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Welcome to Simon Wilson's Home Page

Thought for the day

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No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

John Donne (1572-1631), ' Meditation - XVII '

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Research Information

I am a first year PhD student currently studying Information Theory and Bayesian Analysis at the Cavendish Laboratory (Physics Department), at Cambridge University. My supervisor is Dr. David Mackay and I am part of the Inferential Sciences Group in the Radio Astronomy department.

Papers and reports that I have produced are accessible from here.

Currently I am trying to work on the analysis of the Belief Network Propagation algorithm when applied to LFSR cipher streams.

Closely related to this topic, and an area that I would like to investigate further, is that of 'Turbo Codes'. You can find out some more information about Turbo codes by looking at any of the Turbo code homepages:

Personal information

Digital versions of some wedding photographs are now available from here. Some photo's from the honeymoon are also available.

I am also a computer office for Christ's College, and so spend more time than I should running after broken down computers. If only they would slow down.

Currently I have set myself the following tasks to do in order of priority:

  1. Start doing some work on my PhD project.
  2. Rebuild the Christ's College Novell server so that it works.
  3. Set up a Web Server for College.
  4. Tidy up this web page.

Other things will be added to this list when I can think of them.

Other notes

Just to begin with some basic contents for this web page I have included the following links.

I am an Australian national, and so have a few pictures stored here to remind me of home. Please feel free to have a look.

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How to get in touch

If you would like to get in touch with me feel free to contact me by any of the methods indicated below. However, if you are trying to talk to me about something to do with the Christ's College computer network, then I would prefer you to use e-mail to

Some people have had problems with the e-mail address so if that doesn't work, then you can try any one of:

Simon Wilson          
Christ's College                H: (01223) 367-790 (+ voice mail)
Cambridge, CB2 3BU              Lab: (01223) 337-238
United Kingdom        

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