Position: Principal Consultant
Robert has an MA in Mathematics from St John's College, Cambridge, an MSc in Computing Systems and Software Design from University of Newcastle upon Tyne, and a PhD in Computing Science on the topic of naming in distributed systems, also from University of Newcastle upon Tyne.
Prior to joining Adelard, Robert was a Reader in Security and Dependability at the Centre for Software Reliability, City University London for two years, where he conducted an information security audit of the European Railway Traffic Management System (ERTMS) on behalf of the UK railway industry. His previous experience also includes working for Google as a Site Reliability Engineer, and for two SMEs that provide e-Business services to the engineering industry. Formerly, he worked as a Lecturer and Reader at University of Newcastle upon Tyne for 15 years.
Robert's research interests are broadly in the area of dependability, particularly fault tolerance, distributed systems, and security, and he was a member of the Executive Board and co-author of three European dependability projects, DeVa, DSoS, and MAFTIA. In particular, he was the overall project director for the MAFTIA project on Malicious and Accidental Fault Tolerance for Internet Applications, a pioneering project in the field of intrusion tolerance that received outstanding reviews and was a finalist for the Descartes prize in 2004. He has also been commissioned to write consultancy reports for DERA/QinetiQ on the security of web services and ActiveX technology, and responded in detail to the Home Office Public Consultation on Investigation of Protected Electronic Information.