Robin is the Director of Research for the school of Computing and Communications, and a Senior Lecturer in Computing. He has a BSc. in Micro-computers and Applications from Westfield College, University of London, and a PhD. In Computer Science from King’s College, University of London.
Robin is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts. He pursues an active programme of public engagement, largely through Speakers for Schools, but is also happy to consider direct invitations.
Robin has a background in software engineering, but much of his work is in Music Computing. He is interested in how music works and why it is so significant as a human activity. His group is exploring this through two approaches:
1) Computational Musicology - What can pattern matching and statistical approaches tell us about the content of music?
2) Human-AI Collaborative Systems that allow mixed-ability groups to make music in a meaningful and intentional manner.
Robin has supervised 17 PhD students to successful completion, both in Software Engineering and various topics within Music Computing. He is always keen to hear from perspective PhD students, whether for full or part-time distance study. More generally, he is happy to answer any questions on his research, whether from academics or the general public.
Robin was production chair of M363, a level 3 course in software engineering, where he took a new approach to teaching software requirements and introduced a strongly case-study based pedagogy. His more recent involvement is with TM112 Introduction to Computing and IT 2, where with colleagues he revised the OU's approach to teaching programming so that problem-solving is foregrounded over syntax.
Robin is active in public engagement, largely through Speakers for Schools, but is also happy to consider direct invitations.
Other engagement includes activities on stands at:
|Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)||Centre||Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology|
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