I am interested in developing and applying artificial intelligence, machine learning and agent-based approaches to real world problems focussing on sustainability. My recent work has addressed future energy systems, such as the smart grid, and citizen science platforms, and typically involves the real-world deployment of novel approaches in devices, smartphones or the cloud.
I am the co-founder of a home heating advice spin-out, called Joulo, that combined a unique low-cost temperature logger with cloud-based analytics, and was recently acquired by Quby. I am also leading a project to search for the New Forest cicada using smartphones and developing a low-cost, open-source, acoustic logger for biodiversity monitoring.
I originally studied Physics at Durham University, graduating in July 1992, before joining Schlumberger Oilfield Services as a wireline logging engineer. After five years working offshore in various locations around the world, I took suspended employment to study for a PhD concerned with the statistical modelling of genetic algorithms and evolving populations. Upon completing my PhD I worked with EuroBios (a Santa Fe Institute spin-off company) applying complexity science to business problem, and through this work I developed an interest in agent technologies, and their application in real world problems.