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Dr Mark Sinclair

Senior Lecturer

Department: Computer and Information Sciences

Mark is an experienced university teacher in computer science and telecommunications, with research interests in computational intelligence and network design. He worked for six years, primarily as a systems designer, for GPT Ltd, and then was a Lecturer in Electronic Systems Engineering at the University of Essex. He was committed to the development of higher education in Cambodia over eighteen years, where he was Professor of Computer Science at the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP), and subsequently Professor of Computer Science at the National Polytechnic Institute of Cambodia (NPIC). He recently joined Northumbria University as Senior Lecturer in Computer & Information Sciences.

In Cambodia, a lower middle-income country (LMIC) in South-East Asia, Mark was a co-founder of an MSc program, two university departments, and a software house.

Mark's research has focused on the application of natural algorithms (metaheuristics) to design problems particularly in telecommunications. This has included adaptive evolutionary algorithms, problem-specific heuristics, genetic algorithms, genetic programming, ant colony optimisation and particle swarm optimisation.

Mark is an experienced and versatile university teacher, having taught at all levels from introductory undergraduate (in Khmer) in Cambodia, through all levels of undergraduate and MSc level core and specialist courses in the UK, up to training academics in research methodology and metaheuristics. He has developed new undergraduate and MSc degrees, and taught across a wide range of subjects in computer science, telecommunications and electronic systems engineering.

Mark has a BA and MA in Electrical Sciences from Pembroke College, University of Cambridge; an MSc in Telecommunication and Information Systems from the University of Essex; and a PhD in Electronic Systems Engineering, also from Essex. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET) and a Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (MIEEE).

Mark Sinclair

Qualifications

  • Electronics PhD July 12 2001
  • Electronics MSc July 12 1990
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering MA March 18 1989
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering BA June 21 1985
  • Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers MIEEE 1994
  • Chartered Engineer CEng 1991
  • Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology MIET 1991

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Mark's research has focused on the application of natural algorithms (metaheuristics) to design problems particularly in telecommunications. This has included adaptive evolutionary algorithms, problem-specific heuristics, genetic algorithms, genetic programming, ant colony optimisation and particle swarm optimisation.


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