As Head of Advanced Computing at the UK Atomic Energy Authority, Rob leads a team of physicists, algorithm developers, data scientists, HPC and High Throughput Computing Specialists, whose mission is to “accelerate the delivery of commercial fusion energy by exploiting advances in data science and extreme scale computing”.

He is PI for the Fusion Use Case of the BEIS funded ExCALIBUR Programme (a £47.5M Programme led by Met Office to deliver capability and tools for the exascale), he sits on the Scientific Advisory Board of the H2020 VECMA project (delivering Uncertainty Quantification technology for ensuring that codes are “actionable”) and is part of the UKRI team charged with defining the UK e-Infrastructure roadmap for HPC and AI.

His own research focuses upon Fast Ion tokamak physics (as a pioneer of using GPUs for the fast ion Monte Carlo simulation of neutral beam heating).