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. I am the co-founder of a home heating advice system called Joulo and am leading a project to search for the New Forest cicada using smartphones.
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.