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Personal Statement

I have been a student at the University of Strathclyde's CIS department since 2011 as an Undergraduate and now as a researcher for my PhD. I began my time here as a direct entrant from the City of Glasgow College and now I am conducting research into the area of Generalized Video Game Playing.

My research focuses on the creation of intelligent systems that are capable of playing a wide variety of video games competently, without knowing or previously experiencing the specific games in the past. This sort of general problem solving is something that humans are very good at, but computers still fall behind in achieving. It is my hope that my research can be useful in improving the techniques used for building Artificial Intelligence agents, not just in the area of Video Games but in real world situations as well. New situations arise all the time and having an AI which can make good decisions, no matter the situation, may prove useful.

I am an advocate for improving education in general through the use of games, and game like mechanisms, through a process known as Gamification where education takes on many common aspects of games. The goal of this process is to make education less of a chore and more of a rewarding and enrichening experience that can be taken on by anyone.


Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University Of Strathclyde

Award Date: 28 Jul 2020

Bachelor of Science, University Of Strathclyde

Sep 2011Jul 2015

Award Date: 6 Jul 2015


  • Artificial Intelligence
  • AI techniques
  • GVGP
  • Video Games
  • Autonomous Systems


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