About

I am currently a PhD student in the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Robotics and Autonomous Systems, part of the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics, a joint venture between Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh. I am a member of the Cognitive Assistive Robotic Environments (CARE) Group at Heriot-Watt University. I am supervised primarily by Dr. Mauro Dragone.

I received my integrated engineering Master’s degree in Computing and Electronics from Heriot-Watt University. More recently, I was also awarded a Master of Science by Research degree in Robotics and Autonomous Systems, as part of my CDT programme.

I am currently in the first year of my PhD, which focuses on delivering Adaptivity as a Service (AaaS) to cognitive smart home systems in Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) applications. My research interests are focused around that topic and include: Human-in-the-Loop (HITL) learning, reinforcement learning, modelling of healthy and declining human cognition, cognitive architectures, semantic domain communication and representations, emotion as a source of feedback, and the use of ‘big data’ for rapid adaption to new users. Within the scope of my PhD, I aim to demonstrate how a combination of these concepts can come together to improve the overall acceptability and scalability of AAL systems.