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LSCITS EngD Training Programme

The Engineering Doctorate (EngD) is a full doctoral-level qualification that is much more industrially focused than the traditional academic PhD. The EngD Programme in the science and engineering of Large Scale Complex Information Technology Systems (LSCITS) is an innovative, custom-designed, world-class training programme which addresses urgent and growing problems in the design and engineering of IT systems. Its intended aim is to produce the next generation of systems engineers and technology innovation leaders.
The structure and content of the Programme are the result of extensive consultation with researchers and practitioners in a wide variety of Sponsoring Organisations.

The Engineering Doctorate in Large Scale Complex IT Systems is managed by the EngD Centre based at the University of York and the Programme is a University of York award which encompasses teaching from senior faculty at the Universities of Bristol, Leeds, Oxford and York, including The York Management School.

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has committed £4m to support the Programme, providing funding for 30 studentships.

 

STUDENTS

BIOGRAPHIES

Mustafa Aydin, University of York

Mustafa AydinMustafa Aydin started his EngD in October 2010. He previously gained a MSc Computer Science from University College London. The topic of his research is in cloud computing security, looking at cloud federation and brokerage.

Research Project: Multi Core Real Time Systems

Academic Supervisor: Professor Alan Burns

Industrial Sponsor: BT, Security Futures Practice

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Duncan Tait, University of Bristol

Duncan TaitDuncan Tait is an EngD student at the Systems Centre run between the University of Bristol and University of Bath. Duncan recently graduated from the University of Reading with a BSc degree in Physics. In November 2009 Duncan commenced an EngD looking into Communications Networking Simulation - specifically radio communications and complex behaviour thereof.

Industrial Sponsor: Thales UK, the UK's second largest defence electronics supplier.

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Christos Evripidou, University of York

Christos EvripidouChristos Evripidou started his EngD in October 2010 at University of York.

Research Project: Multi Core Real Time SystemsAcademic Supervisor: Professor Alan Burns
Industrial Sponsor: ETAS, an embedded software development company.

 

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Thanos Zolotas, University of York

Thanos Zolotas

Thanos Zolotas holds a BSc in Applied Informatics, from the University of Macedonia, focusing on the development and use of applications related to the study of economics and statistics. In 2011 he completed an MSc in Software Engineering at the University of York with distinction and went on to join the EngD programme in October of that year. As well as his native Greek, Thanos speaks English and Italian



Research Project: Domain-Specific Languages for Web Application Development Processes
Academic Supervisor: Professor Richard Paige
Industrial Sponsor: Digital Lightspeed Solutions, a software consultancy company undertaking Bespoke IT consultancy developing custom software applications.

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Paul Taylor, University of York

Paul Taylor

Paul Taylor joined BT in October 2007. He is a member of the BT Research and Technology's Business Modelling and Operations practice. He holds a BSc in Computer Science (2006) and an MSc (distinction) in Computer Security, both from the University of Birmingham. Paul is a lead designer of the Business Process Monitoring tools developed by BT and he is a consultant on business process performance. Paul Taylor became an EngD student at York in May 2011.




Research Project:
Autonomic Systems applied to BPM and workflow management
Academic Supervisor: Dr Fiona Polack and Professor Jon Timmis
Industrial Sponsor: BTPage Top

 


Ali Abusnina, University of York

Ali Abusnina

Ali Abusnina started his EngD in October 2010

Research Project: Machine Learning for Predictive Soft Sensor
Academic Supervisor: Dr Daniel Kudenko
Industrial Sponsor: Evonik

 

 

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Afnon Khan, University of York

Afnon Khan

Afnon Khan started his EngD at York in 2010.

Research Project: Trust and Information Security
Academic Supervisor: Dr Manuel Oriol
Industrial Sponsor: BT

 

 

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Frank Burton, University of York

Frank Burton

Frank Burton started his EngD at York in 2010

Research Project: Heterogeneous Modelling and Reasoning in the Enterprise
Academic Supervisor: Professor Richard Paige
Industrial Sponsor: Mood International Software


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Andrew Burkimsher, University of York

Andrew BurkimsherAndrew Burkimsher started his EngD at York in 2010

Research Project: HPC Simulation Workflows on an Extended Enterprise Environment
Academic Supervisor(s): Dr Iain Bate and Dr Leandro Indrusiak
Industrial Sponsor: Airbus

 

 

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Hashem Ghazzawi, University of York

Hashem Ghazzawi

Hashem Ghazzawi graduated with an MEng in Systems and Control Engineering (Medical) from the Automatic Control & Systems Engineering department of the University of Sheffield. During his undergraduate degree he took two summer internships, one with IKK for Electric Trading in KSA and Shell Step in Rotherham, UK, and a year's placement with Corus/Tata Steel. Hashem joined the EngD training programme in October 2009.





Research Project:
HPC Simulation Workflows on an Extended Enterprise Environment
Academic Supervisor(s): Dr Iain Bate and Dr Leandro Indrusiak
Industrial Sponsor: Airbus

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Julian Friedman, University of York

Julian Friedman

Julian Friedman started his EngD at York in 2010.

Research Project: Cloud Computing
Academic Supervisor: Dr Manuel Oriol
Industrial Sponsor: IBM

 

 

 

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Matt Hudson, University of York

Matt Hudson

Matt Hudson started his EngD at York in 2010.

Research Project: Immersion, Learning and Role Identification in Virtual Environments
Academic Supervisor: Dr Paul Cairns
Industrial Sponsor: BAE

 

 

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Mick Warren, University of York

Mick Warren

Mick Warren started his EngD in York in 2010.

Research Project: Making Risk-Informed Decisions in Software Acquisition
Academic Supervisor: Dr Tim Kelly
Industrial Sponsor: AACE

 

 

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Will Lunniss, University of York

Will Lunniss

Will Lunniss started his EngD in York in 2010

Research Project: On-Target Verification of Large-Scale Complex Embedded Real-Time Systems
Academic Supervisor: Dr Rob Davis
Industrial Sponsor: Rapita Systems

 

 

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Alex Fargus, University of York

Alex Fargus

Alex Fargus started his EngD in York in 2010

Research Project: Prognostics and Diagnostics of Systems
Academic Supervisor: Professor Jim Austin
Industrial Sponsor:
Cybula

 

 

 

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Joseph Pugh, University of York

Joseph Pugh

Joseph Pugh started his EngD in October 2012

Research Project:
Academic Supervisor:
Industrial Sponsor: National Archives

 

 

 

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Josh Whittingham, University of York

Josh Whittinham

Josh Whittingham started his EngD in October 2010

Research Project:
Academic Supervisor:
Industrial Sponsor: York Metrics

 

 

 

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Hashan Mendis, University of York

Hashan Mendis

Hashan Mendis started his EngD in October 2010

Research Project:
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Industrial Sponsor:
Rheon Media

 

 

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Horacio Hoyos Rodriguez, University of York

Horacio HoyosHoracio comes from a background of 6+ years in Embedded System Design with most recent experience in the areas of model transformation chains, specifically in UML to HDL transformations, and model transformation formalization. Model engineering caught his interest while completing a masters degree in Computer Science and during this time he worked with the Software Construction Research Group at the Universidad de los Andes (Colombia). After several years of working in industry as an Electronic Engineer, Horacio decided to focus on research and joined the EngD Training Programme in August 2012. His main interests are Domain Specific Modelling and Languages, Model Transformations and Variability in Model Transformation Chains.

Research Project: Model to Model Transformations in QVT
Academic Supervisor: Dr Dimitris Kolovos
Industrial Sponsor: Willink Transformations Page Top

 


Yujie Chen, University of York

Yujie Chen

Yujie has been intrigued by Computer Science since her first year as an undergraduate. Whilst undertaking a four year degree course in Software Engineering she completed a second degree course in International Economy. Yujie also graduated as a top student in the Machine Learning and Data Mining programme at Bristol University. She is finding the EngD programme at York, which she joined in October 2012, to be an exciting and valuable experience.

Research Project: Scheduling and Decision Making using Big Data
Academic Supervisor: Professor Peter Cowling
Industrial Sponsor: GAIST


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Roger Rivett, University of York

Roger Rivett

Roger has worked in the automotive industry for over 30 years . He received his MSc in Software Engineering from the University of Oxford in 2000 and currently works for Jaguar Land Rover as a Technical Specialist in Functional Safety. He is a member of the ISO working group responsible for the automotive functional safety standard ISO26262. He joined the EngD program in October 2012.





Research Project:
Unifying the approach to functional safety contained in the automotive standard ISO26262 with a wider system safety assurance methodology
Academic Supervisor: Professor Tim Kelly and Dr Ibrahim Habli
Industrial Sponsor: Jaguar Land Rover

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Rob Palin, University of York

Rob Palin

Rob Palin .....

Research Project
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Industrial Sponsor:MIRA

 

 

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Martyn Ellison, University of York

Martyn Ellison

Martyn Ellison completed a BEng at the University of Ulster in 2012, his dissertation was on the topic of location aware information systems. He has industrial experience working, with Liberty IT, Belfast and Esten, and Košice, on projects including data warehousing, C# and Java development. Martyn joined the EngD Training Programme in October 2012.

 



Research Project:
Re-engineering Legacy Applications for Scalable Deployment via Cloud Services
Academic Supervisor: Professor Richard Paige and Dr Radu Calinescu
Industrial Sponsor: Science Warehouse

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Nick Sephton, University of York

Nick Sephton

Nick received his MSc in Computer Science from the University of Bradford in 2003, and since then he has been a software engineer of various different grades working for different employers. Nick is an experienced industry software engineer and games specialist and joined the EngD Training Programme in October 2012.

 




Research Project:
Integrating machine learning, search and knowledge-based approaches for decision making: application to the complex game Magic: The Gathering.
Academic Supervisor: Professor Peter Cowling
Industrial Sponsor: Stainless Games
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Philip Mourdjis, University of York

Phiip Mourdjis

As part of Philip's undergraduate degree in computer science at Manchester he took a year in industry working for the championship winning Brawn GP Formula One Team. During his time there he developed a passion for modeling and decided to take a Masters in Advanced Computer Science focusing on AI and many core programming before enrolling on the LSCITS course in October 2012.




Research Project:
Decision support systems for vehicle routing problems
Academic Supervisor: Professor Peter Cowling
Industrial Sponsor: Transfaction

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James Keal, University of York

James Keal

James Keal studied for a BEng in Computer Science and an MSc in Software Engineering, both at the University of York, prior to joining the EngD Training Programme in October 2012. He also works as a web developer on a (very) part-time basis.







Research Project:
Modelling Geographic Changes Using Computer Science and Software Engineering Techniques/
Academic Supervisor: Professor Helen Petrie and Dr. Chris Power
Industrial Sponsor: Ordnance Survey
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Martin Rusilowicz, University of York

Martin Rusilowicz

Martin Rusilowicz .....

Research Project:
Academic Supervisor:
Industrial Sponsor:Food and Environment Agency

 

 

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Konstantinos Barmpis, University of York

Konstantinos Barmpis

Konstantinos Barmpis is a second year EngD (Engineering
Doctorate) student in the Enterprise Systems Research Group at
the University of York. He has a bachelor's degree from Imperial College London in Joint Mathematics and Computer Science and a master's degree from the University of Saint Andrews in Software Engineering. He is now focused on researching scalability issues in MDE.




Research Project:
Scalability in Model-Driven Engineering
Academic Supervisor: Dimitris Kolovos
Industrial Sponsor: Opengroup

 

 

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Garry Hollier, University of York

Garry Hollier

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Research Project:
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Industrial Sponsor:Cybula

 

 

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Adolfo Sanchez-Barbudo Herrera, University of York

Adolfo Herrera

Adolfo Sanchez-Barbudo Herrera started his EngD in January 2013. Adolfo is a researcher and technologist with six years experience in the field of Model Driven Engineering and Eclipse technology. He is currently official Eclipse committer at the Orbit, OCL and QVTo projects and a contributor to OCL and QVT OMG's specifications.






Research Project: Auto-Tooling for Model-Driven Development Languages
Academic Supervisor: Professor Richard Paige
Industrial Sponsor: Willink Transformations Ltd

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Oliver Gettings, University of York

Oliver Gettings

Oliver Gettings received a BEng in Computer Science with Embedded Systems Engineering from the University of York in June 2012. He joined the EngD Training Programme in January 2013.








Research Project:
Real-Time Scheduling Verification and Visualisation
Academic Supervisor: Dr Rob Davis
Industrial Sponsor:Rapita Systems Ltd
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