I was born in England but escaped, taught logic in philosophy departments for several years, escaped again and moved to Canberra in 1988 where I have been automating reasoning ever since.
I like doing this. The ANU is a fantastic place to be a researcher, Canberra is a better city to live in than you would believe from listening to Australians from anywhere else, NICTA is the most exciting research lab I know, and I actually get paid for thinking about logic and hacking code! That's as good as it gets.
Other likes: travel, good food (enthusiastic but inexpert cook), classical music (ditto pianist).
Dislikes: no really interesting ones (sorry).
- Relevant logic
- Other substructural logics
- Temporal logic
Automatic theorem proving
- ROO (Radically Optimized Otter)
- SCOTT (Semantically Constrained Otter)
- Miscellaneous contributions
- Constraint satisfaction
I aim to make computers better at logical reasoning, by which I mean not only finding proofs, but also analysing, diagnosing, planning, modelling and even explaining situations and events.
Years ago I worked mainly on generalising the standard paradigms of logic with a view to taking into account "awkward" features of reasoning such as vagueness and inconsistency. Later my research was more concerned with algorithms for automated reasoning and related aspects of artificial intelligence. While continuing to be interested in all of that, I am currently obsessed with the problem of how implemented reasoning systems should interact with human users. This is forcing me to think about a range of issues, from the nature of explanation to the technical aspects of visualisation, which are challenging and fascinating.
Complete student projects
|COMP2620||Logic||17, 18, 19, 20, 21||S1|
|COMP4005F||Information Technology IV Hono...||15, 16, 17, 18||S1, S2|
|COMP4005P||Computer Science IV Honours||18, 20, 22||S1, S2|
|COMP4550||Advanced Computing Research Me...||17, 18, 19, 20, 21||S1, S2|
|COMP4540||Software Engineering Research...||15, 16, 17, 18||S1, S2|
|COMP4005F||Computer Science IV Honours||18, 20, 22||S1, S2|
|COMP4005P||Information Technology IV Hono...||15, 16, 17, 18||S1, S2|
|COMP8800||Computing Research Project||17, 18, 19, 20, 21||S1, S2|
|COMP6262||Logic||17, 18, 19, 20, 21||S1|