👋 Hey there!

I'm Ashleigh.

I research and develop meaningful interactions with technology. I like to design and build proof-of-concepts, language models, and machine learning pipelines. My main topic areas are in computational linguistics, criminology, and socio-behavioural economics.

I am a researcher and postgraduate student at the International CyberCrime Research Centre, where I am writing my thesis on foreign direct investment and illicit financial flows through Canada and the Pacific Rim. As teaching staff at the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University, I administer undergraduate courses in cybercrime, computer forensics, terrorism, and criminal justice.

Previously, I managed data technology projects to empower intelligence-led policing at the CFSEU-BC and BC RCMP. I have worked with Microsoft Research, Systran, and other language technology brands to improve automatic speech recognition and text to speech products. I have completed postgraduate studies in international security and intelligence studies at the Cambridge Security Initiative and Department of War Studies, King's College London, translation data analytics at Copenhagen Business School, and computational linguistics and applied phonetics at the Department of Linguistics at Simon Fraser University. I have been a visiting scholar in second language acquisition and forensic voice/text comparison at the Australian National University and a research intern in automatic speech recognition at L'Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique. Before that, I studied linguistics and economics at the University of British Columbia.

I have been recognized by Athena Pathways as part of their Digital Leaders program, and by Microsoft UK and The Future Laboratory as an artificial intelligence expert and ethical technology advocate. My criminology research has received funding support from the Office of Crime Reduction and Gang Outreach in the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General at the Government of British Columbia.

Things I do

Research & Development
Project Management
Digital Transformation
Human Computer Interaction

Research Interests

Intelligence & Security
Computational Linguistics
Computational Criminology
Behavioural Economics
Transnational Organized Crime
Terrorism & Emerging Threats

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