Kia ora!

I am a Senior Lecturer (Pūkenga Matua) in Artificial Intelligence (Atamai Horihori) at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington, Aotearoa/New Zealand. I’m a born-and-bred Wellingtonian. My exhaustive academic CV is here.

Research Interests

My core research interests center around explainable AI, genetic programming, unsupervised learning (nonlinear dimensionality reduction), and real-world/interdisciplinary AI in New Zealand. I am also interested in the social and ethical implications of AI and aspects of deep learning, such as embedding/manifold learning methods. For further information about my research, Research and Publications pages.

Student Opportunities

I am always looking for passionate and dilligent students for summer scholarships, research assistance, honour’s projects, and Masters or doctoral (PhD) study. If my research sounds interesting to you, please get in touch — especially if you have your own research idea that you are eager to pursue!


I am interested in collaborating with researchers across different disciplines to explore the possibilities of interdisciplinary AI. I am also open to collaboration with government and industry on projects that are academically interesting but not commercially justifiable. Get in touch!


In addition to my research, I also lecture in a range of AI and general computer science courses. My full teaching record is here.

:star2: I am developing and teaching a new course in 2023 called “Introduction to AI” (AIML 131), which is a new first-year course designed for an audience with no background in AI.