Professor Graham Megson
My role and vision
As Provost, I have responsibility for the overall research and knowledge exchange at the University.
My position includes working in partnership with senior management to ensure effective resourcing, management, strategic direction and future success. I provide support for those in key research and knowledge exchange roles to source funding, and to leading the ongoing development and promotion of a strong research culture.
My work provides me with the opportunity to stimulate and facilitate widespread engagement in research, enterprise, business support and knowledge exchange activities as well as seeking out and developing innovative ideas, superior quality and progressive practice to enhance the University’s capability.
My previous role at Westminster was Dean of Electronics and Computer Science. Before that I held posts of Professor and Head of School Systems Engineering at the University of Reading, Reader in Parallel Computing at Newcastle University and Fellow at Oxford University studying control theory.
At University of Reading I was the founder and first director of the High Performance Computing Centre, and in 2000 won a Department of Trade and Industry Smart Award for Innovation, which subsequently led to a UK patent for accelerating motion compensation in video compression and a spin-out company.
Even though I have moved into management, I remain an active academic. As Professor of Computer Science, my main interests lie in parallel computation, high-performance computing, neural networks and emergent algorithms. I have published five books and over 200 research papers on these and related topics.
I served as Editor-in-Chief for the Journal Parallel Algorithms and Applications and hold editorial reviewer roles for a range of technical journals. I am a Fellow of the British Computer Society (BCS), a Chartered IT Professional and a Chartered Engineer and I contribute to the BCS professional accreditation review programme for UK institutions.