I am Professor of Intelligent Systems, Director of Future & Emerging Technologies, and Director of the South Coast Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications at the University of Portsmouth. I am also a visiting professor in the Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics at the Open University and in the Sheffield Business School at Sheffield Hallam University.
I am a Chartered Engineer and a Chartered Scientist. I am a Fellow of the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, and a committee member for its Specialist Group on Artificial Intelligence. I am also a member of the Institute of Physics.
My main research interests are in artificial intelligence and its practical applications. I also maintain an interest in materials engineering and optoelectronic devices. I have supervised 19 PhD projects to completion and published more than 100 research articles. My text book Intelligent Systems for Engineers and Scientists is ranked as a bestseller. The third edition was published by Taylor & Francis in 2012 and a fourth edition is expected in 2021.
After completing my BSc in physics and PhD in materials science, I spent two years with the software company Systems Designers plc (now part of Hewlett-Packard), where I was introduced to the world of artificial intelligence. I then joined the Open University and remained there for 14 years, except for a two-year spell as principal scientist at the Telstra Research Laboratories in Melbourne, Australia. At the Open University, I was chair of the course T396: Artificial Intelligence for Technology and founder of the Intelligent Computer Systems Research Group.
I joined Nottingham Trent University in 2001, where I became Dean of the School of Computing & Informatics. I joined De Montfort University in 2007 as Dean of the Faculty of Technology, then Sheffield Hallam University in 2011 as Pro Vice-Chancellor & Dean of the Sheffield Business School. I was Director General & Dean of HEC Liège from 2015 to 2017, leading the School to its EQUIS accreditation. I joined the University of Portsmouth in October 2017.