I am senior software developer for Ross Technologies Ltd in Bristol, UK – a software company specialising in search technologies, dynamic web applications and risk analysis.

My recent projects have included developing a web application for matching large datasets with MatchMaker – the error-tolerant real-time search engine from exorbyte GmbH.  Prior to that, I worked on the business logic for Exorbyte Commerce Search, the cloud based commerce search platform from exorbyte – the business logic layer is responsible for handling quotes, special offers, contracts and payment processing in this SaaS system.

I lead RossTech’s work on the J-Value project. J-Value is a cross-industry approach to assessing the value-for-money of implementing safety systems, in industries ranging from transport to nuclear to health. RossTech develop the software toolkit for J-Value, and I have published a paper on some of the computational methods involved (Waddington, I., Boyle, W. J. O., Kearns, J., 2012, “Computing the Limits of Risk Aversion”, Process Safety and Environmental Protection, doi:10.1016/j.psep.2012.03.003).

My academic background is in astrophysics. I specialised in observational studies of galaxy evolution, spanning topics from the reionization of the universe and high-redshift radio galaxies to clusters and large-scale structure. My last project was the Spitzer Wide-area InfraRed Extragalactic (SWIRE) survey, using the Spitzer Space Telescope to study the distribution of galaxies in a new map of the sky that is 250-times larger than the full moon.

My work has been published in academic journals, and I have been awarded two grants for research with the Hubble Space Telescope. I have been a lecturer and tutor for several undergraduate physics & astronomy courses, and have jointly supervised MPhys project students. I obtained a PhD in astrophysics from the University of Edinburgh and have been a postdoctoral researcher at Arizona State University, the University of Bristol and the University of Sussex.