University of Chicago (undergrad in Behavioural Science), Edinburgh (Masters in AI & Psychology), MIT (PhD in AI)
I programmed for banks, then in the middle of my grad degrees I got to work for LEGO, and also Harvard & Edinburgh doing research.
Reader (Associate Professor)
University of Bath
Favourite thing to do in my job: Figure out how something works (especially to do with intelligence.)
My Work: I study natural and artificial intelligence, by making scientific AI models of real animal behaviour.
My Typical Day: I’m an academic, so some days I do research, some days I write papers, some I write grants, some I teach, some I meet with my graduate students or visiting colleagues.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Smart, curious, friendly.
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
My aunt bought us lots of animal books even before I could read, then when I was six we had a unit on dinsoaurs, and I decided to be a paleontologist.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
I only got in trouble with other kids–for being such a geek.
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
A programmer, or maybe by now, a manager. Sometimes I think I should figure out how to go into helping the government, but I guess I’d still be a scientists then, just not an academic one.
Who is your favourite singer or band?
I listen to WMBR on Internet Radio so I keep hearing new music I don’t know.
What is the most fun thing you've done?
I love going to scientific meetings in beautiful places and talking late into the night.
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
I’d like to read faster, be more fit (without spending time!), be easier to understand.