Dr James Finnis is a lecturer in Computer Science at Aberystwyth University. While he is currently teaching-only, his research interests include artificial neuroendocrine and neuromodulatory systems, modulatory neural network architectures, and intelligent robotics (particularly autonomous off-road driving). He spent over 20 years working in the games industry before moving into academia.
PhD in Computer Science, 2020
BSc in Computer Science, 2014
Things I’ve built - some for work, some for fun.
A look at how well UESMANN performs in a homeostatic robot problem.
A brief introduction to the UESMANN network which is further explored in my thesis.
Several decades’ experience
Two or three extensive projects
Ongoing research into off-road autonomous driving using statistical models
Heavily used to analyse data and create graphics in my PhD work and elsewhere
Several extensive projects including my own media management system
The subject of my PhD thesis, although a rather unusual subset of neural nets (and not deep learning)
Several decades of console and PC game programming
Some fairly hefty projects, including a Mars rover with 10 embedded ATMega328 controllers driving 18 motors, an electronic oboe, and a dataglove!
Working on the EADS-funded ENDOVER project, developing a possible power management option for the ExoMars rover based on an artificial endocrine system.
Testing the viability of robot surveys of Scottish lochs for locating submerged logs for dendrochronological study. Part of the Scot2K project with Dr. Mark Neal in association with Richard Bates at St. Andrews. My responsibility was the development of a monitoring software suite in C++ and Python.
Leading the development team in several PC, PS2 and Wii games, including Dance Factory, Dance:UK and Paris-Dakar Rally. Responsibilities included:
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