Brief Biographical Note

Nick Taylor joined the Department of Computer Science at Heriot-Watt University in 1988. Twenty years later he was awarded a personal chair and became Head of Computer Science for the following 6 years. His current research interests are summarised here.

After gaining a BSc in Mathematics at University College Cardiff in 1978 he obtained an MSc in Computer Science at Queen Mary College London in 1979, specialising in Machine Intelligence. Following this he joined the Department of Production Engineering and Production Management at the University of Nottingham where, initially, he carried out research into CAD systems - notably the highly successful SAMMIE ergonomics and GRASP robotics packages. He then went on to develop the ALFIE expert system shell for use in ergonomic and other industrial design applications and completed his PhD based on this work in 1990. In 1987 he became a lecturer in that department.

Nick Taylor is a Chartered Engineer, a Chartered Information Technology Professional and a Chartered Mathematician. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is also a Member of the Edinburgh Mathematical Society, the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour and the University and College Union.

A complete list of publications can be found here. Also available are the slides used in the following invited talks:

St Andrews University 03.02.1998 The Byteman's Burden (Computer Ethics)
Trinity College Dublin 06.04.1998 Mind the Gap (Computational Neuroscience)
Napier University 16.10.2007 Personalisation and Learning in Pervasive Environments (with Sarah McBurney)
Heriot-Watt University 16.06.2010 World: "Hello" (Inaugural Lecture)


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