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Tom received his BSc in Experimental Psychology at the University of Bristol, during which he had year in industry as a Research Assistant at the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA). He was then employed as a Research Assistant at the University of Bristol between 2000 and 2001.
Between 2001 and 2006 he was employed by QinetiQ as a Senior Software Engineer in the Centre for Human Sciences. He was involved with the development of complex adaptive systems using principles from cognitive science, signal processing, and knowledge engineering. He achieved the QinetiQ Future Systems Technology (FST) division "Star Award" for outstanding achievement.
He then received an MSc in Intelligent Systems at UCL with Distinction. He completed his PhD in the field of Machine Learning applied to multivariate signal processing in the Department of Computer Science at UCL under the supervision of Prof. John Shawe-Taylor. This work included empirical evaluations on real world datasets, namely: the classification of musical genre from polyphonic audio files; a study of how the sampling rate in a digital radar can be reduced through the use of Compressed Sensing; analysis of human perception of different modulations of musical key from Electroencephalography (EEG) recordings; classification of genre of musical pieces to which a listener is attending from Magnetoencephelography (MEG) brain recordings. These applications demonstrated the efficacy of the framework and highlighted interesting directions of future research. From 2010 to 2011 he was employed as Research Manager for the Centre for Computational Statistics and Machine Learning (CSML) at University College London. His responsibilities included coordinating links with other groups across UCL with a view to establishing new collaborative research projects. During this he was involved in a successful bid for EU-FP7 funding worth €4.5M entitled "Composing Learning for Artificial Cognitive Systems" (CompLACS). He joined the Department of Statistical Science in February 2011 as a Postdoctoral Assistant to Prof. Mark Girolami.