I was born in Edinburgh and moved to Aberdeenshire when I was small. I attended Ellon Academy and came to the University of Aberdeen in 2005, enrolling in the Internet Information Systems BSc course. I graduated in 2009 with First Class Honours. My honours project attempted to develop a collaborative coding system for teacher and learner and was a joint winner of the Amazon Prize for best project.
My PhD project is aimed at getting students to study more, researching how an intelligent conversational agent can provide empathic feedback to students as they learn. I’m funded by SICSA. For more info and publications head over to my research page.
I also teach several campus and distance learning courses, and am the PGR representative for the School of Natural & Computing Sciences on the College of Physical Sciences Postgraduate committee. I’m also the class rep for PhD students in Computing Science.
I like music and am a member of Haddo House Choral & Operatic society, and I also do graphic design for their concerts and productions.