Alexander Turner

Dr Alexander Turner


Faculty of Science and Engineering

School of Engineering and Computer Science

+44 (0) 1482 465994

Dr Alexander Turner received a BSc degree in Computer Science from the University of Hull in 2008 before being awarded an MSc in Natural Computation in 2010 and a PhD in electronics in 2014, both from the University of York.

In 2014 he was awarded an ERCIM Alain Bensoussan Fellowship to carry out research in the Bioinformatics and Gene Regulation group in the Faculty of Medicine at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

Dr Turner later returned to the University of York as a research associate in the Intelligent Systems research group before beginning a lectureship in the School of Engineering and Computer Science at Hull.


Research Interests

  • Bio-inspired computation and complex systems and their application in the fields of biology, medicine and robotics

Research groups

  • Robotics Research Group
  • Computational Science Research Group


Turner A P, Caves L S D, Stepney S, Tyrrell A M, Lones M A, 'Artificial Epigenetic Networks: Automatic Decomposition of Dynamical Control Tasks Using Topological Self-Modification', IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems, 28 (1), pp 218-230 (2017)

Lones M A, Fuente L A, Turner A P, Caves L S D, Stepney S, Smith S L, 'Artificial Biochemical Networks: Evolving Dynamical Systems to Control Dynamical Systems', IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, 18 (2), pp 145-166 (2014)

Turner A P, Lones M A, Fuente L A, Stepney S, Caves L S, Tyrrell A M, 'The Artificial Epigenetic Network', IEEE International Conference on Evolvable Systems (2013)

Turner A P, Lones M A, Trefzer M A, Smith S L, Jamieson S, Alty J E, 'Using Epigenetic Networks for the Analysis of Movement Associated with Levodopa Therapy for Parkinson's Disease', Biosystems, 146, pp 35-42 (2016)

Fuente L E, Lones M A, Turner A P, Caves L S, Stepney S, Tyrrell A M, 'Adaptive Robotic Gait Control Using Coupled Artificial Signalling Networks, Hopf Oscillators and Inverse Kinematics', Evolutionary Computation (CEC), pp 1435-1442 (2013)

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Programmes taught on

Modules list

  • Programming 1
  • Programming 2

Research PhDs

Bio-inspired computation, medical diagnostics, analysis of movement

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BSc Computer Science, University of Hull (2008)
  • MSc Natural Computation, University of York (2010)
  • PhD in electronics from the University of York (2014)

Awards and accolades

  • K M Stott Memorial Prize for Scientific Achievement, University of York, 2013