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Dr Matthew Roach

Senior Lecturer, Computer Science

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 606662

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Research Links

Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Matt is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at Swansea University. Matt is an investigator on £1.5m Innovate UK funded projects, applying machine learning to the challenges of smart city traffic management and fraud detection. Matt has extensive experience in securing collaborative research and Innovation funding, and leading business engagement activities: on the £31M Computational Foundry and the £1.2M EPSRC Data Release: Trust, Identity, Privacy and Security projects. His research interests are multidisciplinary and focus on the intersection of people and data, themes include: Machine Learning; Algorithmic Bias, Fairness; Pervasive & Persuasive Computing; Human Computer/Data Interaction; Participatory Design; Socio-Technical Decision-Making Systems; Socio-Technical Behaviour Change Systems. Matt’s main work is in the domains of Health & Wellbeing, Smart Cities, Digital Economy. He has leadership roles in doctoral training initiatives: convening the Wales ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Partnership Digital Economy Pathway and Strategic Engagement Lead for the the £11m EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Enhancing Human interactions and Collaborations with Data and Intelligence Driven Systems. Matt is a Member of the ACM. Prior to becoming a fulltime academic, Matt completed a management role in a knowledge exchange project, up-skilling 350 software professionals and 2900 business owners in computing skills, resulting in £40m uplift in national GVA. He also worked for a decade in industry as a Founder, Director and CEO of software development companies.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Machine Learning
  • Algorithmic Bias, Fairness, Interpretation.
  • Pervasive & Persuasive Computing
  • Human Computer/Data Interaction
  • Participatory Design
  • Socio-Technical Decision-Making Systems
  • Domains: Health & Well being, Smart Cities, Digital Economy

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests
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Further to teaching on modules listed below Matt is also:

  • The Head of Employability for Computer Science.
  • The Lead for the Annual Masters' Conference.
  • The Lead for the Annual Undergraduate Computer Science Project Fair. http://cs.swansea.ac.uk/~csprojectfair/
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Matt' Research interests are in the area where algorithms meet people. Matt has a track record of securing collaborative research funding applying machine learning approaches to various domains. He leads a small group of researchers (RAs and PhD students) on topics including, Fraud detection in the finance sector, machine learning in smart city applications, development of ML algorithms that mitigate against bias and potential societal harm, participatory design in developing critical decision making support systems for health care and pervasive computing supporting behavioural change for wellbeing. Matt is interested in collaborative multidisciplinary research and innovation projects and is open for discussion on these or related topics.


As an enhanced Innovation and Engagement academic Matt has extensive experience in connecting and creating collaborative research relationships that have helped secure a number of research and investment initiatives.