New Staff Member in Sustainable Computing Systems

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20 January 2010

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The department is delighted to announce that Dr Chris Preist has been appointed as a Reader in Sustainable Computing Systems.

Dr Preist has been at HPLabs since 1987 and for the last 2 years led HP Labs research on Sustainable IT Systems. Prior to this, his research has been primarily in the areas of artificial intelligence, knowledge representation, agent technology, and the semantic web. Dr Preist has led a number of projects including an EU Framework 5 project, coordinating input from over 20 researchers across 8 institutions, and was the chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Framework 6 DIP project. His work in the application of artificial intelligence techniques to automated diagnosis led to the deployment of several systems within HP manufacturing facilities and the development of an award winning product (Agilent Fault Detective).

Dr Preist's current research interests are in the application of IT to support both adaptation to and mitigation of climate change. This includes information management, IT-enabled process re-engineering and impact assessment using life cycle and systems analysis techniques.

Prof Nishan Canagarajah, Head of Department, said, "We are very much looking forward to Chris, who is an internationally recognised researcher in Sustainable IT Systems, joining this department. His research will complement our existing research strengths in Intelligent Systems, Large Scale Complex IT Systems and the Faculty of Engineering's Systems Centre".

Dr Preist has a degree in Mathematics from Warwick University, and a Ph.D. in Semantics of Logic Programming from Imperial College, London. He is an associate of the sustainable development charity Forum for the Future, and a faculty member of the WWF One Planet Leaders programme.

Chris is married to Ilsa, and has 2 children. He enjoys climbing, hiking and cycling, and is a practitioner of yoga and Zen meditation.