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Framwellgate Moor Comprehensive School, Durham, 1992-1999
BSc Pharmacology, University of Leeds (1999-2001); MSc Informatics, University of Leeds (2002-2003); PhD Computer Science, University of Nottingham (2004-2007)
Software Engineer, Hewlett Packard Labs, Bristol (2003); Research Scientist in Artificial Intelligence, University of Nottingham (2006-2008)
Lecturer in Computer Science
School of Computer Science, The University of Nottingham
Favourite thing to do in my job: I love studying computers as if they were creatures, understanding how they work so that I can make peoples lives better. I love making experiments and getting excited about it, especially when I don’t know what the results are going to be! Also some of my experiments have been looking at how people behave on rollercoasters. This is awesome as I got to ride tons of cool rides to get my data :D I use the same systems to study people playing computer games, so i get to do gaming at work!
My Work: I make programs based on the human immune system’s behaviour to detect computer hackers, and use the same system to classify the emotions of people.
My Typical Day: I run experiments to collect data, write programs to analyse the data, teach students computer science and drink lots of coffee.
What I'd do with the prize money: I want to run internet safety classes for 13-15 year olds in Nottinghamshire, so we can all stay safe online.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Fun, Geeky, Musical :)
Were you ever in trouble at school?
I was sometimes late with my homework because I was always out on an evening playing with bands and orchestras!!
Who is your favourite singer or band?
At the minute, Lady Gaga, but I also like Pendulum.
What is the most fun thing you've done?
White water rafting and snowboarding in the Rocky Mountains in the USA.
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
To be taller (all my friends call me short), to play with a band on the main stage at the Glastonbury Festival, and to be the 12th Doctor in Doctor Who.
Tell us a joke.
Why did the computer cross the road? Because the chicken programmed it to! (sorry, its lame I know!!). What’s brown and sticky? A stick! Is that better?