From 2008 to 2019 I completed R&D in academia, as an interdisciplinary researcher interested in the engineering processes through which models and simulations are developed that help us understand real systems. This site holds and maintains access to the resources I developed during this time.
My research evaluated available and generated novel engineering approaches for use in developing models of real-world systems, aiming to increase confidence in using models to guide real-world experimentation. These approaches encapsulate the complete process of model and simulation development, from conception through design, implementation, analysis, and relating the results to the real-world. The majority of my research was conducted with the Centre for Immunology and Infection at the University of York. Since 2015 I also worked within the York Robotics Lab, who use simulations to develop biologically-inspired algorithms for use in robotics. The work I was involved in is described in a number of publications, and I led the development of a number of software tools that assist researchers in the development and analysis of robust, reliable simulations.
I studied Computer Science at Royal Holloway, University of London before completing a Masters of Research in Computational Biology at the University of York. I stayed at York to complete a PhD in the Department of Biology, then spent just over a year as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Systems Biology at the University of Birmingham. I returned to York in March 2013 to develop integrated approaches to modelling immunological systems. In October 2015 I was appointed Research Fellow in Intelligent and Adaptive Systems at York’s Department of Electronic Engineering, conducting my own research while leading and assisting key research projects undertaken the York Computational Immunology Lab and York Robotics Laboratory, collaborating with external academic partners and large multi-national companies. In March 2019 I left the University to take an appointment as a Lead Data Scientist.