VeSeL is a research project, part of the Bridging the Global Digital Divide network, sponsored by the EPSRC in the UK. The aim of the VeSeL project is to enable rural communities in Sub-Saharan Africa to use advanced digital technology to improve their agricultural practices and literacy levels.
I did a PhD in the early 1970s at Birmingham University. My first degree was in chemistry - actually in stereochemistry, which involved analysing 3D structures with magnetic resonance imaging.
After I got my PhD I went into computers, originally with the police national computer system, as we had it then, and then various local government institutions. I used databases to do forecasting, corporate strategy, and so on.
|I'm interested in how different cultures perceive multimedia and respond to images and audio and so on.|
I decided to go back into academia, to the University of Bedfordshire and later the Open University. Then I came here in 2001, as Professor of Information Technology. I'm interested in rich media databases, and have written Multimedia Databases: An Object-Relational Approach in 2003 and another book with Larry Guros of Oracle on Developing Media Rich Applications in 2007.