Head of Intelligent Systems Research Group
Tel: +44 (0)1904 32 2340
Fax: +44 (0)1904 32 2461
Research Area: Intelligent Systems Group
Areas of Expertise: Artificial Immune Systems, Bio-Inspired Computing, Evolutionary Algorithms, Evolutionary Computing, Fault-Tolerant Design, Microprocessor Design, Reconfigurable Systems
I received a 1st class honours degree in 1982 and a PhD in 1985, both in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. I joined the Electronics Department at York University in April 1990, and was promoted to the Chair of Digital Electronics in 1998. Previous to that I was a Senior Lecturer at Coventry Polytechnic. Between August 1987 and August 1988 I was visiting research fellow at Ecole Polytechnic Lausanne Switzerland, where I was researching into the evaluation and performance of multiprocessor systems. From September 1973 to September 1979 I worked for STC at Paignton Devon, on the design and development of high frequency devices.
My main research interests are in the design of biologically-inspired architectures, artificial immune systems, evolvable hardware, FPGA system design, fault tolerant design, and real-time systems. In particular, over the last 10 years my research group at York has concentrated on bio-inspired systems. This work has included the creation of embryonic processing array, intrinsic evolvable hardware systems, including the RISA chip and the immunotronics hardware architecture. I am Head of the Intelligent Systems research group at York and was Head of Department between 2000 and 2007 and Academic Coordinator between 2007 and 2011. I was General Programme Chair for ICES 2003, Programme Chair for IPCAT2005 and General Chair for CEC 2009. I have published over 250 papers in these areas, and have attracted funds in excess of £5.5M. I co-founded the ngenics company in 2012, providing variation-aware cell library design, refinement & customisation services and solutions to foundries, IDMs and fabless designers.
Co-author of Introduction to Evolvable Hardware: A Practical Guide for Designing Self-Adaptive Systems, 2007, Wiley-IEEE Press.
I am a Senior member of the IEEE, and a Fellow of the IET.
Head of the Intelligent Systems research group.
General Chair for IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, Trondheim, Norway, May 2009.
Programme Chair for 9th International Conference on Evolvable Systems, York, September 2010.
Conference Co-Chair for 10th International Conference on Evolvable Systems, Singapore, April 2013.
Biologically-inspired architectures: digial system design, embryonics, immunotronics, evolvable architectures; fault tolerant computer systems; many-core processor systems; applications to mobile robotic systems.
Programmable Analogue and Digital Array (PAnDA) (EPSRC)
Collective Cognitive Robots (CoCoRo) (EU FP7)
Self-healing Cellular Architectures for Biologically-inspired Highly Reliable Electronic Systems (SABRE) (EPSRC)
Software-controlled Assembly of Oligomers (EPSRC)
An Extensible Architecture for Homeostasis in Electronic Systems (xArcH) (EPSRC)
Digital and computer systems. Evolvable hardware and evolutionary computation.