Favourite Thing: Figure out how something works (especially to do with intelligence.)
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
Me and 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.
What I'd do with the money
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Smart, curious, friendly.
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's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
I love going to scientific meetings in beautiful places and talking late into the night.
What did you want to be after you left school?
A scientist, but first I got a job as a programmer to pay off my tuition bill.
Were you ever in trouble in at school?
I only got in trouble with other kids–for being such a geek.
What was your favourite subject at school?
Physics (because the teacher was awesome.) Before that, general science & English literature.
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
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?
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.
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.
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.