(hence the silly glasses)
Before embarking on my research career, I was previously a well-known UK videogames designer and AI programmer. I started my professional games career at the age of 16 working at the legendary Bullfrog Productions, and then after getting my degree at Cambridge, I joined the newly founded Lionhead Studios. In 1998 I founded and ran my own 60-person development studio, called Elixir Studios, producing games for Microsoft and Vivendi Universal, and have contributed to many best-selling and award-winning games over a successful 10-year career including: Syndicate (1993), Theme Park (1994), Black & White (2001), Republic (2003), and Evil Genius (2004).
I also play many games to an accomplished level including chess, shogi and poker and won the World Games Championships at the Mind Sports Olympiad a record 5-times before retiring from competitive play in 2003. You can find further information about my past from here.
- PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience, Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging (WTCN), UCL, UK
- Thesis: “The neural processes underlying episodic memory” (supervisor: Prof Eleanor Maguire) (viva committee: Prof John O'Keefe, Prof Lynn Nadel)
- BA (First) in Computer Science, Queens’ College, Cambridge University