Richard is a computational scientist with an educational background in psychology, cognitive science and computer science.
His primary research interests relate to human and machine learning of language, commencing with his PhD work and earliest publications, which investigated computational models of the way in which children may learn the parts-of-speech of their first language. Subsequently he has worked on a number of projects focused in particular on applications of natural language processing.
Another side of his work deals with the development of computer systems that are designed around the humans who use them. This research encompasses conversational agents, affective computing and brain-computer interfaces, across a number of projects including PhD co-supervision. These projects have included the development of an assistive application for supporting people with memory loss, a system to support social skills teaching in autism spectrum disorder, and an application for training health professionals in interviewing techniques.
Richard currently works with research teams in the College of Medicine and Public Health to help shed light on basic research questions in Insect Vision and in Gastrointestinal Motility.
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