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Stephan Reiff-Marganiec: Short Biography

After I finished the Max-Planck-Gymnasium in Trier with a German Abitur I worked for pc.spezialist, a computer company. With them I had the chance to complete an apprenticeship as Datenverarbeitungs Kaufmann. Apprenticeships of this kind in Germany lead to a professional qualification (in this case awarded by the chamber of industry and commerce), while the education time is split between visiting a special school and gaining practical experience. At this company my duties were wide-spread -- from repairing and configuring PC Hardware, via writing Software to doing Customer Services and giving courses on the use of Office Software as well as acounting and purchase duties.

Work in a social area is possible as alternative to compulsary military service, which was what I chose to do. So I spent one year at the Jugendzentrum Trier-Euren (a facility that allows children and teenagers to spend their afternoons "of the road", but still not at home).

In January 1996 I came to Swansea to start my degree course at the University of Wales, Swansea and liked the UK and academia so much that I afterwards embarked on a PhD/RA at Glasgow. I can give a few further details about my time in Swansea, maybe starting with my unusual starting time in January. As my work in the Jugendzentrum was not terminating before January 1996 and I came first to Swansea in November 1995 I obviously couldn't start with all the others in October. Luckily, for me, the department offered me a place outside the normal schedule. As a kind of revard I was working hard, and managed to walk out of every year with an award:

  • 1996: John Wiley Book Price for best first year exam results in Computer Science
  • 1997: British Computer Society (BCS) Award for best second year exam results
  • 1998: Bosch Price for best final year exam results

As indicated, in 1998 I started a 3 year Research Assistant in the Department of Computing Science at the University of Glasgow while at the same time enrolling as PhD student there. My research concentrated on the feature interaction problem, in particular investigating hybrid methods for detection and resolution in runtime environments. For details please consult the HFIG project webpage. I have passed my PhD viva in November 2001 have subsequently graduated with a PhD in Computing Science from the University of Glasgow in July 2002.

I was a Research Fellow at the Department of Computing Science at the University of Stirling from September 2001 to September 2003. My research in this time was on the ACCENT project.

I have been elected Member of the BCS (MBCS) in November 2002 and Fellow of the BCS (FBCS) in May 2009.

I have joined the University of Leicester as Lecturer in Computer Science in September 2003 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2008.

I have been appointed Guest Professor at the China University of Petroleum for 4 years from July 01 2009. I was visiting Professor at Lamsade at the University of Dauphine, Paris in March 2010 conducting research in the broad area of service computing.

For details about my current activities, please have a look on my research page and my teaching pages.

Author: Stephan Reiff-Marganiec (, T: +44 (0) 116 252 2603.
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