Hi, I'm Tom and I am a Computer Science PhD student at Newcastle University.

My CV in a paragraph: I have a degree in Rocket Science ( yes really), a Masters degree in Audio Acoustics, 7 years experience as an Acoustic Consultant, a Masters degree in Computer Science and I was accepted onto the inaugural year of Newcastle University's Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Cloud Computing for Big Data.

I am now in the second year of my PhD, after completing a PGDip in Cloud Computing for Big Data. My PhD research is focused on distributed stream processing systems. Like those that process the millions of Tweets or Facebook likes that are issued every day. The aim is to investigate methods which will allow these systems to add or remove resources and reconfigure themselves as demand changes over time. More details can be found on my PhD outline page.

As well as my research I run the local Python user group (Python North East), work on a few other projects and I still like to mess around writing fiction from time to time.

Recent Posts

Hacking Happiness
18 Jan 2017

Yesterday I took part in a hack-a-thon hosted by the Digital Catapult and the Royal Society. It was based on the premise of using data analysis and technology to try and measure and improve happiness. It was a great event, with lots of teams from all different disciplines and backgrounds. I was part of a team from Newcastle University, as well as members from Brighton and Central St. Martins. Our idea was to create an app that could find the happiest route between two points, avoiding high pollution areas and preferring green spaces. The judges liked it so much they declared us the winners!

Back from DEBS 2016
20 Jun 2016

I had an amazing time at DEBS 2016! It was great to meet other researcher's in my field, discuss my ideas (and have them dissected), make some new friends and even met the lead developer of Twitter's Real Time Analytics. Also my doctoral symposium paper has now been published as part of the DEBS proceedings, so I am official a published researcher!

DEBS 2016 - Doctoral Symposium
05 May 2016

I am going to my first academic conference! Distributed Event Based Systems (DEBS) in Irvine, California which takes place at the end of June this year. I will be presenting as part of their Doctoral Symposium, where I will explain the basis, current progress and future plan for my PhD research and get feedback from experts in the field!