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Department of Computer Science and Technology

  • PhD Student

I am a second year PhD Student in the Programming, Logic, and Semantics group in the Computer Laboratory at the University of Cambridge. My supervisor is Prof. Larry Paulson, and I'm a member of the ALEXANDRIA project group team investigating large scale formal proof for the working mathematician. My research work is focused on the formalisation of combinatorial structures and proof techniques. I am grateful to be fully funded for my PhD studies by a Cambridge Australia Scholarship, under the Cambridge Trust, and a studentship from the Department of Computer Science. 

Beyond my research, I greatly enjoy roles in education and outreach. I supervise several courses in the Computer Science Tripos at Cambridge, and am a member of the Women@CL Committee. Additionally, I am involved in the University's outreach programs as a Session Leader, where I've helped produce content and given lectures on various topics in mathematics and computer science to senior school students. 

Biography

I completed my undergraduate studies from 2012 - 2017 at the University of Queensland, Australia. I graduated with First Class Honours and a University Medal from a Bachelor of Engineering (Software) and Bachelor of Science (Mathematics). As part of my degree, I also completed a semester abroad at the University of Edinburgh. Throughout my undergraduate studies I was very involved in the university community - including a number of student leader/mentor positions, tutoring roles, and student societies. 

I was a Software Engineer for Boeing Australia between 2017 - 2019, where I was part of the PhantomWorks International team, working on advanced prototyping projects for autonomous systems. My time at Boeing was an invaluable experience - giving me insight into working in industry, as well as a chance to rapidly develop skills in several programming languages, agile development, and software design. However, as a software engineer, I found myself missing the more theoretical subjects I had studied while at university, as well as my teaching work, which led me to commence my PhD in 2019. 

I have always enjoyed opportunities to give back and have taken on several leadership roles with organisations supporting causes I'm passionate about - such as diversity in STEM and STEM Education. Most significantly, I spent 3 years as the APAC Regional Executive Officer for Robogals, an international not-for-profit inspiring girls to pursue careers in STEM fields.

Outside of work, I enjoy travelling (when possible!), writing, and music. I have a diploma on the violin, and am a member of the Cambridge Ceilidh Band and Cambridge Graduate Orchestra. 

Research

My research interests include interactive proof assistants, the formalisation of mathematics, and software verification. I am currently focusing on the formalisation of new combinatorial structures in Isabelle/HOL, as well as exploring formal techniques we can use to automate and/or simplify the process of formalising common combinatorial proof techniques which rely heavily on human intuition and a broad range of other mathematical topics. I am interested in potentially exploring the application of these formalisations to topics in security and communications in the later part of my PhD.

My undergraduate honours project was completed under the supervision of Dr. Larissa Meinicke and Prof. Ian Hayes at the University of Queensland. It investigated the use of Isabelle to verify a concurrency program algebra. I am also broadly interested in research into best practices for computer science education. Although I am not currently active in this field, I would be interested in exploring it more beyond my PhD. 

Presentations/Talks

  • Oxbridge Women in Computer Science 2020: Lucas's Theorem: A Generating Function Proof. Awarded a prize for second best student presentaiton. 

Teaching

I greatly enjoy teaching, and have supervised several courses since starting my studies at Cambridge:

  • IB Logic & Proof (Lent 2020)
  • IA Discrete Mathematics (Michaelmas 2020, Lent 2020/2021)
  • IA Algorithms (Lent 2021)
  • IA Software and Security Engineering (Easter 2021)

Previously, I was a tutor/demonstrator at the University of Queensland for the following courses:

  • CSSE1001: Introduction to Software Engineering (2015 - 2017)
  • CSSE2002: Software Engineering in the Large (2017)
  • MATH1061: Discrete Mathematics (2015 - 2016)

Professional Activities

  • Women@CL Mentoring & Outreach Co-Chair 2020/21
  • University of Cambridge Session Leader

Publications

Isabelle Archive of Formal Proofs: 

Conference Presentations (No Proceedings)

Contact Details

Room: 
FE07
Office phone: 
(01223) 7-63737
Email: 

cle47@cam.ac.uk