OMG I've been evicted! OK, now I'm rooting for Helen
Primary: Fleetwood (London N16); Secondary: Central Foundation (London EC1)
City of London Polytechnic, Maths (with a bit of Psychology); Edinburgh, Masters in Artificial Intelligence
Researcher at Edinburgh, Lecturer at Reading, Reader at Reading, Professor at Exeter, Professor at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh
Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh
Professor of Computer Science, Director of Research for the School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences
Write computer programs – it’s just like building things with Lego.
Me and my work
I work in artificial intelligence – which is about trying to get computers to do clever things.
My Typical Day
I think about a problem for two hours, then browse the web for inspiration, have some meetings, do some paperwork, and then start implementing my solution to the problem I was thinking of, before I have actually solved it.
What I'd do with the money
Buy a sophisticated programmable robot – partly for my own research, mainly to demo in front of school students, to get them interested in computer science. They can program it to roam around the classroom finding things etc.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
trying very hard
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Riding a floating tricycle in Honolulu
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
the ability to fall asleep at will / eternal youth / three more wishes
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble in at school?
yes, and it was someone else’s fault!
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
design an algorithm that is good at solving problems with several different factors to trade off at the same time — e.g. you need an engine to be as efficient as possible, as quiet as possible, as easy to build as possible, as [other things] as possible, all at the same time. I designed one of the most often-used methods for doing that, which tends to find really good solutions that do well on all of the objectives.
Tell us a joke.
I really don’t like people with fewer than ten toes. I’m lacktoes intolerant.
Do you agree with the theory of global warming?
i know this may sound stupid but is there such thing as immortalness or invincibility?
why does the earth rotate (from my mum who is voting to)
if you could do one thing to help the world and humanity what would it be and why?
Do you think that in the future there would be a new way of cooking food that would still be safe but also fast? How do
if god made the world then why do bad things happen to people e.g. death of a family member??
What is the greatest threat facing Earth right now?
how to grow faster when in your teenage years?
Why does it feel so strange when you hit your elbow?
what is your favourite invention?
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if we evlovled from apes why are we not furry ? (1 comments)
why do so many planes crash if there ment to have lots of modern technology involved in them ? (1 comments)
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