Dr Richard Billingsley

Dr Richard Billingsley

Postdoctoral Fellow

Ph.D.  in Deep Learning, The University of Sydney

MSc. Management, Stanford Graduate School of Business

M.A., B.A. Mathematics, Cambridge University

Arts, Design & Architecture
City Futures Research Centre

I am very interested in Artificial Intelligence and its relationship with finance, economics and robots.

I believe that AI is a game-changer to how we work, to our economy, our health and society. Like the internet and computer, it fundamentally changes what we do and value and my research aims to understand these changes, prepare and adept to them.

My PhD at Sydney University investigated improvements to Deep Learning through its application to Natural Language Processing. My thesis 'Deep Learning for Semantic and Syntactic Structures' gave an understanding of the latent layers of deep networks while uncovering a number of ways it could be improved to handle small data-sets.

My MSc from Stanford's Graduate School of Business in 2003 included a research project with Professor Burgelman exploring the application and impact of cyrpto-currencies.

My current focus is on how AI can be used to positively shape our economies and social well  being, and I provided written evidence for the British House of Lords publication "AI in the UK: ready, willing and Able" in which I outline the social and economic impact of AI and robotics.

I have founded two start-up companies, one in Malaysia and another in Silicon Valley, developing financial analysis and trading systems with clients including many well-known banks, brokers and government agencies. My algorithms are used by SydneyAI and MyShare.com to provide news impact and financial analysis to investment advisors in America using modern artificial intelligence.

I am also interested in the fast learning AI needed for robots and undertook a 3 year research project at UTS that helped win the 2019 world championship Robocup for social robots.


Level 3, Red Centre, West Wing UNSW Sydney NSW 2052

 US and British patents in cryptographic transactions.

I am currently researching the influence of macro-economics on house prices and city development, and the socioeconomic impact of financial policies.

The shape of our urban centers and the affordability and location of our homes plays a key role in our daily lives which impacts our work, health, social and economic well being. The changing macro-economic landscape, driven by policies on both a national and international level, greatly controls the value of some of our largest personal assets. By understanding these relationships, we can determine economic and city planning policies which will have the best long term impact on our economic and social well being.