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J. Gerard Wolff


Referee for: F.1.0, F.1.1, H.1, J.2
Institution: CognitionResearch.org.uk
Address: CognitionResearch.org.uk
18 Penlon
Menai Bridge
LL59 5LR
United Kingdom
Home Page: http://www.cognitionresearch.org.uk/extras/bio.htm

Curriculum Vitae:

  • Education
    • Graduated from Cambridge University, 1966, BA Hons, (Natural Sciences: Psychology, Zoology, Botany, Geology).
    • PhD (computer modelling of language learning), University of Wales Cardiff, 1976.
  • Professional Experience
    • Studied 'natural sciences' (Psychology, Zoology, Geology, Botany) at Cambridge University. Horace Barlow's lectures about economical coding in brains and nervous systems left a big impression which (eventually) led me to my current research interests (below).
    • School teaching (Biology) then training in educational psychology.
    • Migrated into research on first language learning using computer modelling techniques (University Hospital of Wales and University of Wales, Cardiff).
    • Continued the same research with related teaching at the University of Dundee. An accumulation of evidence pointed to the importance of information compression in language learning.
    • Had a 'brain storm' and went into the computing industry (IBM and then Praxis Systems). Learned a lot about computing and about management techniques. Began to realise that information compression was relevant to a range of issues in computing.
    • Returned to academic work (in the School of Informatics, Bangor). The main focus of research has been developing the ICMAUS theory of computing and cognition (Computing as Compression).
    • After 15 years, I have managed to put the main 'planks' of the ICMAUS theory in place. Further development of the ideas and development of their many applications is continuing at www.CognitionResearch.org.uk.

      Main Research Interests: