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Professor Nicholas Caldwell

Professor of Information Systems Engineering

Professor Nicholas Caldwell Director of Computing

Professor Nicholas Caldwell

Professor Nicholas Caldwell is Professor of Information Systems Engineering at the University of Suffolk. He is Director of Computing Systems and Information Engineering, and is degree course leader for the FdSc Software Engineering, the BSc (Hons) Software Engineering, the BSc (Hons) Business Management and Information Technology  and the BSc (Hons) Digital & Technology Solutions degrees. Currently he leads the final-year dissertation projects and teaches modules on software engineering, information engineering, distributed systems, research skills, mobile/web technologies and computer programming. He is actively involved in research, collaborating with academics in the UK, Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa and Australia, and is a PhD cosupervisor at the University of Cambridge for engineering design and at the University of Suffolk in information systems. His research interests are engineering change management, engineering design, information systems (with a particular focus in cyber- and Web, architectures and ecologies), knowledge management, process modelling (design and business), and scanning electron microscopy. He is the leader of the Technological Enablers and Social Media theme for the Global Knowledge Research Network consortium, and Suffolk's Principal Investigator for the InnovateUK-funded "100CC" project (consortium led by Cisco). He is heavily involved in research and enterprise activities, providing consultancy for regional SMEs.

Nicholas holds a BA in Computer Science and a PhD in Engineering, both from the University of Cambridge. His doctoral thesis was entitled "Knowledge-Based Engineering for the Scanning Electron Microscope".

From 1998 to 2013, Nicholas was a Research Associate at the Department of Engineering within the University of Cambridge, undertaking research in multiple areas with a diverse set of research groups.

His initial research was a continuation of his work in applied artificial intelligence and microscopy, jointly with Dr David Holburn and Bernie Breton, with funding from LEO Electron Microscopy (now Carl Zeiss Microscopy) and the Isaac Newton Trust. From 1998 to 2000, he also worked with the Engineering Design Centre to develop web-based tools, such as WebCADET, a decision support and knowledge management system) to support design research. In this, he was assisting Professor Paul Rodgers (formerly of the Engineering Design Centre, now Professor in Design at Northumbria University) and Dr Avon Huxor (then at the University of Middlesex).

He became a formal member of the Multimedia Group in 2000 to assist with the development of the Department of Engineering's undergraduate prospectus in both paper and electronic formats. He was responsible as either lead supervisor or co-supervisor for all the fourth-year undergraduate engineering students who were undertaking final-year projects for the Multimedia Group in the areas of virtual lecture course development and information dissemination via emergent communications technologies. Later he was a developer for the Online Tutor project, an initiative funded by the Cambridge-MIT Institute to support the teaching of programming languages via computing practicals.

From January 2006 to June 2013, he was an active member of the Engineering Design Centre at the University of Cambridge. He worked on the EPSRC Grand Challenge Knowledge & Information Management Through-Life (KIM) project, with a key result being the development of a set of principles for through-life management of engineering information, and the software implementation of Design Structure Matrices for the Cambridge Advanced Modeller platform. He was heavily involved in the design and development of the first Inclusive Design Toolkit website. In change management research, Nicholas was part of the NECTISE consortium with BAE Systems, designing and implementing the Change Prediction Method algorithms and visualisations in the Cambridge Advanced Modeller platform. In a joint project with BP and MIT, he conducted research to benchmark existing BP change management policies, providing a set of recommendations for adoption across multiple business units, and analysed historical change data to identify effective indicators for predicting project success and failure. In the EU Framework Programme 7 project, CRESCENDO, led by Airbus, his work focused on applying change prediction techniques to workflows and modelling those design processes within the context of a simulation factory of federated tools and models for next-generation aircraft design. His final piece of research  at Cambridge was to develop a set of healthcare readiness levels for assessing the maturity of innovations in healthcare.

Nicholas joined the then-University Campus Suffolk as a Lecturer in 2013, being promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2014 and attaining a personal Chair as Professor of Information Systems Engineering in 2016.

Nicholas is a Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Member of the British Computer Society, a Chartered Engineer, and a Chartered IT Professional.

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