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Chris Knowles

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Senior Lecturer

I am currently a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Technology based at the David Goldman Informatics Centre on the University’s Sir Tom Cowie Campus.

My first degree is a BSc (Hons) in Chemical Engineering awarded by the University Of Newcastle back in 1985. In 1993 I was subsequently awarded an MSc in Computer Studies from Sheffield Hallam University, completing this with distinction.

Following my graduation in 1985, I took up a position as a Technologist in the Research and Development department of HJ Heinz Ltd, working on various ways to improve the manufacturing processes involved in producing Heinz’s food products. During this time an opportunity to head the R&D department’s involvement in a major computerised MRPII implementation was offered. I accepted the appointment and so began my career in computing.

After leaving Heinz, I took a position as a Business Consultant working for a manufacturing software development company based in Sheffield (Tetra Ltd) where I had responsibility to specify, test, sell, implement and support the various software packages produced by the company.

I returned to academia in 1992, undertaking my MSc at Hallam University and after a period as a research student in parallel and concurrent computing, I took up a lectureship and began my career at the University Of Sunderland.

Teaching and supervision

  • Games Technology (Module Leader)
  • Games Software Engineering (Module Leader)
  • Advanced Software Development (Teaching Team Member)
  • Software Engineering Enterprise and Innovation Project (Teaching Team Member)
  • Industrial Placement (Visiting Tutor)


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Conference or Workshop Item

Knowles, Christopher, Kok, Dirk, Baglee, David and Morris, Adrian (2012) Design and development of an electric vehicle drive train test bed. In: Condition Monitoring and Machine Failure Prevention Technology (BINDT), 2012, London.

This list was generated on Wed Jul 6 01:02:43 2022 BST.
Software engineering, computer programming (C/C++, C# and Java in particular), concurrent and parallel software development, distributed systems development plus some exposure to computer and video games software development.

Currently involved with work on small computing devices (Raspberry Pi and BBC MicroBit) and their application within the IoT ecosystem. 
Reach-out activity
  • Development of a number of software solutions in support of University reach-out clients
  • Software support for the PISO project, developing a prototype DFD creation tool
  • Major role in the management and production of software for the CASSANDRA project, building both the client-side and server-side applications involved in the project
  • Academic and technical consultancy to a number of Software City collaborations

Last updated 16 November 2021