I'm currently a Post-Doctoral researcher with the Centre for Robotics and Neural Systems (CRNS) at Plymouth University, employed as part of the EU ALIZ-E project. I started off my academic life studying for a degree in Electronic Engineering at Nottingham University, but whilst there, developed a deep interest in the concept of intelligence, cognition, and how these are 'implemented' in the human (and perhaps even animal) brain. My general research interests include a wide range of things, such as embodiment, development, and the role of emotions/value in cognition - but my particular interest lies in the foundation of cognition in distributed memory, and the application of this principle to cognitive robotics. Essentially, any mystery of the mind, and its grounding in the brain and body is something I find interesting: both in discovering the unknown, and in applying principles and functionality to cognitive robotic systems. Since arriving in Plymouth, this has been extended to the role of social interaction for cognitive robotics, particularly in the context of Social Human-Robot Interaction. Please see my Research page for more details.
Outside of work, I enjoy the sport of Archery, and am a qualified beginners course coach (ArcheryUK, level 1). Although not particularly active at the moment, I also play a little squash and badminton, and engage in the odd medium distance cycle trip (for instance the Coast-to-Coast and South Downs Way, but have in the past also done the occasional 50-mile round trip for a pint and a pub lunch!).