Dr Chris Lewington joined the team in June 2019 after a long and successful industrial career in major systems development and software research across the finance, defence, telecommunications and biotechnology sectors. Chris has held a variety of leadership, senior management and development roles from IT director through to programmer, and has many years of practical software engineering experience, applying object-oriented methods, design patterns, and best practice techniques to a broad range of domains, using several different lifecycle approaches ranging from standard Waterfall through to RAD, Agile and Extreme Programming.
Chris's early academic research focused on Formal Methods, followed by a broad range of industrial research projects including Intelligent Collaborative Agents, Network Computing and CORBA. His current academic interests focus on questions of ethics, bias and the law in computer science, particularly in relation to data privacy, artifical intelligence, social engineering, penetration testing and other aspects of cyber security. Chris is also currently an External Examiner for the University of East London in Computer Science, with responsibility for several modules including Advanced Programming, Artificial Intelligence, Operating Systems and undergraduate projects. Beginning in September 2019, Chris will also hold the position of Associate Lecturer with the Open University, running tutorials and several day schools for distance learning students in Algorithms, Data Structures and Computability.
Chris holds PhD and MSc degrees in Computer Science from the University of Essex, a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Hertfordshre, and an LLB Law degree from the University of London. He is also a Certified Java Professional at Programmer, Developer and Part 1 Architect levels.
Outside of university, Chris is a volunteer immigration adviser at the Suffolk Law Centre and trains regularly in self-defence as a Practitioner of Krav Maga.
Lewington C.P. (1990) ‘Towards constructive program derivation in VDM’. In: Nori K.V., Veni Madhavan C.E. (eds) Foundations of Software Technology and Theoretical Computer Science. FSTTCS 1990. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 472. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
Hermjakob, Henning & Montecchi-Palazzi, Luisa & Lewington, Chris & Mudali, Sugath & Kerrien, Samuel & Orchard, Sandra & Vingron, Martin & Roechert, Bernd & Roepstorff, Peter & Valencia, Alfonso & Margalit, Hanah & Armstrong, John & Bairoch, Amos & Cesareni, Gianni & Sherman, David & Apweiler, Rolf. (2004). ‘IntAct: An open source molecular interaction database’. Nucleic acids research. 32. D452-5. 10.1093/nar/gkh052.