After my undergraduate degree, I spent a year working for Hewlett Packard Research Labs in Bristol. Bristol was one step closer to my home roots in Bournemouth, and within easy driving distance of the coast. Alas, the muddy shoreline did not live up to the delights of Bournemouth Bay with its miles of golden sand.
In 1986, I returned to Cambridge University to do a Ph.D. in computer science. In November 1990, I moved to Boston, USA, where I spent three years as a postdoc at MIT, working with Chris Atkeson. Despite being thousands of miles from Bournemouth, I appreciated the watery connection between the two cities: the warm gulf stream flowing from Boston across the Atlantic to wash past Bournemouth's idyllic shores.
In 1993 I moved to Pittsburgh to take up a position as an assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University. In 1996 I started up a small data mining company, Schenley Park Research, in partnership with Jeff Schneider. In 2000 I was awarded tenure. Now stranded over three hundred miles from the sea, I am still a Bournemouthian at heart.