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Funded PhD positions available

The School of Computer Science at the University of St Andrews has around eight  fully-funded PhD positions available. I’d welcome applicants interested in sensor networks, complex systems, and data science.

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CPHC/BCS Distinguished Dissertations competition 2013/14: call for submissions

The 2013/14 CPHC/BCS Distinguished Dissertations competition is now open for submissions.

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Graduation address: “Every success is everybody’s success”

I was honoured to be asked to give the graduation address at this year’s St Andrews Day ceremony. The speech is below.

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Too many numbers

I’ve never really noticed before how over-indexed even common documents are.

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The closed cycle of MOOCs

Are the international rankings indirectly fuelling the rise of MOOCs? And is there a positive feedback cycle at work?

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A non-prophecy from ten years ago

Something I said ten years ago comes back to not haunt me: in fact, I was quite pedestrian about the whole thing.

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How to write an abstract

An abstract is an advertisement, not an introduction.

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Big, or just rich?

The current focus on “big data” may be obscuring something more interesting: it’s often not the pure size of a dataset that’s important.

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The edge of computer science

Where does mathematics end and computer science begin?

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Studentship available in Newcastle upon Tyne

My colleagues in Newcastle (where I did my first degree) have an MRes/PhD position available in computational behaviour analysis.

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