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Department of Computer Science and Technology

  • Affiliate
  • Director of Horizon Research Hub, centred at University of Nottingham

After a PhD and lectureship in the Computer Laboratory at the University of Cambridge I moved to a chair in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Glasgow. I returned to Cambridge in July 1997, to help found the Cambridge Microsoft Research facility, moving on to found the Intel lablet in Cambridge in July 2002. A year working in Oregon for Intel from August 2005 until August 2006, was an interesting cultural diversion and improved the skiing enormously, but alas during this sojourn the Cambridge lablet was shut. Before joining Nottingham in 2009 I enjoyed the cut and thrust of two startups, XenSource (now Citrix) and Netronome. During my time at Nottingham I have also spent a fun year as Chief Innovation Officer (in residence) at the Digital Catapult during its startup phase in 2013/2014 and more recently spent a short sabbatical helping colleagues in the Computer Lab set up Unikernel Systems (acquired by Docker). My technology work has led me into policy matters and I served on the Furman panel looking at digital competition that resulted in the UK HM Treasury report Unlocking Digital Competition which seems to have added to the avalanche of activities around regulating platforms.


My research expertise is in ubiquitous computing, computer architecture, networking, distributed systems and operating systems, while my interdisciplinary interests include issues of ethics, identity, privacy, information policy, regulation and economics within a digital society.

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