I’m Dr Tom Crick, a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science (and Director of Undergraduate Admissions) in the Department of Computing & Information Systems at Cardiff Metropolitan University, having previously spent a number of years in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Bath. My research interests lie at the hardware/software interface and the performance of each: compilers and code optimisation, concurrency and multicore processors, high performance computing and programming language design and implementation. I am also interested in the broader research area of knowledge representation and reasoning: intelligent systems and declarative problem solving (especially Answer Set Programming).
I’m an strong advocate for computer science, from a research, education, economic and science policy perspective; in particular, I am committed to transforming computing education in the UK: I am Chair in Wales (and Board Member) of Computing At School (CAS), an organisation that has been at the forefront of recent initiatives to promote computer science in UK schools.
UPDATE: I am currently co-chairing the Welsh Government’s ICT Steering Group to review the ICT curriculum in Wales, reporting back to the Minister for Education and Skills in July 2013.
- Trustee and Member of BCS Council, the strategic advisory body of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. I am also Chair of the BCS Young Professionals Group.
- Trustee and Member of the Board of Directors of the Campaign for Science & Engineering, the leading independent advocate for science and engineering in the UK.
- Trustee and Member of Council of the British Science Association.
- Member of the Welsh Government’s National Digital Learning Council, which provides expert guidance on the use of digital technology in teaching and learning in Wales.
- Member of the National Assembly for Wales Cross-Party Group on Science & Technology, which aims to raise awareness amongst Assembly Members of important developments in STEM, both technological and educational, and how policy issues impact upon these areas.