Nigel Goddard

Reader (aka Associate Professor) and Director of
Institute for Adaptive and Neural Computation
School of Informatics
University of Edinburgh


School of Informatics
University of Edinburgh
Informatics Forum
10 Crichton Street
United Kingdom

Telephone:   +44 131 651 3091
Mobile: +44 7879 671 811
Secretary: +44 131 650 3100
Fax: +44 870 130 5014
University of Edinburgh Summary Page

Research Interests

My research focus in the last few years has moved from computational neuroscience and neuroinformatics to the application of machine-learning methods in energy-related areas. I also have a subsidiary interest in developing new approaches to macroeconomics based on accounting of real flows in the economy.

Current Projects

Ph.D. training

I currently have one Ph.D. student and am open to taking on more students who are interested in working in areas related to my interess. I am Co-Director with Elisa Morgera of the Global Environment and Society Academy's Doctoral Network, which brings together Ph.D. students across the University who are working on interdisciplinary projects within the GESA area.

information for PhD applicants

Other Activities

I was a member of the EU Smart Cities Initiative Stakeholder Platform, in the Energy Efficiency and Buildings Working Group. Within this group, I was Topic Coordinator for the "Living Labs and the Smart City" topic. We developed a set of proposals for the European Commission to advise them on key innovations to focus on over the period to 2020.

Teaching 2016/17:

  • Introductory Applied Machine Learning This is our entry-level course into machine learning, for 3rd year, 4th year and MSc students, on campus and remote. It runs on a flipped model and I use it to study how university teaching can be done at scale.


From September 2002 to July 2006 I was Founding CEO of the business that has become ResearchSpace Ltd, which provides an online Electronic Lab Notebook. I continue to advise and support the company.