I am Professor of Computing at the University of Stirling and Head of Computing Science and Mathematics.
With a decade working in industry, both in Canada and the UK, my career spans both industry and academe in both Engineering and Computing Science.
I have active research links with a range of companies and have run a number of research projects with EPSRC, EU, KTP (TCS) and industrial funding.
I am currently working within the TEAMED project (Technology Evaluating And Measuring Emotional Dysregulation). This project addresses emotional dysregulation which is a key feature in a variety of conditions including brain injury and the dementias. Medical management predominates but is of limited use in neurological conditions such as acquired brain injury and the dementias. Increased survival rates and longevity mean that these conditions are an increasing public health concern. The project is developing, integrating and assessing a variety of technologies to establish a patient's emotional state. The desired outcome is for patients with emotional problems to receive better care, to achieve a better quality of life, and to self-manage their conditions better.
I led the EPSRC funded project PAM at Stirling. This joint project with Nottingham and Southampton investigated the role of technology for the ambient monitoring of psychiatric patients at home.
I was also institutional PI on InterLife. This ESRC/EPSRC funded project aims to provide social and educational support through an extension of the popular Second Life virtual world.
I was an investigator in the SHEFC funded project MATCH. This joint project with Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow investigates the role of technology in assisting care in the home.
I was an investigator with the EPSRC funded project. PROSEN. This joint project with Essex, Lancaster and Strathclyde investigated wireless sensor networks within a wind farm setting. I was also the lead academic on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Sysnet. This looks at a novel application of mobile phone technology.