David Martin Ward Powers is originally from Sydney and is currently based in Adelaide, but has lived and worked in many countries. He is a scientist, researcher and inventor in Artificial Intelligence, Behavioural and Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, Robotics and Digital Health. His award-winning research has been foundational for half a dozen or so startups, and he is the author or co-author of around 300 scientific publications - including a couple of books published by Springer.
Powers is Professor of Computer Science and Cognitive Science at Flinders University in South Australia, and is also founding Editor-in-Chief of the Springer Cognitive Science and Technology Series. He founded the SIGNLL peak organization and CoNLL conference series on Natural Language Learning.
He has written a number of short stories in a Science Fiction, Fantasy or Allegory vein, which have been used in teacher training, research or other academic contexts, including publication in small circulation newsletters (published under a variety of names).
Recently, he has been writing the "Paradisi Lost Mission Series" of science fiction novels under the name Marti Ward. The second novel (Moraturi Lost) has just been self-published and the third (Moraturi Ring) is now available for pre-order on Amazon.
These novels are firmly in the Hard Science Fiction genre and aim to appeal to precocious school students and inquisitive adults interested in Science, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).