Coursera.org. Professor Ken Hawick. Ken Hawick holds the Chair of Computer Science at Massey University, Albany. Formerly, Professor Hawick was Head of Computer Science at the University of Wales, Bangor and was founding Director of the Centre for Advanced Software Technology (CAST) in Wales. Hawick founded and led the Distributed and High-Performance Computing Research Group (DHPC) at the University of Adelaide, Australia from 1996 to 2000 and then at Bangor until 2003. Hawick also ran the Numerical Simulations Group at Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre until 1992, and worked at the Northeast Parallel Architectures Center in New York from 1992-95, and for the UK Meteorological Office from 1995-96. Ken Hawick's Research. My research interests are in the development and use of software tools and methods for investigating complex systems.
My group and I build a lot of simulation codes and carry out numerical experiments to investigate complex and emergent behaviour in distributed systems and artificial life. I am also building a quantum computation simulator as part of a new effort to introduce quantum computation and complexity to computer science students. I am also continuing to work on researching distributed, parallel and high performance computing and computational grid systems involving mobile and wireless information management systems. MIT Media Laboratory.