School of Computer Science, University of St Andrews
Jack Cole Building, North Haugh
St Andrews KY16 9SX
I am a Lecturer in Software Engineering in the School of Computer Science at the University of St Andrews. My main research interest is the development, operation and use of distributed systems, especially the ways in which such systems are integrated in and supported by socio-technical arrangements.
I am also interested in the use of new forms of data about the social world in research - be it academic research in the social sciences, investigative journalism or work conducted by other parties such as NGOs. Today's ubiquitous use of information and communication technologies generates a vast amount of data that may tell us something about what is going on in societies.
Such data have a wide range of potential applications and complements more traditional data such as those from surveys, population census programmes or healthcare incident data, to name a few examples. Using these new forms of data poses a range of challenges, from technical issues to analytical ones to ethics.
Recently I have focused on developing a research infrastructure to support the analysis of social media data such as Twitter messages for social scientfic research. Together with Rob Procter from Warwick University and others, I have analysed the use of Twitter, e.g., during the Riots in England in August 2011 and the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. This work is now being taken forward in the COSMOS project, which involves colleagues from Cardiff, Warwick and Edinburgh.
In Michelmas Semester 2013/14 I teach:
In the past I have taught:
I am currently involved in these projects:
I am also currently a visiting fellow at Informatics at Edinburgh University. Previously, I have been a visiting fellow at Manchester University.
At St Andrews, I work mainly with colleagues involved in the St Andrews Cloud Collaboratory (StACC).