BBus, BSc(Hons), PhD(Griffith)
Adjunct Associate Professor
Institute for Integrated and Intelligent Systems
Department of Informatics
University of Sussex
My research is in the area of artificial intelligence and I am currently developing
machine learning algorithms that model the functioning of minicolumns in the neocortex.
To further this research I formed the Cognitive
Computing Unit in 2011. Our work in the Unit has been particularly inspired by the ideas of Jeff Hawkins, and his emphasis on sequence prediction as the fundamental engine
of neocortical function.
In this context, I am currently working with my three PhD students, Linda Main,
Adam Kneller and Ben Cowley
on developing more effective algorithms for Hierarchical Temporal Memory systems.
My previous research has mainly concentrated on developing local search techniques for
constraint satisfaction, satisfiability
and temporal reasoning.
In 2007 I published The Foundations of Computing and the
Information Technology Age through Pearson Prentice Hall (ISBN 9780733988486). The book
develops a new perspective on the development of information technology, placing it within the broader context of the
evolution of scientific and technological thinking. After providing an overview of the history of computing (until
the end of WWII), the book examines the connections between the
development of computer technology and the rationalisation of control that lies behind the phenomenon of modern
global civilisation. The text then examines how scientific, technological and computational concepts have
come to dominate our understanding of life on earth and develops a broader and more inclusive perspective that once again
places the reality of human consciousness at the centre of existence.
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