Dr. Clifton is a tenure-track member of faculty in the Department of Engineering Science of the University of Oxford, and a Governing Body fellow of Balliol College, Oxford. He is a Research Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.
A graduate of Oxford's Department of Engineering Science, Dr. Clifton trained in information engineering and was supervised by Prof. Lionel Tarassenko CBE, Chair of Electrical Engineering, and Head of the Department of Engineering Science. He spent four years as a post-doctoral researcher in biomedical engineering at Oxford before his appointment to the faculty, at which point he started the CHI Lab.
His research focuses on the development of "big data" machine learning for tracking the health of complex systems. His [previous research] resulted in patented systems for jet-engine health monitoring, used with the engines of the Airbus A380, the Boeing 787 "Dreamliner", and the Eurofighter Typhoon. Since 2008, he has translated his work into the biomedical context for healthcare applications. He has worked on [Visensia], the world's first (and so far only) FDA-approved multivariate patient monitoring system, and the [SEND] system, which is now used to monitor 20,000 patients each month in the NHS. His research has been commercialised via university spin-out companies OBS Medical, Oxehealth, and Medyc, in addition to collaboration with multinational industrial bodies.
Dr. Clifton teaches the undergraduate mathematics syllabus in Engineering Science, runs the graduate course in machine learning at the Oxford Centre for Doctoral Training in Healthcare Innovation, and teaches engineering policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford. He is a founding Associate Editor of the IEEE Journal of Biomedical & Healthcare Informatics (JBHI), an editor of Health Information Science & Systems, and has served as an Associate Editor of BMC Medical Informatics, and of the British Journal of Health Informatics & Monitoring (BJHIM). He is the Associate Director of the Oxford Centre for Affordable Healthcare (OxCAHT).