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Phil Cowans

A Bit About Me...

I'm currently CTO at, a startup company providing comprehensive listings and recommendations for live music in the US and UK. Take a look at our ‘About Songkick’ page for more information about the company, and our blog for more information about what we're up to at the moment.

Until November 2007 I was a postdoctoral research associate in the Inference Group, which is part of the physics department of the University of Cambridge. My main role was development of Dasher, a novel user interface for text entry. My work was funded by the The Gatsby Charitable Foundation. During that time I also worked as a contractor in the Information Retrieval group of Microsoft Research Cambridge.


The following is a list of my academic pubilcations, The main focus of which is probabilistic modelling, Bayesian statistics and machine learning, mainly in the context of making computers work in a way that is natural to humans (rather than the other way around!). Particular interests include:






[BibTeX file for the above references]


Contact Details

The best way to contact me is almost always by e-mail. My e-mail address is:

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