↑ Me looking ultra happy at being dragged to graduation ;)

About Me

Everything you might want, and not want to know:

I am currently undertaking a joint MRes and PhD as a postgraduate student with the Bristol Centre for Complexity Sciences. Previously I worked for a year as a research assistant with the Centre for Catchment & Coastal Research. Unfortunately I cut this opportunity short to undertake my postgraduate study. However, I did get the chance to work on some exciting projects involving stop-and-go laser scanning using a robotic chassis to rapidly scan large areas of terrain in 3D! My year as a research assistant extended my undergraduate degree at Aberystwyth University doing a BSc in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence. My undergraduate dissertation focused on implementing a symbiogenetic operator in a Genetic Algorithm to preserve some coupling between loci, and try and speed up adoption of highly fit partial solutions in a non discriminatory way. During the middle of my undergrad degree I took time out for a year in "industry", but I decided against a year in the real world over the offer of being a student programmer at the Remote Sensing Group at the Plymouth Marine Laboratories. I was responsible for the development of a batch data ordering and processing system for Antarctic satellite data as part of the Rothera ARIES Data Archive project, as well as processing satellite data day-to-day for the scientific community.

I'm interested in all things quirky and all things SCIENCE! and more so for a combination of the two.

If you want to see what I have been up to on wikipedia go here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/MattOates

I've recently started up the #alife IRC channel on freenode if anyone is interested in coming along and talking about artificial life! irc://irc.freenode.net#alife

For a copy of my CV just click on the menu links above, available in .html (Hyper Text Web Page), .rtf (Rich Text Format), .pdf (Portable Document Format), .doc[x] (Word Document) and .odt (Open Document Text)

Recent Music

Music I've played within the last week, thanks to last.fm

Ultimatt's Last.fm Weekly Tracks Chart

The information provided on this and other pages by me, Matt Oates (mattoates@gmail.com), is under my own personal responsibility and not that of Aberystwyth University or the University of Bristol. Similarly, any opinions expressed are my own and are in no way to be taken as those of either institute.