Welcome to my personal website. I am a professor at Carnegie Mellon University Africa in Rwanda where I teach data structures and algorithms, artificial cognitive systems, computer vision, and cognitive robotics. Prior to this I worked at the University of Skövde, Sweden. Over the past 38 years I have held positions in several information technology sectors: as a software engineer in industry, as a university professor (in Ireland, UAE, and Sweden), as a consultant, and as a project officer in the European Commission and Science Foundation Ireland.

My main research focus is on cognitive robotics and I have the privilege of serving as one of the co-chairs of the new IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) Technical Committee on Cognitive Robotics. I am proud to say that the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society has selected us as the recipient of the 2017 RAS Most Active Technical Committee Award.

As part of SPARC - The Partnership for Robotics in Europe - and euRobotics aisbl, I also contribute to the European Union ROCKeu2 coordination and support action to promote the deployment of cognitive systems in industry.

My latest book, Artificial Cognitive Systems - A Primer, was published by MIT Press in 2014.


"This volume fills a serious void in the literature on artificial cognition, spanning a wide range of past work and helping the reader assess the rich array of approaches that have been taken to constructing cognitive systems. It will be an essential text for anyone who seeks to advance work in this field."

ACM Computing Reviews
Review #: CR143563 (1509-0767)


Email: davidvernon.eu.


Bike for Burundi

Next year, I will take part in a fundraising event to cycle around Rwanda in aid of Burundi, one of the world's hungriest, unhappiest, and poorest nations.

The ride covers 777 km with a total ascent of 14500 metres. Rwanda is called the Land of a Thousand Hills with good reason.

I want to raise as much as possible so ... I need your money!

To make a donation, please follow this link to Just Giving where you can find out more about Burundi and the great work being done by the organizers of the tour, GLO. I am paying all costs myself so everything you donate will go to the Burundi fund.

Please remember that any donation - even $5 / €5 - will make a difference to the lives of these people so please consider giving something.


(So far, I have spent 78 hours training on the bike since signing up. I will probably need over 200 hours if I am to finish the tour so watch this space to see my progress.)