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Prof Martyn Amos


Department: Computer and Information Sciences

Martyn Amos I was born in Hexham, and brought up in Heddon-on-the-Wall, just west of Newcastle. I studied Computer Science at Coventry University (which included a placement year working on security for the Ministry of Defence), before gaining my Ph.D. in DNA Computing from the University of Warwick. I then held a Leverhulme Special (early career) Fellowship at the University of Liverpool, before obtaining my first permanent academic post (a joint lectureship in bioinformatics at Liverpool, between Computer Science and Biology). In 2002 I took up a lectureship in bioinformatics at the University of Exeter. I moved to Manchester Metropolitan University in the summer of 2006; I started at MMU as a Senior Lecturer, was promoted to Reader in 2010, and then to Professor in 2012. In 2018, I returned to my North-Eastern roots, and took up my position at Northumbria.


Campus Address

Ellison Building
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 18ST


  • Computer Science BSc (Hons) Computer Science (including a period of industrial training) September 19 2025
  • Computer Science PhD DNA Computing September 03 1997

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Void Reduction in Self-Healing Swarms, Eliot, N., Kendall, D., Brockway, M., Moon, A., Amos, M. 17 May 2019, International Society for Artificial Life, The MIT Press
  • Scaling Techniques for Parallel Ant Colony Optimization on Large Problem Instances, Peake, J., Amos, M., Yiapanis, P., Lloyd, H. 17 Apr 2019, Proc. Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO), ACM
  • Solving Nurikabe with Ant Colony Optimization, Amos, M., Crossley, M., Lloyd, H. 2 Apr 2019, Proc. Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO), ACM
  • A Glossary for Research on Human Crowd Dynamics, Adrian, J., Amos, M., Bode, N., Baratchi, M., Beermann, M., Boltes, M., Corbetta, A., Dezecache, G., Drury, J., Fu, Z., Geraerts, R., Gwynne, S., Hofinger, G., Hunt, A., Kanters, T., Kneidl, A., Konya, K., Köster, G., Küpper, M., Michalareas, G., Neville, F., Ntontis, E., Reicher, S., Ronchi, E., Schadschneider, A., Seyfried, A., Shipman, A., Sieben, A., Spearpoint, M., Sullivan, G., Templeton, A., Toschi, F., Yücel, Z., Zanlungo, F., Zuriguel, I., Van Der Wal, N., Van Schadewijk, F., Von Krüchten, C., Wijermans, N. 31 Mar 2019, In: Collective Dynamics
  • SimFection, Carolan, K., Verran, J., Amos, M., Crossley, M., Redfern, J., Whitton, N., Louttit, D. 15 Mar 2019, In: Journal of Biological Education
  • Dynamical task switching in cellular computers, Goni-Moreno, A., de la Cruz, F., Rodriguez-Paton, A., Amos, M. 26 Jan 2019, In: Life
  • Vectorized candidate selection for parallel ant colony optimization, Peake, J., Amos, M., Yiapanis, P., Lloyd, H. 6 Jul 2018, GECCO '18 Proc. Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference Companion (GECCO '18), July 15-19 2018, Kyoto, Japan, ACM
  • Impact of educational interventions on adolescent attitudes and knowledge regarding vaccination, Carolan, K., Verran, J., Crossley, M., Redfern, J., Whitton, N., Amos, M. 19 Jan 2018, In: PLoS One
  • Cellular computing and synthetic biology, Amos, M., Goñi-Moreno, A. 2018, Natural Computing Series, Springer
  • Computational Matter, Stepney, S., Rasmussen, S., Amos, M. 2018

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Jamie Webster Start: 01/02/2019


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