School of Computer Science

Industrial Advisory Board

Computer Science Industrial Advisory Board 

The Industrial Advisory Board was formed in January 2014 and is made up of 10 colleagues from industry who already have connections with the school. The Board very much has a student-focus with the principal aims being:

  • to strengthen and develop the school's engagement with industry at all levels, including teaching, research, student projects and careers advice
  • to review existing degree programmes within the school, in terms of the extent to which they prepare students for careers in industry
  • to identify new and existing directions in industry that could be incorporated into the school's degree programmes

    Industrial Advisory Board Members


Paul Bartlam  - Head of Software Engineering and Data Science at E.ON Technologies
E.ON's engineering consultancy business, serving E.ON international generation, distribution and customer operations and the external market.

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I graduated with a MPhys in 1999 and then joined Powergen (now E.ON) on their graduate training scheme. I have held a number of roles, starting as a control systems engineer before working on developing power plant operator training simulators which I delivered globally. I led the Software Engineering team for a number of years before moving on to lead the Software and Modelling department which covered a diverse range of simulation and modelling activities.

Today, I lead the Software Engineering and Data Science department. The Software Engineering and Data Science department is split between Nottingham, UK and Essen, Germany. My department works on a range of data analysis/big data topics as well as developing engineering focused software for research and development project trials, such as for smart homes and energy management systems. I am also the company's Data Protection Officer.

I'm passionate about developing people and empowering people to have rewarding careers, to this end we need to ensure that people leave university with the skillset that employers need in order to remain competitive.


Francesco Cesarini - Technical Director
Erlang Solutions Ltd 

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Francesco Cesarini is the founder of Erlang Solutions Ltd. He has used Erlang on a daily basis since 1995, starting as an intern at Ericsson's computer science laboratory, the birthplace of Erlang. He moved on to Ericsson's Erlang training and consulting arm of working on the first release of OTP, applying it to turnkey solutions and flagship telecom applications. In 1999, soon after Erlang was released as open source, he founded Erlang Solutions, who have become the world leaders in Erlang based consulting, contracting, training and systems development.

Francesco has worked in major Erlang based projects both within and outside Ericsson, and as a Technical Director, has led the development and consulting teams at Erlang Solutions.

He is also co-author of Erlang Programming, a book published O'Reilly and is co-authoring Designing for Scalability with Erlang/OTP. With whatever time he has left over, he lectures at the University of Oxford and IT University of Gothenburg.




Dr Stephen Pollard - Principal Research Scientist - Content Solutions Lab  
Hewlett-Packard Laboratories

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Stephen is a distinguished technologist at HP Labs in Bristol and is currently the forensic imaging lead within the Content Solutions Lab. The security printing technologies Stephen has helped to develop provide brand differentiation, brand protection and anti-counterfeiting through novel security algorithms, printing approaches and image analysis technologies.

Stephen had worked at HP Labs since 1992 and had contributed to a wide number of imaging products and technologies associated with HP's printing and imaging businesses including copiers, hand held and flatbed scanners, digital cameras, phone camera modules and document analysis.

He received a PhD in Computer Vision from the Artificial Intelligence Vision Research Unit of the University of Sheffield in 1985 and a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1981. He has over 30 granted US patents and 50 journal and conference publications.


Colin Robbins - Chief Technology Officer

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Colin Robbins is Chief Technology Officer at Nexor, a company that provides trustworthy technology solutions where confidentiality, integrity and availability are critical.

Colin has been an executive board member at Nexor since 2009, where responsibilities include the ownership of security risk, managed via the Nexor Security Forum (ISMS) and evidenced via ISO27001 accreditation across the whole business as a business improvement tool.

Prior to this Colin was Head of Security Technology Consulting at Siemens Insight Consulting, leading a professional services team delivering security solutions and advice to a wide range clients on matters such as application security, database security, network security, authentication technology and identity management systems.

Colin has a joint first class honours Bachelors degree in Computer Science and Electronic Engineering from University College London. He is a Chartered Director, a CESG Certified Professional (Lead Security and Information Risk Assessor) and a full member of the Institute of Information Security Professionals, running the East Midlands branch.

Colin maintains a security blog at and can be followed on Twitter at @ColinRobbins  



Martin Squires - Head of Customer Insight and Value

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Martin Squires is a highly experienced customer & marketing analytics professional, with over 20 years experience helping a number of blue chip organisations drive value from building a deeper understanding of their customers and prospects.

Martin has specialised in developing organisations customer insight & analysis capabilities. In particular, he brings expertise in developing the business requirements behind analytical solutions, working hand in hand with IT teams to deploy the right technical infrastructure and tools, recruiting and developing world class analytical teams and developing the business processes to make sure these capabilities drive increased customer focus and profit for an organisation.

Member of IBM Business Analytics Advisory Board, Member of IBM Unica/Coremetrics Customer Advisory Board, Member of GSK Shopper Science Retail Advisory Board and Member of editorial board, Journal of Applied Marketing Analytics (Henry Stewart publication).

Former Member of DMA Data Council 2000-2004, inc. chair of Statistics & targeting special interest group.






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