Stirling University Computing Science and Mathematics

Kevin Swingler
This page is designed to help you find out about some aspect of my work that might interest you.

If you are a student taking one of my courses, they are listed below.

New Big data MSc. launching September 2014!

I've also developed a teaching aid for introductory statistics in collaboration with Glasgow University. It is called SUMS. It will help you understand basic statistics if you are a student and help you build statistics tutorials if you are a teacher. There is a paper describing the pedagogical approach here.

My research is mostly applied, and in the following fields:

Machine Learning, Neural Networks and AI
My recent publications in this field:

My book, Applying Neural Networks: A Practical Guide describes the process of using neural networks for commercial and industrial applications.
  • Google has reviews and a preview here here
  • Amazon sells it here

Computers in Care
Computers should be able to make it easier for us to live independently at home through illness or aging. Some of my work in this field is listed below:

  • The MATCH project is a collaboration between academia, industry and care providers to encourage the development and use of IT in care at home.
  • I am also developing a system that predicts patterns of symptoms for individual patients to help them plan their social and care needs through a period of illness.
    • This one predicts symptoms for patients undergoing chemotherapy (download paper).
    • This one predicts the onset of sepsis before the symptoms appear (download paper).
    • This one is about searching for an optimal chemotherapy schedule using genetic algorithms (download paper).
  • I've implemented a number of computer tools to help health practitioners measure and improve their performance. The CARE measure web site is used by practitioners to measure their empathy with patients. The SMILI tool is used to measure the impact of midwives' behaviour on post-natal outcomes for mothers.
  • I also run a web based Delhpi study system for doing distributed research aimed at finding consensus among experts. There is a paper describing its use in mass casualty events here

Scientific Electronics
The USBDux project provides data acquisition devices that run on Linux and connect via the USB port. We design and manufacture them here in the UK and have sold over 400 all over the world. For more details see the USBDux web site.

Computer Vision
The Magic Mirror is an installation that uses computer vision techniques to make you vanish unless you keep moving. It has been shown at the Perth Concert Hall and is now on display at the Camera Obscura in Edinburgh. Freaky!

If you are trying to fix a meeting with me, my diary below might help you choose a time.

Kevin Swingler kms(at)
Room 4B97, Cottrell Building
Department of Computing Science and Mathematics
University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA   SCOTLAND
Tel: 01786 467676

My personal home page is here.