My name is Nicholas Paul Sheppard (but "Nick" will do in most circumstances). I grew up in Brisbane, Australia, but spent most of the 2000's living in Wollongong, New South Wales. I'm currently living in Singapore, where I teach software engineering and mathematics at the Singapore Institute of Technology.
Aside from my day job, I have interests in books, travel, mediaeval re-creation, music, and other odds and ends. I like to think I'm a passable writer, cook, and brewer, but I never practised hard enough to be a very good guitar-player.
This web site has existed in several forms since July 1995, when having your own web site was the thing to do. I never joined Facebook, MySpace, et al. because I never found Internet relationships to be very satisfying, and because I didn't want to demand that my friends sign up with some Internet corporation in order to talk to me. You are, however, welcome to drop me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to chat.
I received degrees in computer systems engineering and mathematics from the University of Queensland in 1996, and a PhD in computer science from the University of Sydney in 2001. I've since published research in digital rights management, privacy and healthcare informatics. I also hold a Graduate Certificate in Communications from Griffith University.
The Society for Creative Anachronism promotes the arts and culture of Europe and neighbouring cultures as they existed prior to the seventeenth century. I have been a member since 1999. Within the society, I am known as Ælfred se leof, and have interests in dancing, brewing, history of science, and the occassional bit of fighting.