Matthew Neal

What I do, using only the ten hundred most used words: I build things which read lots of information and find the interesting things in that information. Right now I'm working on using machines to "smell" blood and other watery things to find signs that people are sick. Before that I worked on finding bad people who wanted to hurt other people, so that we could stop them before anyone got hurt.[1]Created using xkcd's Simple Writer tool, from whom I also stole acquired the code for these snazzy footnotes.

I'm currently studying for a PhD at the University of Warwick's Statistics department, working on Bayesian machine learning techniques for early cancer detection. Before that I worked for BAE Systems developing data analysis software for the UK government.[2]"I'm a data analysis software developer" isn't normally a great conversational gambit, so I tell people I'm not allowed to talk about it to sex it up a bit. Not that "I'm not allowed to talk about it" is much better fodder for conversation, but at least I sound like Q from James Bond (which is absolutely what that job was like, in case you were wondering).

If you're interested in machine learning and programming check out my list of talks, some of which even have slide decks. If you're interested in looking at some R code, check out my GitHub repos.

I teach Maths for Data Analysis and am a teaching assistant for Computer Programming in the Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership (MIBTP) Masters programme. I also run tutorials in ST202 Stochastic Processes in the Statistics department.