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I am currently a research fellow at the University of St Andrews (Oct 2011 to Feb 2014), funded by the EPSRC grant "Automata, Languages, Decidability in Algebra". I am working on various aspects of the interactions between semigroup theory and automata theory. My two main projects at the moment are: an investigation of semigroups with rational word problem, particularly focussing on Green's relations on these semigroups; and some work on automaton semigroup constructions.

I completed my PhD on word problems of groups at the University of Warwick in early 2011, supervised by Derek Holt. From October 2010 I spent a year as a research and teaching assistant at Kiel University in Germany, working with Richard Weidmann in geometric group theory.

Communications in Algebra, 41:5, 1790-1799 (2013) (Earlier version)

To appear in Groups--Complexity--Cryptology (Preprint)

MSc research project:

Complete list of talks

This semester I taught one week of MT5824 Topics in Groups.

In the 2012/13 academic year I supervised an MMath student, Xiaobing Sheng, for her project on 'Word problems of groups, languages and automata'.

In early 2012 I taught six lectures (out of 25) and all tutorials for MT4003 Groups.

NBSAN (North British Semigroups and Applications Network)

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