Reserve Force.I I also am certified in Cybersecurity by ISC2.


I completed my PhD at the Biological and Sensory Computation Group at Manchester Metropolitan University where I was supervised by Dr Moi Hoon Yap and Dr Jamie S. McPhee. Prior education includes an Information and Communications BSc (Hons.), and a Masters in Computing (MSc) from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2011 and 2012, respectively.

I currently work at the King's Centre for Military Health Research as a Research Fellow in Biomedical and Health Informatics.

I am also a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


I have attended research courses and training workshops including Complex Modelling, Deep Learning in the Real World, Assessment in Higher Education, BMVA Summer Schools and NHS Data courses.

I am actively looking for new challenges and opportunities to develop my skillset.

Professional Activities


  • Review Editor: Frontiers in Human-Media Interactions;
  • Academic Editor: PLOS One


Referee for a number of high-impact journals and conferences, including:

  • IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics;
  • IEEE Access;
  • Sensors;
  • Sports;
  • International Journal of Population Data Science;
  • Journal of Biomedical Informatics;
  • Journal of Biomechanics;
  • Image and Vision Computing;
  • Journal of Medical Internet Research mHealth and uHealth;
  • Journal of Medical Internet Research Serious Games;
  • American Journal of Preventive Medicine;
  • F1000;
  • Journal of Aging and Physical Activity;
  • Journal of Addictions;
  • The Lancet;
  • The Lancet Digital Health;
  • British Medical Journal;
  • Translational Psychiatry.


  • Independent Scientific Pandemic Insights Group on Behaviours (SPI-B) - 2020-2021;
  • Guest Editor: Journal of Symmetry (2019) – Special Issue;
  • Veterans' Mental Health Conference (2018/19/20/21): Press/Social Media Chair;
  • Measuring Behaviour (2018): Co-Chair Special Session;
  • Face and Gesture (2018): Co-Chair Special Session.


  • Athena SWAN Diversity & Inclusion and Department Working Group. King's College London (2016-);
  • Athena SWAN Diversity & Inclusion and Department Rep. King's College London (2015-2016);
  • Athena Swan Self-Assesssment Team. Manchester Metropolitan University (2014-2015);
  • Course Representative. Manchester Metropolitan University (2014-2015);
  • Developer with Microsoft Developer Preview Program: Kinect One (2013-2014);
  • European Modelling Symposium Registration Staff (2013);
  • IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Conference Reviewer (2013);
  • Student Research Conference Reviewer, Manchester Metropolitan University (2013).


I am based in London, England and can be contacted via my contact page. I'm happy to be emailed about technical queries, research questions and any corrections or suggestions related to my work.