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I am Lecturer in Computer Science in the School of Computer Science and Digital Technologies at Aston University. My research interests can be broadly described as Social Learning and Cultural Evolution in Artificial Evolutionary System, though my research covers a wide range of topics from Evolutionary Computation to Socio-Technical Systems and Smart Energy to Computational Intelligence. My core research motivation is to understand the emergence and utility of social learning and cultural evolution as evolved adaptive mechanisms for learning, and then apply social learning and cultural evolution in artificial evolutionary systems, socio-technical systems, and computationally intelligent adaptive agents.

I am originally from Birmingham, and am proudly half Maltese. Before moving to Aston in January 2022 I was a lecturer in Evolutionary Systems in the School of Computing and Mathematics at Keele University. I obtained my PhD from Keele University, under the supervision of Dr Alastair Channon, in 2018. My other qualifications include a BSc in Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science and a MSc in Advance Computer Science from the University of Birmingham, UK.

In my spare time I am a keen Aston Villa supporter; regularly injured football player; music enthusiast; out of practice guitarist; Science Fiction fan, part time gamer, part time politico, part time meme stock enthusiast; and full time Dad and partner.

Research Interests

Artificial Life, Social Learning, Cultural Evolution, Evolutionary Systems, Socio-Technical Systems, Computational Intelligence

Qualifications

PhD: "The emergence and utility of social behaviour and social learning in artificial evolutionary systems"

School of Computing and Mathematics
Keele University
11/2009 – 03/2018

Available: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/4533 [Also Read Here]

MSc: Advanced Computer Science

School of Computer Science
University of Birmingham
09/2008 – 08/2009

BSc(hons): Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science

School of Computer Science
University of Birmingham
09/2005 – 07/2008

Employment

Lecturer in Computer Science

School of Informatics and Digital Engineering
Aston University
01/2022 - Ongoing

Lectuer in Evolutionary Systems

School of Computing and Mathematics
Keele University
01/2018 - 01/2022

Teaching Fellow

School of Computing and Mathematics
Keele University
09/2009 - 01/2018

Membership of Professional Bodies

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Authority

Teaching Activity

2021/22 Teaching

CS326G - Security Governance, Risk Management & Policy

CS4740 - Deep Learning

PhD Supervision

Current PhD Students

Nathan Brooks (Keele University)
09/2019 - Ongoing
Co-Supervised with: Dr Alastair Channon (Keele University) and Dr Simon Powers (Edinburgh Napier University)

Available PhD Studentships

I currently do not have any funded PhD studentships available, but I am always happy to hear from potential students who are interested in working with me.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, The emergence and utility of social behaviour and social learning in artificial evolutionary systems

Nov 2009Jan 2018

Award Date: 14 Mar 2018

MSc, Advanced Computer Science, University of Birmingham

Sept 2008Aug 2009

Award Date: 11 Dec 2009

BSc, Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science, University of Birmingham

Sept 2005Jul 2008

Award Date: 16 Jul 2008

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