SICSA Chair in System Modelling
After completing a degree in Engineering Science at the University of Aberdeen I moved into Clinical Physics, working for Greater Glasgow Health Board. During my time there I completed an M.Sc. by research in an area of Artificial Intelligence. This led me to pursue an academic career, to which end I undertook a PhD in the Intelligent Systems Laboratory at Heriot-Watt University on the topic of Qualitative Reasoning.
My first academic appointment was in the University of Wales, Aberystwyth - now Aberystwyth University (1997 – 2002), where I extended my research interests to include Scientific Discovery. After that I returned to Aberdeen as a Senior Lecturer in Computing Science. I was promoted to Reader in 2009, and to a Chair in 2011.
At Aberdeen I have undertaken a number of roles. I was Head of Computing Science (2010-2014); Director of Research and a Deputy Head of the School of Natural and Computing Sciences (2015 – 2018). I have served on a several committees in the institution including the Academic Standards Committee (Post-graduate), the Quality Assurance Committee, and the Research Policy Committee. I have also done a few stints on the Senate (currently until 2020).
My research remains within the area of Model-based Systems and Qualitative reasoning, and I have been fortunate to be involved in a number of interdisciplinary projects with friends and colleagues across a wide spectrum of disciplines.
In addition to my academic interests my avocation is singing, for which I obtained a diploma from Trinity College London in 2014. I have given a number of recitals, and aim to give some more.
- Model-based Systems and Qualitative Reasoning
- Scientific Discovery Systems
- Computational/ Informational Philosophy of Science
- Philosophy of Information/ Philosophy of Modelling
- Artificial Immune Systems