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My PhD is from the University of Cambridge and BSc and Masters from the University of Western Australia. I have held academic positions at the University of Essex, UK, SRI Cambridge and the University of WA.   I am currently Associate Professor (level D) and Head of Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering at UWA.  I am on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Ad Hoc Networks and a professional member of the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery).


My research area is sensor networks and distributed intelligence.  I study how to build sensor systems for data collection across space and time.  My sensor network applications include environmental soil moisture monitoring, rammed earth buildings, public transport tickets, smart water meters and waste water treatment plants.  My research also helps users to gain valuable insights from this data, with efficient methods for data compression and soft sensing, privacy protection for human data, and data mining techniques to discover new insights from the data.  I am an effective and imaginative University teacher with broad teaching experience covering the core curriculum  in the disciplines of Computer Science and Software Engineering, supported by my research in Computer Science Education.

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 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Computer Science, PhD, The Formal Verification of Hard Real-Time Systems, University of Cambridge

… → 1992

Computer Science, Masters by Research, The Design and Implementation of a Programming Environment for a Network of Computers using Modula-2 Based Distributed Objects

… → 1987

Industry keywords

  • Environmental
  • Transport
  • Built Environment

Research expertise keywords

  • Wireless sensor networks
  • Data Analytics
  • Environment and conservation
  • Public transport
  • Intelligent Systems
  • Computer science education
  • Building monitoring
  • Smart cities applications
  • Smart metering
  • Water resources


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