School Of Computing and Mathematics

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Phone: 01443 483750

    Research areas

  • QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
  • QA76 Computer software

Research interests

I created and lead the Artificial Intelligence Paradigms (CSAIP) research unit with the aim of providing a research framework for mentoring the whole computer science team while focusing research on areas that enhanced and complimented our degrees. I also provide leadership and experience to the Cyber Security Research Group. Current research interests include: House Price Prediction with Deep Learning; Cyber Maintainable Secure Complex Systems; Natural Language Processing and the Digital Annotation of Clinical Reports; Risk and Vulnerability within Industrial Control Systems; Visualisation for Cyber Security; and Advanced Persistent Threats in Computer Network Defence. Other interests include: Business Rule Generation for Product Data Quality Assurance; Integrating Augmented Reality with Dynamic Real World Environments; Diagnostic Research into Biomechanical Urinary Problems using Signal Processing; Rule Based System to support the provision of bespoke wheelchairs for the severely disabled; Cluster detection and analysis with geo-spatial datasets using a hybrid statistical-hierarchal Neural Network approach; Techniques for Content-based Image Characterization in Wavelets Domain; Residential Property Price Forecasting; Data-mining Causal Relationships within Geo-spatial Data; Developing Image Enhancement and Image Transmission Techniques for an Internet-Based Medical Image Processing System.

Teaching interests

As subject leader, I designed and documented all five courses currently on offer within Computer Science at USW and have taught at all levels across the entire curriculum.

Experience

I have worked in computing for 37 years, which includes 23 years within an academic environment. I gained my bachelor’s computing degree in 1993 as a mature student and went on to gain a doctorate from the mathematics department in 1997. I returned to academia in 2000 as a research fellow, first in the mathematics department and then computing. I was asked to take on the role of senior lecturer in 2007, took over leadership of the postgraduate programme in 2008 and became a Reader 2009. The MSc Programme encompassed AI, Security, Forensic, Computer Science, Information Technology, and Information Systems degrees. I introduced a suite of integrated master’s degrees. I took on leadership of the then Artificial Intelligence Technologies (ART) research unit in 2012 and role of subject leader in 2013. I proposed Computing’s new structure, which raised Cyber Security to the same level as Computer Science and Informatics in 2014. I became Head of Computer Science in 2014 and refactored our provision to include a computer science degree founded on the ACM/IEEE Computer Science Curricula 2013, with emphasis on secure programming. This foundation underpinned the recent successful NCSC Computer Science certification. I created and lead the Artificial Intelligence Paradigms (CSAIP) research unit, which broadened the remit of ART with the aim of providing a research framework for mentoring the whole computer science team while focusing research on areas that enhanced and complimented our degrees. I led the introduction of an undergraduate and postgraduate degree in Artificial Intelligence. I was this year asked to provide leadership and experience to the Cyber Security Research Group. I am frequently engaged as an expert consultant by Welsh Government (SMART Cymru application reviewer) and provide embedded consultancy for local industry (currently engaged on a SMART Cymru project related to Knowledge Automation).

2014 – Head of Computer Science, School of Computing and Mathematics, USW

2009 – Reader, Department of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, University of Glamorgan
2007 – 2009 Senior Lecturer, Department of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, University of Glamorgan
2003 – 2007 Research Fellow, School of Computing, University of Glamorgan
2000 – 2003 Research Fellow, School of Technology, Mathematics Department, University of Glamorgan
1998 – 2000 Analyst Programmer, Information Services, University of Glamorgan.
1997 – 1998 Research Associate, Department of Mathematics, University of Glamorgan.
1993 – 1997 Research Student, Department of Mathematics, University of Glamorgan.
1988 – 1990 Finance Officer, Family Housing Association, Cardiff.
1985 – 1988 Office Manager, Education Department, Cardiff University.

Expertise

I am the Head of Computer Science and Associate Professor. I am responsible for the management of courses within Computer Science, which includes providing subject leadership, operational management of staff, staff and non-staff budgets, quality assurance and enhancement, accreditation and certification of courses within Computer Science, liaising with students to ensure a positive student experience, identifying opportunities for curriculum development, CPD and income generation, student recruitment and retention, teaching, scholarly activity, reporting and managing more widely as part of the School Management Team. I lead the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Paradigms (CSAIP) research unit and the Cyber Security Research Group (CSRG). I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Skills

Computer Science, Research, Higher Education, Risk Management, Cyber Security, Cyber Resiliance, Computational Intelligence, Machine Learning, Neural Networks, Academic Writing, Mathematical Modeling, Data Analysis, Algorithms, Object Oriented Design, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Science, Research Design, Data Mining, Operations Research, Image Processing, Quality Assurance, Game Development, Econometrics, Business Intelligence, Data Science, Data Visualisation, Operations Management, Analytics, Strategic Planning, Statistics, Economics, Recruiting, Programming, C++ Language, Software Design Patterns, Knowledge Representation, Combinatorial Optimization, Knowledge Based Engineering, Soft Computing, Metaheuristics, Quality Assurance Processes, University Teaching, Staff Development, Team Leadership 

Research output

  1. Stereoscopic Human Detection in a Natural Environment

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. Stereoscopic Disparity Generation Reduction using a Dilated Laplacian Approach

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  3. Stereoscopic mobile Natural Feature Tracking

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

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