Researcher and Practitioner. Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing.
Over the past ten years my work has generally revolved around distributed systems support and applications for mobile and ubiquitous computing.
In 2009 I was awarded a PhD by Lancaster University for my work on "A Distributed Systems Infrastructure for Open Public Display Research Networks". In my thesis I describe the design, implementation and evaluation of a distributed systems infrastructure for controlling the presentation of content in public display networks, focusing specifically on enabling the use of public display networks as infrastructures for research.
In my professional role at the Computing Department I acted as the lead software engineer for the e-Campus project for more than three years . The project aims to create a unique research infrastructure represented by a network of public displays on the campus of Lancaster University.
I oversaw Lancaster's contributions to the EU-funded SMS project. Prior to SMS I was responsible for coordinating Lancaster's involvement in the EU-funded Simplicity project, and was a member of Equator, an Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration involving eight leading UK universities focusing on bridging the divide between the physical and the digital world, and the project Grid-based Medical Devices for Everyday Health, investigating the use of Grid technologies in the contex of remote health-care, especially focusing on the integration of mobile, wearable sensing devices into the Grid framework.
As part of the BIO-SCALE (Bio-inspired Software Composition for Assisted Living Environments) project I investigated the use of biologically inspired techniques, including mechanisms for self-organisation, to facilitate the engineering of software for mobile and ubiquitous computing applications.
I am currently holding a post as Visiting Senior Research Associate at the School of Computing and Communications at Lancaster University.
Before coming to Lancaster in 2002 I studied Informatik (Computer Science) at Universität Karlsruhe in Germany. In 2002 I received the academic degree Diplom-Informatiker (roughly equivalent to a combined BSc and MSc in Computer Science).
During 2000 I worked for four months as an intern at Sony's Distributed Systems Lab in San Jose, California. In summer 2007 I spent three months as a visiting researcher at the Bonn-Aachen International Center for Information Technology in Germany.