Language research

I'm an active member of the Language and Computation (LAC) research group at the University of Essex, which covers a diverse range of topics during regular meetings such as statistical analysis to using Prologue programming language.

The group annually has a conference at the start of each academic year where participants can present their research and discuss future trends in the field.

Additionally, I have been a reviewer and editor for several publications, including Associate Editor for the new journal "Human Computation" and am on the programme committee for several workshops, including PlayIT (WWW2011), Disco2013, GCI2012 and GamifIR 2014. As a participant of MindTheGap14 at the 2014 iConference in Berlin I also wrote a summary article for the British Computer Society.

Marine research

I learnt to dive in the Galapagos Island in 2004 and have since been lucky enough to dive all over the world, including Indonesia, Mexico, UK, Malta, Egypt, and the Dutch Antilles.

I qualified as a PADI Divemaster in the Komodo Marine Reserve in Indonesia, famed for strong currents and being in the middle of nowhere. Since then I've also completed SDI Solo Diver training and numerous PADI Speciality courses. I have over 800 dives, many of them being scientific dives where carrying and operating equipment or surveying was required. I have experience of survey techniques including laying transects and quadrats, setting up permanent quadrats, taking core samples using a pneumatic drill, cleaning and repairing exclusion cages, still and video camera operation, etc.

I qualified as a Seasearch Observer in 2011 and completed my Seasearch Surveyor training in 2012. I have attended specialist training courses in Marine Life, Fish, Seaweed and Sea Squirts. Seasearch is a project for volunteer sports divers who have an interest in what they're seeing under water, want to learn more and want to help protect the marine environment around the coasts of Britain and Ireland. I was part of the Seasearch expeditions Seaweed East (surveying algae from Kent to Scotland), Scotsquirt (surveying sea squirts in Scotland), Squirt Trek (surveying sea squirts from Essex to Scotland) and other day activites. I've helped teach the Seasearch Observer course and help organise the Blackwater (Essex) surveying.

Diving, even as a recreational activity, puts you in a hostile environment where preparation and training are key to safety. However, accidents do happen and it is essential to be able to respond quickly and confidently to any emergency. For this reason I attended the 3 day dive medic training course at the London Diving Chamber to understand more about what the human body endures whilst under pressure in the water.


  • Diver Medic (London Diving Chamber)
  • CPR and First Aid (EFR)
  • Medical Emergencies and Resuscitation (UK Resuscitation Council)
  • Decompression Chamber Awareness (PADI)

I've been sailing small boats all my life and more recently started sailing yachts and power boats. I regularly skipper safety boats RIBs for sailing races and water-based events. I qualified for my powerboat license in Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland.


  • International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft (ICC)
  • Power boat handling (BSAC)
  • Diver coxswain (BSAC)
  • Day Skipper for Sail and Power Craft (RYA)
  • Diesel Engine Maintenance (RYA)
  • Outboard Engine Maintenance (RYA)