Steering Committee


Steering Committee


The remit of the Steering Committee is to review and evaluate CDT in Pervasive Parallelism activities, in order to ensure that the Centre is addressing and achieving its strategic aims. The Steering Committee consists of the following individuals as well as all members of the Executive Management Committee.

Colin AdamsProf Colin Adams
Director of Commercialisation, School of Informatics
Director of Informatics Ventures

John Colin Adams was in the first graduating BSc’s from the Department of Computer Science at Edinburgh University in 1971, subsequently joining the department doing his doctorate and post doctoral research in the area of Operating Systems. In 1979 he joined Digital Equipment Corporation in the US, where he became the Software Engineering Manager responsible for a major part of the VAX/VMS Operating System development. He returned to the UK with DEC to lead the Office Automation Software Engineering Business Group and the ALL-in-1 product line. He helped found the quick-turn, low-volume ASIC provider, European Silicon Structures (ES2) in 1985, followed by the EDA start-up EuCAD which he merged into Cadence Design Systems. At Cadence he was VP/GM of various elements of the R&D business in Europe and the US, finally moving to Cadence’s Electronic Design Services arm which was being prepared in 2000 to spinout as TALITY. He held General Manager positions for several of the divisions within that business, becoming the VP/GM for the global business and eventually merging that back into Cadence. He was also involved in the Scottish Enterprise Project Alba in the late 1990’s. He returned to the School of Informatics in 2006 as Director of Commercialisation.

Alex LascaridesProf Alex Lascarides
Chair in Semantics, School of Informatics
Deputy Director of Informatics Graduate School

Alex Lascarides is Professor of Semantics in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. She received her PhD in Cognitive Science from the University of Edinburgh, and after several postdoc positions at Edinburgh, Cambridge and Stanford, she took up a lectureship in the School of Informatics at Edinburgh. Professor Lascarides’ main research interests focus on modelling human communication, particularly on how the meaning of an utterance interacts with the interpreter’s expectations that the speaker will organise discourse so as to highlight meaningful relationships among successive contributions. She has spent the last 20 years developing formally precise models of discourse meaning, commonsense reasoning and agent behaviour so as to model this interaction. She also more recently has focussed on developing a computational model of non-verbal communication, particularly spontaneous and improvised hand gestures that occur in face to face conversation. Professor Lascarides has co-authored two books and many journal and conference papers, has been PI on several grants funded by the UK research councils, Scottish Enterprise, the EU and ERC, was Chair of the European Association for Computational Linguistics from 2007–2009, and has given many invited talks at conferences and seminars in Europe and the States.

Adam LuqmaniAdam Luqmani
Portfolio Manager for Information & Communication Technologies at EPSRC
EPSRC CDT Contact for the CDT in Pervasive Parallelism

Adam Luqmani is a portfolio manager within EPSRC’s Information & Communication Technologies team. He looks after the research areas broadly grouped under Fundamentals of Computing which includes the following research areas:

  • Architectures & Operating Systems
  • Maths of Computing
  • Programming Languages & Compilers
  • Theory of Computation

Adam is the ESPRC contact for the CDT PPar. He also advises on EPSRC ICT Fellowships, EPSRC ICT Programme grants and EPSRC ICT Platform grants.

Charles SuttonDr Charles Sutton
Deputy Director of the CDT in Data Science
Reader in the School of Informatics

Charles Sutton is a Reader in Machine Learning in the School of Informatics. His research interests span a broad range of applications of probabilistic methods for machine learning, including software engineering, natural language processing, computer security, queueing theory, and sustainable energy. He obtained his PhD in computer science in 2008 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, working with Andrew McCallum. From 2007-2009, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, under the supervision of Michael I Jordan. He is deputy director of the new EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Science.

Justs ZarinsJusts Zarins
CDT PPar Student Representative

Justs Zarins completed an undergraduate degree in Computational Physics and a postgraduate Masters degree in High Performance Computing at the University of Edinburgh. He is now studying within the CDT in Pervasive Parallelism. His research interests include exascale applications and algorithms, co-design and miniapps, and MCMC Bayesian phylogenetic inference. As the student representative on the Steering Committee, he will provide a student perspective on the issues discussed, and will feedback Steering Committee decisions and progress to his fellow CDT students.