GPTIPS was written by Dom Searson (me). I'm a commercial data scientist in the UK.

Previously, I was a senior postdoctoral researcher in the School of Computing Science, Newcastle University, UK and the Northern Institute for Cancer Research (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK) and I have been working on biologically inspired machine learning and its applications intermittently for nearly 20 years.

My professional interests are machine learning, data engineering, mathematical modelling, NLP, chaotic dynamics and sundry data science stuff. My non-professional interests include (covid permitting) running, skiing, scuba diving, fiction writing, guitar and learning French (because I love France).

If you would like to connect professionally, my LinkedIn profile is at https://www.linkedin.com/in/domsearson

My personal Instagram, not really data science related, is at https://www.instagram.com/hypotheosis/ and is essentially a pseudo-random sequence of occasional photos.

GPTIPS is an ongoing, occasionally updated open source project and any contributions, suggestions etc. are welcome. Please email them to searson@gmail.com. Updates should be more frequent now after the last couple of years of shameful neglect.

Brass Monkey Time

January 2021


GPTIPS is an evolution - over many iterations - from research work carried out by me and others at the now sadly defunct Advanced Process Control Group in the Department of Chemical Engineering, Newcastle University, UK.

My colleagues in this research were my long-suffering PhD supervisor Dr Mark Willis and his Symbolic Optimisation Research Group: a bio-inspired machine learning cabal comprising Drs Mark Hinchliffe, Hugo Hiden, Ben McKay and Mark Porter.

I consider myself lucky to have worked with such an unusually smart and innovative bunch of guys who all (except Mark Willis) faithfully adhered to the then radical - but now indisputable - notion that daily tax payer funded bouts of Quake III Arena are the best way to stimulate and enliven novel research in a modern academic context.

"Dreaming Spires"

Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Merz Court, Newcastle University