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.

Jim Ashe
Director of Commercialisation and Industry Engagement, School of Informatics

Jim Ashe first graduated in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from the University of Glasgow. His post graduate education was sponsored by The General Electric Company and he spent 5 years as Principal Research Engineer at the GEC-Marconi Research Centre. His research interests included: High power, High performance VLSI Structures and Devices, Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuits and Electronic Interconnection and Packaging.

He then joined Cambridge based Anamartic (A Tandem Computer and Fujitsu Company) working on fault tolerant WSI (Wafer Scale Integration) devices. Jim was one of the first employees of Xaar PLC and was heavily involved in IP Licensing and fundamental in developing Xaar’s microfabrication facility on the Cambridge Science Park. He helped found Intense Photonics (a spin out based on IP in the field of Quantum Well Intermixing – owned by The University of Glasgow) where he led the commercial activities. Intense Photonics raised over £56M in private venture funding. Prior to joining the School of Informatics, he led the commercial activities in IP Licensing at the commercialisation company of DSTL (Defence Scientific and Technical Laboratories.).

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.