I have been working at the University of Southampton since November 2004. I am currently a senior research fellow in the Web and Internet Science (WAIS) research group at the University of Southampton. My primary role is to manage and coordinate research activities across a variety of Web Science research projects. I am also a project champion for the International Technology Alliance (ITA), which is an Anglo-American consortium of academic, industrial and government partners undertaking fundamental research into the information and network sciences.
Most of my day-to-day research activities involve the development and evaluation of a variety of next-generation Web technologies, specifically those built on top of the Semantic Web and Linked Data Web. I am also interested in a number of more fundamental research topics, including the contribution of social and technological networks to human cognition. The reason for this rather eclectic mix of research interests and activities relates to the diversity of my academic background. I originally studied for a degree in Psychology at the University of Nottingham, and then went on to study for a doctorate in Experimental Psychology at the University of Sussex (my doctoral research concerned the neural mechanisms of appetite and satiety - nothing to do with computer science, unfortunately). My transition into computer science began about 10 years ago when I joined Epistemics, a specialist provider of knowledge engineering services and solutions. After a number of years of developing knowledge-based systems for corporate and government clients, I moved to Southampton to focus on research and development.
Colleagues and Co-authors
- Ali Bahrami (Boeing)
- Jie Bao (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
- Dave Braines (IBM, UK)
- Gianluca Correndo (University of Southampton)
- Paula Engelbrecht (Ordnance Survey / Goldsmiths University of London)
- Cheryl Giammanco (U.S. Army Research Laboratory)
- Jim Hendler (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
- Trung Dong Huynh (University of Southampton)
- Tom Klapiscak (IBM, UK)
- mc (University of Southampton)
- David Mott (IBM, UK)
- Mark Nixon (University of Southampton)
- Antonio Penta (University of Southampton)
- Alun Preece (Cardiff University)
- Louise Rasmussen (Global Cognition, LLC)
- Marjan Sadraie (West Street Dental Clinic)
- Nigel Shadbolt (University of Southampton)
- Winston Sieck (Global Cognition, LLC)
- Katia Sycara (Carnegie Mellon University)
- Ron Tasker (University of Southampton)
My Computing Skills
- Operating Systems: Mostly Mac and Windows.
- Deployment Environments: Mostly Web (some Windows desktop).
- Database: SQL Server, MySQL, Access, SQL, ADO.NET
- Internet: XML, DTD, XSD, SVG, XSLT, XHTML, DHTML, CSS, ASP.NET, Silverlight, XML Web Services, Ajax
- Knowledge Technologies: CommonKADS, Protégé, OWL, RDF, RDF(S), RDQL, SPARQL, CLIPS, Knowledge Acquisition Techniques, Ontology Engineering
- Applications: Microsoft Office Suite, Visio, Expression Studio, Visual Studio, Paint Shop Pro, Flash, Dreamweaver, EndNote, SPSS, and lots more.
- Software Development: UI Design, OO Analysis & Design, UML, CML (Conceptual Modelling Language)
Click here for a copy of my CV (updated May 2012).