Hugh spent some time looking for computer science podcasts to listen to while he was pretending to exercise. He was so annoyed at not finding any that he decided to start one himself and, well, it seemed like a good way to avoid working on his PhD for while. Hugh was quite surprised that some of his friends wanted to join in, not just think he was nuts (though they probably thought that, too), and so CompuCast was born!
Hugh is researching machine learning in compilers at the University of Edinburgh. He just loves the idea of getting computers to do all the work for him and making them tweak compilers for him is exactly what he thinks they're for.