• School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

    Accepting PhD Students

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    I am willing to consider applications from excellent PhD candidates interested in conducting in areas of research aligning with my interests.

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    Contact Details

    Phone number: 0121 204 4991

    Email: [email protected]

    Room number: MB214N


    I am a lecturer in computer science and member of the Aston Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research and Applications (ACAIRA), and Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics (AIFL), specifically the Forensic Data Science Laboratory (FDSL).  My current research is in forensic voice comparison (which uses state of the art tools developed for automatic speaker recognition). I am also interested in Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR), particularly in low resource settings, and Business Process Mining. I worked in the speech group at the University of Birmingham on the former, developing parsimonious models for ASR inspired by human speech perception and production. My PhD was in the latter, with applications in business and healthcare. My general interests revolve around machine learning, data analytics and AI, with a specific focus on how to use data (effectively and efficiently) and how to be confident in results. My journey at Aston started as a member of the highly-regarded Think Beyond Data (ERDF System Analytics for Innovation) project providing free consultancy in artificial intelligence, data analytics and machine learning to SMEs in the Greater Birmingham, Black Country and Marches areas. Before academia I spent time in industry on systems integration, data analytics, systems administration and data management.

    Research Interests

    Forensic data science, forensic speech science, automatic speech recognition (ASR), automatic speaker recognition, machine learning, artificial Intelligence (AI), Business process mining, Speech Science.


    Following a 1st class (hons) batchelor's degree in Computer Science from Loughborough University, I worked in several industries as an analyst programmer, systems integrator, Unix and storage systems administrator and technologist before returning to academia at the University of Birmingham in 2008 to gain an MSc (distinction) in Advanced Computer Science and a PhD for my thesis "A framework for the analysis and comparison of Process Mining algorithms" (2014).  I have since held several research fellowships, in Automatic Speech Recognition, Automated conflict resolution in clinical processes (Birmingham), ERDF-funded AI and data analytics consultancy to SMEs (Think Beyond Data, Aston), and forensic speech science. I now work as a lecturer and researcher in AI and forensic data science.

    Teaching Activity


    CS2IS and CS4520 Information Security

    CS32DF Digital Forensics

    CS4700, CS4705 (MSc) & CS3IP (BSc) Project supervision

    DC4000 Professional Practice (DTS)

    DC4400 Individual Project (DTS)

    APEC MSc Professional Engineering (supervision)


    LEM104 Forensic Inference and Statistics

    DC4200 Data Analytics (DTS)

    CS4720 AI Vision and Reality

    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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
    • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

    Education/Academic qualification

    PhD, A framework for the analysis and comparison of Process Mining algorithms, University of Birmingham

    1 Sept 20091 Jun 2014

    Award Date: 1 Jun 2014

    MSc, Advanced Computer Science, University of Birmingham

    1 Sept 20081 Sept 2009

    Award Date: 1 Jun 2009

    BSc, Computer Science, Loughborough University

    Sept 1990Jul 1994

    Award Date: 1 Jul 1994


    • QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Forensic data science
    • Business process mining
    • Automatic speech recognition
    • Automatic speaker recognition
    • Forensic voice comparison
    • Forensic linguistics
    • Machine learning


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