What I do
I’m a software developer, entrepreneur, researcher, published scientist, and sometimes film-maker, guitarist, photographer and art maker. I live in Sheffield – a city of cafes, pubs, trees, and parks nestled in the hills on the edge of the Peak District, UK.
I am currently working as a freelance software developer and tech consultant. I like to work on short-term projects of all kinds, but especially prototypes and SaaS, Artificial Intelligence, and art installations. I’m passionate about startups and have advised and worked with various companies.
Until recently I was a part-time scientist working in academia, mostly in Computer Science but also for a time in Physics. In Computer Science at the University of Sheffield I worked on IoT and Machine Learning with Professor John A. Clark, and before that I was working on Quantum Computing within the Department of Physics & Astronomy with Earl Campbell, Yingkai Ouyang, and Joschka Roffe. I have left academia for the time being to focus on building things.
I’m a graduate of the Cooper Project at the excellent Sheffield Tech Parks, a scheme to help aspiring entrepreneurs develop their ideas into businesses. Sheffield has a good tech and startup scene, and there are a lot of early stage startups being created here right now. With a high quality of life and beautiful surroundings, it’s a great place to start a business or as a base to work remotely from.
When not working I try to consuming as many books, films, art exhibitions and hikes as possible, whilst also keeping up my membership of Sheffield’s stellar pub scene (in particular, see The Rutty) and consistently failing to improve at guitar.
What I’ve Done
My academic background is in Computer Science and particularly program synthesis, AI, and software engineering. During 2018 and 2019 I worked in Quantum Computing, on quantum chemistry simulation (which may lead to a new wave of drug discovery and advances in material science) and quantum error correction (an essential ingredient in the recipe for a truly general quantum computer).
I’ve worked as a nerd in industry in the distant past, and have occasionally developed commercial software in recent years too. In particular, I’ve worked with New Space companies on satellite tech, and right now I’m also building engineering tools for that sector.
Over the last decade I’ve done a lot of film-making, inexplicably becoming typecast as an Assistant Director, although I’ve done a fair bit of writing, sound, and even some acting (under duress). Before that I studied dark room photography, although I now use a DSLR.
I’ve also been involved in making art installations with a few artists, most notably on The Democracy Machine – which has gone through two incarnations, one of which emigrated to a gallery in Germany in 2018. I’m very interested in how tech can transform art and how art can transform tech. If you’re an artist in or near Sheffield and you’re interested in collaborating please drop me an email. I enjoy building things.
I’ve been playing guitar and writing songs for a very long time without any noticeable improvement, a hobby that is probably best kept between me and a few unfortunate neighbours.