About Me

Brad HeapKia Ora,

I am Brad Heap, a Research Associate in the School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

Research Interests
My research interests lie in the Artificial Intelligence areas of data mining, recommender systems, multi-agent systems, and autonomous robotics.

Current Work
At present I am researching data mining and natural language processing of social media data (e.g., twitter statuses, blog posts, news articles). Additionally I am working on a cross-faculty project which is developing tools for automated report highlighting and tagging using natural language processing and machine learning tools for use in social science research and conflict analysis.

Previous Work
Over the past two years of post-doctoral research I have been involved in:

  • Construction of a bidirectional job recommender system using text-mining, collaborative filtering using Java and Oracle SQL (2014).
  • Exploring big data relationships between different types of sensors in large scale wireless sensor networks for use in agricultural industries using R (2014).
  • Administered the research lab’s Baxter robot, ran demonstrations for visitors and developed documentation for new users to get started using the ROS Framework and Python (2015).

I have taught the following courses:

  • Lecturer in Charge (2015) – Advanced C++ Programming (3rd year/masters, 130 students)
  • Assistant Lecturer (2015-16) and Tutor (2010, 2012-16) – Engineering Design in Computing (2nd year, 135 students, Java)
  • Tutor (2013-15) – Project Management and Ethics in Computer Science (3rd year, Agile Scrum)

In 2013 I completed my PhD in distributed auction algorithms for task allocation in multi-robot and autonomous systems (you can download the final version here). At UNSW I am a member of the Artificial Intelligence Research Group.

Previously, I completed my Bachelors and Honours degrees at Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand where I was a member of the Complex Systems and Simulations Research Group within the Institute of Information and Mathematical Sciences. My research at honours and undergraduate levels focused on agent based vehicle traffic simulation and congestion modeling.

Other Interests
I have keen and eclectic interests in travel, history, motorsport, hiking and politics. I consider myself as a social liberal. Previously I have been a Post-Graduate Student Representatives for the School of Computer Science and Engineering at UNSW. Prior to this I served three years on the Albany Students’ Executive Committee at Massey University, as President in 2008, Vice-President in 2007 and Education Officer in 2006. In 2008 I was a member of the Massey University Council. Finally, I am heavily involved in my local church community. My personal beliefs broadly align with aspects of charismatic, evangelical, and emergent theologies.

Page last updated: June 2016.