Personal profile


I studied my BSc and PhD degrees in Computer Science at the University of Birmingham. My doctoral degree was sponsored by the Overseas Research Studentship (ORS) Award administered by the CVCP (now Universities UK). From 1999 till 2001, I worked at the Department of Information Technology at the Masaryk University, Czech Republic, teaching natural language processing, machine translation, Prolog programming and elementary Chinese. I also collaborated with Professor Karel Pala in knowledge representation and concept organisation in WordNet-like lexical databases. Since 2006, my research interests also include Engineering Education research, especially in the area of assessments and feedback and effective use of computing technologies to aid learning and teaching in the Higher Education context.

I have been in the School of Engineering & Applied Science (EAS) at Aston University since October 2001 where I have taught a range of undergraduate programming-related courses, including software engineering, data structures and algorithm, Java programming, client-side Internet computing and natural language processing. I have also supervised PhD students. Between 2008 and 2009, I have been the champion for pedagogical research for EAS. Since the launch of the research institute Aston STEM Education Centre (ASEC), I have been an active member of ASEC.

I have a strong interest in promoting student learning and improving student learning experience. In 2017/8, I was the Acting Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching at the School of Engineering and Applied Science (EAS) and the Chair of the Learning and Teaching Committee at EAS.

Research Interests

My current research is in the areas of Computing Education, E-Assessment and Knowledge Representation. I am interested in areas of Technology Enhanced Learning and Assessment, Knowledge Representation, Terminiology, Word Sense Disambiguation and Machine Translation. My doctorate research was in the area of Computational Linguistics involving Lexical-Functional Grammar and Machine Translation. 

Teaching Activity

My current teaching duty includes:

CS2DSA Data Structures and Algorithms in Java 

CS4330 Data Structures and Algorithms

CS4700/CS4705 Dissertation 

I was the Year Tutor for the BSc in Computing Science Stage 2 programme until 2019/20. In 2016/7, I was the Deputy Postgraduate Programme Director for Computer Science programmes. Since 2017/8, I have been the Programme Director for the conversion Computer Science MSc degree programme, MSc in Computer Science.


  • BSc with First Class Honours in Computer Science / Software Engineering (University of Birmingham)

  • PhD in Computer Science (University of Birmingham)

  • Associate Certificate in Teaching & Learning (Aston University)

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching & Learning (Aston University)


  • 2017 – to date: Senior Lecturer in Computer Science, School of Engineering & Applied Science, Aston University.
  • 2001 – 2017: Lecturer in Computer Science, School of Engineering & Applied Science, Aston University.

  • 2000 – 2001: Lecturer in Information Technology, Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University, Czech Republic.

  • 1999 – 2000: Teaching Assistant, Masaryk University.

Membership of Professional Bodies

I have been a Senior Fellow of the HEA since 2016.

Contact Details

Phone number: 0121 204 3473
Room Number: MB 265G


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