I grew up in the small town of Waimate
in South Canterbury, New Zealand. I received the degree of
Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours in Information Science
from the University
in 1996, and a PhD
, with a focus on artificial neural networks,
evolutionary algorithms and data mining from the same
department in 2004.
From 2000 to 2004 I was a senior teaching fellow in the Department of
. As part of my duties I
coordinated and taught courses in computational intelligence, data
processing and data mining at second, third and fourth year level. Some of the lectures
I presented are available here
From 2004 to 2007 I was a post-doctoral fellow in the National Centre for
Advanced Bio-Protection Technologies
, New Zealand. There I developed methods
using computational intelligence and data mining to predict the invasiveness of insect
pests and crop diseases.
From 2007 to 2009 I was a post-doctoral fellow in the School
of Biological Sciences
at the University
, Australia, where I developed methods
using computational intelligence and data mining to predict the spatial distribution of
the Australian plague locust.
From 2010 to 2012 I was a research fellow in the Global
Ecology Group at the School
of Earth and
Environmental Sciences at the University
of Adelaide, Australia, where I carried out research in ecological modelling.
I am currently the Academic Head of Programme, Information Technology at AIS in Auckland, New Zealand. Apart from my management duties, I have also taught database, business intelligence (including data mining and data warehousing), information security and run workshops on programming in PHP and C++.
I am a Senior Member of the IEEE and I am currently serving on several committees of the IEEE Computational Intelligence
Society. These committees are the Social
Media Subcommittee, the Standards
Committee, CIS University Curricula Subcommittee and the Neural Networks Technical Committee.
I have written or contributed to more than eighty publications in
conferences and journals, in the fields of computational intelligence,
bioinformatics, and ecological informatics / ecological
modelling. I am currently serving on the editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems, and the Springer journals Soft Computing and Evolving Systems. I also run a blog
on computational intelligence and a site on evolving connectionist
systems. Much of the software I develop for my research is freely available here.
My complete academic curriculum vitae is available as a PDF here
. My Google Scholar citations profile is available here
(current h-index 17).