Having worked for Atkins Science and Technology for over 10 years and following a career break, Rebecca joined Cambridge University Engineering Department as a Daphne Jackson Trust Research Fellow in 2011. Her interest in simulation of building energy demand resulted in a bespoke simulation tool for the ornamental glasshouses at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew which has since been developed for the Growing Underground farm in Clapham, London. She is currently studying for a part-time PhD in the stochastic energy simulation of buildings; her particular interest is the way in which metered energy consumption can be used to quantify stochastic internal loads. She is a Chartered Engineer, a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a member of the Institute of Physics.
Rebecca is currently working within a team to develop a methodology for sequential Bayesian calibration of computer models using particle filters. Using the Greenhouse Energy Simulation model as an example, the methodology aims to provide a continuous calibration of model parameters that will facilitate updating as parameters change in time.