A Little Research

A Little Research connects practitioners with academic research that provides reliable evidence to support decisions and solves technical problems.

I am an engineer and researcher, with particular experience in software development, algorithms, information security and privacy, library technology and open data. I’m available to conduct research in any of these fields, and will consider projects in other areas of computing and engineering on a case-by-case basis.

For example, suppose you want to identify the species of a flower from a photograph. Researchers have published numerous algorithms for just this purpose but it takes some effort to find the right one. I can find the algorithms for you and prepare a summary of how well they work under various conditions, from which you can choose the algorithm that best suits your needs (or decide that the existing algorithms are not good enough and more research is required).

I will not do your homework for you. My services are for genuine practitioners and organisations looking to solve problems and/or improve their practice using academic research. Students are expected to do their own research as part of learning their own practice.

Services

I provide the following services:

  • Literature searches
  • Literature reviews
  • Small-scale research projects
  • Software development

Prices vary according to the scope of reviews and research. I recommend you start with a search for relevant literature to get an idea of what is available then consider a more detailed review or new research according to your needs. Note that I cannot usually provide copies of academic articles as the copyright for these is held by their publishers, but I can show you how to obtain a copy from the publisher (open access if possible or pay-per-article otherwise).

Samples

This small sample reviews approaches to measuring and reducing the power consumption of the Raspberry Pi:

You may also refer to my published academic work for samples of my research and writing.