I have research interests in social media, web technologies, human computer interaction, information retrieval, natural language processing and machine learning.
If you want to know more about me why not check out my profile on some of the sites to the right
If you need to email me for what ever reason you can reach me using my online form located here, but first you will have to know a little about my university life to send a message.
My dissertation was entitled 'Tricking Google', and concentrated on researching methods used by Google to rank search results. In Particular researching the effect of markup, and how different markup effects the position of results in a search engine results page. My dissertation was supervised by Dr. Markus Roggenbach.
From September 2009 to October 2010, I was studying for a Master of Science at the Future Interactive Technology Lab, located at Swansea University entitled Future Interactive Technologies and Computing. My thesis focused on researching perceptions of useful and non useful data within tweets. As well as building a natural language processing powered search engine, based on the research that I had conducted. This was under the supervision of Dr. Max L. Wilson.
In October 2010, I started a Ph.D. under the supervision of Dr. Max L. Wilson and Prof. Matt Jones which is concerned with information retrieval and social media. My Ph.D. is funded by a KESS Maxi scholarship, in conjunction with a local industrial partner. I will be primarily based in the Future Interactive Technology Lab, located at Swansea University for the duration of my Ph.D.
Whilst at the FIT Lab, I have been able to participate in Microsoft's Imagine Cup 2010 competition. As part of a team made up of fellow FIT Labbers, we progressed to round two of three, reaching the UK finals of the software design competition. This means we were in the top six teams that initially entered. Our entry was Frenigy, please take a look at our site and send feedback our way.
Along with my supervisor (Dr. Max L. Wilson) in July 2010, I was able to help make Tweempact. Tweempact allow users to see how far a single tweet reaches, by assessing the size of audience that it has reached, and placing them (where possible) on a map. You can read more about Tweempact here.
I am also involved in the Technocamps project, as a workshop delivery assistant. Technocamps is an exciting project that provides free workshops to young people on programming, robotics, game design, app development and much more. It is about getting young people (11-19 years) in Wales excited about Computer Science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and challenging them to think about the world around them in a different way.
As well as my involvment with Technocamps and my Ph.D. I was also a visting lecturer at The University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, Swansea. My role is to teach ICT (Information Communication Technology) PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate of Education) students how to program. This one year full-time programme will equip trainees to teach Computing and ICT within the 11-18 age range in a variety of schools and colleges (including Welsh medium if requested).
Through out my time at university, I have made several websites, some of which have won awards. Below are some of my more recent projects, some of these are applications, and some are websites.
Site: http://www.confabulationapp.com (Under construction)
About: Visualisation tool, allowing users, to see conversations happening over twitter.
Technologies: Processing, Twitter Streaming API
About: Visualisation tool, allowing users, to track the impact of a tweet.
About: Encouraging social motivation, to reduce energy consumption.
To obtain a comprehensive copy of my portfolio or my C.V. please email me, using the email form located here. However, please not I am currently not accepting any work until mid October.