By the Pacific coast...
Hello, my name is Paul Townend and this is my website. I am a Computer Scientist, based at the University of Leeds, in the UK. I work on a variety of different projects with both industry and academia, and you can find a lot more information about them on the "Work" section of this site.
I was born in Wakefield in the UK and grew up in the town of Rothwell, just outside of Leeds. In 1997, after my days at the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Wakefield, I left Yorkshire to attend the University of Durham, in northern England. At Durham, I successfully completed a BSc. and Research MSc. in Computer Science, and started to read for my PhD. under Prof. Jie Xu. After two years of this, Jie moved to the University of Leeds, and so I left Durham and returned to Yorkshire in 2004 to join him there and conclude my study, before becoming a member of academic Staff.
Outside of work, I have lots of interests. I have always been interested in Astronomy, and own a 6" reflector telescope, which I use to peruse the night sky (it gives me quite a nice view of Saturn's rings, amongst other things). I also have a casual interest in photography, and love to visit new places and take photos of things that interest me; you'll see much evidence of this in the "Photos" section of this website. This is enhanced by the nature of my job; I frequently have to travel all over the world, and try to take time to see the sights wherever I am. Despite my interest, I have not yet taken the plunge and bought a full Digital SLR camera, although hopefully I will soon.
Music has always been a big part of my life, and I enjoy the music of a lot of bands. This ranges from rock/drum and bass crossover music (by bands like Pendulum), to Goth Pop (such as The Birthday Massacre), to indie rock (Idlewild and The Smashing Pumpkins), country-infused rock (early R.E.M.), indie folk (HAIM), and so on. In addition to listening to music, I also play guitar (very badly), and compose simple little songs in Garage Band with that and my MIDI keyboard.
As you might expect from a Computer Scientist, reading is another hobby of mine, especially Science Fiction and Fantasy. Authors like Terry Pratchett, Jack McDevitt, and Arthur C. Clarke, abound in my home library. Computer gaming is also a part of my life; I love modern adventure games and "intelligent" first-person shooters, as well as the occasional RPG. I am also very interested in coin-operated arcade machines, and own several.
Hopefully you'll find this website useful; please let me know if there are any obvious omissions or mistakes!