Richard joined IBM as a Research Staff Member in August 2014. Richard holds a PhD in Cheminformatics (2010) and a BSc in Computer Science and Mathematics (2006), both from The University of Sheffield, UK. Prior to joining IBM, Richard was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Computational Research Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he worked in the emerging field of Material Informatics. Richard's work focused on applying techniques and concepts from chemical informatics to accelerate the discovery of porous materials for clean energy applications.
Broadly, Richard's research interests concern the application of informatics and computational science to accelerate discovery in basic and applied science. Richard is particularly interested in research questions concerning the representation, searching and screening of data to generate knowledge and inform experimental design efforts.
Richard's current role is as a Watson Research Scientist in the Knowledge Discovery and Analytics team, part of the Watson Discovery Advisor for Life Sciences product team. Richard leads development and evaluation of named entity recognition technologies; develops software for handling and extracting greater value from chemical data; engages with clients to accelerate discovery in life sciences research; and contributes to the product roadmap.