My main research interests are in semantic annotation of documents, particularly non-text documents. My main motivation is to be able to produce working systems using the very latest research tools that are being developed in the IAM Group in the School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton. Non-text media is much more difficult to automatically produce semantic annotations for because there are so many different representations for any particular concept and vectors produced from these representations are usually very susceptible to variations in the representation.
I am currently involved in the following projects:
My projects page gives more information about these projects, as well as previous projects I have worked on.
In November 2010 my wife and I had our first baby, William. He's taking up lots of energy and time, but I wouldn't have it any other way.
I am also passionate about Celtic folk music and I'm learning to play fiddle, accordion, mandolin, and concertina while also improving my piano and guitar playing in this area of music. I enjoy playing with other people in sessions in pubs or at sessions held at home. I am in Celtic music band called 8♯ (Eight Sharp) and am a deputy fiddle player for the band Celtic Confusion. Now and again I accompany a talented young singer, Fiona Harris.
You can find videos of me playing music and sailing at my YouTube channel.