Short Bio

Welcome to my web site. I am a PhD student in the field of machine learning and language development at the Department of Computer Science, University of Liverpool.

I have a BEng and MEng in Electronic Engineering from the University of Warwick (1998) and have since worked as an embedded and desktop software engineer in various sectors, including automotive research and development, motorsport, medical, web, GIS, advertising and others.

After working in the corporate sector for a number of years I decided that I wanted to change direction a bit and work on something that could positively affect people's lives. This led me to the University of Liverpool and development work on a tool for identifying delays in children's language development.

Not long after this my son was diagnosed with a condition that puts him on the Autistic spectrum, with quite severe communication difficulties (he can't talk, for instance). My unplanned sudden immersion into the world of Autistic Spectrum Disorder, disabilities and special needs has been quite an eye-opener and one thing that became clear to me was the limited amount of knowledge and advice for parents about helping children with communication problems. Autism prevalence is increasing globally and yet there is still a notable lack of effective tools, advice and research relating to improving language and communication development of affected individuals. This is partly because the ‘spectrum’ is so wide and the symptoms are so variable. But I believe technology is the key and I want to be part of the solution.

My current interests are in machine learning, mobile and web applications, and language development. Click on 'My Research' to find out more about my PhD work.

Other interests/ responsibilities:

Career

  • 2016-PresentPhD Student

    Dept of Computer Science,
    University Of Liverpool, UK

  • 2015-2016Research Assistant

    Dept of Computer Science,
    University Of Liverpool, UK

  • 2012-2015IT Consultant

    SDS, Wirral, UK

  • 2004-2012IT Manager

    LinkDirect, Wirral, UK

  • 2000-2004Co-Founder

    Warwick Control Technologies,
    Coventry, UK

  • 1998-2000Research Associate

    WMG, University Of Warwick
    Coventry, UK

  • 1997-1997Software Engineer

    Mott MacDonald,
    Altrincham, UK

Can you help?

If you have a child who's learning to talk, click 'research' button!