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 science Figure out how something works (especially to do with intelligence.)
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's the best thing you've done as a scientist or in your career?
Right now we’re working on understanding why some people are mean and exclude each other, while other people try to be inclusive. That seems very important, I hope we help understand that.
What or who inspired you to become a scientist or 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 a scientist, what would you be?
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.