Matthew Connor is a PhD student at the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom. He is a member of the Networks & Distributed Computing research group at the Department of Computer Science. He is supervised by Dr. Othon Michail and Prof. Igor Potapov. His research interests include Distributed Computing, Population Protocols and Programmable Matter. He has been working on these topics since October 2018, after he finished an MSc in Advanced Computer Science at the same university. He is currently investigating Population Protocols with Network Constructors. His goal is to find a way to characterise fast algorithms in this area.