I live in Brisbane, Australia with my wife and young son and daughter. By day I’m a tenured academic at a Brisbane university where I carry out robotics and computational neuroscience research, teach engineering students and lead a research group comprising research staff, PhD students and undergraduates. I am currently an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow and a Chief Investigator in the ARC Australian Centre for Robotic Vision. I collaborate with leading international researchers from universities around the world including Harvard and Boston Universities, where I recently spent my sabbatical.
Educational Writing History
I wrote my first educational textbook in 2000, when I was 18 years old and in university. I’d been tutoring high school maths students and decided to put down all the explanations that seemed to work in a book, which I wrote the bulk of in a week. I paid to print 40 copies out of my own pocket and my local bookstore was kind enough to put them on their shelves. It was Christmas time and my parents thought I was crazy.
The 40 copies sold out and I had to get 100 more printed. They sold out, and the media started to pick up on the story. The 100 sold out, then 200, 300, 500, 1000…
I ended up writing two more textbooks: a Physics textbook and a Maths and English textbook package for all of high school. In total they’ve sold about 6000 physical and online copies around the world in places including Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, India, South Africa, Norway, Canada, the USA and Australia. Writing and producing the books from initial concept to final bookstore and online distribution gave me extensive experience in how (and how not) to successfully write, edit, produce and publicize an educational book. I bring that experience to this project.
I am passionate about education, especially the development of innovative approaches that present new opportunities for increasing mathematical and scientific literacy amongst society at large. I believe that this is one of the single greatest things we can aspire to do, in order to equip society with the analytical skills with which to intelligently address the big challenges of today and tomorrow. You can read my educational statement by clicking here.
Media Coverage of my Educational Projects
Includes coverage on Today Tonight, Brisbane Extra and in The Australian and the Sunday Mail.
Media Coverage of my Research Career
Includes coverage on Channel Nine news, ABC News, ABC Catalyst, Channel Ten’s Scope, and in the Australian, Courier Mail and New Scientist magazine.