I am a Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham, based in the Primary Care Clinical Research and Trials Unit (PC-CRTU). My current research project aims to facilitate the recruitment of patients to studies and trials by investigating data linkages in primary and secondary care. Project partners and collaborators include the Birmingham and Black Country Comprehensive Local Research Network (BBC CLRN), King's College London and various Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) and secondary care research specialty groups across the West Midlands. We aim to build onto the success of the ePCRN in the United States for the UK healthcare sector.
My PhD in the area of trust and reputation in agent-based systems, was awarded by the University of Warwick, under the supervision of Dr. Nathan Griffiths. I was a member of the Intelligent and Adaptive Systems Group in the Department of Computer Science. In my PhD work, I looked at the ways in which individual agents within a multi-agent system can improve their interactions with other agents, while aiming to achieve goals that they cannot complete on their own. Agents evolving in open, distributed environments face numerous challenges and I presented a mechanism that enables agents to make more informed decisions with the aim of further minimising the uncertainty of agent interactions, while facing malicious behaviour, such as collusion. This mechanism is motivated by issues of correctly assessing the trustworthiness of agents, and using the available information to guide the extraction of valuable information from an agent's social network.
Previously, I obtained BSc and BSc(Hons) degrees from the University of South Africa and the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, respectively. After doing some teaching at undergraduate level in Mauritius at the Charles Telfair Institute, I went on to study for a Masters degree in Computer Science at Lancaster University, UK.