I am a member of the High Performance and Distributed Computing research cluster in the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer
Science at Queen's University Belfast. I have a long-held interest in the pragmatic use of formal specification notations to model and reason about
systems, most recently distributed/grid-based systems and, in particular, autonomic aspects of such systems. I am a partner in the EU-funded ParaPhrase Project. Other current interests include variability management, particularly
in the context of software product lines and feature modelling; and model-driven engineering. Previously I have worked in the areas of program
transformation, formal methods, and language design for parallel systems.
A list of my publications can be found here.
Also on ResearchGate.
And on PURE.
I am co-chair of PDP 2014
I currently co-supervise five PhD students:
Anthony Keenan: Derivation of distributed implementations from Orc specifications
Jonathan Kelly: Feature Modelling for Embedded Systems.
Barry McLarnon: An Iterative Approach to Automation for System Management.
Stephen Murray: Feature Modelling for Parallel Systems.
Eoghan O'Neill: Characterization and Orchestration Optimization for Heterogeneous Platforms.
I teach two final-year courses:
"Algorithms: Analysis and Applications" which explores the
complexity of a range of classical algorithms including sorting, searching,
pattern matching, etc.
"High Performance Computing: Principles Of Parallel Programming"
which explores fundamentals of parallel programming and emphasises practical
aspects via MPI, OpenMP and CUDA.
Previously I have taught courses on Introductory Programming, Concurrency
Theory and Practice, Formal Methods (VDM), Computation Theory, Language
Semantics, Human-Computer Interaction.