I am a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Nottingham (UK). I am currently the Vice-Provost (Research and Knowledge Transfer) at our campus in Malaysia. I am a member of the Automated Scheduling, Optimisation and Planning (ASAP) Research Group. My interests include Operational Research, Evolutionary Computing, Scheduling (particularly sports scheduling), Cutting and Packing, Timetabling and Games (both games in the usual sense of the word as well as mathematical games such as the Iterated Prisoners Dilemma).
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I am the Dunford Professor of Computer Science at the University of Nottingham. At the moment (Aug 2011 - present) I am on secondment to our Malaysia campus (University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus - UNMC). I hold the position of Vice-Provost (Research and Knowledge Transfer) and am responsible for delivering the strategic aims of the university in research and knowledge transfer at this campus.
I am a member of the Automated Scheduling, Planning and Optimisation Group (ASAP) in the School of Computer Science.
Before becoming an academic I worked in the IT industry for almost 20 years. I worked for two companies in that time. Between 1977 and 1988 I worked for the Co-operative Wholesale Society (CWS), firstly in Goldalming (Surrey), then in Woolwich (South London) and finally at their Head Office in Manchester. During that time, I held a number of positions; starting as a computer operator and eventually holding a variety of managerial positions including Production Manager, Service Manager and Technical Support Manager.
Between 1988 and 1994 I worked for Provincial Insurance (which is now part of AXA) in Kendal (Cumbria, in the Lake District). In the time with the company I held the position of Operations Support Manager.