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Works at Lancaster University, School of Computing and Communications
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The first exploding start to be captured in the "optical wavelength".
 
For the first time, the brilliant flash of an exploding star’s shockwave has been captured in the optical wavelength. The steady gaze of our Kepler space telescope allowed astronomers to see a supernova shockwave as it reached the surface of a star. Details: http://go.nasa.gov/1XIfIMj
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Which software had the most publicly disclosed vulnerabilities this year? The winner is none other than Apple's Mac OS X, with 384 vulnerabilities. The runner-up? Apple's iOS, with 375 vulnerabilities.
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Play a quick browser game on your PC that connects to your phone and uses its' gyro sensors to replicate lightsaber movements on the webpage.

Great little experiment.

Warning: The game is bad, but the idea is awesome...plus I got to spend 2 minutes waving my phone around like a lightsaber. So there's that ;)

#ForceAwakens
 
Can you escape the First Order? Find out in this Chrome Experiment: g.co/lightsaber #lightsaberescape
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Take a time consuming daily task (email) and get a neural net to suggest an automatic reply. Brilliant!
 
Smart Reply - a deep neural network that writes email

Replying to an emails on a mobile device can be a challenge, even for short replies. What if there were a system that could automatically determine if an email was answerable with a short reply, and compose a few suitable responses that you could edit or send with just a tap? 

Smart Reply, which will be launching later this week, is built on a pair of recurrent neural networks, one used to encode the incoming email and capture the gist of what is being said and the other to predict and compose grammatically correct possible responses. 

Head over to the Google Research blog to learn more.
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I'm giving a short (15min + 5min Q&A) informal presentation about the SAMS project tomorrow at 11:45 in Infolab C74 (KBC side). If you're in the vicinity and want to have a nosey at the project and my work (and don't mind listening to me enjoy listening to myself), then feel free to poke your head in.

I'll be giving an overview of the project, as well as my role within it; it won't be a tech-heavy talk. The talk is part of a larger session to the SE group in Infolab, hence the short timeframe, but no reason why anyone can't tag along for just one talk. Personally, I think this is a great example of multi-disciplinary cross-institution research.

For those that don't know, SAMS is attempting to provide novel techniques to passively detect early signs of dementia (particularly Alzheimer's disease). I have been developing the monitoring software that is deployed on participants computers, it runs with no-user interaction, and is deployed for about nine months. The software collects lots and various data/text from participant's everyday activities. This data is then mined and analysed, looking for patterns/metrics/heuristics changing over time. It is a £1m project across three universities, with myself and Ann Gledson (Mancs Uni) being the only two technical RAs. I have been working on this project for two years now, and we're entering the final 6 months (the analysis phase). The project shows promise (of course I'd say that), but it's had its fair share of significant ethical and technical challenges; which makes the research all the more interesting.
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Why yes, random email person, I will download and open your generic word document: 
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Just had an awesome traditional Christmas lunch of...nachos!! :D
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New comic!
**Hey, visit the PHD Store: http://phdcomics.com/store
Link to Piled Higher and Deeper
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Anyone with children that have VTech products (or esp. used 'Kid Connect'), you need to read this:
https://thehackernews.com/2015/11/vtech-toymaker-hacking.html
#hack
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In case you or someone you know uses one of these products, then you need to contact the company (details in the article).
It's a severe breach of privacy and loss of sensitive data.
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Scientists attempt to hijack their own journal, wrestle control from publishers. http://chronicle.com/article/What-a-Mass-Exodus-at-a/234066
All the editors and their entire editorial board resigned after Elsevier refused to make Lingua fully open access and to transfer ownership of the 66-year-old journal to them.
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Self-Driving Car Ethics - "what will happen when your car has to decide whether to save you, or a crowd of people?"

http://hackaday.com/2015/10/29/the-ethics-of-self-driving-cars-making-deadly-decisions/
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  • Lancaster University
    PhD, 2010 - 2015
  • Lancaster University
    MRes - Innovation in the Digital Economy, 2009 - 2010
  • Lancaster University
    BSc (Hons) - Computer Science with Software Engineering, 2006 - 2009
  • Cricklade College
    BND - IT Practioners (Software Development), 2004 - 2006
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Post-Doctoral Researcher, PhD, Software Engineer, Computer Scientist, Geek.
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My research interests lie in exploring software engineering for the betterment of society, in particular healthy ageing. My current focus (on the SAMS project) is on the early detection of mild cognitive impairment and neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, to enable earlier treatment and better quality of life. This is achieved through passive, opportunistic monitoring of computer users. Software captures participants’ interactions with their computers, for example collecting: mouse movement and key presses, application interactions, text analysis etc. Detecting dementia earlier can lead to improving the long term outcome of (e.g.) Alzheimer disease, and earlier treatment of other disorders such as depression, anxiety and other underlying medical conditions. Going forward I will be exploring the broad area of healthy ageing, specifically from a computer science and software engineering perspective. I have a strong interest in applying various techniques to complex problems in the Healthy Ageing field, and thrive in collaborative scenarios.

My PhD research explored the education of software engineers using a studio-based approach. This thread of research was grounded in transferring knowledge of design education (architecture, product design, art etc.) into a software engineering context. This also relates to a broad interest of collaboration in software development teams.

I am a digital innovation researcher (Ph.D. student), and part of the first cohort of the HighWire DTC. My background is in Computer Science and Software Engineering, and I have been immersed in cross-discipline research during the PhD and research positions since. I have a wide and varied interest in computer science and software engineering including healthcare technologies, healthy ageing, HCI, collaborative technologies, interactive systems, and software engineering education.

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Eclectic researcher and an Unofficial Google ninja
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  • Lancaster University, School of Computing and Communications
    Research Associate, 2014 - present
  • Lancaster University, School of Computing and Communications
    Teaching Assistant (Practicals & Tutorials), 2010 - 2013
  • Lancaster University, Cesagen
    Software Developer (Intern), 2009 - 2009
  • Greggs of Cumbria
    Sales Assistant + Sunday Man, 2007 - 2008
  • Sodexho Defence
    Mess Hand, 2006 - 2006
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Perham Down, UK - Tidworth, UK - Windsor, UK - Abingdon, UK
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