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 was aimed at getting students to study more, researching how an intelligent conversational agent can provide empathic feedback to students as they learn. Since completing my PhD, I have been employed as a research fellow on the ASICA project at the dot.rural Digital Economy Hub (University of Aberdeen). This project examines how patients previously treated for melanoma can be supported using an app when checking for recurrences. We developed an app, which was successfully trialled with 20 patients in a pilot study. For more info and publications head over to my research page.