Dr. Phil Legg is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), UK. His research interests cover a variety of CS topics, most notably in the areas of Data Visualisation, Visual Analytics, Cyber Security and Machine Learning. Other research interests also include Computer Vision, Computer Graphics and Human-Computer Interaction. Since 2006, he has been delivering academic research and teaching, and has worked on a number of collaborative research projects across medical, sport, and cyber-security domains.

At UWE Bristol, he is an active researcher within the Artificial Intelligence Group and the Cyber Security Research Unit, both within the Department of Computer Science and Creative Technologies. Before joining UWE Bristol, previous positions had been held at Cardiff University, Swansea University, and the University of Oxford.

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Many of the research projects I am involved with sit at the intersection of data visualisation, visual analytics, machine learning, and cyber security. I am keen to establish new multi-disciplinary collaborations so that my expertise can provide practical real-world solutions for others. I can also offer business consultancy to help transform research ideas into practical development of software tools. If you would like to discuss potential opportunities further then please e-mail me at phil.legg@uwe.ac.uk.

Current Research Activity:

Human-Centric Machine Learning

How do humans explore and interact with machine learning processes? How do we incorporate human knowledge with machine learning?

Interactive Deep Learning for Event Prediction and Explanation

How can we learn about the current state of the world using interactive forms of machine learning?
PhD Student: Emmanuel Smith
Co-Supervised with Professor Jim Smith

Selected Publications
  • E. Smith, J. Smith, P. Legg and S. Francis. ``Predicting the Occurrence of World News Events using Recurrent Neural Networks and Auto-Regressive Moving Average Models'' Advances in Computational Intelligence Systems (To be presented at the 17th UK Workshop on Computational Intelligence, September 6-8, 2017, Cardiff, UK)


How can we better understand, and better protect, our organisational situation awareness through business and threat-led machine learning?
Collaboration with University of Oxford
Funded by Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

Selected Publications
  • ``RicherPicture: Semi-automated cyber defence using context-aware data analytics'' International Conference on Cyber Situational Awareness, Data Analytics and Assessment (CyberSA) 2017, London, UK [In Press].

Enhanced Personal Situational Awareness

How can we enhance our understanding and control of what information our devices are sharing out, and to whom they may be sharing?

Selected Publications

Research Resources:


During the 2017-2018 academic year, I am involved with the following modules:

Details on previous teaching, and other useful teaching resources are available here.


For all enquiries, please e-mail phil.legg@uwe.ac.uk

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