Richard’s research interests are in the field of data science and, in particular, in the development and application of computational optimisation and machine learning techniques to real-world problems arising in areas such as healthcare, manufacturing, economics, sports, music, and forensics. Much of his research has been funded by UK funding bodies (e.g. ESRC, EPSRC, Innovate UK) and industrial partners. Prior to Manchester, he worked at the Biochemical Engineering Department, University College London. He studied Business Engineering at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and completed a PhD in Computer Science at The University of Manchester. Richard is a Member of the Editorial Board of several international journals, Vice-Chair of the IEEE CIS Bioinformatics and Bioengineering Technical Committee, Co-Founder of the IEEE CIS Task Force on Optimization Methods in Bioinformatics and Bioengineering, and contributes regularly to conference organisation and special issues as guest editors.
Richard is academic co-lead for the North West Regional Productivity Forum, Business Engagement Lead of Alliance Manchester Business School, Turing Fellow at The Alan Turing Institute (UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence), and leads the research cluster on Workplace Security at the Manchester Centre for Digital Trust and Society.