Dr James Borg

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    I am Lecturer in Computer Science in the School of Informatics and Digital Engineering at Aston University. My research interests can be broadly described as Social Learning and Cultural Evolution in Artificial Evolutionary System, though my research covers a wide range of topics from Evolutionary Computation to Socio-Technical Systems and Smart Energy to Computational Intelligence. My core research motivation is to understand the emergence and utility of social learning and cultural evolution as evolved adaptive mechanisms for learning, and then apply social learning and cultural evolution in artificial evolutionary systems, socio-technical systems, and computationally intelligent adaptive agents.

    I am originally from Birmingham, and am proudly half Maltese. Before moving to Aston in January 2022 I was a lecturer in Evolutionary Systems in the School of Computing and Mathematics at Keele University. I obtained my PhD from Keele University, under the supervision of Dr Alastair Channon, in 2018. My other qualifications include a BSc in Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science and a MSc in Advance Computer Science from the University of Birmingham, UK.

    In my spare time I am a keen Aston Villa supporter; regularly injured football player; music enthusiast; out of practice guitarist; Science Fiction fan, part time gamer, part time politico, part time meme stock enthusiast; and full time Dad and partner.

    Research Interests

    Artificial Life, Social Learning, Cultural Evolution, Evolutionary Systems, Socio-Technical Systems, Computational Intelligence

    Qualifications

    PhD: "The emergence and utility of social behaviour and social learning in artificial evolutionary systems"

    School of Computing and Mathematics
    Keele University
    11/2009 – 03/2018

    Available: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/4533 [Also Read Here]

    MSc: Advanced Computer Science

    School of Computer Science
    University of Birmingham
    09/2008 – 08/2009

    BSc(hons): Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science

    School of Computer Science
    University of Birmingham
    09/2005 – 07/2008

    Employment

    Lecturer in Computer Science

    School of Informatics and Digital Engineering
    Aston University
    01/2022 - Ongoing

    Lectuer in Evolutionary Systems

    School of Computing and Mathematics
    Keele University
    01/2018 - 01/2022

    Teaching Fellow

    School of Computing and Mathematics
    Keele University
    09/2009 - 01/2018

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Authority

    Teaching Activity

    2021/22 Teaching

    CS326G - Security Governance, Risk Management & Policy

    CS4740 - Deep Learning

    PhD Supervision

    Current PhD Students

    Nathan Brooks (Keele University)
    09/2019 - Ongoing
    Co-Supervised with: Dr Alastair Channon (Keele University) and Dr Simon Powers (Edinburgh Napier University)

    Available PhD Studentships

    I currently do not have any funded PhD studentships available, but I am always happy to hear from potential students who are interested in working with me.

    Education/Academic qualification

    PhD

    Nov 2009Jan 2018

    Award Date: 14 Mar 2018

    MSc, University of Birmingham

    Sep 2008Aug 2009

    Award Date: 11 Dec 2009

    BSc, University of Birmingham

    Sep 2005Jul 2008

    Award Date: 16 Jul 2008

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