Dr Paul Townend

Research interests

I have been an active Computer Scientist since the year 2000, and have authored over 50 peer-reviewed papers and articles in the field of Distributed Systems (with an emphasis on dependability). I have been the Team Leader of the Distributed Systems and Services Group (under the overall management of Prof. Jie Xu) at the University of Leeds since 2004, and have been lead researcher on numerous successful research projects. My research interests are fairly broad, but include:  Dependability, Cloud Computing, e-Science, Provenance, and Energy Efficient Datacentres.

Currently, I work as Lead Software Architect and Investigator on the E3DC (Enhancing Energy Efficiency for Data Centres) project - an industrial proof-of-concept project with Research Innovation Services. Prior to this, I worked as Lead Software Architect on the STRAPP project - a collaborative project (involving Leeds, Rolls-Royce, and Cybula Ltd.) investigating the application of provenance technology to improve the trust that users place in computing systems (funded by TSB). I have also spent many years working as Researcher and Lead Researcher on a variety of projects, funded by both EPSRC and ESRC.

In addition to this, I am actively involved in a number of collaborative projects with Chinese institutions, lecture several postgraduate courses, chair the weekly DSS Group meetings, write various grant proposals, and supervise five PhD students (the list below is not always up to date).

I serve on the committees of numerous national and international conferences, and have recently guest edited a special issue of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A. For a more detailed view of my work and activities (including an up-to-date publications list), please see my personal website (http://www.paultownend.com)

Research groups and institutes

  • Computational Science and Engineering