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I am Professor of Intelligent Systems, Theme Director of Future & Emerging Technologies, and Executive Director of the Space South Central Enterprise Network at the University of Portsmouth. I am also a visiting professor at the Open University and in the Sheffield Business School at Sheffield Hallam University.

I am a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT. I am a committee member for the BCS Specialist Group on Artificial Intelligence and a member of the Institute of Physics.


After completing my BSc in physics and PhD in materials science, I spent two years with the software company Systems Designers PLC, 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.

Research Interests

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 21 PhD projects to completion and published more than 100 refereed research articles. My text book Intelligent Systems for Engineers and Scientists: A Practical Guide to Artificial Intelligence is ranked as a bestseller. The fourth edition was published by Taylor & Francis (CRC Press) in December 2022.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Professor, University of Liege

1 Oct 201530 Sept 2018


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