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Jordan Bird

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About Me

Hello, I’m Jordan Bird. Welcome to my website! I am a detail-oriented and professionally responsible Computer Science researcher with a deep understanding and interest in the world of technology. I have a vast curiosity in upcoming and future tech and I also have a longstanding enjoyment for programming and development. My main passions in life, first and foremost, have been related to the Sciences; I have always been the person asking the impossible questions that have not yet been answered. I am captivated by the idea of studying a Doctorate in a field that holds a close place to my heart and make it my life’s work to answer those unanswerable questions.

The first time I ever sat in front of a computer, at five years old, I decided this is what I wanted to do. I’ve held that dream all through life and slowly become a Jack of All Trades when it comes to tech. I love engineering software and learning programming languages, making games, designing websites, and doing research. I have always been a tinkerer, and always will be.

I am a founding member of ARVIS Lab (Aston Robotics, Vision and Intelligent Systems)

Research interests: Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, Conversational Agents, Robotics, Natural Language Processing (NLP).

Jordan Bird at Brum AI
Giving a talk on Artificial Intelligence at Brum AI during Birmingham Tech Week

Curriculum Vitae

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Professional Experience

Jul 2018 – Present

Teaching Assistant

Aston University

Leading distance learning teaching sessions for the Capgemini Degree Apprenticeship Programme while studying for a PhD in Computer Science, I am responsible for the following modules:

  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Geographic Information Systems

On campus, I am also a Lab Session Lead for the following modules:

  • Computer Graphics (Second Year)
  • Computational Intelligence (Final Year) – Neural Networks

Jun 2018

Robot Engineer

Aston University

Contract work in preparation for the CompTIA 2018. Developed an app for a Softbank Robotics Pepper robot that would read business cards, detect text, and extract human names in order to greet visitors.

Sep 2017 – May 2018

Teaching Assistant

Aston University

Provided effective and professional teaching support for the following modules:

  • Java Programming Foundations
  • Computational Reasoning and Communication

Nov 2016 – Nov 2017

Web Developer

The Marketing People

As part of TMP, I was a member of a team whose goal it is to work with clients to create an online presence to gain new business from the internet. This is usually one segment of an entire marketing strategy and campaign built around both brand development and awareness via bespoke e-media and print products.

May 2016 – Sep 2016

EVM Officer

Education & IT

At EdIT, I was an IT Technician who project managed, configured, and finally installed Electronic Visitor Management Systems for schools and businesses across the UK – these were digital interfaces that replaced the traditional pen and paper signing in system. I also worked in web and app development to improve the system, engineering the possibilities of iOS and Android integration.

Jul 2014 – May 2016

Computer Technician

Itex Asset Management
  • Diagnostics, repair and refurbishment of computer hardware
  • Managing secure data destruction with NATO-Certified technology
  • Working as a team to achieve common goals and deadlines

Sep 2014 – Oct 2015

Content Creator

CV Plaza
  • Writing job descriptions for large, corporate customers
  • Self-edited and published to thousands of Students nationwide

Education

2018 – 2021

Doctor of Philosophy in Artificial Intelligence

Aston University

Awarded a scholarship to continue my studies at Aston University as a researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence. Supervised by Dr. Diego R. Faria.

2014 – 2018

Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science

Aston University

Graduated with a First Class Honours degree.

BSc. Dissertation peer reviewed and published at a popular Artificial Intelligence conference – https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-319-97982-3

2011 – 2014

A-Levels

Erasmus Darwin Academy Sixth Form
  • IT – Distinction*
  • Game Development – Distinction*
  • Media Studies – A*

2007 – 2011

GCSE

Erasmus Darwin Academy
  • ICT – Distinction* (3x A*)
  • Science – A*
  • Additional Science – A*
  • Mathematics – A
  • English Language – A
  • History – A
  • English Literature – B

Testimonials

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Sarah Mathews

The MuseFuse

Jordan has a very clear thought process in regards to the projects. Good analytical and Marketing skills knowledge. He’s always prompt to revert and communication is smooth and makes working with him easy!

Published Works

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Journal Articles

On the Effects of Pseudo and Quantum Random Number Generators in Soft Computing

Bird, J. J., Ekárt, A., & Faria, D. R.. (2019). On the Effects of Pseudo and Quantum Random Number Generators in Soft Computing. Soft Computing2019. Springer, 16 pages, 2019.

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A Deep Evolutionary Approach to Bioinspired Classifier Optimisation for Brain-Machine Interaction

Bird, J. J., Faria, D. R., Manso, L. J., Ekárt, A., & Buckingham, C. D. (2019). A Deep Evolutionary Approach to Bioinspired Classifier Optimisation for Brain-Machine Interaction. Complexity2019. vol. 2019, Article ID 4316548, 14 pages, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1155/2019/4316548.

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Conferences and Proceedings

Phoneme Aware Speech Synthesis via Fine Tune Transfer Learning with a Tacotron Spectrogram Prediction Network

Bird, J. J., Ekart, A., & Faria, D. R. (2019). Phoneme Aware Speech Synthesis via Fine Tune Transfer Learning with a Tacotron Spectrogram Prediction Network. 19th Annual UK Workshop on Computational Intelligence (UKCI).
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Classification of EEG Signals Based on Image Representation of Statistical Features

Ashford, J., Bird, J. J., Campelo, F., & Faria, D. R. (2019). Classification of EEG Signals Based on Image Representation of Statistical Features. 19th Annual UK Workshop on Computational Intelligence (UKCI).
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Accent Classification in Human Speech Biometrics for Native and Non-native English Speakers

Bird, J. J., Wanner, E. F., Ekart, A., & Faria, D. R. (2019). Accent Classification in Human Speech Biometrics for Native and Non-native English Speakers. PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments (PETRA’19).
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High Resolution Sentiment Analysis by Ensemble Classification

Bird, J. J., Ekart, A., Buckingham, C, D & Faria, D. R. (2019). High Resolution Sentiment Analysis by Ensemble Classification. SAI Computing Conference 2019.
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Evolutionary Optimisation of Fully Connected Artificial Neural Network Topology

Bird, J. J., Ekart, A., Buckingham, C, D & Faria, D. R. (2019). Evolutionary Optimisation of Fully Connected Artificial Neural Network Topology. SAI Computing Conference 2019.
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Mental Emotional Sentiment Classification with an EEG-based Brain-machine Interface

Bird, J. J., Ekart, A., Buckingham, C, D & Faria, D. R. (2019). Mental Emotional Sentiment Classification with an EEG-based Brain-machine Interface. The International Conference on Digital Image & Signal Processing (DISP’19).
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A Study on Mental State Classification using EEG-based Brain-Machine Interface

Bird, J. J., Manso, L. J., Ribiero, E., P., Ekart, A., & Faria, D. R. (2018). A Study on Mental State Classification using EEG-based Brain-Machine Interface. 9th International Conference on Intelligent Systems. IEEE.
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Learning from Interaction: An Intelligent Networked based Human-bot and Bot-bot Chatbot System

Bird, J. J., Ekart, A., & Faria, D. R. (2018). Learning from Interaction: An Intelligent Networked based Human-bot and Bot-bot Chatbot System. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing. Springer.
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A Study on CNN Transfer Learning for Image Classification

Hussain, M., Bird, J. J., & Faria, D. R. (2018). A Study on CNN Transfer Learning for Image Classification. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing. Springer.
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Poster Papers

Phoneme Aware Speech Recognition through Evolutionary Optimisation

Bird, J. J., Wanner, E. F., Ekart, A., & Faria, D. R. (2019). Phoneme Aware Speech Recognition through Evolutionary Optimisation. GECCO: The Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference 2019.
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Achievements

2019

Founding Member of ARVIS Lab (Aston Robotics, Vision, and Intelligent Systems)

Invited Reviewer for Hindawi’s Journal of Sensors

Invited Reviewer for Elsevier’s Biocybernetics and Biomedical Engineering Journal

Invited Reviewer for The 3rd International Conference on Computer Science and Application Engineering (CSAE) 2019 Conference

Invited Reviewer for the IEEE Access Journal

Guest Reviewer for the PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments (PETRA) 2019 Conference

2018

Invited Guest Laboratory Session Lead for Final Year BSc. Computer Science Computational Intelligence – Neural Networks and Hyperheuristic Optimisation of Neural Networks.

Robotics Demonstration for Think Beyond Data – SME Live 2018. The NEC, Birmingham, UK. (https://sme-live.co.uk/) (https://thinkbeyonddata.com/)

Robotics Demonstration – Brum Youth Trends 2018. Birmingham Town Hall, UK.

Artificial Intelligence QA meeting with Andy Street, Lord Mayor of the West Midlands. Birmingham, UK.

Laboratory session lead for Computer Graphics module. Aston University, Birmingham, UK.

Delegate for Aston University and Robotics Demonstration – West Midlands Forum for Growth 2018. The NEC, Birmingham, UK. (https://www.westmidlandsforumforgrowth.co.uk)

Invited Speaker – HeadStart 2018. Aston University, Birmingham, UK.

Robotics Demonstration – CompTIA 2018. Birmingham, UK.

Awarded Scholarship to study for a PhD. in Computer Science supervised by Dr. Diego R. Faria. Aston University, Birmingham, UK.

BSc. Dissertation peer-reviewed and published in Advances in Computational Intelligence Systems – https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-319-97982-3