Dr Matthew South

Dr Matthew South

Institute of Applied Health Research
Senior Software Architect

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Dr Matthew South is a Research Software Engineer with twenty plus years of experience developing and supporting web applications for clinical and scientific research.  He is also the technical director of Openclinical CIC, a community interest company that supports the development of the Open PROforma System (OPS) for developing, sharing and deploying Clinical Decision Support Systems. In the Institute of Applied Health Research he supports programs that are developing digital health interventions, mostly for Global Health projects.


  • PhD in Applied Mathematics 1998
  • BSc Eng (Hons) in Engineering Mathematics 1993


Matt is software engineer with a career focus on web applications, clinical decision support systems (CDSS) and open science. He's an alumnus of Cancer Research UK's Advanced Computation Laboratory and moved with that group to Oxford University in 2008. At Birmingham University he provides technical and research support for clinical decision support projects in the Institute of Applied Health Research working with Professor Krish Nirantharakumar and colleagues.

After completing his PhD and teaching Engineering Mathematics for a year, Matt joined a web applications startup in London and worked as a software engineer in consulting and R&D, delivering web applications across a range of the business domains. After five years Matt returned to academia, first at the UCL Cancer Trials Centre and later at Cancer Research UK's Advanced Computation Laboratory which moved to Oxford University in 2008. At Oxford he and his colleagues founded Deontics Ltd, a spinout focussed on developing CDSS solutions for Primary and Secondary care.  He joined Oxford University’s dept of Psychiatry in 2011 where he contributed to the True Colours platform and the Dementia Platform UK’s data portal focussing on imaging data. In 2015 in his spare time, he helped Professor John Fox found a community interest company, Openclinical CIC to support the development and sharing of CDSS models built with the PROforma language. At Birmingham University Matt is involved with several projects that are exploring the implementation of WHO Smart guidelines and integration with OpenMRS as well as further developing the OPS platform.