Hans Vandierendonck is Professor of high-performance and data-intensive computing at Queen’s University Belfast. His research interests are in compilers, runtime systems and architectures for parallel systems with special attention to the programmability of such systems. Hans also has a vested interested in computer architecture, and particularly in cache architecture, prediction and performance evaluation. More information can be found on his homepage .

Peter Kilpatrick is Reader in the High Performance and Distributed Computing research cluster in the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Queen’s University Belfast. He has a long-held interest in the pragmatic use of formal specification notations to model and reason about systems, most recently parallel/distributed systems built using parallel patterns (algorithmic skeletons). More information can be found on .


  • Michael Davis [2018 – ongoing], consensus, with funding from WANdisc
  • Qasim Abbas [2021 – ongoing], approximate maximum weighted clique, co-supervised with dr Ian Overton and dr Matteo Manica (IBM Research) with funding through the Citi-GENs Doctoral Network
  • Zohreh Moradinia [2021 – ongoing], transprecise computing for scientific simulation, co-supervised with prof Adrian Murphy
  • Syed Ibtisam Tauhidi [2021 – ongoing], high-performance subgraph isomorphism, co-supervised with dr Thai Son Mai and dr Arindam Karmakar with funding from Tezpur University, India
  • Marco d’Antonio [2023 – ongoing], relaxed semantics for graph analytics, co-supervised with dr Thai Son Mai, funded through the MSCA RELAX doctoral network
  • Leo Naylor [2023 – ongoing], high-performance graph analytics with GPU, co-supervised with dr Thai Son Mai
  • Zichi Zhang [2023 – ongoing], dengue fever detection, co-supervised with dr Thai Son Mai
  • Jason McKillen [2021 – ongoing], co-supervised with dr Teresa Degenhardt and dr Mike Bourne through the Leverhulme Interdisciplinary Network on Algorithmic Solutions
  • Katherine Pitallis [2022 – ongoing], co-supervised with prof Giancarlo Frosio, through the Leverhulme Interdisciplinary Network on Algorithmic Solutions
  • Adeline McKie [2022 – ongoing], co-supervised with dr Ian Overton and dr Mark Wappett, with funding from EPSRC and the Almac Group


  • Amir Sabbagh Molahosseini [2020 – ongoing]
  • Romain Garnier [2022 – ongoing]
  • Brian Dandurand [2023 – ongoing]

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Past Researchers
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  • dr Junkyu Lee, Tenure-Track Research Fellow, University of Essex, 2023
  • dr Lev Mukhanov, Lecturer, Queen Mary London, 2020
  • dr Sharatchandra Varama Bogaraju, Lecturer, Ulster University, 2019
  • dr Baharak Ahmaderaghi, Research Fellow, Queen’s University Belfast, Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology, 2019
  • dr Giorgis Georgakoudis, Research Scientist, Lawrence Livermore National Labs, 2018
  • dr Bin Wang, Research Fellow, Ulster University, 2018
  • Mahwish Arif, Research Assistant, Cambridge University, 2018