Reader in Informatics.
Long-time investigator in multilevel refinement for combinatorial optimisation problems and large scale force-directed graph drawing/visualisation.
Developer of NetWorks - mathematical optimisation software for mobile and cellular networks - and JOSTLE - parallel graph partitioning software.
Inventor of abc music notation, used all over the world and, according to music-notation.info, "perhaps the most common music notation format on the internet".
In 2013 the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library opted to use abc notation to transcribe the music in the newly launched Full English archive, "the world's biggest free digital archive of English traditional folk music and dance tunes". A team of volunteers is working on the transcriptions and Chris is collaborating with this project to provide software which manages and converts the abc transcriptions to score and sound files.
Plays pipes, flute, saxophone & whistles in a number of bands & projects and has appeared at festival & clubs in Europe and across Britain, at various venues including St Chartier Festival, France; TFF Rudolstadt, Germany; St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square; and the Purcell Room, South Bank Centre, London.
Has made 12 CDs and his music occasionally appears on BBC Radio 2, 3 & 4.
In both a personal and professional capacity, webmaster at a number of sites: