18th October 2002

 

IMAGING EXPERT IS NEW HEAD OF COMPUTING FACULTY

 

A computer imaging expert with a PhD from Oxford University has taken over as Dean of Applied Computing Sciences at the University of Lincoln.

 

Professor Graeme Wilkinson (47) moves to Lincoln from Kingston University, where he was Head of the School of Computing and Information Systems.

 

Professor Wilkinson is keen to develop his new faculty in Lincoln and Hull. “I want to scale up computing here and I think we can do that,” he said. “Computing is now so fundamental to all aspects of business and society that it has to be a key part of the university’s activity, and at the moment we’re the smallest faculty on campus – which is something that ought to change.”

 

New technologies such as the mobile Internet, new generation networks and multimedia systems for E-commerce are areas in which Professor Wilkinson thinks the university could play an important academic role.

 

After gaining a first-class honours degree in physics at Imperial College, London and a PhD at the Clarendon Laboratory, Oxford, Graeme Wilkinson worked as a software consultant for accountants Arthur Andersen. He then returned to academia undertaking computing research and subsequently lecturing at Kingston Polytechnic and University College London.

 

After an eight-year spell at the European Commission’s Space Applications Institute in northern Italy, where he directed an international research team working on the use of advanced satellite imaging techniques to monitor the environment and agriculture in Europe, he returned to Kingston University in 1997.

 

In his new post he hopes to play an important role in further boosting the economy of Lincoln and Lincolnshire. “I see computing as a key underpinning technology which is important not just for the UK economy but also for Lincoln,” he explains. “Lincoln is a rapidly developing city and I would hope to attract new industry to Lincoln based around computing applications.

 

“Lincoln is going places as a city and if we can help it to move forward by training people in computing and helping businesses develop their use of new technology then I’ll be delighted.”

 

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University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)                 email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

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