After studying mathematics for a BA at Oxford, I moved to Cambridge to do my PhD, which was in algebra (infinite group theory, to be precise). I then spent five years with Logica (a UK software house) at their R&D lab, where I developed a wide range of neural network applications and also worked in formal methods.
In 1995 I was appointed as a Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science and Applied Maths at Aston University. In 2001 I was promoted to Senior Lecturer as part of what (several reorganisations later) is now the Mathematics Subject Group. In 2004 I was promoted to a Chair in Computer Science. I was the Associate Dean for Research for the School of Engineering and Applied Science and prepared the School's submission for the 2008 RAE and since then I have been the Head of the Computer Science group. I am also the chair of the Natural Computing Applications Forum (NCAF) and have organised the scientific program for many of their meetings. In my spare time I play the piano.