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     So you want to know a little about me? Either that or you've clicked on the link by accident. Well, I'm currently working as a research assistant at Liverpool John Moores University in the school of computer and mathematical sciences. The project I'm working on involves the dynamic security evaluation of networked PUC systems. For more information about this, take a look at the project website, or my newly created research website. Before moving here I worked for Codemasters programming computer games. I helped in the production of Race Driver, a fantastic touring-cars-racing type game.

Maths Maths

I worked at Codemasters for about a year and a half. Before that I was doing a PhD at the University of Birmingham, researching under Richard Kaye. The subject of my thesis involved a particular area of mathematics called model theory. I studied a mathematical structure known as Presburger arithmetic (or Z-Groups as they are also called), which is effectively the 'addition' part of arithmetic. Although all of the models which I looked at contain the integers, they will also often have extra 'infinite' elements larger than any of the integers but which behave in similar ways. I looked especially at automorphisms of the models, which constitute mappings which go from a model to itself; in other words they rearrange the elements of the model whilst still preserving its essential properties.

You can read a brief description of the subject by clicking on the white button to the above, where you can also download an electronic copy of my thesis. Please also feel free to e-mail me if you are interested in this subject or would like more information.

Apart from mathematics there are a number of other activities which I enjoy, including programming and art. For computer related things have a look at my computer pages: just click on the red button above on the left. For a lot of the programs I like to combine the two interests, so many of the things you'll find there are connected in some way to computer graphics.

I also like to spend time delving into various areas of philosophy, although I prefer to concentrate less on the historical aspects and more on the ideas involved. As yet there isn't really anything on this site related to the topic, but there might be one day.

Me in Venice
Joanna

Finally, but certainly not least, the love of my life is my beautiful wife Joanna. We got married three years ago and you can see how lovely she is in the photo on the left.

Joanna and I both lived in Birmingham for quite some time, and Joanna remained working there for about half a year after I moved up here to Liverpool. Thankfully she's now moved up to Liverpool as well and I'm happy to say we've now moved into the same flat together again!

After living in Birmingham for so long it's interesting to be experiencing Liverpool now. I don't feel I've discovered very much of it yet, but I'm sure this will change. If you're interested, take a look at some recent photographs of Liverpool at night. If you want to get a bit of real-world anchorage, you can investigate the street that we now live in.

The picture above right, by the way, is of me in Venice. Click on the yellow button to the right if you'd like to see some more photos, but with me on the other side of the camera.

Photo Album Photo Album

I think I've rambled enough. If you want to know more about me you'd best get in contact.