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, fundamentals of programming, 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 serving on several committees of the IEEE Computational Intelligence
Society. These committees are the Social
Media 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, Evolving Systems and Complex and Intelligent 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).