Senior Research Software Engineer & Systems AdministratorAfter completing his MSc in Bioinformatics at KCL, Brian joined the
Department of Digital Humanities in 2013 as a Research Developer
working on two projects - “The Art of Making” and “The Making of
Brian's main research interests are rather split, starting with
Heuristic algorithms – attempting to solve problems which are
impractical (or impossible) to solve by normal means. He is also
interested in data analysis and modelling, including visualising data
in fun and informative ways. He has previously taught classes in Data
Structures and the Foundations of Computing – a module which teaches the underpinnings of modern computer systems.
He has experience developing for iOS, Mac and the web, and is highly
interested in the advantages of cloud computing in modern web systems. His time working at Apple also taught him the huge advantages brought by mobile computing, and his web development environment is now almost entirely based around an iPad – moving away from the traditional “laptop on desk” way of working. He believes that bringing software development away from the days of complicated editing environments not only increases productivity, but also encourages more people to think about developing software, rather than just using it.
Away from computing, Brian is a keen guitarist, enjoying both playing
and collecting guitars. He also has a passion for Italian cars – no
matter how unreliable they always turn out to be!