Life appeared on planet Earth around 4 billion of years ago, during a process known as abiogenesis or the Origin of Life. My research studies how did this happen, and aims to apply some of those processes into the design of bio-inspired robots. If we know that life happened already at least once, why cannot we use that knowledge to create artifial life? You can read more about this on the Research page.

About me

I am a Robotics Lecturer at the Glasgow Caledonian University, working in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. My current research aims to create generative models of prebiotic processes, and then use artificial evolution to emulate in silico the Origin of Life. Before this I was part of the Cronin Group, first as a PhD and then as a postdoc, where I built robots to emulate the Origin of Life in real-world experiments.

More broadly, I enjoy building autonomous systems that *do* things, and I enjoy working in the intersection between AI, Computer Vision and 3D-printing. If you want to know more about me you can read my CV.

Recent posts

New paper: A Chemical Computer

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Finally the BZ Chemical Computer paper is published! This has been, by far, the project I have spent most time on.

New paper: The Crystal Randomizer

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After a long drought I have finally published a paper! And it has been mostly thanks to Dr Eddy Lee, who is the first author of the paper and conducted most ...

Week of presentations

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It has been an interesting week for me, because I had to present my research twice: first in the Fellowship Symposium, and then in the 7 minutes of Science.

New website

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I have finally finished finished - this - my new research website. I decided to use Jekyll and host it on Github after considering different options.

Starting as an LKAS Research Fellow

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Starting the 1st of November 2019 I will be a ‘Lord Kelvin Adam Smith’ (LKAS) Research fellow at the University of Glasgow.