What I'm working on — March 2020

March 14, 2020    What I'm working on

What I've been working on


I completed my dissertation (Machine Learning in the Generation of Novel Molecules) in November last year, and was pleased to receive an A+ grade. With my supervisor, Dr. Wicker, we have decided to submit a paper based on this research. A little more work needs to be done to clarify some of the results and validate the molecules generated. More information will follow on completion and acceptance.


Unfortunately I was recently diagnosed with Coeliac disease. While such a diagnosis is never good news, it is something of a relief to have symptoms explained, and a pathway to recovery provided. Over the next few months, I will focus on getting well.

All this time I thought I was just getting old. Instead, I was getting sick.

What I've been reading


The Agricola and The Germania, by Tacitus.

This author needs no introduction. An engaging description of the peoples which inhabited the boundaries of the known world in the first century. It's available at the Hard to Find Bookshop.


The Priory of the Orange Tree, by Samantha Shannon.

This modern fantasy novel was highly hyped. While The Priory of the Orange Tree did provide an entertaining read, it is no modern Tolkien. The pacing of the book is my biggest criticism - the first third is too slow, the second third is engaging and well-paced, and the last third is rushed, as if the author was desperate to meet a deadline. It would have been better to write to a more consistent pace, even if it had meant a sequel was required. You can find this book at the Timeout Bookshop.