Ewart Carson
City University London, UK

Ewart Carson is Emeritus Professor of Systems Science in the Centre for Health Informatics at City University London. Born in Liverpool in 1943, he was educated at Liverpool College and the University of St Andrews where he obtained a BSc in Electrical Engineering. A Chartered Engineer by profession, he worked for Philips before moving to City University London. There he became Professor of Systems Science, headed the Centre for Measurement and Information in Medicine (now the Centre for Health Informatics) from 1983-2003 and was Director of the Institute of Health Sciences. From 1990-1998 he was Visiting Professor in Medical Informatics at the United Medical and Dental School of Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospitals, University of London. He holds PhD (Systems Science) and DSc (Measurement & Information in Medicine) degrees from City University. Professional qualifications include Fellowships of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (UK) and the IEEE.

He has worked for 40 years with medical colleagues in the UK, across the rest of Europe and beyond in applying maths, IT and engineering in a range of medical and healthcare settings. Particular areas of research expertise include: the development of modelling methodology for application in physiology, medicine and healthcare and its management,with particular emphasis on the adoption of a systems approach; clinical decision support; and telecare. In the educational context, he co-founded the first MSc programme in Medical Informatics in Europe in 1991 which has been successfully offered by City University over a 20 year period.

International professional positions have included: Chairman, IFAC Co-ordinating Committee on Bio- and Ecological Systems, Chairman IFAC TC on Biomedical Modelling and Control, Member of the IFAC Technical Board, and Chairman IMEKO TC on Measurement in Medicine and Biology. Other professional activities include acting as an assessor/reviewer for the European Commission and for national research councils in Australia, Denmark and Italy. Currently he is an Associate Editor of Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine.

Honours include Honorary Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (London), IEEE EMBS Career Achievement Award, Distinguished Service Awards from IFAC and IMEKO and Fellowship of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. He has published 13 authored and edited books and over 300 papers.