I received my Bachelors degree in Computer Science from the University of
Edinburgh in 1991 (class medalist). For the following two years I worked in the area of CAD/CAM design as a research engineer for Thorn EMI (London). In 1993 I was awarded a Commonwealth scholarship to undertake a PhD at the University of Canterbury (NZ) to study the problem of optical music recognition. I joined the department at Waikato in 1996, completing my PhD part-time a year later.
Since moving to Waikato I have continued to broadened my interest in digital media, while retaining a particular emphasis on music. I am an active member of the Greenstone Digital Library Project, recepient of the Namur award in 2004 for its IT development for humanitarian aid. Through this work I have collaborated with several United Nations Agencies, the BBC and various public libraries. Our digital music library system, Meldex illustrates some the ideas
we are exploring in musical domain, including the ability to retrieve songs by humming part of the tune.
Other media I have experimented within a digital library context include oral history, historic primary source documents, and video (music) clips. In collaboration with Imperial Collage I am developing direct content methods for handling mixed media formats such as newspapers and film footage. I also work with University College London Interaction Centre (UCLIC) on HCI related topics. I have published in the areas of image processing. music information retrieval, digital libraries, human computer interactions, data compression, and text mining.
You can access a selection of my papers here